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e-4225 (Environment)

Initiated by Gilles Fecteau from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Natural Resources

  • To restrict global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius, world oil consumption must be cut significantly by 2030;
  • Damage from climate change already affects many parts of Canada, for example, in the 2021 BC flooding, the 2022 heat dome there, the 2022 hurricane damage to the maritime region;
  • The consumption of exported Canadian oil adds to global CO2 emissions;
  • This addition will lead to worse impacts on vulnerable countries, thereby increasing the need for the fund, agreed to at COP27, to help the most vulnerable nations affected by the climate crisis;
  • The Government of Canada has an emissions reduction target. The minister of the environment and climate change said: “we’ve adopted a law to ban the use of coal-fired electricity in Canada by 2030; we’re putting in place measures so that 100 percent of vehicles sold in Canada will be zero-emission vehicles by 2035, our electrical grid will be net-zero by 2035. All of these measures, and many more, will lead to a significant reduction of our consumption of fossil fuels...”;
  • Increasing Canadian oil export would negate some or all the gains made from domestic reductions and contribute to an increase in climate change damage to many parts of the country.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Natural Resources to direct the Canada Energy Regulator to limit Canada’s oil exports by requiring that they not exceed Canada's current percentage of total world exports and by banning the transfer of licences for domestic consumption to export when Canada’s domestic consumption declines.
Open for signature
December 21, 2022, at 3:25 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 20, 2023, at 3:25 p.m. (EDT)
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Don Valley West
Liberal Caucus
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