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Modernize and strengthen environment act. Call House of Commons Environmental Committee about Bill S-5

Priority amendments include:

  • Tying the right to a healthy environment to decision-making on toxic substances and air pollution.
  • Labelling requirements to disclose harmful chemicals in consumer products.
  • Legislated timelines to prevent delays in measures to control toxic substances.

Talking points

A direct phone call to a committee member’s parliamentary office can make a big difference. Please use the following points

  • Introduce yourself (e.g., I’m a grandmother, father, immigrant, farmer, student, etc.).
  • Tell them you want them to strengthen Bill S-5 and let them know why improving the Environmental Protection Act, Canada’s pollution law, is important to you and your community.
  • Make the pitch (in brief!):
    • I am calling you because you are a member of the House of Commons Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.
    • I’m encouraged that Bill S-5 to modernize the Environmental Protection Act is moving through Parliament at last and that Canada is poised to recognize in law the right to a healthy environment.
    • Environmental groups are calling for amendments at committee to improve Bill S-5.
    • Please support amendments to make S-5 as effective as possible to confront the environmental challenges we face today.
    • Priority amendments include:
      • Tying the right to a healthy environment to decision-making on toxic substances and air pollution.
      • Labelling requirements to disclose harmful chemicals in consumer products.
      • Legislated timelines to prevent delays in measures to control toxic substances.
    • Please strengthen bill S-5. It has never been more important to protect human health and the environment. I look forward to hearing the member’s response.

Tips for the call

Our system makes calling committee members, who are MPs, easy. We’ll connect you through your phone to their office. You may be able to speak to committee members, but more likely you will reach an assistant or leave a voicemail. Once the call rings through to your phone, use the talking points above as guides.

  • Use a headset or hands-free — This will give you both hands to take notes about what was said.
  • Be polite but firm — Make sure to ask for a response and provide them with return contact information.
  • Thank them for their time and attention.

NOTE: When you click ‘MAKE THE CALL’ you will be prompted with a list of seven MPs from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. You can choose who you want to call, or let it be randomized by keeping all fields checked. The member you are calling will appear at the top of the box while it transfers to your phone and patches you to their office.