Bell celebrates success of NDP tanker ban motion

Canada is one step closer to having a full legislative ban on supertankers operating off BC’s coasts after an NDP motion passed in the House of Commons 143 to 138.

“I celebrate the success of this motion with Nathan Cullen- NDP MP for Skeena- Bulkley Valley and the rest of the caucus in Ottawa,” says Catherine Bell, former NDP MP and current candidate for Vancouver Island North. “Now the government has clear direction to move forward and bring in much needed legislation.”

Bell introduced a private members bill banning tankers off BC’s coast in 2008, and Fin Donnelly- NDP MP for New Westminster- Coquitlam has introduced a similar bill in the current Parliament.

“This victory has been the culmination of years of hard work and consultation with communities, First Nations and other stakeholders,” adds Bell. “Now a majority of British Columbians support a ban, and now so do the majority of elected MP’s.”

Since this motion was tabled, thousands of Canadians have stepped up to support the tanker ban: joining online groups, signing up for email updates, signing petitions and lobbying their MP’s.

“I’m calling on John Duncan, current MP for Vancouver Island North, to stand up for British Columbians, and respect the will of the House, by immediately getting the Harper government to introduce a bill that stops tankers once and for all,” concludes Bell.

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