Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI)
Report and Recommendations Preamble:
Excerpt from Guiding Principles of the Report:
"...We believe in the federal government taking additional steps to make crystal clear the roles of port authorities, whether marine or air. The port authorities are not private-sector companies. They are custodians and operators of critical national infrastructure and should not compete with the private sector on port lands and should not invest in activities or assets where the private sector companies could be or are involved.
We believe that the Pacific Gateway infrastructure is a national asset and that we should do whatever possible, in a competitive environment, to spread the economic benefits across Canada..."
April 27, 2012
Honourable Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Transportation
PO Box 9055 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9E2
Dear Honourable Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Transportation:
Re: The Village of Ashcroft Container Terminal Site Proposal
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District Board of Directors passed a motion at our April 19, 2102 meeting in support of the Village of Ashcroft Container Terminal Site proposal. On behalf of the Board of Directors I urge you to consider the Ashcroft site as a more viable location that is available and ready. The Ashcroft land does not require the removal of 600 acres of prime land from the ALR as does the Delta-Vancouver area project.
November 29, 2011
Dear Mr. Landucci:
I want to personally thank you for the tour of the Ashcroft Terminal facility that you recently provided to my colleague, John Les, MLA for Chilliwack, and Pamela Martin of my office.
I understand that the location of the Ashcroft Terminal provides a distinct advantage for producers, manufacturers, and shippers by enhancing transportation options and improving rail access. I also understand that the Terminal will create opportunities for new business developments and increase investment in the region.
Wendy Coomber - Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal - November 2011
Ashcroft Terminal has won over another politician.
"Ashcroft Terminal has all the makings of a large scale employer for the local community," said John Les after touring the grounds last week. "It's been a real eye opener for me."
John Les, Chilliwack MLA and Parlimentary Secretary to the Premier, was in Ashcroft on Nov.8 as part of a "boots on the ground" road trip with Pamela Martin, Premier Christy Clark's Director of Outreach, and staff. They had been in Lillooet earlier in the day and were heading for Logan Lake after leaving Ashcroft.
A proposed inland port in Kamloops already has two major customers, promoters told a meeting of regional politicians Thursday.
A list of potential customers for an intermodal terminal that would switch cargo between truck and containers is header by Mercer International, which operates the Celgar pulp mill in Castelgar.
Another major customer, Venture Kamloops CEO Jeff Putnam said is Adwood Manufacturing, North America's largest modular shelving manufacturer and a supplier to IKEA International.