Petition to the House of Commons
We, the undersigned citizens of Canada, draw the attention of the House of Commons to the following:
Whereas, Canadian oil and gas producers are global environmental leaders;
Whereas, Canadian oil is produced to the highest environmental standards in the world, and the Government needs to acknowledge the industry's pioneering efforts.
Whereas, Oil sands producers reduced GHG emissions intensity by 28% from 2000 to 2017.
Whereas, Oil & Gas is Canada's leading export and the number one private sector investor in the Canadian economy, representing 5.4% of Canada's GDP.
Whereas, Oil sands producers have spent $13 billion with Indigenous-owned businesses since 2012, including a record $2.1 billion in 2018.
Whereas, The Trans Mountain Expansion Project provided almost 8,000 jobs and contributed $76 million in personal, corporate, and sales tax. At its peak, the Project will employ 17,050 Canadian workers.
Whereas, Trans Mountain Expansion was needed yesterday to get our resources to market. The continued uncertainty of Canada's ability to get our energy products to tidewater erodes global trust in Canada's energy sector.
Whereas, The Fraser Institute indicates that Canada loses $16 billion annually because of lack of access to diverse markets for our oil. And the Parliamentary Budget Officer identifies that the Trans Mountain Expansion Project will mitigate this loss by $6 billion annually.
Whereas, pipelines are the safest way and cleanest way to transport oil and gas;
Therefore we, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to expedite the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.