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Federal Liberals promising to re-open Kitsilano Coast Guard

Last Updated Jul 22, 2015 at 2:08 pm PDT

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is making an election promise in the wake of the fuel spill in English Bay.

His party thinks having the Kits Coast Guard Station would have aided in response to the fuel spill and he’s vowing to re-open it, if elected.

Trudeau says the government’s cuts have undermined the ability to respond.

Local Liberal MP Joyce Murray says her party is disappointed in the Coast Guard’s poor response yesterday. The Kits Coast Guard had the boat that could go out and respond right away, but it’s no longer available. We also had a BC Marine Communication and Traffic Centre.”

With no warning the feds closed the Coast Guard station there in 2013. The closure was met with a lot of criticism from people worried it would take someone to actually die in order to get it re-opened.