Unfortunately, there were no big surprises in last night's English language debate, including that not a single question was asked about where the parties stand on the environment. This was made all the easier by the exclusion of Green Party leader Elizabeth May.
Shame on the broadcast consortium that organized the debate and chose the questions.
A year ago, 80 percent of Canadians told the Public Policy Forum they want to see federal leadership on climate change.
On Tuesday, April 12, however, this consortium ensured that no leader was challenged on this burning issue, or other equally important ones: guaranteeing clean air and water for all Canadians and protecting natural ecosystems, for example.
But don't let the media's failure stop you from finding out what your candidates' positions are on these basic challenges. We've come up with three questions that should have been asked during the first debate.
You have the power to change the political indifference to environmental issues by asking all the candidates who knock on your door the following questions:
- What is your party's plan to help Canada transition to a low-carbon future, where Canadians use less fossil fuel and strive to become carbon neutral?
- How will your party ensure that our natural ecosystems, (oceans, forests, wetlands, and the species these support), continue to survive and thrive?
- How will your party ensure Canadians can enjoy a healthy environment with clean air, clean water and non-toxic products?
If you love the environment, encourage your friends and family — and everyone you know — to ask their candidates these three simple questions and on May 2nd, cast a vote for the one with the best answers.