To the Editor,
We taxpayers are all paying for three or more governments that rule over the coastline of British Columbia.
We can list the coast guard, RCMP, Canadian navy, port authorities, Department of Fisheries and Oceans and other representations of funded departments.
It is somewhat confusing to everyone as to who is in control and what laws can be enforced by each and every department. The funding for each and every department has become thin with inefficiencies.
Does it not make financial sense to amalgamate the whole system under one or two hats and provide a more streamlined system? Or is this another example of how multiple management systems can provide golden positions for the elite?
My opinion is there should be one coast guard system with a set of rules that can manage search and rescue, coastal security, fisheries and other required services. A representation of each and every department on one vessel could respond to the specialties of expertise.
We are now seeing a thinning of services in the coast guard in Vancouver, but then a new expensive RCMP boat pops up in Nanaimo?
The navy, DFO, coast guard and the RCMP can all be qualified as separate entities that do basically the same job?
The funding to provide these services all comes from the same tax source. The math does not lie and we can no longer afford everything.
Amalgamate the management and provide additional service jobs for the working class.
We should be protecting our own coastline and airspace.