Veering ever-so slightly off my no nukes agenda to slip in an I told you so. Mayor Fiacco would not reveal the plans for this before the municipal election and now that he is safely back in office he can reveal his real plan. Today P’n’P learns of the plan for a Prairie-to-Ports Gateway & Inland Port which is part of the NAFTA Highway, the Security and Prosperity Agreement, the ecological devastation called the Tar Sands, and North American Union.
This gateway involves moving the rails from central Regina to the west side where industrial development is taking place and will likely increase dramatically without our approval. It will increase land and air traffic which means more air and noise pollution. It will move us closer to BushCo’s & HarperCo’s dreams of not only continental unity but also a continental currency. At a time when we need to be doing our utmost to curb green house gas emissions, our City is promoting increased consumption and an increased use of fossil fuels!
Thanks for what amounts to lies, Mayor Pat, and for selling us out to the corporatist extremists. We’ll see you at the polls in less than two years. And we will remember.
Prairie-to-Ports Gateway & Inland Port
Prairie-to-Ports Gateway & Inland Port
The Prairie-to-Ports Gateway & Inland Port, or “Prairie Gateway” is a virtual combination of services and a cluster of numerous transportation, distribution and assembly players working and investing together. This is the best way to maximize the existing transportation assets across an integrated region, with many transportation, production, storage, trans-loading, assembly, product identification and research resources working as a team. This base will draw additional investment, labour and technology as a catalyst for a host of new ancillary business service companies.
What is an Inland Port?
An Inland Port is defined less on the physical aspects of one location and more on the intelligent logistics and coordination of a multitude of services. It has the following qualities:
- Is an organization or coalition made up of key transportation stakeholders
- Serves the regional trading area businesses and economy
- Facilitates growth for both import and export trade logistics
- A mechanism for cooperation, marketing the regions trade processing abilities
- Provides national coordination and collaboration among ocean port users
Like the Kansas City Smart Port regional model, the Prairie-to-Ports Gateway & Inland Port will be anchored by “connecting” the three major cities of Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Regina. This will promote regional asset and system optimization. It is proposed that Saskatchewan’s central continental location and lower costs would be of sufficient appeal to attract international investor attention. The high level of cooperation among the principal transportation centres of Saskatchewan, through the tri-cities will generate distinct advantages, including:
- Integrate and maximize the unique sub-regional advantages of each community to generate even greater synergies than each community could achieve by working separately;
- Provide a value-enhancing alternative to the various less coordinated and smaller scale and scope terminals, hubs or trans-loading sites existing in other parts of Canada;
- Foster freight movement productivity through modernization of regulatory reform (i.e. highway road weight limits) and preservation of freight-corridor efficiency on road, rail and air.
Is it a private-public partnership?
(I’m just wondering if this is at all related to Ezra Levant’s recent comment about investment opportunities in Saskatchewan.)
Yes! We should be replacing the rails with sherpas and mules to get the good distributed.
Are you racist every day, Ian, or just today?
Yes Beijing, it appears to be. Really interesting that the new DM of STEP, Dale Botting was a former CEO of SREDA and a former VP of the Cdn Federation of Independent Business. It’s looking like a complete sellout to the business lobby, though I understand there will be a rep from the arts and culture community. One women of nine investors. Surprise, surprise.
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