Morneau's resignation is good news for the climate

We have our best chance to build back better with a Green New Deal r1

Paov,

It’s been a huge week. On Monday, Finance Minister Bill Morneau resigned and by Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, was appointed to the post.1

These changes have huge implications.

Morneau was one of the fossil fuel industry’s closest allies in the federal cabinet. He was also the architect of Justin Trudeau’s purchase of the TransMountain pipeline.2 Not only did Morneau commit an appalling $13 billion to TMX before the pandemic, he was hiding the pipeline’s growing cost for months.

With Morneau gone, we have our best chance to push the government to tell us the true cost of the TransMountain pipeline. Will you sign the petition calling on Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Freeland to release the numbers immediately?

Shortly after Morneau’s resignation, Trudeau announced that he will prorogue parliament until September 23rd. Then, he’ll re-convene the House for a Throne Speech and a vote of confidence in the government. That means, in a few weeks, Justin Trudeau will present his new agenda for how Canada will recover from COVID-19.

When he prorogued Parliament, Trudeau made... big promises about how his government plans will help Canada "build back better" with a "green recovery.”3

It’s a sign that he’s heard our calls for a just recovery. But just talking the talk isn’t good enough. Especially not when Trudeau’s government is spending billions on the TransMountain pipeline instead of investing in a recovery that puts people before corporate profit.

Sign our petition calling on Prime Minister Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to release the true cost of TMX.

We’re in the midst of a global pandemic and on the cusp of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Every dollar we’re spending on this pipeline is a dollar that could be spent helping Canada build back better with a Green New Deal.

When the public learned the cost of TransMountain had more than doubled back in February, support for the pipeline dropped like a stone. It’s clear that the more this pipeline costs, the less people want it.

If we can push Justin Trudeau to release the true cost of this pipeline, we can take that information to the people and make the decision we face crystal clear — either continue to pump billions of dollars into this climate-wrecking pipeline or dealing with the economic, health, and climate crises that are on our doorsteps.

It’s about time we knew the true cost of TMX. Click here to sign the petition.

With determination,

Atiya


References:

1. CBC: Bill Morneau resigns as finance minister and MP, will seek to lead OECD

2. Straight: Bill Morneau's legacy to Canada: one very, very costly pipeline project

3. CBC: Parliament prorogued until Sept. 23 as Trudeau government reels from WE Charity controversy

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