June 28, 2015 (BUCKHORN, ONTARIO) – The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group officially launched an advocacy campaign to put the Trent Severn Waterway at the centre of regional and national discussions during the 2015 federal election. The campaign calls on all federal candidates from all political parties in the region to sign a four point plan to create a sustainable future for the Waterway.
“The Trent Severn Waterway is a vital resource for the many Canadians who live and work there but it is being underutilized,” said Captain Marc Ackert, Chair of the Trent Severn Waterway Working Group. “The Waterway suffers from a significant infrastructure deficit and a complicated governance structure that has held back many economic development opportunities over the years. We need elected representatives who will champion our priorities and focus on getting results for the region. That is why we are engaging with all federal candidates for the upcoming election and calling on them to support the transformation of the Waterway for future sustainability and success. It’s time to listen to the voices of the Trent Severn Waterway and take action.”
The Four Point Plan for a Sustainable Future calls on all prospective Members of Parliament to commit their support for the Trent Severn Waterway if they are elected to the House of Commons in October 2015 by agreeing to the following:
1. Support full funding for critical infrastructure maintenance and upgrades to bring the Trent Severn Waterway up to a state of good repair
2. Recognize the Trent Severn Waterway as a significant economic development opportunity for the region
3. Support a new governance model that devolves operations, control and financing of the Trent Severn Waterway to those who live and work in the region
4. Promote the Trent Severn Waterway as an economic development priority in your caucus and in Parliament
To learn more about the Trent Severn Waterway Working Group, please visit www.trentsevern.ca
Capt. Marc Ackert
Ontario Waterway Cruises Inc. and Chair of the Trent Severn Waterway Working Group
About The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group
The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group is made up of longstanding members of the Trent Severn community committed to finding a solution to the short- and long- term issues affecting our region. We are dedicated local government, business and community leaders who live and work along the Trent Severn Waterway. Together, we will work with federal, provincial and local governments to develop a plan to ensure the long term financial and environmental sustainability of the Waterway, as well as increase its economic importance to the many communities along the canal.
Current Members Include:
Ontario Waterway Cruises, Lift Lock Cruises, Happy Day House Boats, former Quinte West Mayor John Williams, Peterborough County Council, Voices of the Trent Severn Waterway