Canada’s new government is moving ahead with a promised indefinite ban on oil tankers visiting the north coast of British Columbia on the country’s west coast, according to CBC News.
The order came from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau whose Liberal Party won the October 19 general election by a landslide, ousting Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. The ban had been part of the Liberals’ election platform.
Trudeau has instructed the relevant government agencies – led by Transport and including fisheries, natural resources and environment – to put the ban into action.
One large knock-on effect of the decision is likely to be the end of the planned Northern Gateway pipeline project. It would have delivered oil sands crude from Alberta province where it is abundant to Kitimat Port in B.C. from where it would have been shipped to markets in Asia.