Canada to spend $1.1 billion to boost oil spill response

By Catherine Ngai

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada’s Liberal government on Monday vowed to toughen its response to oil spills at sea, a move that some critics say will increase local tanker traffic and hurt the environment.

As part of a marine safety plan to protect oceans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Ottawa would spend C$1.5 billion ($1.1 billion) over five years on better response measures and research into how to clean up oil spills.

Trudeau said the plan “will make Canada a world leader in marine safety.”

However, environmentalists said the announcement was a sign Ottawa will approve the hotly contested …
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