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Call your MP to help protect Canada’s oceans

Using this simple tool, you can urge your MP to advocate for real ocean protection and to say no to new fossil fuel infrastructure, including pipelines, which will increase tanker traffic.

Calling your MP is easy. We’ll connect you through your phone to your MP’s office. You won’t likely be able to speak to your MP directly, but you can talk to the constituent assistant or leave a voicemail. Easy talking points, to help guide you through the call, are found below and will remain on your screen throughout the call.

 


Speaking points

  • Say who you are (that you live in their riding) and a bit about yourself (e.g., a mother, concerned citizen, scientist, immigrant, Indigenous person, voter, etc.).
  • Ask why the recent “Coastal Protection Plan” doesn’t focus on marine planning and protection, but instead provides funding for infrastructure that facilitates oil tanker traffic.
  • Explain that even the best oil spill response leaves 80 per cent of spilled oil in the water. Shouldn’t we focus on reducing or eliminating transporting oil in coastal areas?
  • Tell them that increased container and tanker traffic means increased ship strikes on whales and dolphins.
  • Ask them for a commitment to work in Parliament to stop all new oil and gas infrastructure projects, especially pipelines like Kinder Morgan that will lead to increased tanker traffic.
  • Leave them your name and phone number and ask them to reply to confirm whether they will commit to fighting for real ocean protection.

Tips for the call

  • Use a headset or hands-free — This will give you both hands to take notes about what was said.
  • Be polite but firm — MPs are our elected representatives. They will likely be happy to hear from engaged constituents. Be polite and direct. Make sure to ask for a response.