Cornwall ON – Stephen Harper wants to sell you a light house. This one, probably the most famous in Canada is Peggy’s Cove. I visited it once and it’s a beautiful and stunning piece of Canada.
The federal government is posting a for sale sign on almost a thousand of Canada’s lighthouses, including beloved Peggy’s Cove, in Nova Scotia. This news despite the promises last year of Fisheries Minister Gail Shea to complete a comprehensive review of Canadian lighthouses.
The Green Party of Canada is calling on the government to continue staffing lighthouses on the east and west coasts of Canada and to protect other lighthouses as public assets and as part of Canada’s cultural heritage.
“Canadians value keeping our heritage areas like lighthouses in public hands. We don’t want to have to pay a fee for our children to experience our history,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May. “The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act is obviously a misnomer,” said May.
Under the Act, community groups could apply for ownership of the lighthouses, however there is no associated funding for maintaining the buildings.
“Lighthouses are a source of pride for coastal communities and the tourism benefits alone justify their maintenance and indeed, their enhancement,” said May. “A steel pole with a light will definitely not attract any tourists. Personally, I’d rather see funding go to preserve a real Canadian lighthouse than to build a fake lake.”
What do you think Canada? Should we be auctioning off our heritage to the highest bidder? You can post your comments below.