The Port of Vancouver’s main coal terminal is asking the Prime Minister to reject Christy Clark’s call for a ban on the export of thermal coal.
Westshore Terminals’ Vice President and Chairman have penned a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging him to reject the idea.
In it, they write they are “deeply disappointed” with Clark’s suggestion, and that they hope Canada’s leaders will consider the best interest of all Canadians and not punish Canadian companies and workers by putting one industry ahead of another.
“The United States is a valued Canadian trading partner and the goods that move across our borders north and south generate significant economic benefit and thousands of local jobs, not just in our industry, but many others,” the letter states.
It goes on to say U.S. business is worth $100-million in annual revenue, $12-million in taxes, $25-million in in-province spending, and 100 well-paid full-time jobs.
Earlier today, Clark said she wants the federal government to ban the shipment of coal through B.C. ports because most of it comes from the U.S.
The move comes days after U.S. President Donald Trump placed tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber heading south of the border, the latest chapter in a decades-old dispute.