Trans Mountain decision will make Canadian history
During the past year, the federal government has made some bold, progressive decisions on climate policy, marine protection and endangered species. But a single decision — expected June 18 — could undermine those gains.
Expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline will lock in decades of increased tanker traffic and climate-destabilizing carbon emissions. It will also put the incredible ecosystems of Vancouver Harbour, the Fraser River estuary and the Salish Sea at risk from a catastrophic bitumen spill and shipping increases.
The good news: There’s still time to influence the June 18 decision!
Let’s flood MP and cabinet ministers’ phone lines with messages opposing pipeline expansion.
The decision on Trans Mountain will set the course for Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions and marine safety for decades to come. Let’s make sure government makes the right call.
- Introduce yourself (e.g., I’m a grandmother, student, immigrant, farmer, etc.).
- Say why curbing climate change and protecting endangered Salish Sea orcas and Chinook salmon is important to you.
- Ask about their position on Trans Mountain pipeline risks, including climate change and bitumen spills from increased tanker traffic.
- Ask if they’ll commit to opposing the Trans Mountain pipeline. (Wait for an answer.)
- If they will, ask how you can support their opposition to the pipeline. If they won’t, ask how you can encourage them to change their position and oppose the pipeline and the resulting increase in tanker traffic.
Tips for the call:
Our system makes calling your MP easy. We’ll connect you through your phone to their office. On some occasions you can speak to your MP directly, but usually 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 and respectful, but firm.
- Most elected officials appreciate an informed discussion with engaged constituents.
- Ask for a response and provide your contact information.
- Thank your MP for their time and attention.