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Ottawa, July 8, 2014 – In a new infographic released today, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce highlights five key facts about transporting oil by water.

“Oil and its transportation have become one of the most pressing policy debates of the last few years. In order to preserve our economic competitiveness we need to make a series of decisions about transportation infrastructure, or risk undermining our economic competitiveness”, said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

The facts are:

  1. We can’t ignore the benefits for Canada.
  2. Exxon Valdez was a quarter century ago. Times have changed.
  3. Oil tankers have been in B.C. waters for more than 50 years.
  4. B.C. is unique (but not when it comes to the challenges of marine navigation).
  5. B.C. and Canada deserve the world’s best oil spill prevention and response system.

The oil industry, while largely based in Alberta and Saskatchewan, touches the Canadian economy as a whole. This broader economic benefit happens through the purchase of goods and services from companies based in other provinces, contributions to federal and provincial tax revenue, and the provision of remittances from oil sands workers and investment opportunities for pension plans. This is truly about the economic good of Canada as a whole.

British Columbia, Canada’s gateway to Asia, is at the heart of these discussions. The issue is complex and there are a lot of conflicting information on the risks and benefits. We believe there are a few key facts – five of them in particular -that need to be a greater part of the discussion about transporting oil by water.

At the Canadian Chamber of Commerce we are committed to having this discussion. The choices we make will shape our economy for years to come.

As Canadians, we all need to be part of this discussion.

Click here to read our infographic.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing some 200, 000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. Follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.

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Émilie S. Potvin
Vice President, Public Relations & Stakeholder Engagement
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