Members of the Federal Cabinet yesterday made a difficult decision on behalf of the entire country to approve two major pipeline projects and to deny approval to one other. I want to acknowledge the intensity of people’s feeling around these decisions and understand that this hits close to home for many British Columbians. I am very pleased that my seven years of effort to protect BC’s north coast by legislating a ban on crude oil tanker traffic have now borne fruit. I ask you to join me in celebrating the protection of the Great Bear rainforest and our majestic north coast announced yesterday.
Cabinet’s decision to approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion project is very disappointing for me and for many in Vancouver Quadra and British Columbia. I worked hard to represent their concerns in Ottawa. I also stand in support of my colleagues in government in their inclusive approach to decision making that considers more voices, a greater diversity of viewpoints and wider consultation and consideration than ever before. Ultimately we are moving Canada in the right direction with many positive environmental, climate, and clean energy initiatives and no one project will diminish my commitment to reducing national greenhouse gas emissions, protecting ecosystems and ensuring better health and well-being for all Canadians.
MP Joyce Murray