NEWS RELEASE · 4th April 2011
News reports show that the Liberals are ready to flip flop on tankers, says NDP's Cullen
News that a senior Enbridge executive “expects the Liberals to scrap their plan to ban oil tanker traffic off the BC north coast” shows that only New Democrats can be trusted to protect the coast from oil spills, says NDP Natural Resources and Energy Critic Nathan Cullen.
“We’re the only party that has a clear, firm, longstanding commitment on this issue,” says Cullen, who put forward the Opposition motion on December 2, 2010 that calls for a permanent ban on north coast oil tanker traffic. It passed on December 7.
Cullen and all New Democrat MPs have been very active on the issue. Cullen has toured the province with his “oil and water” tour for a year.
Michael Ignatieff and the Liberals supported Cullen's motion, but recent news calls into question Ignatieff's commitment.
Between February 4 and March 3, 2011, Enbridge officials met with eleven senior Liberal MPs and operatives according to the federal lobbyist registry. Yesterday, in light of those meetings, Enbridge CEO Pat Daniel told the Globe and Mail that he "expects the Liberals to scrap their plan to ban oil tanker traffic off the BC north coast, should they win the May 2 election."