Ban tankers, says MP Cullen

  • Jun. 20, 2011 3:00 p.m.

MP Nathan Cullen marked World Oceans Day last week on June 8 by calling on the federal government to legislate an oil tanker ban off the north coast of BC. “The voices of British Columbia First Nations, municipal leaders and residents are incredibly strong and united on the urgent need for a legislated tanker ban,” said Mr. Cullen, the NDP’s western Canada natural resources critic. Mr. Cullen said polls consistently show between 75 and 80 percent of British Columbians support a ban on tankers off the north coast, and the Union of BC Municipalities also passed a motion last year supporting a ban. “That is the majority that counts, not Mr. Harper’s seat count in the House of Commons,” he said. “The Prime Minister has a responsibility to listen to this majority of British Columbians who are clearly saying no to tankers off our coast and no to a pipeline that brings our region few benefits and tremendous risks.” The proposed Enbridge pipeline, slated to run from the Alberta tar sands to Kitimat, would bring more than 225 supertankers a year through the dangerous and remote northern coast, placing the diverse and fragile ecosystem at risk.