The retired Commander of the shuttered Kits Coast Guard base says the Prime Minister-Designate promised him he’d reopen it.
Fred Moxey says Justin Trudeau made the pledge to him when they met this spring.
“At the end of the meeting, he told me that he would reopen that station and he couldn’t believe the Conservatives wold shut it. He put out his hand, and a hand shake, as good as it’s back. And he told me that station would go back the way it was.”
Moxey says Trudeau also floated the idea of expanding the station’s staff to deal with Vancouver’s heavy traffic.
“They did mention if I would consider helping them, and I said yes I would, I would be honoured if they wanted me to come back as and advisor and put it back the way it was.”
Moxey says the base has been stripped and will take time to bring back up to speed. He says after a fire gutted the station in 1991, it took three years to bring it completely back on line.