No Cause for Complaint – Says Premier Clark on Oceans Protection Plan
Vancouver, B.C.- Premier Christy Clark says she looks forward to finalizing the agreement for the Oceans Protection Plan.Saying the Oceans Protection Plan announced by the Federal Government today ( see previous story) is “long overdue”, Premier Clark says it is something that is critically important to not just British Columbia but the entire nation.
The ocean is a lifeline for so many jobs, so many families, so many communities an the ocean is also the basis of all life on earth. Our ecology depends on a healthy ocean, so that’s why we’ve worked so hard in our province to define what world leading looks like we’ve identified the gaps, we’ve had intensive discussions over the years with this government and the government previous, to make sure that they understand what it is we think we need in this province. I am really gratified to say that the Federal Government response we’ve seen today, identifies the gaps that we’ve identified. I look forward to finalizing the details to make sure we implement the plans that they’ve set out.”
The Premier says the devil is in the details and the full plan has not yet been seen”We set out eleven gaps that needed to be filled, we wanted to make sure all the commitments made, that when they fill out the details they are what we set out.”
The Premier says while the plan impacts the Atlantic, the Arctic and the Pacific, the bulk of the benefits of the plan seem to flow to British Columbia.
She says there is still a lot of work to do if the Federal Government approves the Kinder Morgan pipeline but adds, the Courts have also ruled B.C. has to do its own environmental assessment on that project “So there is still a lot of work to do.”
She says the plan, at this point, doesn’t give BC everything it needs “We’ve got a big coast, we’ve got a lot of rough weather, we think we need more than one tug ( as outlined in the plan)”.