The federal government's announcement of an "oceans protection plan" has little to do with protecting the ocean. Instead it sets the stage for increased marine shipping and development.
SUGGESTED SPEAKING POINTS
- Say who you are (that you live in their riding) and a bit about yourself (e.g., a mother, concerned citizen, scientist, immigrant, Indigenous person, voter, etc.).
- Ask why the recent "Coastal Protection Plan" doesn't focus on marine planning and protection, but instead provides funding for infrastructure that facilitates oil tanker traffic.
- Explain that even the best oil spill response leaves 80 per cent of spilled oil in the water. Shouldn't we focus on reducing or eliminating transporting oil in coastal areas?
- Tell them that increased container and tanker traffic means increased ship strikes on whales and dolphins.
- Ask them for a commitment to work in Parliament to stop all new oil and gas infrastructure projects, especially pipelines like Kinder Morgan that will lead to increased tanker traffic.
- Leave them your name and phone number and ask them to reply to confirm whether they will commit to fighting for real ocean protection.
TIPS FOR THE CALL
- Use a headset or hands-free — This will give you both hands to take notes about what was said.
- Be polite but firm — MPs are our elected representatives. They will likely be happy to hear from engaged constituents. Be polite and direct. Make sure to ask for a response.
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