Justin Trudeau’s federal government introduced a bill in the House of Commons last week to officially enact a moratorium on crude oil tankers on British Columbia’s North coast.
This is nothing but virtue signalling because if there truly was an economic or environmental case to be made for this ban, Trudeau and his government just aren’t making it.
If anything, this ban will have tremendous negative economic effects, including for First Nations communities who stood to benefit the most from economic development and a pipeline to our northern port.
This action will do nothing to stop the hundreds of tankers sailing from Alaska down the BC coast to ports in Washington and California, many of them sailing close to Vancouver Island, home of many environmentalists.
This ban is bad for business, bad for First Nations and bad for BC.