No. H050/03For release - June 4, 2003
OTTAWA — Transport Minister David Collenette today tabled a report on the review of the Canada Marine Act in the House of Commons.
The Canada Marine Act, which received Royal Assent in June 1998, contains a provision requiring that a review of the act be completed during the fifth year after it has received Royal Assent.
The report was prepared by an expert panel made up of Richard Gaudreau (chair), Allan Donaldson, David Gardiner and Frank Metcalf. Panel members travelled across the country to consult with stakeholders on ways to streamline and enhance the Canada Marine Act.
"I would like to recognize the importance of the work done by the review panel, and all those who contributed to the consultations, and thank them for their effort and dedication," said Mr. Collenette. "The department will carefully review the panel's recommendations and observations."
The Canada Marine Act established the first single, comprehensive piece of legislation to govern many aspects of Canada's marine sector. It allowed port operations to be put into the hands of local users by establishing 19 Canada Port Authorities, which, under the act, have the autonomy and flexibility to operate according to business principles and local needs. The port authorities have been successful in increasing competition and creating greater efficiency in the marine sector.
Under the Canada Marine Act, the operational control of the Canadian portion of the St. Lawrence Seaway was transferred to a not-for-profit entity controlled by the users of the system. It also led to improved operations of pilotage authorities and provided for further commercialization of federal ferry services. Overall, the act has reduced costs and improved the efficiency of Canada's marine system.
More information about the review and biographies of the panel members are available at www.tc.gc.ca/eng/policy/acf-menu.htm.
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Amy Butcher Press SecretaryOffice of the Minister, Ottawa(613) 991-0700
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