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A secret leaked memo reveals that Big Oil and Gas lobbyists have been meeting regularly with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s inner cabinet to push their agenda to deregulate the oil and gas industry and cancel environmental regulations meant to keep us healthy and safe – and they are doing it under the guise of responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Read more.

Sign the letter below and tell the government that its focus should be on people, workers and communities, not on bailing out and catering to the corporate interests of Big Oil.

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I care about our country, the people in it, and the land we live on.   

During the COVID-19 pandemic, all government intervention needs to put people and communities first. A huge number of Canadians are currently out of work and while millions have signed up for emergency financial relief, many people are still ineligible for assistance. As we seek economic solutions that will guide Canadians out of this financial crisis, we must not forget our other responsibilities. Action on the climate crisis and true reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples must not be paused, or put aside, but are in fact key to planning our economy recovery.

I was dismayed to see the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)’s secret letter to you and your cabinet. During a global pandemic, CAPP is exploiting the crisis to lobby for looser environmental regulations and measures that would put human health at risk. They’re also asking for special access, and closed-door meetings without having to register as lobbyists.

Instead of requesting closed-door meetings, like oil and gas lobbyists, I issue this request openly and transparently. Canada need strong leadership that radically invests in solutions to the climate crisis, including a just transition for workers. When the Canadian economy reopens, make it a green economy.

Prime Minister, I urge you to put people, the climate and democracy before oil and gas profits.

Sincerely,

The Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading grassroots social action group. For 35 years our work has remained 100 per cent independent and funded by generous donations from people like you. We do not accept corporate or government funding, and never have.

The Council of Canadians, 200-240 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 1X4, Tel.: 613-233-2773, 1-800-387-7177, inquiries@canadians.org, https://canadians.org