November 20, 2019

On election day, Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast overwhelmingly voted for parties that promised action on pharmacare, the climate crisis, electoral reform, and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Today, Prime Minister Trudeau has officially sworn in his new cabinet in Canada’s 43rd government. Each cabinet minister has been tasked with tremendous responsibility to act on these urgent issues.

The Council of Canadians has put together four mandate letters of our own on water, trade, the climate crisis, and health with a list of shared progressive priorities.

I want Council of Canadians supporters like you to set the tone for the new ministers. You can be the first person in their inbox on this important day.

Sign on to one or all of the Council of Canadians’ alternative mandate letters linked below.

We’ve collected your feedback from surveys and regional meetings, and we’ve worked with allies to set progressive priorities for the next government.

November 20, 2019

Written by Robin Tress and Dylan Penner, Climate and Social Justice Campaigners, Council of Canadians

Last month, Canada had its first climate election. As a result of tireless climate justice organizing from coast to coast to coast, action on the climate emergency was a top vote-determining issue. With a new minority Parliament set to convene in the near future, we can learn from and build on the impact of this organizing to win the just transition we need.

17.9 million people took to the polls and 63% of Canadians voted for parties with significant climate planks in their platform. Though, it’s worth noting one of those parties bought more pipelines than others.

November 18, 2019

Today, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) released the results of their investigation into BP Canada’s unauthorized spill of 136,000 litres of synthetic drilling mud in June of 2018. 

When BP's drilling rig entered Nova Scotia's waters we threw the company an 'unwelcoming party' at their offices in Halifax. Photo: Mo Phung.


November 15, 2019

“The water and the people are intertwined in every way.” - Deepa Joshi, feminist and political ecologist currently coordinating two projects on the themes of environmental justice and climate change in the Eastern Himalayas.

Deepa Joshi @ Ki Ta Ski Naw, 09Nov2019.


November 14, 2019

Trees and mountains reflected in lake


Maude Barlow’s new book Whose Water Is it Anyway? Taking Water Protection Into Public Hands is making a big splash. The book was reviewed in the Globe and Mail by Michael Valpy, who stressed that even though we are in a global environmental crisis, Barlow's book is about hope.

Read below for an excerpt from Valpy’s review: