NDP Calls For Independent Inquiry Into Fatal Ferry Sinking
Investigation should examine B.C. Ferry management structure, inadequate training and neglect of safety concerns
VICTORIA – The Campbell government should establish an independent inquiry to fully investigate the circumstances that led to the sinking of the Queen of the North, says New Democrat Leader Carole James .
“We need a thorough inquiry that provides the public with the answers they are looking for on this tragic sinking,” said James. “The investigation should also examine the management structure of B.C. Ferries and their failure to address safety concerns.
"Gordon Campbell stripped away public accountability when he privatized B.C. Ferries,” she said. “Now we need an inquiry to find out what happened and to get answers about inadequate training and staffing, concerns about equipment, and other safety issues that the Campbell government and B.C. Ferries have ignored.”
Today’s Transportation Safety Board report into the sinking of the Queen of the North points directly to mismanagement at the top levels and inadequate training and staffing levels, said New Democrat ferries critic Gary Coons .
"The public deserves to know whether our ferries are safe under the management of B.C. Ferries," said Coons. "British Columbians, passengers and the families of the victims are looking to the Campbell government to ensure they get the answers they deserve."
Coons originally called for an independent inquiry in March of 2006, the day the Queen of the North sank.
“It’s been two years, and the public still does not fully know why the Queen of the North sank,” said Coons.