Dear Editor: It is unfortunate that you did not take the time to get the facts regarding this issue.
Oceanex does not have the port facilities tied up with a lease. It seems you and your local MP have difficulty letting the facts get in the way of a good story.
I would suggest you contact the port authority or read the recent press release from the port which addresses the facts and the situation.
All shipping companies and anyone else for that matter are free to use any part of the Corner Brook port and have been for a long time. For the past three years, Oceanex, as a private company, has spent considerable sums to develop business in the Corner Brook port.
I pose a few questions for your consideration:
-Have you wondered why Marine Atlantic receives a subsidy from the federal government (our tax dollars) to move 50 per cent of the cargo that comes to Newfoundland from North Sydney (100 miles), which is higher than Oceanex’s freight revenue to move the other 50 per cent 1,500 miles (from Toronto/Montreal)?
-Have you wondered who benefits from this huge public tax payer subsidy? It is not the consumer since we all pay the same for goods in Newfoundland regardless how they arrive. Because Oceanex has 50 per cent of the freight business and does not receive a subsidy, it must have competitive rates with the trucking and rail modes, otherwise it would not have any business.
-Do you know who is benefiting from this huge subsidy? It is not Newfoundlanders.
-Do you know what the National Transportation Policy, the Canadian Transportation Act or the Canadian Competition Act have to say about such activities?
Find out these facts and you will have a good story.
Sid Hynes, Oceanex CEO