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Donnelly (NDP) demands restoration of Coast Guard services in BC

April 20, 2015

House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 196 (20 April 2015) at 12751.



  • The Auditor General has been clear. The government is not prepared to deal with even moderately sized oil spills, but the Conservatives keep cutting the organizations that respond to these emergencies, including the Kitsilano Coast Guard station, B.C.’s oil spill environmental response centre and Coast Guard communication centres.

    The recent Vancouver oil spill should be a wake-up call. Will the Conservatives repair the damage they have done and restore these critical services?

    Mr. Fin Donnelly

    New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP

  • Mr. Speaker, Coast Guard experts have been crystal clear that there is no change in our Coast Guard response. The Kitsilano station was not an environmental response station and never provided these types of environmental response operations.

    As the assistant commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard has stated, the Kitsilano station would not have made any difference to the response of the Marathassa leak. The proper responder was tasked in this situation.

    Hon. Gail Shea

    Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, CPC

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