Four parties respond to survey and one doesn't
OTTAWA, April 18 /CNW/ - All but one of the main federal political
parties have responded to a survey from four of Canada's leading
environmental organizations, released today. With exactly two weeks to
go in the federal election campaign, the survey identifies the
environmental commitments made by the Liberal Party, the NDP, the Bloc
Québecois and the Green Party. The Conservative Party did not respond
to the survey, which was coordinated by Environmental Defence, the
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), the Pembina Institute
"The good news is that there is a fair degree of common ground among the
parties that responded on issues that matter to voters, like tackling
global warming and getting toxic bisphenol A out of our food cans,"
said Gillian McEachern of Environmental Defence. "We're disappointed
that the Conservative Party did not choose to give voters information
on where they stand on these issues."
The survey included questions on the protection of Canada's lands and
water, clean energy, climate change, oil sands and toxic chemicals in
"We're pleased that all of the parties have made commitments to
wilderness conservation, both on land and in our oceans, and we're
urging our supporters to raise this issue with candidates in their
ridings when they come to their doors," said Alison Woodley of CPAWS.
Out of 10 questions about whether the parties would take action on key
issues, the Green Party and NDP answered yes to all 10, the Liberals to
nine and the Bloc to eight. Some highlights from the parties' responses
All parties committed to adopting a legally binding ban on tankers off Canada's Pacific Northwest coast.
All parties committed to putting a price on greenhouse gas pollution in 2012 and boosting federal support for green energy, although the
details of specific proposals vary by party.
All parties committed to creating more marine protected areas.
All parties supported stronger regulations to prohibit the use of
potentially harmful chemicals in consumer items, including banning bisphenol A from food cans within 18 months.
"The respondents' commitment to put a price on greenhouse gas pollution
is an important one, since this policy would need to be a centerpiece
of any effective climate plan for Canada," said Clare Demerse of the
Pembina Institute. "It's also encouraging to see support from all four
of the respondents for a stronger effort to ensure that the federal
government lives up to its responsibilities to curb the environmental
impacts of oilsands development."
"We're happy to see that most parties are willing to make commitments to
tackle climate change and to promote the green economy. Unfortunately,
the Conservative Party refused to answer and to give information to
Canadians on their intentions to protect the environment, even though
it is an important issue for Canadians," said Steven Guilbeault of
The full bilingual survey results can be found at www.ecoquestions2011.ca. The groups will be sharing the results with more than 150,000 of their
supporters directly via email.
SOURCE Environmental Defence
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