Your letter will be delivered to Export Development Canada’s President Mairead Lavery, Minister of International Trade Mary Ng, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Dear Mairead Lavery, Hon. Mary Ng, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,
I am writing to call on you to reject Coastal GasLink as a ‘project under consideration’ for investment by Export Development Canada.
It is impossible for the government to go into talks with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in good faith when a federal Crown corporation is considering a direct investment in the project.
Coastal GasLink is opposed by Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and is in direct violation of their Indigenous rights and title over their ancestral homelands. Earlier this month, militarized police officers violently arrested peaceful Wet’suwet’en land defenders and matriarchs who were protecting their unceded lands from this disastrous project. This violent assault has triggered national solidarity demonstrations across the country that are ongoing.
Providing any kind of financial backing to TC Energy or Coastal GasLink would be a disaster. Canada can’t say it’s working to a peaceful resolution of this moment, nor that it’s pursuing reconciliation if it hands millions of public dollars to the corporation and project that has sparked a national uprising. We implore you to do the right thing: put Indigenous rights first and reject this loan.
EDC spokespeople have claimed what they are considering is “a loan in the form of project financing” and not an “investment.” Spokespeople for the Minister of International Trade say that EDC “operates at arms-length” from the government and that it is fully transparent, accountable, and upholds the values that Canadians expect. You can’t have it both ways — project financing is an investment, and a Crown corporation answers to the government that owns it.
Building new oil and gas infrastructure is out of line with climate science, and it is indefensible for these projects to be pushed through communities on unceded territory with militarized police forces. The whole world is watching and we need you to drop this project.