MP, MLAs applauds coast guard decision reversal
The Canadian Coast Guard Stations in Gimli and Selkirk, as well as Kenora will remain open and operational the federal government confirmed on Thursday. After the government had made plans to shut down the operations, Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries announced Thursday that the decision is being reversed.
Gimli is home to the largest harbour between Lake Huron and the Pacific Ocean, said Jeff Wharton, MLA for Gimli, one of four area MLAs who expressed their support for the reversal in a press release issued Thursday. Residents of my constituency and thousands of visitors depend every year on the Canadian Coast Guard to ensure their safety on Lake Winnipeg. James Bezan, MP for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman, also knows how important the service is to the area.
We were able to successfully convey the concerns of our constituents and thousands of Canadians that the closures of these Coast Guard stations would increase risks, threaten local economies, and reduce the safety and security of these communities, said Bezan. I am glad to know that swimmers, recreational boaters, freighters, and commercial fishers who use the waters of Lake Winnipeg, Lake of the Woods, and the North Red River will continue to access the essential services of the Canadian Coast Guard.