Sign the pledge to stand up for B.C.
"I pledge to support a citizens' initiative to give British Columbians the chance to vote on plans to expand pipelines and oil tanker traffic on our coast."
Our provincial government has the power to approve or deny dozens of permits required for pipeline and oil tanker expansion. That choice is up to us, the citizens of British Columbia.
People who live here face a crucial decision: do we want crude oil pipelines across our rivers and the hundreds of supertankers they would bring to our coast?
Some do. Many don't. 130 First Nations governments have rejected Enbridge's Northern Gateway proposal. Municipalities along the pipeline route have rejected it, including in Kitimat where 90 per cent of the jobs would go.
The government of British Columbia is on record opposing it too. Premier Christy Clark promised to stand up for British Columbia if the federal government tried to force the pipeline through. Here's what Premier Clark said about Enbridge's Northern Gateway proposal back in October 2012:
"If British Columbia doesn’t give its consent to this, there is no way the federal government or anyone else in the country is going to be able to force it through. It just won’t happen."
Enbridge would need about 60 provincial permits in order to execute their plan – that gives Premier Clark a lot of leverage.
Premier Clark was elected on a platform that included a promise to stand up for B.C. against risky oil tanker projects. So the question is: will Premier Clark stand up for B.C. or will she cave to pressure from Ottawa, Alberta and Big Oil?
That's where we need your help. If politicians like Clark break their word or disrespect the will of the majority, we can step in. Thanks to our province's unique direct democracy laws, we have the power to put this to a vote. That’s because together, we’ll have the people power necessary to organize the hundreds of thousands of people across the province required to win a citizens' initiative. Just like when Gordon Campbell misled citizens about the HST.
Our plan is simple and unlike past initiative campaigns, we are proposing a two-step process.
First, join with allies to lay the groundwork in every corner of the province so we’re ready and confident we could gather the necessary signatures. That’s already happening. Together, we will only move on to the second step if Prime Minister Harper’s cabinet approves Enbridge’s proposal and Premier Clark betrays her promise to British Columbians by signing the necessary provincial permits.
Our plan is audacious and we’ll need some serious political muscle to pull it off. That means having dedicated people on every street corner, in every coffee shop, at every community event.
If enough British Columbians pledge to stand up for B.C., it will be politically untenable for Premier Clark not to stand up for our province. Let’s build real community power and assert our right to make this decision. Forget oil lobbyists, corporate power and bully governments – we can do this together.