Fin in the House: When will the Liberals put an end to the charade and protect our coast?

    Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Liberals go on and on about Kinder Morgan being in the national interest. Do members know what is in the national interest? Protecting our coastal economy. Do members know what else is in the national interest? Protecting our marine environment. The proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline will mean a sevenfold increase in tanker traffic. These tankers will be filled with diluted bitumen. Do members know what is not in the Liberals' so-called ocean protection plan? The technology to clean up toxic dilbit. When will the Prime Minister put an end to this charade and protect our coast?

 

     Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, that sevenfold increase is from five to 35 a month, so one tanker a day.

    The $1.5 billion ocean protection plan strengthens the eyes and the ears of the Coast Guard to ensure better communication with vessels. It adds new radar sites in strategic locations. It puts more enforcement officers on the coast. It adds more primary environmental response teams to bolster Coast Guard capacity. It invests in new technology.

    We are conducting scientific research to make cleanups more effective. We reopened the Kitsilano Coast Guard station that was—