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Yo, Permies!  Word UP  !!

Earlier this year, the Liberal Federal Government of Canada decided to use taxpayers money to purchase a pipeline, but the deal is not finalized.  They had approved of the expansion of the pipeline but the company, Texas-based Kinder Morgan, didn't like the uncertainty, so the Fed's offered to buy it.  

The process to approve the project, involving a very biased and deeply flawed National Energy Board process, was critically compromised.  It paid lip service to many Indigenous Nations, and as such it basically extinguished their inherent right to self-government.  It ignored the endangered status of the Southern Resident Orca (Killer Whales living near Vancouver/Seattle).  The process actually didn't even meaningfully acknowledge the massively increased (in volume and size) tanker traffic or the effects of that traffic on the environment or Coastal Indigenous Nations.  Today, the Federal Court of Appeal announced that the case launched by several Indigenous Nations, and the Cities of Vancouver and Burnaby was victorious against the federal government.

But the Federal Government has stated that they will go forward with the purchase and with the expansion project, despite the need to redo the entire process, which could take years.

The penalty for backing out of the process was quoted at being .22% of the $4.5 billion purchase price.  

I sent the following letter to all of the Liberal Members of Parliament as well as our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and also as an open letter to the local newspaper.


Dear Prime Minister, Ministers, and MPs,

I am writing today to acknowledge my faith in, and to celebrate the power invested in, the system of the Federal Court of Appeal, which has made it clear that the relationship of our Federal Government with the Trans Mountain Pipeline is in clear violation of:  
1.) negotiating in good faith, fair engagement, and meaningful consultation with all affected Indigenous Nations, thus violating their inherent right to self-government.
2.) the need to protect endangered and threatened species, such as the Southern Resident Orcas and the Fraser River Salmon.
3.) having a transparent and non-biased National Energy Board.

I strongly agree with this decision since it puts an emphasis back on Justice, the Environment, and Human Rights, rather than a blind focus on progressing the globalized trade agenda which seems consistently to have the opposite effects.

The court decision means that if this project was to go forward, it will take years of necessary delays-- delays that obliterate any of the weak illusions of this project's financial viability.

Please take the opportunity that is presented with this latest decision to acknowledge your mistake, swallow your pride, and retract your commitment to using my taxpayer money to purchase this project.  Take the honorable route now.  The small penalty is a tiny fraction of the potential costs to we who are directly affected, as well as Canada and the Earth as a whole.   Please make our global climate, our local environment, and our regional relations with all our Indigenous Nations your top concerns when considering how our National economy should be structured.  

Please make a stand now to protect our Environment, Climate, and Human Rights.  The opportunity is yours.



You too can make a stand, by telling the feds that they should back out of this ridiculous boondoogle:

The following link gets to a tool to text Canada's Prime Minister and his  Parliamentarians

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Here's another link  This one that will call your phone number and connect you directly to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's phone number.  
 
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