Letter to Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Posted on December 7, 2023

Honourable Steven Guilbeault

Minister of Environment and Climate Change

House of Commons Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6


Via: [email protected]


Dear Minister Guilbeault,

I write to you today in response to the federal government’s oil and gas sector emissions cap announced Dec.

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 955 is one of Alberta’s largest and longest-standing trade unions. A vast majority of our 12,500 plus membership is employed in the oil and gas sector, and standing up for the industries our members operate in is a responsibility I take as Business Manager, very seriously.

My members work in everything from construction to maintenance, pipelines and much more. The oil and gas industry has fed and clothed generations of Local 955 members and many Albertans for decades, and while we are absolutely on board to reduce emissions and lower our carbon footprint, this cap has left members of my local union with questions.

We have always valued our positive working relationships with all levels of government and appreciate the conversations we have with elected officials to improve the lives of working Albertans.

With that, I respectfully request a meeting with you and your team to discuss the oil and gas sector emissions cap and what it may mean for the many thousands of workers in the industries this cap impacts. 

My team and I will make ourselves available at any time.


Chris Flett, Business Manager

IUOE Local 955

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