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Flood Parliament with support for just transition legislation

The Council of Canadians
1 month ago

Join the Council of Canadians in demanding just transition legislation in the first 100 days of Parliament.

Our members and supporters are out in their communities, collecting signatures on a petition for just transition legislation. They’re bringing those petitions to their MPs and asking them to speak publicly – and frequently – in the House of Commons to flood Parliament with support for a just transition.

This is creating two important opportunities:

  • It is bringing the topic of just transition into the legislature again and again

  • It is giving local organizers a chance to talk to their communities about this issue, and build our movements through action and solidarity

So far we have 11 MPs committed to table the petition when Parliament resumes and several meetings with MPs scheduled in the next few weeks. More than 115 members, chapters, and supporters in more than 40 places across the country are actively collecting more petitions.

Here’s how you can join in

  • Sign up here to let us know you’re interested.

  • Download this Flood Parliament toolkit, which includes a Parliamentary petition and detailed instructions on what to do with it.

  • Collect at least 25 signatures, on paper. This is the minimum number necessary for an MP to table a petition in the House of Commons.

  • Deliver these petitions to an MP in your area and ask them to table and speak about this petition in the House of Commons.

  • Take pictures while you’re collective signatures and during your meeting with the MP, share them on social media, and tell your community about what you’re doing.

  • Let us know how meeting with your MP went.

  • Repeat! You can ask the same MP to table the petition multiple times, creating multiple opportunities for them to support the demand for just transition legislation.

  • Need help getting started? Want to meet other activists in your community? Sign up for an informal drop in meeting each Tuesday at 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern.

See the toolkit | Sign up to participate | Questions? Read our FAQ

Why do we need just transition legislation?

Communities and experts know that we need just transition legislation that:

  • Legislates Canada’s fair-share emissions reductions;

  • protects and strengthens worker rights, Indigenous rights, human rights, and ensures migrant justice;

  • creates new economic institutions to implement the transition;

  • expands the social safety net and reduces growing inequality; and

  • creates good green jobs and drives inclusive workforce development.

Scientists have issued a "code red for humanity" to tackle the climate crisis, but governments continue to let corporations call the shots.

With your help, we can break the grip of corporate influence. Organize your community to pressure MPs to support just transition legislation.

Who’s organizing?

The Council of Canadians is mobilizing our membership to flood Parliament with waves of support for just transition legislation, based on the demands and experience of locally-rooted campaigners leading just transition movements across the country.

Already, there are more than 115 petition drives and other actions happening across the country. Six MPs have committed already, and that number is growing every day.

Find the week of action toolkit here.

Ready to take action? Let us know by filling out this quick form.