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Lets get the government to end hand-outs to big oil!

We are days away from the 2011 federal budget and the federal government continues to give billions of dollars in tax breaks to the companies producing oil and gas in Canada. Analysis shows a total of $1.4 billion per year in federal tax breaks alone, with a disproportionate share going to dirty fuels such as the Alberta Tar Sands.

There are three people that need to hear from you 

Prime Minister Harper - dial (866) 599-4999 and ask to be transfered to the Prime Minister's office

Minister Flaherty - dial (866) 599-4999 and ask to be transfered to the Minister of Finance's office (Hon. Jim Flaherty)

Your Member of Parliament - dial (866) 599-4999 and ask to be transfered to your Member of Parliament's office

Let us know where your MP stands by sending us an , and let others know how it went on our Facebook page.

Helpful talking points can be found here.

 

For more information on the federal government’s tax breaks to dirty fuels:

1.     Climate Action Network Canada’s report: Fuelling the Problem, why it is time to end tax breaks to oil and gas companies in Canada

2.     An open letter to PM Harper and Minister Flaherty calling for an end to tax breaks to dirty fuels

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Here are a few helpful lines thanks to the Citizens Climate Lobby:

 End subsidies for dirty fuels!

Canadian companies in the business of extracting oil made billions of dollars in profit last year. So why does our government annually give the fossil fuel industry $1 billion?

If lawmakers in Ottawa are looking for ways to reduce spending, it seems that subsidies to the oil, coal and gas industries are the best place to start.

Scientists are warning that we face disastrous consequences unless we reduce greenhouse gas emissions that come from burning fossil fuels. By subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, the Canadian government is delaying the conversion to clean energy that’s needed to stabilize the Earth’s climate.

Canadian taxpayers should not be giving money to highly profitable corporations. When the federal government passes a new budget in March, these subsidies for dirty fuels must come to an end. By doing so, Canada will meet its 2009 commitment made in Pittsburgh, along with other G20 leaders, to phase out subsidies and tax breaks to companies producing oil, gas and coal.