Dear [MEMBERNAME], Canada is the best in world at producing oil & gas. Our energy industry has been an economic boon to the whole country for decades. On our road to recovery, we will need industries that create jobs, pay taxes and generate foreign exchange for Canada. The current situation may be the biggest crisis to ever face our energy industry – and not just because of COVID-19. Louis Vachon, National Bank of Canada CEO, described the actions of Saudi Arabia and Russia as “an act of warfare by a foreign government.” Even Elizabeth May agrees that “as long as we are using fossil fuels, we should be using our fossil fuels” and has called for an outright ban on foreign oil imports. What is our Federal Government for if it won’t help defend a vital industry that is under attack by foreign interests? Now is not the time to listen to the radicals who, by opposing Canada’s oil & gas industry, are in fact supporting those waging war on our country. They are cheering for Canada to fail. Our opponents in that war are directly targeting our largest industry. If they succeed, they will further devastate the Canadian economy, without doing anything to reduce emissions – which will simply shift to foreign sources. Canada already spends $20 billion of much needed foreign exchange on foreign oil each year. When it comes to the idea of federal assistance to the oil & gas sector, an Abacus poll found that supporters outnumber opponents by over two-to-one. In addition, a SecondStreet/Leger poll found 59% of Canadians believe that if we do not develop our oil & gas, other countries will just expand their production and do more harm to the environment. Only 28% disagreed. Enough is enough -- we need all our leaders, including you, to take a stand and say “No!” to foreign economic warfare. Will you stand with Canadians, or the Saudis & Russians? I know I’m with Canada, and as one of your constituents, I want you to support our Canadian businesses and oil & gas workers. Please do the right thing and push for a stronger economic package for the Canadian oil & gas industry, rather than just token relief. Our oil and gas industry isn’t just about the economic recovery. Canadian oil & gas saves lives. For one example what is the Personal Protective Equipment made from, that our frontline workers use when fighting this pandemic? You guessed it: petroleum. (This letter has been cc'ed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other prominent Canadian politicians.) Thank you in advance,
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