Lighthouse Automation Could Loom Again

Lighthouse Automation Could Loom Again

Harper will need to watch his backbench, by Stephen Maher

Read the above article from the National Post online – September 16, 2011 – my condensed version below. – JAC

Is this the future?

On May 2, 2011, Harper’s Conservative Party won a majority government in the May 2011 federal election, by winning 166 seats.

With this majority the Prime Minister (PM) can plan long term. With a minority government the PM handed out money as if it were his own, trying to entice the public to support his party. Now that he has the much-coveted majority seats, he can relax a little, and begin to tighten the purse strings. Now the public will have to beg for funds, instead of having them freely given.

How will this affect lighthouses? We do not know, but if the past has been any clue, we may be in for another fight to keep our remaining lighthouses manned..

I think we need to keep the matter of automation in the public’s eye until it is definitely settled that the Canadian government will not automate any more lighthouse in Canada. Let me know what you think. – JAC


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Retired (2001) British Columbia lighthouse keeper after 32 years on the lights.

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