Cullen Calls Liberal Tanker Bill a ‘Good First Step’
Smithers, B.C. – It’s a rarity in politics but it happened this week – an NDP MP is applauding a proposed bill put forth by the governing Liberals.
But Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says the bill to ban crude oil tanker traffic on B.C.’s North Coast is mostly the “direct result of decades of hard work by Northwest First Nations and communities to protect sensitive marine environments.”
“Congratulations to everyone who has played a part in finally getting the federal government to understand the absolute need for a moratorium on tanker traffic,” he said yesterday.
“Today is a milestone along a journey that began over 40 years ago to ban crude oil tanker traffic along our precious coast.”
However, Cullen added “the devil is in the details and we’ll all be watching to make sure study of the proposed legislation is evidence-based and includes people of the Northwest who understand the risks of tanker traffic.”
He said he’s pleased the bill uses much of his private member’s bill introduced in 2015 but voted down by the then-Conservative government.
Transportation Minister Marc Garneau’s proposed bill would prohibit oil tankers from carrying crude and persistent oils as cargo from stopping, loading or unloading at ports or marine installations in northern B.C.