Fin in the House: Turns out the Liberals' so called “oceans protection plan” doesn’t protect oceans after all.

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, this week we learned it is impossible to clean up the 250,000 litres of oil spilled near St. John's. This environmental disaster is Newfoundland's largest oil spill ever.

It turns out the Liberals' so-called oceans protection plan does not protect oceans after all. First the Marathassa, then theNathan E. Stewart and now this. No wonder British Columbians do not trust the Liberals on Trans Mountain. Newfoundland proves the Liberals do not have a credible spill-recovery operation in place.

Canadians want to know: Is this the Liberals' idea of world-class oil spill response?

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, our historic investments in an oceans protection plan of $1.5 billion will work with local communities, partner with top scientists, partner with indigenous communities and demonstrate that we have the capacity to respond to spills and to protect our coasts and the livelihood of those who depend on them.

We know that there is always more work to do, but we have focused on investing smartly, on trusting science and on working in partnership with provinces, municipalities and indigenous people to keep our oceans safe.