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Open Letter to Prime Minister Harper and Minister Flaherty

Ongoing until budget 2011

An appeal to end special tax breaks to oil, coal and gas companies

As organizations concerned about the worsening impacts of climate change at home and around the world, as well as the need to seriously reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, we are calling on the Government of Canada to eliminate tax breaks to the companies that produce oil, gas and coal in the federal 2011 budget.

The Government of Canada provides around a billion dollars in tax breaks every year to companies producing fossil fuels, who are among the richest in the country. As the world moves towards a clean energy economy, Canada’s ongoing tax breaks and subsidies to the fossil fuel sector are taking us in the wrong direction.

In an era of fiscal constraint, hundreds of millions of dollars in savings could go a long way towards meeting pressing social and environmental needs in Canada and abroad. By ending fossil fuel tax breaks, Canada would also be meeting the commitment our government made in Pittsburgh in 2009, along with other G20 leaders, to phase out subsidies and tax breaks to companies producing oil, gas and coal.

By subsidizing the companies that produce fossil fuels, the Government of Canada is encouraging greater production and facilitating the rapid expansion of the tar sands, Canada’s fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas pollution. Globally, artificially low costs of fossil fuels have been shown to encourage wasteful consumption, distort energy markets, and allow for increased greenhouse gas pollution, thereby fueling the climate crisis. Subsidizing oil extraction also makes investments in oil more attractive compared to cleaner alternatives like wind and solar power, thereby further tying our economies to fossil fuels.

We would like to take this opportunity to urge the Minister of Finance and the Prime Minister to use the 2011 budget as an opportunity to end tax breaks for oil coal and gas companies.

Thank you for your time and attention,

Signatory Organizations:

 

 

 

*L'Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA) * Asthma Society of Canada* Bathurst Sustainable development* BC Sustainable Energy Association* BC Women's Institute* Bruce Peninsula Environment Group* BuryCoal.com * Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) * Canadian Botanical Association* Canadian Council of Imams* Canadian Federation of Students* Canadian Health Coalition* Canadian Nurses for Health & the Environment* Canadian Religious Conference (CRC)* Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice* Canadian Wolf Coalition* Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC) * Check Your Head * Citizens Climate Lobby* Citizens Environment Alliance* Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment* Climate Action Network Canada * Climate Action Now* Climate Change Lawyers Network* Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment (CONE)* CodePink Canada* Community Renewable Energy Waterloo (CREW) * Conservation Council of New Brunswick * Conservation Council of Ontario* CWP Advocacy Network* CYPREA* David Suzuki Foundation * Dogwood Initiative*  East Toronto Climate Action Group* Ecology Action Center* Edmonton Friends of the North Environmental Society* Elemental Sustainability Consulting Ltd* Enviro Centre* Environment NorthEast* Environmental Defence * ECOPEI* Ecojustice* Équiterre * Ethical Action Committee of the Ontario Humanist Society* Faith and the common good: Greening Sacred Spaces* Falls Brook Centre * For our Grandchildren* Forest Ethics * Georgian Triangle Earth Day Celebrations* Georgia Strait Alliance* Green Action Centre* Greenspiration* Great Lakes United* JustEarth* KAIROS - Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives * Kanata Environmental Network* Grand River Environmental Network* Green13* Greenpeace Canada * Green Sudbury* Ignatius Jesuit Centre of Guelph* LEAF - Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests* Living Oceans Society* Manitoba Wildlands * National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) * Nature Canada* Niagara Environmental Sector Team*  Niagara on the Lake Sustainability Network* Northern Lights Wildlife* Ontario Clean Air Alliance* Ontario College of Family Physicians* Ontario Public Interest research Group* Ontario Sustainable Energy Association* Oxfam Canada * Oxfam Quebec * Peaceful Parks Coalition* Pender Islands Women's Institute* Planet in Focus* Post Carbon Toronto * Project Ecosphere* QPIRG McGill* Quebec Kyoto* Red Lake Green Committee * Registered Nurses Association of Ontario* Saskatchewan Environmental Society * Scarboro Mission* Science for Peace* Sierra Club Canada * Sierra Club - Prairie Chapter* Sierra Youth Coalition* SunTap Technologies* Sustainability Solutions Group * Swift Current Citizens for Environmental Action (SCCEA)* The Congregation of Notre Dame - Visitation Province Centre* The Council of Canadians* The Pembina Institute * The Polaris Institute * Toronto Climate Campaign* Toronto Environmental Alliance* Transitions Toronto* United Church of Canada * United Steelworkers* University of Toronto Beekeeping Education Enthusiast Society (U of TBEES)* Vegans & Vegetarians of Alberta* Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (VTACC) * Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG)*  West Coast Environmental Law* Wilderness Committee* Windfall Ecology Center * World Federalist Movement* WWF Canada* 350.org Comox Valley * Yukon Conservation Society* 350.org * 350 Sudbury Ontario*





 

Lettre ouverte au premier ministre du Canada et au ministre Flaherty

Le 10 novembre, 2010

Mettons fin aux subventions et aux allégements fiscaux spéciaux accordés aux sociétés pétrolières, gazières et du charbon

En tant qu’organisations concernées par les conséquences de plus en plus graves des changements climatiques au Canada et partout dans le monde, ainsi que par la nécessité de réduire de façon importante les émissions de gaz à effet de serre au Canada, nous demandons au gouvernement canadien d’éliminer les allégements fiscaux accordés aux sociétés qui produisent du pétrole, du gaz et du charbon dans le budget fédéral de 2011.

