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Minister's comments insulting

Editor:

Re: Minister to MLA: Support LNG development to support ferry service, March 12, 2014

It's a slap in the face to Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii and central coast businesses who will be directly impacted by ferries cuts to suggest they should wait for LNG companies to save them from bad B.C. Liberal decisions.

While many on the coast hold the hope that responsible LNG development can help diversify the northwest economy, it's foolish for the B.C. Liberals to suggest it's the only economic activity the region needs.

While the B.C. Liberals sit waiting for LNG, people still need ferries to get to their medical appointments, visit their relatives, and to power their businesses through the transportation of workers, goods and the promotion of tourism.

It's time for the B.C. Liberals to recognize that ferry service is vital to our coastal communities and our provincial economy.

Jennifer Rice

MLA - North Coast

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