VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A Vancouver MP says she wasn’t planning a fight with western provinces over her bill to ban oil tankers from BC’s inside passage.

Just days before the BC Liberals choose a new leader, Gordon Campbell, Premier of Alberta Ed Stelmach and Premier of Saskatchewan Brad Wall have all written the prime minister asking him to kill the bill.

The premiers say Liberal Joyce Murray‘s tanker ban bill is “aimed squarely at limiting Western Canada’s opportunities to grow our economies” and since Canada imports 800,000 barrels of petroleum a day through Eastern Canada, restricting it through western ports would be “inconsistent.”

But Murray is skeptical. “I’m not sure any of the premiers had a chance to get the full story on this bill because the material that came out in their press release matched exactly the material in Enbridge’s PowerPoint in Ottawa.”

Enbridge is behind the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline running from Alberta to Kitimat.