On March 18th we’re holding a grassroots town hall to get some answers from our federal leaders about Canada’s promised Just Transition Act. Liberal Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson turned down our invitation to join the event. The worst part is that just hours before declining, Wilkinson announced he will keynote the Executive Summit Series — an event sponsored by Canada’s most notorious Big Oil companies and lobbyists. Let’s urge him to reconsider.
On March 18th at 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern, we’re holding a grassroots town hall to get some answers from our federal leaders about Canada’s Just Transition Act.
We’ll hold this event whether or not Minister Wilkinson decides to show up. Green Party Parliamentary Leader Elizabeth May and NDP Environment Critic Laurel Collins have already confirmed that they will be there. There are a limited number of spots on Zoom and we’d love for you to be there.
During the 2019 election, Prime Minister Trudeau promised to introduce a Just Transition Act, “ensuring that workers have access to the training and support they need to succeed in the new clean economy.” Then, in early 2020, Minister Wilkinson said passing the act would be among his top priorities. The Liberals still haven’t delivered this critical legislation and now there’s talk of a possible election.
Meanwhile, with the cancellation of Keystone XL and the federal government’s own models showing tar sands expansion at odds with Canada’s climate commitments, it’s clear that the end of the fossil fuel era is accelerating.
Workers can’t keep waiting for help with the transition. They need action now. That’s why we’re raising the pressure on Trudeau and Wilkinson to keep their promises to workers and legislate the Just Transition Act.
When we do finally see this legislation, it needs to be fair, equitable and put people first, especially those people, workers and communities most impacted by the fossil fuel economy. Putting a Just Transition into law is just one step on the road to a full-scale, made-in-Canada Green New Deal.