According to the CBC, burgers and hot dogs weren't the only things sizzling at a Yellowknife barbecue with Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod last week.
Chapter president Lois Little attended her MP’s barbecue to share the chapter’s views of the federal government’s plan to purchase Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.
The day before, the chapter, along with 350.org, sent an email encouraging people to attend the barbecue, but to not have lunch with Mr. McLeod in protest of the Liberal government's plans to purchase the pipeline with public money – at a cost that is expected to soar as high as $20 billion.
"Don't be bought with a burger," the email read. "Bring a lunch and tell your MP you want real political choice, meaningful consultation and a stop to Kinder Morgan."
The chapter also handed out copies of their open letter to their MP at the event.
Lois told the CBC, "Purchasing oil infrastructure, encouraging the expansion of the tar sands in an age where climate change is upon us and commitments have been made to protect the water, honour Indigenous rights and title, makes no sense at all.”
She said the money would be better spent investing in renewable energy infrastructure and called the government's plan a "flawed and corrupt decision" that was made behind closed doors.
"I can't see anyone who has children or grandchildren wanting future generations to be living the hell that climate change is bringing upon us," she added.
According to the CBC, McLeod said he appreciates input from the Council of Canadians and plans to meet with chapter representatives to discuss a number of issues.
"They continue to flag a lot of issues that are of concern to people in the North and to other Canadians across the country." he told the CBC.
Council of Canadians chapter members have been attending MP’s summer barbecues and events across the country to voice opposition to the flawed Kinder Morgan buyout plan and other issues of local, regional and national concern. Thank you to all chapters for your efforts!
Read more about the Council of Canadians’ campaign to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline.