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GreenPAC endorses four environmental candidates in Quebec

Thursday, September 17th 2015 9:05:41am

September 17, 2015

Group endorses strong environmental champions from all major parties

MONTREAL -- GreenPAC, Canada’s non-partisan organization committed to building environmental leadership in politics, has endorsed 18 candidates with strong environmental track records in Canada’s 2015 federal election.

Four of GreenPAC’s endorsed candidates are running for office in Quebec. Candidates from six provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia) were endorsed, including representation from all major national parties: Conservatives (2), Liberals (6), NDP (7), and Greens (3).

In Quebec, GreenPAC has endorsed two sitting MPs, NDP candidates François Choquette (Drummond) and Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou), as well as Liberal candidates Karine Desjardins (Beloeil-Chambly) and Will Amos (Pontiac).

“Environmental leadership needs to come from all parts of the political spectrum,” says Aaron Freeman, GreenPAC’s Founder and President. “Quebec is home to some of the country’s most exciting and prominent environmental candidates, and we look forward to helping build momentum behind their campaigns.”

Endorsed candidates were selected by an Expert Panel made up of non-partisan leaders in various environmental fields. The panel evaluated candidates based on their past environment-related accomplishments in the private, public, or NGO sectors. Political platforms and campaign promises were not assessed.

Canadians interested in pledging support for an environmental champion in the election can use GreenPAC’s candidate matching tool. This tool was developed by GreenPAC to match Canadians with the candidate on the Green 18 list who is best aligned with their political values. They encourage pledges of financial and volunteer support to those candidates’ campaigns.

“Traditionally, candidates who put the environment first have had fewer resources than their opponents,” continued Freeman. “GreenPAC aims to change that. By harnessing the broad support for environmental action in Canada and strategically focusing on select key campaigns, we believe we can make the environment a top political priority.”

“Canada was formerly a world leader on environmental policy and action, and GreenPAC aims to help elect politicians who rebuild this leadership role,” concluded Freeman. “Each of the Green 18 has achieved exceptional environmental results in their careers, and we hope Canadians will join us in helping get these candidates elected.”


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Aaron Freeman

About GreenPAC:
GreenPAC (www.GreenPAC.ca) is a new non-partisan organization formed to build environmental leadership in Canadian politics. Its focus is making environmental concerns politically relevant by supporting the recruitment, nomination, and election of environmental champions.

GreenPAC Endorsement Process:
GreenPAC identified environmental leaders for potential endorsement through a comprehensive outreach strategy that included engaging with political parties, inviting candidates from all parties to tell us about their environmental achievements and conducting independent research to uncover candidates with strong environmental track records. All candidates were assessed according to the likelihood of winning their riding, and the Expert Panel assessed demonstrated environmental leadership for all candidates who were deemed to be in “winnable” races. Through extensive deliberations, the Expert Panel selected their top 18 candidates to receive a GreenPAC endorsement.

Endorsed Candidates:
  • Will Amos (Liberal, Pontiac, QC)
  • Richard Cannings (NDP, South Okanagan-West Kootenay, BC)
  • Jim Carr (Liberal, Winnipeg South Centre, MB)
  • Michael Chong (Conservative, Wellington-Halton Hills, ON)
  • François Choquette (NDP, Drummond, QC)
  • Nathan Cullen (NDP, Skeena-Bulkley Valley, BC)
  • Karine Desjardins (Liberal, Beloeil-Chambly, QC)
  • Fin Donnelly (NDP, Port Moody-Coquitlam, BC)
  • Kirsty Duncan (Liberal, Etobicoke North, ON)
  • Linda Duncan (NDP, Edmonton Strathcona, AB)
  • Terry Duguid (Liberal, Winnipeg South, MB)
  • Bruce Hyer (Green Party, Thunder Bay-Superior North, ON)
  • Megan Leslie (NDP, Halifax, NS)
  • Elizabeth May (Green Party, Saanich-Gulf Islands, BC)
  • Gord Miller (Green Party, Guelph, ON)
  • Joyce Murray (Liberal, Vancouver Quadra, BC)
  • Romeo Saganash (NDP, Abitibi-Baie-Jame-Nunavik-Eeyou, QC)
  • Dianne Watts (Conservative, South Surrey-White Rock, BC)