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Peacemaker was set to dock in Summerside today

Transport Canada conditions that call for costly security in P.E.I. have scuttled a plan by tall ship Peacemaker to make a stop in Summerside today.

SUMMERSIDE — The tall ship Peacemaker will not be docking in Summerside.

The Brunswick, Georgia-based ship was scheduled to arrive later today and be open for public tours later in the week.

Ron Casey, executive director of Downtown Summerside Inc., said the vessel would need security 24 hours a day at a cost of $15,000. He said this is a requirement laid down by Transport Canada – but only on P.E.I.

Casey complained that neither Nova Scotia nor New Brunswick are subjected to this restriction.

"They have security in Nova Scotia," he said. "There's no security in New Brunswick but when they come to P.E.I. you have to have security."

Casey said he has contacted Revenue Minister Gail Shea's office and couldn't get an explanation as to why the Island needs security for visiting tall ships.

Casey said the ship was coming in at no cost.

"It was coming in for free," he said. "It has to be in Montreal on Sept. 2 so they were trying to kill some time in the Maritimes because they finished over in Pugwash, N.S. yesterday. It's a wood vessel and has 18 passengers on board. Actually, they're not passengers, they're the owners of the ship. It's a religious ship. It's a church ship and they own the church."

The word regarding the security issue came from Andre Firlotte, marine safety inspector, marine safety and security operations, Transport Canada, Atlantic Region.

Calls to Firlotte were not returned.

Arnold Croken, president of the Summerside Port Corporation also could not be reached for comment.

Organizations: Transport Canada, Downtown Summerside, Summerside Port

Geographic location: Summerside, P.E.I., Nova Scotia New Brunswick Montreal Pugwash Atlantic Region

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  • What is the problem
    July 31, 2012 - 21:32

    I am not sure how to read this article. Is the security to protect the ship, or is it to protect the wharf and citizens of PEI from the Christians?

  • Jeannie
    July 31, 2012 - 13:05

    This is sad:(

  • me doth protest
    July 31, 2012 - 12:44

    It's a Protestant ship. Therein lies the problem. Security needed lest their New Testaments be stolen.

  • Mell
    July 31, 2012 - 12:00

    This is absurd! There have been tall ships dock in PEI in the eastern end of the island- for example, a few years ago "The Unicorn", a USA vessel ,was in Souris- was there security at this cost then?? We have had the Bluenose stop as well, and countless cruise ships. This is ironic with the vessel called The Peacemaker!! In the 200th year of the War of 1812, there are alot of tall ships touring. PEI should not be in this exclusion with our own government. This is wrong.

  • Really
    July 31, 2012 - 11:56

    This is unreal .that p.e.i is only province in maritimes trying to get money from this vessel Are we in that bad of shape we have to go after a churh sailing boat who wants to dock for the ppl .Not only do we try to take advantage of the vessel then we can not answer the phones to take responsablity & give reason to why we are try to charge for security.may the reason be cause it is unfair and dam right greedy ,or that our province does not trust the ppl of the island to not break the law .I am sure we have enough police officers sitting around the office doing paper work that would love to get out and protect the ship from harm on there salary's .We are better then this p.e.i

    • read the article
      July 31, 2012 - 21:06

      PEI is the only province penalized to pay security fees,in other words collect for the Federal government. WHY????? Tories do not like PEI and from now on you may be taxed to pass reason, just because we don't like you and you are smaller than us.You will be even smaller next time when the 30 extra seats out West kick in ,but I am doubtful you would grasp this concept. Vote ABC...Anything But Conservative.

  • Bill Kays
    July 31, 2012 - 11:18

    Once again our beloved federal government gets to screw PEI and no one seems to care. Come on people, wake up, throw the federal bums, I mean servants, out of office. Face it, the feds do not care one little bit about Islanders, nor does our provincial government. You will know them by their fruits. What are the fruits of our government? Higher taxes, less services, more cutbacks, no unemployment insurance, higher welfare rolls, poor management of our local, provincial, and federal resources. When are we as a people going to say that we have had enough?

  • fool me once
    July 31, 2012 - 11:04

    Surprised Summerside didn' t pay the 15 large up front ... only to have the ship a no show.Perhaps this the result on the Island reputation up west.