British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has issued the following statement in response to the federal government’s announcement regarding enhanced marine-response capacity:
“I want to welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to build a world-leading marine-safety system for the shipping traffic we have today. This is something I have been fighting for since I became Premier.
“As the Prime Minister said today, this announcement is long overdue. Federal governments have for decades fallen short of providing adequate spills response and prevention on our coast.
“The coast and the ocean are lifelines for us in British Columbia. They are our links to the world. And for so many British Columbians, they are the source of their jobs, their means of providing for their families and for their future.
“That’s why we have worked hard to define what a world-leading system looks like. We have identified the gaps and held discussions for the last few months with the federal government.
“I’m gratified to say the federal response addresses the gaps we identified. I look forward to finalizing the details as our governments work together to implement the plans.”