Canadian Liberal Legislation to Ban B.C. Tankers

Liberal backbencher Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra), moved on Tuesday to formalize her party’s long-stated opposition to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project, introducing private member’s Bill C-606 in the Commons that proposes to ban tanker traffic off B.C.’s north coast. In fact all federal opposition parties oppose the tanker traffic — which would have the effect of killing the pipeline and Kitimat port project planned by Enbridge. Currently undergoing federal environmental review, it promises jobs and cash for the locals and government coffers. Aboriginal groups, whose lands would be disturbed, have been most vocal in rejecting the megadevelopment. The Northern Gateway Project, importantly, would serve Canada’s national interests in that it would create a port and west coast shipping point across the Pacific for oilsands products which now are being sold only to the U.S. With the U.S. becoming ever more environmentally conscious, it clearly would benefit Canada to have alternative markets in India and China. New Democrats hold the riding where Northern Gateway would have its biggest affect — Skeena-Bulkley Valley — but Liberals are keen to outperform the NDP on the issue. Jack Layton’s party sponsored a parliamentary motion last week calling for a ban on the B.C. tankers. So, it’s not a surprise to see Murray make her move with a private member’s bill this week. The party, which holds its B.C. seats in urban areas and especially Vancouver, is betting that green-minded folks in the province’s biggest city will approve of C-606. A news release from Murray’s office states: “Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has repeatedly called on the Conservatives to commit to protecting B.C.’s north coast, a call that the Conservatives have deflected and ignored. Liberals remain the only party to consistently defend the region from drilling and crude oil tanker traffic.” The problem is that, these days, private member’s bills — from all sides of the House — even when they manage to pass the Commons with the backing of the Bloc, NDP and Grits, get thwarted in the Conservative-dominated Senate, and so ultimately go nowhere. ((14 DEC 2010))

http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/powerplay/archive/2010/12/14/liberal-legislation-to-ban-b-c-tankers.aspx

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