ordered his Ministers to make up a law banning oil tankers on the West Coast.
Oil producers and pipeline folks are claiming they will still build their Gateway pipeline from Alberta to the B.C. coast. The Federal Government and the native communities have signed off on it! But what happens when they get the oil to the coast if the Prime Minister outlaws the ships to carry it to foreign markets?
Of course the Prime Minister's law must also apply to other oil tankers, too! The American ships carrying Alaska oil will have to sail far out to sea to avoid the Canadian coastline. (I assume the 200 mile limit will apply here.) That will cost them more money. And what about all that tanker traffic on the East coast? They will have to be banned too unless the Prime Minister decides the east coast is not as sensitive to oil tanker traffic as the west coast.
The Prime Minister's edict is very short sighted and it could well alienate Alberta from Ottawa again! Maybe Justin really wasn't ready!