Michael Ignatieff promises to enshrine oil tanker ban off B.C.’s northern coast

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      Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says his party will “formalize” an existing moratorium on oil tankers off B.C.’s northern coast, if given the chance to form a government.

      Ignatieff announced today (June 21) that the federal Liberals would use regulation, legislation, or both to make sure oil tanker traffic stays out of the Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait, and Queen Charlotte Sound.

      “The Harper Conservatives refuse to recognize the tanker moratorium off the B.C. coast, and have taken no steps to protect our marine ecosystems from harmful oil spills,” Ignatieff said in a press release.

      The Pierre Trudeau government brought in the oil tanker moratorium in 1972.

      Ignatieff’s announcement comes two months after the BP oil spill began in the Gulf of Mexico.

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      Jun 21, 2010 at 5:24pm

      Until they become government!


      Jun 21, 2010 at 7:44pm

      Hopefully this would also ensure no oilport for the tar sands on the West Coast, which would help shutdown the Chinese market for the dirty oil from there.


      Jun 21, 2010 at 7:58pm

      If us guys in B.C. get sucked in by Ignatieff we will be paying for it for years. The man looks for anything to get him a vote. Remember the other idiot he mentions Trudeau. That guy totally wrecked this country. It has cost the west billions. I totally don't trust the Liberals. Think about the province and you Liberals. HST anyone?


      Jun 22, 2010 at 3:56am

      For a guy as educated as Ignatieff, I'm surprised he'd sink to shameless photo ops.

      It's not a bad position, but probably one better taken by a young rising star staffer.

      glen p robbins

      Jun 22, 2010 at 12:42pm

      With the public pissed over Harper's security Show -- (And now for all you little chickadees out there)---Ignatieff makes a good political move. It isn't enough to satisfy real environmental concerns -- yes "formalize" needs to be 'fleshed' beyond fantasy.

      Decent politics - he'll benefit I bet