On a BC Liberal campaign stop in Surrey this week, Premier Christy Clark called on the federal government to ban the shipment of U.S. thermal coal through B.C. – including along the waterfront line that runs through White Rock and South Surrey.
Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver endorsed Clark’s suggestion, noting the BC Liberals and NDP both voted against a similar call he made in the legislature three years ago.
“I sincerely hope that this move the premier has made is more than just election politics,” Weaver said.
Clark announced the move Wednesday, in response to 20 per cent preliminary lumber duties imposed by the U.S. Commerce Department set to take effect May 1. She said her government has been considering the request for some time, but didn’t want to provoke U.S. President Donald Trump while softwood lumber talks were proceeding.
– Tom Fletcher & Tracy Holmes