Canada’s Energy Citizens: Showing support for Canadian oil and natural gas.

Canada’s Energy Citizens: Showing support for Canadian oil and natural gas.


My name’s Evan Menzies. I’m the digital advocacy advisor for the
Canada Energy Citizens program. My name is Taleesha Thorogood. I’m the prairies advisor for Canada’s
Energy Citizens. Canada’s Energy Citizens is a grassroots
program designed to give a voice to people who support Canada’s oil and natural gas
sector, and for them to be mobilized right across the country to show and tell the story
about the positive role oil and gas plays in people’s lives. Opponents tend to be much more vocal in opposition
to the industry and so it’s really important that we bring people together who are all
supportive of the industry so that they have the ability to also speak out in favour of
it. We do multiple things including community
events, outreach, things with campuses and events with campuses to help students get
involved but also multicultural outreach. The one project that we did was, leading up
to the Trans Mountain approval, 20,000 people from across the country wrote a letter to
the Prime Minister and said that ‘we support this project and we want this to go forward.’ It really did have an impact on the Prime
Minister and politics as a whole and getting that project approved and moving it forward. Canadians right across the country that support
our oil and natural gas sector are really excited about the program. Just about on any metric you can think of
when it comes to Canada’s oil and natural gas sector, whether it’s the environment,
safety standards, human rights – on any of those types of metrics, Canada’s one
of the best in the world. I’ve lived all over the country and recently
moved to Alberta just six months ago. Recently coming from Ontario, people that
are supportive of this industry are not only in Alberta and where oil and gas is developed. It’s from across the country. People are supporting Canada’s energy industry
because they realize how important it is. They realize that without this industry that
hundreds of thousands of people would be without work, they realize that these jobs aren’t
only in Alberta and that it affects every part of their lives. The benefits of oil and gas are simple. They keep our houses warm. They help us fuel our cars, make it so parents
can drop their kids off to school, get to work, get to hockey practice, and they obviously
bring huge benefits to governments right across the country in tax revenues and royalties
so we can build our roads, schools and hospitals, hire teachers and nurses, and doctors that
we badly need in our communities.

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