Conservative candidate John Duncan has thrown his support behind a proposal to establish a foot passenger ferry from downtown Nanaimo to downtown Vancouver.

Duncan, who is running for MP in the newly created Courtenay-Alberni riding, said that if the Conservative government is elected once more it will cough up the money needed to establish the Island Ferries proposal.

“This service will be a game changer for Vancouver Island,” Duncan said in a news release.

He said a direct route between the two cities would make affordable day trips a reality for both Nanaimo and Vancouver residents, while providing economic spin-off benefits for the Island.

The long-awaited project has piqued the interest of Nanaimo residents who’ve taken to Island Ferries’ Facebook page to inquire about the proposal.

“So, any update on this project? It obviously has the interest of the entire community, and some clarity on where things stand would be appreciated,” Ray Richards wrote days before Duncan’s announcement.

“Seeing to it that Island Ferry Services Ltd. gets up and running is very important to me. This is an issue that would definitely affect my vote,” wrote Yolanda King.

The project would be built in partnership with the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation.