Fort St. John opposing the privatization of Ridley Terminals

Fort St. John will be advocating to keep Ridley Terminals a public asset.

At Tuesday’s special meeting, City Councilors agreed to send a letter to Prime Minister Steven Harper, urging him to step in.

Councilor Lori Ackerman and Mayor Bruce Lantz are part of the Northern Development Initiative Trust, which opposes the sale of the terminals into private interests.

Ackerman says in mid-May, the Chair of the Board of Ridley Terminals was advocating a sale. She says selling the Terminal to private business would negatively affect northern BC.

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Ackerman says if that’s not enough of a reason for opposition, the sale is also a bit suspicious.

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Now, Fort St. John M-P Jay Hill and his federal and provincial counterparts are also pushing to keep Ridley a public asset.

According to a recent article in the Globe and Mail, Hill isn’t backing down, saying it would be "completely irresponsible" for him not to voice his concerns about the impact of privatization and/or higher fees in the area.

The Ridley Terminals are located in Prince Rupert.

Councilors voted unanimously to send the letter to Steven Harper, although Mayor Bruce Lantz and Councilor Dan Davies did not attend the meeting.