We’re celebrating here in the Dogwood office and you should be too.
This afternoon in the House of Commons, MP’s voted in favour of a motion to ban oil tankers on BC’s north coast. The motion called on the government to immediately propose legislation to ban bulk oil tanker traffic in the Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound.
This success is a direct result of supporters like you who have taken action to keep oil tankers off our coast. It’s the result of 83 First Nations who have used their own laws to ban oil pipelines and tankers through their traditional territories. It’s the result of the Union of BC Municipalities, our mayors and councilors, who have said no to oil tankers and pipelines. It’s the result of the BC Union of Fisherman and tourism operators who have rallied together against the unacceptable risk that oil spills pose to our province’s salmon rivers and coastlines.
Today Canadians – and our MPs – have sent a strong message that BC’s north coast will be an oil tanker free coast.
The success of this motion is a sign we’re winning. And it’s a sign that we need to keep pushing on. One of the most helpful things you can do now is make a donation to Dogwood Initiative.
Many of you have already donated this fall and I thank you for your support. Your donations are helping to keep the pressure on MPs to take action on this issue – they’re putting canvassers on the ground, helping us go door to door in key ridings and buying billboard space across the country. Thank you.
So enjoy today. It’s a moment for you and I to celebrate the work we’ve accomplished. Legislated tanker ban, here we come!