Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau wrapped up a trip in Bella Bella Sunday afternoon to get a grasp on a diesel spill from a sunken tug boat last month.
Garneau met with members of the Heiltsuk Nation and flew over the area where the Nathan E. Stewart tug boat has been submerged for more than three weeks.
Andy Callicum with the Heiltsuk Tribal Council says Garneau offered words of support, but the council is leaning on an announcement Monday afternoon.
“He mentioned that a moratorium on crude oil tankers for the North Coast would be announced before the end of the year and an announcement is also forthcoming for some federal plans to improve marine safety.”
Callicum says the Heitsuk Nation will hold Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accountable on his promise to ban oil tankers on B.C.’s coast.
Justin Trudeau will be in Vancouver Monday and is expected to make an announcement about a spill response system in the province.
Callicum says Garneau dropped some hints.
“It was addressing either the moratorium on crude oil tankers on the north coast, or an announcement to bolster marine response capability on the coast.”
The PM will arrive for a morning tour of the Vancouver Harbour aboard a Canadian Coast Guard ship, followed by a noon hour announcement alongside the federal minister of transportation Marc Garneau in Stanley Park.
B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak says the current federal government marine response capacity is inadequate for existing levels of marine traffic, never mind factoring in potential pipeline expansion.