Protesters briefly hijacked a news conference with B.C.’s senior federal cabinet minister Friday morning in North Vancouver.
The demonstrators were on their way to deliver a 14,000-name signature petition to James Moore’s constituency office in Port Moody, when they stopped in to drop off oil-covered sticks and rocks.
They are criticizing the last week’s federal government’s response to the oil spill in English Bay that is still keeping people out of the water.
Moore says he will read the petition, but stands behind the government’s approach.
“We’ve invested more money into coastal protection, more money into environmental protection. We have polluter-pay laws. We have strong regulations against industry.”
Moore says as the spill is reviewed, there may be lessons all agencies involved can learn from.
He and B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone announced the federal government will contribute $100 million toward improvements to the Highway 1 Lower Lynn Corridor, with another $66 million coming from the province and district.