Your voice matters! In 2017, the #Get2Yes movement helped push three important initiatives forward.
The Site C Dam #Got2Yes
We got the Site C clean energy project approved by an NDP government that openly campaign against it. Using the power of the #Get2Yes platform and social media, we convinced the NDP government of the importance of Site C’s clean energy and the thousands of construction jobs there.
ICBA launched a “pink slip” campaign to convince Premier Horgan to finish the Site C project and raise public awareness about the importance of Site C for B.C.’s clean energy future. Since the NDP and Greens signed their governing agreement promising a BCUC review, ICBA:
Working together, #Get2Yes supporters deluged John Horgan with more than 3,000 letters in support of Site C.
Stopping Vancouver's Natural Gas Ban #Got2Yes
When Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson hatched a plan to ban natural gas within Vancouver city limits by 2050, we went to work. By using regulation and legislation to ban natural gas, Robertson not only risked increasing heating costs for both renters and homeowners, but also, put good jobs across B.C. at risk.
Using social media, videos, and the mainstream media, ICBA and our allies pushed back against the ban. In late 2017, Robertson unequivocally surrendered, signing a Memorandum of Understanding with FortisBC protecting natural gas in the city, and even promising to convert vehicles to the fuel.
We #Got2Yes on Desjardins funding oil and gas projects
Thanks to pressure from ICBA and more than a thousand letters from #Get2Yes supporters, Desjardins, Canada’s largest credit union federation, announced it will continue to fund pipeline and other energy projects.
Earlier in 2017, Desjardins had caved into pressure from environmental activists and announced it would stop funding pipeline projects.
ICBA was Canada’s first and loudest voice opposing Desjardins’ original decision. ICBA president Chris Gardner penned two nationally-published op-eds, and ICBA supporters used its #Get2Yes web platform to send nearly a thousand e-mails to Desjardins CEO Guy Cormier asking him to reconsider. ICBA also used social media, including Facebook videos and posts, to spread the word.
Most importantly, ICBA was putting its money where its mouth is and committed to moving its insurance clients away from Desjardins to companies which support responsible resource development and Canadian energy companies.
Together, we finally #Got2Yes with Desjardins.