NEWS RELEASE · 7th December 2010
MP Nathan Cullen - Ottawa
One more marker along path to shut down Enbridge threat
British Columbia is one step closer to having a full legislated ban on supertankers off its north and central coasts after a motion introduced by MP Nathan Cullen received the support of Parliament just minutes ago.
“Banning tankers would protect the BC coast from Enbridge’s risky venture,” said an ecstatic Cullen following today’s vote which passed the House of Commons 143 to 138. “This is absolutely one more marker along the path to defending the Northwest against the threat to our environment and way of life.”
“For years the people of British Columbia and concerned Canadians have been calling on the federal government to protect their coast from the risk posed by oil tankers,” echoed New Democrat Leader Jack Layton.
“Now the government has clear direction from this House to move forward and bring in this much needed legislation.”
For Cullen, New Democrat Natural Resources and Energy critic, today’s victory is the culmination of years of hard work and consultation with communities, First Nations, and other stakeholders.
“First Nations have led the fight to protect our environment and ocean economy every step of the way,” he said.
“They have been joined by the municipalities of BC, concerned citizens and now by a majority of elected MPs. The government must respect the will of the House and wishes of Canadians by immediately introducing a bill to stop these tankers once and for all. If they need help, they can use our bill that we have already drafted.”
Since Cullen tabled and led debate on the NDP motion last Thursday, thousands of Canadians have stepped up to support the tanker ban online, through email and petitions and lobbying their MPs.
“The out pouring of support has been outstanding,” said Cullen. “I think it shows people are engaged with what is happening politically, especially when it affects such an important part of Canada’s natural heritage as the BC coast.
We can't all live on Welfare
Comment by Larry Thompson on 9th December 2010
As I travel back and fourth to Fort McMurray and see the abundance of opportunity for people to secure a great source of income and very rewarding careers I keep wishing that our communities in the NorthWest could prop themselves up and become a good place to live and work once again.
I have supported Nathan Cullen in the past but with the Close the Door to all Industrial Development attitude that the NDP have embraced, I don't think that I can support them any more. We need jobs in the NorthWest, we can't all live on Welfare. Build the pipeline.
Comment by Roma Burnett on 8th December 2010
Good for you Nathan.
You managed to stop the coal mine in Clappin and now you and your friends are trying to stop Enbridge.
Soon all of Northern B.C. can be on WELFARE!
Just wondering if there is anything you support?
Not in my back yard.
Comment by Aaron von Schleinitz on 7th December 2010
“It is ironic that one of the unfortunate outcomes of a successful opposition motion would be to effectively support an increase in marine tanker traffic through Vancouver, the Strait of Georgia, Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan d Fuca,” said Enridge spokeswoman Gina Jordan.
We might be able to take it out of our back yard, but we're just putting it in someone else's.