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Wildrose motion asking Ottawa to scrap tanker ban passes in legislature

Today, Wildrose Grande Prairie-Smoky MLA Todd Loewen’s Motion 506, which calls for the federal government to scrap its planned crude-oil tanker ban on British Columbia’s north coast, passed with the full support of the house.

Premier Rachel Notley and the NDP government have previously refused to voice opposition to the tanker ban after months of questions from the Wildrose Official Opposition.

Loewen said he’s glad Wildrose MLAs helped convince the NDP government about the importance of telling Ottawa tanker bans are bad, not just for Alberta, but all of Canada.

“During the last election, the NDP government was ready to give up on Northern Gateway, but Wildrose has never given up on this critical pipeline and supporting our energy sector,” Loewen said. “We are thrilled that after repeated pressure, members of the NDP government are voting with Wildrose to present Ottawa with a united voice on the issue of tanker bans.”

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean was the first leader in the Alberta Legislature to clearly advocate against a tanker ban on the north coast. In March, Jean wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking for the planned moratorium on the west coast to be reversed.

“After months of inaction from government, this motion is a first step in putting pressure on Ottawa to reverse this misguided decision,” Loewen said.