Party Leaders Provide Video Answers to Environmental Questions

    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
    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,
provide answers for Canadian voters about where the leaders stand on climate
change, nature conservation, water strategy, and renewable energy. (See 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,

    To see the leaders' responses, go to

For further information:

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)

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