For Immediate Release
Jan 18, 2010

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Canadian party leaders provide video answers to environmental questions


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

“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.