Friday, September 11, 2015

Justin Trudeau courts British Columbia voters with proposed ban on tankers for North Coast

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau
was talking about the North Coast
as part of his Oceans policy
release on Thursday
Political issues on the North Coast received a bit of a national focus on Thursday as Liberal leader Justin Trudeau held a wide ranging media conference in Vancouver, addressing a number of issues of interest to British Columbia voters.

Among one item which might have caught the eye of voters in Skeena-Bulkley Valley, was the Liberal leader's thoughts on oil tankers and pipelines and their place on the North Coast, which in the case of Mr. Trudeau is no place.

The key aspect of the Liberal leader's plan to protect Canada's oceans featured a definite North Coast look:

Formalize the moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s North Coast – including the Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait, and Queen Charlotte Sound – and ensure that ecologically sensitive areas and local economies are protected from the devastating impacts of a spill.

You can review the full outline of that Ocean protection plan here. A larger overview of what the Liberal's have in mind can be found here.

Some of the media coverage of Mr. Trudeau's Vancouver event on tankers and pipelines can be found below:

Vancouver Sun -- Liberals promise to stop oil tanker traffic along northern BC coast if elected
Globe and Mail -- Trudeau promises to safeguard northern B. C. coast from pipelines
The Tyee -- Trudeau won't say Yay or Nay to Woodfibre LNG
Toronto Star -- Liberal leader Justin Trudeau talks pipeline politics

The moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic may be a major part of the national campaign, but in Skeena-Bulkley Valley that topic hasn't been given much of a spotlight to this point.

As a quick review of our Northwest September archive page will show, for the most part the only discussion related to oil or gas in the Northwest has featured a focus on gasoline prices at the pump and thoughts on the need for oil refinery capacity to be increased in the province.

You can review our Northwest coverage from our anchor page here, as well on our Political blog Darcy McGee, we have daily links to provincial and national news items as the campaign moves forward towards the October 19th election day.

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