This project is too risky for the economy, climate, coast and Indigenous rights
A letter to the editor is a simple and effective way to oppose federal investment in the Trans Mountain pipeline.
The editorial pages are among the most-read sections of a newspaper, so a published letter can make a real impact.
Share your views and help us reach our goal of 100 published letters to the editor, with at least one from each province and territory.
Please personalize your letter by editing the talking points below so they are in your own words. This will give your letter more impact and increase its chances of being published.
- Introduce yourself (i.e., I’m a mother, student, kayaker, scientist, new Canadian, etc.) and explain why this issue is important to you.
- The global market for fossil fuels is shrinking. Investors have withdrawn about $6 trillion to date from fossil fuel projects globally. This makes major investments in this sunset industry a risky prospect, especially for Canadian taxpayers.
- A strong majority of Canadians cares about addressing the climate crisis and leaving our children a safer, more prosperous society. We can do this by modernizing our economy and seizing Canada’s unparalleled opportunity to be a global leader on renewable energy.
- The global transition to a clean energy economy is already underway at a rapid pace.
- Public money should not fund a project that hinders our ability to meet our Paris climate commitments. Science tells us that preventing a climate catastrophe will require keeping most fossil fuel deposits in the ground.
- Expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline will break Canada’s commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as it lacks free, prior and informed consent from key Indigenous groups.
- If built, the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline will cross more than 500 streams in the Fraser River watershed, threatening depleted Chinook salmon, which southern resident orcas depend on.
- Oil spills in marine environments always cause extensive damage, and best-case scenarios show that just 10 to 15 per cent of spilled oil is ever recovered. Unfortunately, the National Energy Board chose not to hear this evidence during its project review.