Taleesha Thorogood and Brad Tennant talk about the grassroots movement, Canada's Energy Citizens, that's giving voice to those who support a robust and responsible energy industry in Canada.
BRAD: My name is Brad Tennant and I’m the digital director for Canada’s Energy Citizens.
TALEESHA: My name’s Taleesha Thorogood and I’m the Prairies advisor for Canada’s Energy Citizens.
BRAD: Canada’s Energy Citizens is a grassroots movement that stretches from coast to coast to coast, and what we try to do is help Canadians who want to be a little more vocal in support of Canada’s oil and natural gas industry.
TALEESHA: 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.
BRAD: Our supporters have been very, very happy to see this. They saw for years and years the negativity about the industry and I think that this is something they have been waiting to see and something that they’re very, very happy to be a part of.
TALEESHA: 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 where oil and gas is developed: they're 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.
BRAD: It’s natural gas that keeps the house warm. It’s oil and gas that keeps their car running. It not only supports jobs of people who work directly in the industry, it supports people in the hotel industry, people in the food industry, and I think through tax revenues, which our industry pays billions of every year, that helps employ teachers and nurses and, you know, seniors care, and things helping this generation and the next. We always keep respect in mind and we’re always working proactively to build a better country.