Canadian shipowners request domestic shipping improvements from new PM

The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA), which represents the domestic shipping industry, said it looks forward to working with the country’s newly elected Liberal government.

In a statement on Thursday the CSA congratulated Prime Minister elect Justin Trudeau on his party’s victory in Monday’s poll – a sweeping turnaround that brought to an end nearly 10 years of Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party rule.

Observers predicted big changes ahead for the shipping and oil industries as part of Trudeau’s platform had been a promise to ban oil tankers from ports in British Columbia on the country’s west coast.

It remains to be seen how wedded Trudeau is to that policy proposal.

But the CSA’s interests are in a different sphere. The association’s congratulation message to Trudeau highlighted its prime concerns as relating to domestic vessels operating on the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, the east coast, and the Canadian Arctic.

It included calls for: investment in marine infrastructure; promoting jobs for Canadian seamen; and streamlining regulations to increase efficiency across the supply chain.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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