Seven New Democratic Party candidates, six Liberals, three Greens, and two Conservatives have won endorsements from GreenPAC, a political action committee set up to translate Canadians’ environmental concerns into political action ahead of the country’s federal election October 19.
“It’s time to level the playing field for environmental leaders,” GreenPAC writes. “Working together in this way, we can ensure that the collective impact of our political contributions is maximized.”
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GreenPAC assembled an expert panel to assess candidates and identify its Green 18. The process gradually focused in on “environmental champions from each major party” who were “assessed based on what they have accomplished on environmental issues.”
The Green 18 are: William Amos (LPC-Pontiac), Richard Cannings (NDP-South Okanagan-West Kootenay), Jim Carr (LPC-Winnipeg South Centre), Michael Chong (CPC-Wellington-Halton Hills), François Choquette (NDP-Drummond), Nathan Cullen (NDP-Skeena-Bulkley Valley), Karine Desjardins (LPC-Beloeil-Chambly), Fin Donnelly (NDP-Port Moody-Coquitlam), Terry Duguid (LPC-Winnipeg South), Kirsty Duncan (LPC-Etobicoke North), Linda Duncan (NDP-Edmonton Strathcona), Bruce Hyer (GPC-Thunder Bay-Superior North), Megan Leslie (NDP-Halifax), Elizabeth May (GPC-Saanich-Gulf Islands), Gord Miller (GPC-Guelph), Joyce Murray (LPC-Vancouver Quadra), Romeo Saganash (NDP-Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou), and Dianne Watts (CPC-South Surrey-White Rock).
“Environmental leadership is broader than a particular government or political party and it has been too long since there has been any substantial legislative progress,” GreenPAC states. “Together, we can make sure there are electoral rewards for leadership on environmental issues in Canadian politics.”