Crude oil pipeline and tanker proposals could change British Columbia forever. Regardless of whether you support these projects, the people who live here deserve a say.

Join us in reclaiming our decision-making power.

"I pledge to support a citizens' initiative to give British Columbians the chance to vote on plans to expand pipelines and oil tanker traffic on our coast."

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Our provincial government has the power to approve or deny dozens of permits required for crude oil pipeline and tanker expansion. That choice is up to us, the citizens of British Columbia.

People who live here face a crucial decision: do we want crude oil pipelines across our rivers and the hundreds of supertankers they would bring to our coast?

Some do. Many don't. 130 First Nations governments have banned heavy oil transport across their territories. Municipalities all over the province have rejected proposals by both Enbridge and Kinder Morgan, including Kitimat and Burnaby where most of the jobs would go.

Premier Christy Clark has also promised to stand up for British Columbia if the federal government tries to force pipelines through without consent. Here's what Clark said on June 17 2014, the day Ottawa approved Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline:

“Whatever decision the federal government announces today, our five conditions are not changing and none of the proposals have met those conditions, so we don’t support any of the projects as they stand.”

If politicians like Clark break their word or disrespect the will of the majority, we can step in. Thanks to our province's unique direct democracy laws, we have the power to put this to a vote. Just like when Gordon Campbell misled citizens about the HST.

Our plan is simple and unlike past initiative campaigns, we are proposing a two-step process.

First, join with allies to lay the groundwork in every corner of the province so we’re ready and confident we could gather the necessary signatures. That’s already happening. Together, we will only move on to the second step if the federal government pushes these proposals through — and Premier Clark betrays her promise to stop them.

If enough British Columbians pledge to let B.C. vote, it will be politically untenable for local lawmakers not to stand up for our province. Let’s build real community power and assert our right to make this decision.

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