I am writing you because you have expressed concern about the $15.1 billion bid by Chinese State Owned oil company CNOOC to purchase Calgary-based Nexen. I urge you to take action to stop this acquisition. New Democrats share your concerns about CNOOC's environmental record and human rights record. This takeover does not make a long term commitment to Canadian value added jobs or heed national security concerns. Further, CNOOC does not operate at arm's length from the Chinese government. For all of those reasons we have said NO to the CNOOC takeover bid. The Investment Canada process is broken. Time after time, successive federal governments have rubber stamped takeovers of key industrial resources by foreign companies - without public consultations and explanations of net benefits for Canada. We also know that these foreign corporations are not held accountable when they break their commitments to Canada. The takeover of Stelco by US Steel, Inco by Vale and Alcan by Rio Tinto are all examples whereby the take-over company broke the agreed upon conditions and showed complete disregard for the Investment Canada process. This process must be fixed. We can't afford to allow major acquisitions that radically reshape our energy sector. This is an extremely important issue and we need your help to send a strong message to the Conservatives. On Tuesday November 6, the NDP will introduce a motion at the Standing Committee on Natural Resources calling on the government to reject the proposed takeover of Nexen by CNOOC. It also asks that the Committee be given the mandate to conduct public hearings on how these takeovers affect our oil and gas industry and national interests. Please see the full text of our motion below. WHAT CAN YOU DO? Write to Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver and the Conservative MPs on the Standing Committee on Natural Resources and urge them to support the NDP motion. Minister Joe Oliver firstname.lastname@example.org Leon Benoit email@example.com Mike Allen firstname.lastname@example.org Royal Galipeau email@example.com David Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org Blaine Calkins email@example.com Ryan Leff firstname.lastname@example.org Brad Trost email@example.com Thank you for your support in helping to protect the interests of Canadians in this matter. Sincerely, Thomas Mulcair, M.P. (Outremont) Leader of the Official Opposition New Democratic Party of Canada Follow Tom on Facebook and Twitter www.facebook.com/ThomasMulcair www.twitter.com/ThomasMulcair Notice of motion Peter Julian, M.P. That the Standing Committee on Natural Resources recommend that the government reject the proposed takeover of NEXEN by CNOOC; that the Committee conduct hearings on foreign takeovers of Canadian Oil and Gas companies to assess the impact on Canada's production, transportation and exportation of Oil and Gas resources, on domestic added value and employment, on national security, and on Canada's ability to chart a sustainable and independent energy policy; and that the Committee report back to the House.