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 through our communities and the hundreds of supertankers and the increased chance of another Exxon Valdez-like oil spill they would bring to our coast?
Some do. Many don't. 130 First Nations governments have rejected the transport of diluted bitumen through their territories. Municipalities in the path of both Enbridge and Kinder Morgan have voted against both proposals.
Premier Christy Clark has promised to stand up for British Columbia if the federal government tries to force either pipeline through without consent. Here's what Clark said on June 17 2014, the day Ottawa approved Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline:
“Whatever decision the federal government announces today, our five conditions are not changing and none of the proposals have met those conditions, so we don’t support any of the projects as they stand.”
Enbridge would need 60 provincial permits in order to start construction. 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 keep her promise 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, citizens 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 Premier Clark betrays her promise to British Columbians and approves these unwanted crude oil pipeline and tanker projects.
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 democratic right to make this decision. We can do this.