IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ Will the Conservatives reverse cuts to marine safety?

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, what is clear is Conservatives have messed up on the Senate, but they have really messed up on marine safety.

    The completely inadequate response to the fuel spill in English Bay has made it clear that the government does not have the capacity to respond to spills properly. Conservative cuts to marine safety and environmental protection are putting the public, our environment and our economy at risk.

    This should be a wake-up call. Conservatives should be listening to British Columbians.

    I have a very simple question. Will the Conservatives reverse cuts to marine safety and move now to reopen the Kitsilano coast guard station?

    Hon. Lisa Raitt (Minister of Transport, CPC): Mr. Speaker, first of all, I want to commend the Canadian Coast Guard on its excellent work in cleaning up the spill and for the short period of time in responding to it.

    The reason why I say this is because I think it is important for the House to realize and remember that for the past 20 years it is the ship transiting Canadian waters that is ultimately fully responsible for its own pollution and has a contract with responsible organizations to clean up that spill. When the spill was not identified, it was the Canadian Coast Guard that came in to do what needed to be done in an excellent way.

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