To be or not to be
Well, the election that nobody wants is upon us.
We're not partisan, so we don't back a particular party. But we are not disinterested - Sierra Club Canada has a purpose and it has been thoroughly thwarted for the last five years.
So what should our role be in an election?
Some advise a long-term approach of getting along with all parties, believing the logic of our arguments and truth of our facts will eventually win them all over. This approach prevents you from saying anything too critical during an election as to not alienate the winner.
Some suggest targeted intervention, drawing attention to party positions and promises. Done in a fair and open way, and treating all parties the same, report cards and other comparisons at least give voters a sense of how the environment might fair after an election.
Some say speak out loudly and advocate for the party with the best platform and the candidates offering the best solutions. And stand with them.
What do you think?
This is my first election at the helm of Sierra Club Canada and I’d like to know your opinion.
John Bennett, Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada