This year, the Trudeau government both declared a national climate emergency and followed it the next day with an approval of the expansion of the Trans Mountain bitumen-exporting pipeline. The Liberals’ approval of this project, which will triple our current exports of diluted bitumen, makes a mockery of the government’s climate change commitments.
Please stand with me and my NDP colleagues to protect our coast.
Coastal communities are clear in their opposition to this project. It will increase tanker traffic nearly seven-fold and notably increase the risks of oil-spills in our precious coastal environment. The Liberal government is ignoring concerns and opposition from Indigenous and coastal communities. We need to take decisive action to protect our environment, deliver clean air and water, and reduce greenhouse gases.
It is clear Canada must transition to a renewable and clean energy future. That is why I hosted a series of town halls on clean energy earlier this year.
Following the 2018 Federal Court of Appeal ruling on the Trans Mountain pipeline, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh called on the Liberal government to cancel the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline project, overhaul the review process for energy projects, and invest in clean energy jobs for the future, saying:
“The only difference between the Conservative and the Liberal approach is the $4.5 billion of taxpayers’ money the Liberals used to buy a pipeline no one else wanted. We need to ensure that all environmental impacts are considered and that Indigenous peoples are fully consulted.”
In April 2018, I wrote directly to the Prime Minister to voice the concerns of my constituents regarding the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. I highlighted the hypocrisy of the Liberal government’s claim: “No relationship is more important to Canada than the relationship with Indigenous Peoples.” following revelations that consultations with First Nations in British Columbia concerning the Kinder Morgan pipeline had been paternalistic, inadequate, or simply non-existent.
In March 2018, I join over 200 people outside my office to protest the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
In unison with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, I also called out the Liberal government for failing to protect our marine wildlife because of their threat to cancel $1.5 billion in funding from the Oceans Protection Plan if the Kinder Morgan pipeline is not built. We must protect our marine wildlife, in particular the Southern Resident Killer Whales whose numbers are critically low and are listed as endangered.