Letter to Jagmeet Singh and Mae Nam – Beaches-East York NDP Candidate

Dear Jagmeet:
 
I have been a loyal NDPer for many years and have campaigned both provincially and federally for the NDP at all elections over the past 22 years. 
 
I am concerned for what is happening to Canada’s Innu and Innuit people in Labrador as they are presently losing their land to the Muskrat Falls Dam as it fills with water. Another future tragedy will be the poisoning by mercury of the people who live downstream because the builders of the dam decided not to remove the vegetation that is now being submerged. Science tells us that the rotting vegetation will release mercury into the water and subsequently into fish and other living things that people will eat. Another Grassy Narrows catastophe in the making! 
 
PM Trudeau’s government provided $9.2 billion in loan guarantees for this dam. Trudeau has so far been unwilling to make any statements regarding this loan guarantee and the suffering of the Indigenous people of Labrador. 
 
Both you and Trudeau have made statements in support of Reconciliation with our Indigenous people. But words are cheap. I have attended rallies in Toronto at Trudeau fundraisers where people inside have asked Trudeau to keep his promise to pay for the building of a mercury hospital/hospice for the ill people of Grassy Narrows First Nation. Trudeau has avoided talking about this issue as well, as recently as Tuesday August 13 which rally I attended. Trudeau just changed the subject and began to speak of ‘reconciliation’ – just words!
 
Will you speak publicly in support of the Indigenous people of Labrador and their Canadian allies, against this destructive dam, and speak against the $9.2 billion loan guarantee that PM Trudeau will not allow past his lips?
 
Please contact the Labrador Land Protectors (jamesglearning@yahoo.ca) or the Ontario Muskrat Solidarity Coalition (tasc@web.ca) to learn how he can put out a strong statement condemning what is happening at Muskrat Falls.

About Murray Lumley

Board member of Conscience Canada; Christian Peacemaker Teams Reservist; retired teacher; grandfather
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