Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is forging ahead with a promise to ban oil tanker traffic off the BC North Coast.
Trudeau has included the directive in a mandate letter to federal transport minister Marc Garneau.
The letter calls on Garneau to “formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s North Coast, working in collaboration” with the fisheries, environment, and natural resources ministers.
Formalizing the 2010 tanker moratorium would make Hecate Strait, Queen Charlotte Sound, and Dixon Entrance off limits to tanker traffic.
The action is expected to effectively kill any pipeline project that would attempt to get oil to tidewater on the North Coast, including Northern Gateway.
Trudeau has also instructed fisheries minister Hunter Tootoo to begin the process to reopen the Kitsilano coast guard base in Vancouver’s English Bay.