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Senator Doug Black calls for tanker ban consultations with Albertans in Alberta

Statement by the Honourable Doug Black

Alberta Elected Senator Doug Black issued the following statement on the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications travel plans regarding the committee’s hearings on Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.

“I have just had confirmed that for its study on the proposed oil tanker ban on the northern coast of BC, the Senate Transport committee has decided to visit Price Rupert and Terrace British Columbia but not Alberta.

“I find it disappointing that some members of the committee voted against travelling to a province severely affected by this Bill. Their choice not to hear from the people in Alberta about the consequences the Bill will have on them is puzzling.

“As I argued at the Transport Committee, it angers me, as a Senator from Alberta, which is being hurt, which I would suggest is being targeted, that my colleagues wouldn’t say, “I can find two days to go and listen to Albertans.

“I call on the Senators on the Transportation Committee to reconsider their decision to not visit Alberta to hear how an oil tanker ban will affect them.”

 

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“I find it disappointing that some members of the committee voted against travelling to a province severely affected by this Bill. Their choice not to hear from the people in Alberta about the consequences the Bill will have on them is puzzling. - Senator Doug Black