April 15, 2011 (CVBC) – Today the Conservation Voters of BC announced its endorsements for the upcoming May 2 federal election. Conservation Voters of BC has a proven track record of helping elect environmental champions across party lines.
Environmental issues will be decisive for many B.C. voters,” said Kevin Washbrook, director, Conservation Voters of BC. “Our endorsements are intended to put stronger environmental voices from all parties in Canada’s Parliament.
Naomi Devine, a director of Conservation Voters of BC said the endorsees will be assets to their parties and to Parliament. “These are individuals who have shown strong leadership on environmental issues, from banning tankers on B.C.’s north coast, to preserving wilderness, to fighting climate change,” she said.
Elizabeth May (Green Party – Saanich-Gulf Islands): The national leader of Canada’s Green Party, Elizabeth brings an impeccable track record as a national environmental champion as well as a strong affinity for the issues in her local riding. Named by Newsweek as one of the world’s most influential women, she’s going to make history by being the first Green elected to Canada’s parliament.
Ujjal Dosanjh (Liberal – Vancouver South): Running for his third term as MP, Ujjal has been a strong proponent of an oil tanker ban on BC’s North Coast. As Premier of BC, Ujjal brought in Canada’s first moratorium on the grizzly bear hunt and significantly expanded BC parks and protected area system.
Joyce Murray (Liberal – Vancouver Quadra): As a federal MP, Joyce introduced a Private Member’s Bill to ban oil tanker traffic on B.C.’s north coast and has championed action on climate change, renewable energy production, oil sands regulation and innovation for a greener economy.
Fin Donnelly (NDP – New Westminster-Coquitlam): A long-time protector of the Fraser River, Fin works hard to defend our marine ecosystem and coastal communities. As NDP Fisheries and Oceans Critic, he by introducing legislation to protect wild salmon and ban dangerous oil super tankers off BC’s north coast.
Randall Garrison (NDP – Esquimalt Juan de Fuca): As a councilor in Esquimalt, Randall secured Council support for aggressive targets for greenhouse gas reduction, as well as strong measures to achieve them. He was one of the first municipal councilors in B.C. to champion a resolution opposing oil tanker traffic on B.C.’s coast.
Mark Shmigelsky (NDP – Kootenay-Columbia): As mayor of Invermere, Mark has been a municipal leader on climate change. He supported the Idle-Free communities program, a ban on cosmetic pesticides, and the local desire to keep the Jumbo Valley wild. As an MP, Mark will provide a strong voice for healthy communities and environmental protection.
Our previous endorsee, Denise Savoie in Victoria, remains a strong voice for the environment in Ottawa and Victoria and has been strong on banning tankers. However, we are making endorsements and investing resources in ridings where our engagement could have a strong impact on the outcome.
Conservation Voters of BC is a volunteer-run, non-partisan organization working to elect environmental champions from all parties to municipal, provincial and federal offices. We are non-partisan in that we believe environmentally minded candidates can do good work within all of B.C.’s major parties. Thirty-one of the 40 candidates we have endorsed have been elected in six previous federal, provincial and municipal elections.
For more information on Conservation Voters go to: http://conservationvoters.ca/