Report on MP lobbying, Jan-Apr 2017

The MP meetings January - April 2017 were our best ever, in terms of the number of MPs seen - many of them newly elected in 2015 and new to us - and the usefulness of some repeat meetings (e.g. Hon. Kirsty Duncan). Two visits were made to staff (of ministers who would not see us directly) but which were also followed up by meeting the MP/minister at a community event. One MP told our members that she knew nothing about climate change and was pleased to be informed!

JustEarth members (and other contacts) who took part (in alphabetical order) were: Lee Adamson, Lyn Adamson, Paul Antze, Donna-Marie Batty, Kate Chung, Norm Dyson, Rose Dyson, Sylvia Grady, Sharon Howarth, Peter Jones, Lynn McDonald, Margaret Rao,  Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg, Jay Scott, Peter Shepherd, Patricia Warwick, Wing Ki Wo, Ronny Yaron

A gold star to Peter Shepherd for doing SEVEN visits, and a silver star to Lyn Adamson for numerous visits and assistance with with co-ordinating.

GTA MPs visited:

  • Brampton North, Ruby Sahota
  • Davenport, Julie Dzerowicz (Jan 25 2017)
  • Etobicoke--Lakeshore, James Maloney; (Jan 27 2017)
  • Etobicoke--North: Hon Kirsty Duncan
  • King--Vaughan, Deb Schulte (Jan 24 2017)
  • Mississauga--Centre, Omar Aghabra; (Jan 24 2017)
  • Mississauga--Erin Mills, Iqra Khalid
  • Richmond Hill, Majid Jowhari
  • Scarborough--Centre, Selma Zahid
  • Spadina--Fort York, Adam Vaughan

As well, meetings were held with minister’s assistants in two ridings:  Toronto St Paul’s (Bill Morneau) and University Rosedale (Chrystia Freeland)

More to Go: There are 51 MPPs on the list of Toronto/York region, so we look at another session, in the summer break.

Topics covered ranged widely depending on the level of knowledge of the MP and his/her interests. We focused on the need for adequate targets, with the sad fact that Canada is not in line to meet even the inadequate targets set. We noted the disjunction between Canada arguing for a target to limit the increase in average global temperature to 1.5° Celsius, rather than 2°, while approving of pipeline projects that will result in expanded exploitation of the tar sands.

Some JustEarth members sent in detailed reports from their meetings (very helpful). Members followed up by sending the MP requested information.

We hope that some of these visits will result in the MP holding a town hall on climate change (some interest was expressed); one MP, science minister Kirsty Duncan, promptly got us a meeting with the chair of the Environment Committee, Deb Schulte, on the Environment Committee taking up a study on climate change.

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