Le gouvernement du Canada fournit autour de milliard de dollars en allégements fiscaux chaque année aux compagnies produisant les combustibles fossiles, compagnies qui sont parmi les plus riches au monde. Alors que le monde se dirige vers une économie verte, les subventions et les allégements fiscaux constants du Canada au secteur des combustibles fossiles nous mènent dans la mauvaise direction.

Dans une période de contraintes budgétaires, ces centaines de millions de dollars sauvés pourraient grandement aider à répondre aux besoins sociaux et environnementaux urgents au Canada et à l'étranger. En mettant fin aux subventions au secteur des combustibles fossiles, le Canada respecterait également l’engagement pris à Pittsburgh en 2009, avec d’autres leaders du G20, qui vise à éliminer progressivement les subventions et les allégements fiscaux aux sociétés productrices de pétrole, de gaz et de charbon.

En subventionnant les entreprises qui produisent des combustibles fossiles, le gouvernement canadien encourage également une plus grande production et facilite l’expansion rapide des sables bitumineux, la source de gaz à effet de serre qui connaît la croissance la plus rapide au Canada. Il a été démontré mondialement que les coûts artificiellement bas des combustibles fossiles encouragent la consommation excessive, faussent les marchés énergétiques et augmentent la pollution créée par les gaz à effet de serre, alimentant ainsi la crise climatique. Subventionner l’extraction pétrolière rend également les investissements dans le pétrole plus attrayants comparativement à ceux dans des alternatives plus propres comme l’énergie éolienne et l’énergie solaire, liant ainsi davantage nos économies aux combustibles fossiles.

Nous aimerions profiter de l’occasion pour exhorter le ministre des Finances et le premier ministre à utiliser le budget 2011 comme une opportunité pour mettre fin aux allégements fiscaux spéciaux accordes aux sociétés pétrolières, gazières et de charbon.

Merci pour votre temps et votre attention.

Organisations signataires :

 

*L'Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA) * Asthma Society of Canada* Bathurst Sustainable development* BC Sustainable Energy Association* BC Women's Institute* Bruce Peninsula Environment Group* BuryCoal.com * Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) * Canadian Botanical Association* Canadian Council of Imams* Canadian Federation of Students* Canadian Health Coalition* Canadian Nurses for Health & the Environment* Canadian Religious Conference (CRC)* Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice* Canadian Wolf Coalition* Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC) * Check Your Head * Citizens Climate Lobby* Citizens Environment Alliance* Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment* Climate Action Network Canada * Climate Action Now* Climate Change Lawyers Network* Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment (CONE)* CodePink Canada* Community Renewable Energy Waterloo (CREW) * Conservation Council of New Brunswick * Conservation Council of Ontario* CWP Advocacy Network* CYPREA* David Suzuki Foundation * Dogwood Initiative*  East Toronto Climate Action Group* Ecology Action Center* Edmonton Friends of the North Environmental Society* Elemental Sustainability Consulting Ltd* Enviro Centre* Environment NorthEast* Environmental Defence * ECOPEI* Ecojustice* Équiterre * Ethical Action Committee of the Ontario Humanist Society* Faith and the common good: Greening Sacred Spaces* Falls Brook Centre * For our Grandchildren* Forest Ethics * Georgian Triangle Earth Day Celebrations* Georgia Strait Alliance* Green Action Centre* Greenspiration* Great Lakes United* JustEarth* KAIROS - Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives * Kanata Environmental Network* Grand River Environmental Network* Green13* Greenpeace Canada * Green Sudbury* Ignatius Jesuit Centre of Guelph* LEAF - Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests* Living Oceans Society* Manitoba Wildlands * National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) * Nature Canada* Niagara Environmental Sector Team*  Niagara on the Lake Sustainability Network* Northern Lights Wildlife* Ontario Clean Air Alliance* Ontario College of Family Physicians* Ontario Public Interest research Group* Ontario Sustainable Energy Association* Oxfam Canada * Oxfam Quebec * Peaceful Parks Coalition* Pender Islands Women's Institute* Planet in Focus* Post Carbon Toronto * Project Ecosphere* QPIRG McGill* Quebec Kyoto* Red Lake Green Committee * Registered Nurses Association of Ontario* Saskatchewan Environmental Society * Scarboro Mission* Science for Peace* Sierra Club Canada * Sierra Club - Prairie Chapter* Sierra Youth Coalition* SunTap Technologies* Sustainability Solutions Group * Swift Current Citizens for Environmental Action (SCCEA)* The Congregation of Notre Dame - Visitation Province Centre* The Council of Canadians* The Pembina Institute * The Polaris Institute * Toronto Climate Campaign* Toronto Environmental Alliance* Transitions Toronto* United Church of Canada * United Steelworkers* University of Toronto Beekeeping Education Enthusiast Society (U of TBEES)* Vegans & Vegetarians of Alberta* Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (VTACC) * Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG)*  West Coast Environmental Law* Wilderness Committee* Windfall Ecology Center * World Federalist Movement* WWF Canada* 350.org Comox Valley * Yukon Conservation Society* 350.org * 350 Sudbury Ontario*