Prince Albert threatens to ban trucking dangerous goods

Prince Albert is threatening to ban dangerous goods from being transported through the city unless the province supplies a list of what is being carried by trucks.

Mayor wants province to supply list of what trucks are carrying

Prince Albert is threatening to ban dangerous goods from being transported through the city unless the province supplies a list of what is being carried by trucks.

Mayor Greg Dionne said he wants to make sure first responders have the proper equipment to deal with any incident that should arise. 

"It's a far out option, but it is an option that we have," Dionne said. "We don't want to use it, but at the same time we need to know what is coming through our community for the safety of our community."

He added that unlike Saskatoon and Regina, Prince Albert does not have a Circle Drive or Ring Road allowing trucks to go around the city. 

Mayor Dionne said he has been asking for a list for nine months without much response from the province, however since threatening to ban the trucks, the dialogue has picked up.

"I've heard from our local MLAs," Dionne said, laughing. "Of course, they don't like controversy."

"Unfortunately you sometimes have to use controversy to get the will, you know, to protect your people."

Dionne admitted banning dangerous goods would be a last resort, but said he believes the city has the authority to do so.

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