Northern Perspectives on Canada Transportation Act
A federally-appointed arm’s length panel reviewing the Canada Transportation Act is gathering feedback from Northerners on how new transportation policy and program development can further support sustainable economic development in the Northwest Territories.
Department of Transportation staff escorted Review Panel members to Hay River two days ago where they met with representatives from the transportation sector, such as NTCL, Coast Guard and the Great Slave Harbor Authority.
Minister of Transportation Tom Beaulieu welcomed the visiting panel members saying: “This is a valuable and unique opportunity for Northerners to provide our perspectives on how the transportation system can support economic growth with nation-building projects, such as the Mackenzie Valley Highway to Norman Wells, an all-weather road into the Slave Geological Province and an all-weather road to Whatı̀ in the Tłįchǫ̨ region.”
He added: “These meetings will provide Panel Members with first-hand information on areas of concern that involve the federal government, such as the maintenance of federal marine facilities, and dredging the Port of Hay River and critical sections of the Mackenzie River to accommodate fully loaded tugs and barges, fishing boats and the Coast Guard fleet.”
The Government of the Northwest Territories has provided the Panel with extensive input on the Canada Transportation Act review to help advance the 17th Assembly’s goal of an environmentally sustainable and prosperous Northwest Territories.