Three years after cheating the world on toxic diesel fumes, countries around the world have levied billions in fines on Volkswagen. But not Canada. The Canadian government has done nothing to hold the auto giant to account for spewing 35 times Canada’s allowable diesel emissions into our atmosphere.
By its gross inaction the Canadian government is sending a strong message to corporations -- breaking environmental laws holds no penalty. Without action against Volkswagen, Canada is letting the multi-billion dollar corporation off scot-free for deceiving thousands of people in Canada and causing excessive pollution.
But we can change that. The UN environmental watchdog has condemned Canada’s inaction, and with mounting pressure from the public, we can ensure Volkswagen is held accountable for the damage it caused.
Minister McKenna: don’t let Volkswagen off the hook for the diesel emissions scandal.
Diesel fumes were responsible for 700 premature deaths in 2015, according to Health Canada. If they know how toxic an increase in these fumes on our roads are, why is the government letting Volkswagen off the hook for cheating on its emissions?
Volkswagen had to pay $12 billion in fines to the US, and another $1.5 billion to Germany. Yet in Canada, no fines or penalty of any sort against has been levied against the massive car manufacturer three years after the news broke that Volkswagen’s systematic deceiving its customers. In order to prevent this sort of deception from happening again, Canada must take real action now.
SumOfUs has been working hard to hold Volkswagen to account. Over 64,000 members like you signed a petition calling on Volkswagen to let its workers unionize. We know that when we come together we can hold massive car manufacturers, like Volkswagen, accountable and protect our health and environment.
Tell Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to take action against Volkswagen for the diesel emissions scandal.