Oil Tanker Ban Hearings

Kathy Brookes

MP Nathan Cullen is expressing frustration with the length of time it's taking the Senate to deal with Bill C-48 -- the legislation to ban oil tanker traffic off the North Coast.

This -- just ahead of Senate Transport Committee hearings on the bill in Prince Rupert on Tuesday and Terrace on Wednesday. 

The bill was passed by the House of Commons in May of last year and Cullen notes the end of the current session Parliament is only a few months away.

The Skeena-Bulkley Valley New Democrat will be among the witnesses appearing at tomorrow's hearing.  

Cullen says Northwest residents have been clear that they need this ban to protect their coast, fisheries and way of life. 

Numerous First Nations leaders, environmental groups, the fishermen's union, the City of Prince Rupert and port authority as also scheduled to speak tomorrow.

The mayors of Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, The North Matters and the International Ship-Owners Alliance will be among the witnesses Wednesday in Terrace. 

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