Party Leaders Provide Video Answers to Environmental Questions

Tomorrow Today Canada
2008-10-05
Four of five leaders take part
OTTAWA, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - With just over a week until Election Day, 11 of Canada's largest environmental organizations are proud to present video responses from party leaders to crucial environmental questions at http://www.tomorrowtodaycanada.ca/election/en/.

Mr. Dion, Mr. Duceppe, Mr. Layton and Ms. May accepted an invitation to provide personal video responses to six questions about the most urgent environmental issues facing Canada. Mr. Harper has not yet given a response to
the questions.

The responses, posted at http://www.tomorrowtodaycanada.ca/election/en/, provide answers for Canadian voters about where the leaders stand on climate change, nature conservation, water strategy, and renewable energy. (See http://www.tomorrowtodaycanada.ca/election/party-leader-questions-en.pdf for a list of the six questions.)

"A recent poll found that 71% of Canadians support the idea of a special political leaders' debate on the environment," said Stephen Hazell, Sierra Club of Canada. "Canadians understand the urgency of the threats facing our planet, and they want to see responses from the candidates for the job of Prime Minister. This innovative 'virtual debate' gives voters an opportunity to learn about the leaders' commitment to some of the biggest issues facing our country."

"Canadians watched the leaders in head-to-head debates this week, and now we encourage voters to visit our website for an in-depth look at the environmental questions that matter most," said Rick Smith, Environmental Defence. "This unique forum provides an accessible way to find out whether the leaders have what it takes to protect Canada's environment."

An Ekos poll released on September 7 found that almost two-thirds of Canadians consider global warming the biggest issue facing Canada in the medium- to long-term.

The "Tomorrow Today" group consists of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, the David Suzuki Foundation, EcoJustice, Environmental Defence, Equiterre, Greenpeace Canada, Nature Canada, the Pembina Institute, Pollution Probe, Sierra Club Canada, and WWF Canada.

To find out more about Tomorrow Today and the organizations behind it, see http://www.tomorrowtodaycanada.ca.

To see the leaders' responses, go to http://www.tomorrowtodaycanada.ca/election/en/.

For further information: Media contacts:
Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence, (416) 670-9521;
Stephen Hazell, Executive Director, Sierra Club, (613) 724-1908;
Marlo Raynolds, Executive Director, Pembina Institute, (403) 607-9427;
Bruce Cox, Executive Director, Greenpeace, (416) 419-7341

            

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