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Village of Queen Charlotte ferry service woes

The Village of Queen Charlotte on Haida Gwaii is heavily dependent on ferry service.

But that ferry service isn’t keeping up with demand, leaving residents without their main link to the mainland.

Ellen Cranston is a councillor with the village, she’s also on the Ferry Advisory Committee for the North and Central Coast, and she says the ferry situation is causing a major disruption for its residents.

She says the situation has been on-going for more than a year, ever since service was cut last year.

Ferry services throughout the province have been cut, while prices remain high says Cranston, and she says coastal communities that rely on the ferry system are constantly asking the Ministry of Transportation for relief.

She says one issue is that BC Ferries, being a quasi-private corporation, doesn’t get enough funding to meet service demands at a reasonable rate to the customer.

Which ends up being a catch-22, as BC Ferries is then forced to raise prices or reduce services.

She says having the coastal ferry system labelled as part of the highway system could provide some help.

She also says higher federal equity payments would mean more funds for the ferry system, as well as converting the ferries to use cheaper natural gas engines.

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