We're calling on the Liberals, NDP, Green Party, and Bloc Quebecois to work together to overturn a preposterous and dangerous situation: Environment Canada's top climate scientists have been muzzled so they can no longer speak to the media without approval from their Conservative overlords. Since when has it been against Canadian policy to provide Canadians with best advice available? This isn't the Soviet Union in 1972. The free and open exchange of ideas is the very bedrock of democracy!
The story hasn't been widely reported, so here's the background. After
Canada was roundly condemned at the Bali climate change summit in December
2007, then-Environment Minister John Baird ordered climate scientists at
Environment Canada to
stop talking to the media without his office’s official permission.
Baird, a heavy-handed partisan, was tired of critical headlines and being
forced to answer climate change questions that were beyond his ken. The
Minister, Jim Prentice, has taken that directive one step further. At the
2008 climate summit in Poland, one of the country's top climate scientists was
prevented from attending because his message would have embarrassed
the government and demonstrated that our environmental policy is predicated
on hot air. In fact, Don MacIver — honored by the Nobel committee — was forced
to resign his chairmanship from the World Climate Conference-3
soon after because he had no support from the Conservative government and
couldn't do his job.
In the last two weeks, climate scientists have convened an emergency session because politicians don't seem to understand the peril, and how the pace of global climate disruption is acclerating faster and harder than the best predictions made just a few years ago. Climate changewill be the most important story of the 21st century, but Canadians are being denied access to their most vital climate resource — a resource that we all fund with our taxes. It should not be politicized! Canadians need to know that our international reputation is in tatters, and we need to do much, much more to slow climate change.
So please join us on our first Red Letter Day in demanding change. Let scientists speak the truth... Together, we are mighty!
If your first name begins with the Letters A-G, we're asking you to send a letter (like this one) to the editor in your hometown newspaper. You can find sample letters here, if you're interested.
If your first name begins with the letters H-O, we're asking you to send letters to Liberal environment critic David McGuinty, and copy them to NDP environment critic Linda Duncan, Bloc Québécois environment critic Bernard Bigras, and Green Party environment critic Peter Graham.
If your first name begins with the letters P-Z we're asking you to write
Industry Environment Minister Jim Prentice
and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.
Thank you! Please tell your friends
Contact details follow. PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL.
British Columbia newspapers
New Brunswick newspapers
Nova Scotia newspapers
Prince Edward Island newspapers
Honorable David McGuinty
Liberal Environment Critic
House of Commons Room 351, West Block
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Honorable Linda Duncan
NDP Environment Critic
House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Honorable Bernard Bigras
BQ Environment Critic
1453, rue Beaubien Est Bureau 208
Montréal, Québec H2G 3C6
Mr. Peter Graham
Green Party Environment Critic
c/o 204-396 Cooper St.
Ottawa, ON K2P 2H7
Honorable Michael Ignatieff
Room 435-S, Centre Block
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Honorable Jim Prentice
Office of the Environment,
10 Wellington Street, 28th flr,
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