OTTAWA, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Minister of Transport
reintroduced in the House of Commons the Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act, an important piece of legislation first tabled in Parliament on March
18, 2013, as part of the Government of Canada's comprehensive measures
to establish a World-Class Tanker Safety System.
"As the Speech from the Throne reiterated this week, our Government
remains committed to protecting Canada's coasts and shores and
building a world-class tanker safety system in Canada", said the
Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport.
Proposed amendments to the Marine Liability Act will fill a critical gap in the current liability and compensation
regime and implement a new international convention that covers
incidents involving hazardous and noxious substances carried by ships.
In addition, proposed amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 will strengthen the current requirements for spill prevention and
preparedness at oil handling facilities; increase Transport Canada's
oversight and enforcement capacity; and enhance response to oil spill
"As part of our plan for Responsible Resource Development, our
Government is enhancing Canada's tanker safety system to ensure it
meets world-class standards," said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister
of Natural Resources. "The Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act is
an important step in ensuring the safe and reliable transport of
Canada's natural resources."
Responsible Resource Development (RRD) achieves the right balance to
unleash the potential of our resource sectors to create high-value jobs
across Canada while strengthening safety and environmental protection.
For more information on RRD: http://actionplan.gc.ca/en/initiative/responsible-resource-development
In addition, the Canada Seas and Skies Act also enacts the Aviation Industry Indemnity Act, which stemmed from consultation with the Canadian airline industry and
enables Canada's air industry to have the aviation war-risk coverage it
needs in times of difficulty.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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