Federal Election 2019: Which Candidates Care About the Planet?

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Voting is one thing you can do as an individual that directly influences government action.

The federal election campaign kicked off two weeks ago and it’s time to get educated.

With information coming out on the daily it can be hard to keep up and stay up to date. Between each candidates multi-point platform, the overlap, the slanderous advertising it can be hard to navigate through the noise.

It’s overwhelming and sometimes straight up frustrating to figure out what the candidates really care about and who to vote for.

Luckily, for us Canadians, there’s a group of people who got together to form a website that breaks it all down for us with easy to read, aesthetically pleasing charts, that require no mental sorting and just straight-forward information absorption.

Shakeuptheestab.org is a website run voluntarily by graduates of Guelph University.  Their website focuses on the environmental plans of the 5 major parties: Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, Greens, and Bloc Quebecois.

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The website breaks down each parties stance on the following environmental topics: emissions; oil & gas; transport; energy, electricity & industry; waste & land use; and community support.

While the website is updated as the campaigns progress here are a few highlights so far:

Emissions:

  • The liberals and conservatives have the same emissions targets at 219.3 Mt (30%) reduction of GHGs below 2005 levels, to be achieved by 2030. Meanwhile, the NDP plans to cut emissions by 281 Mt (38.4%) by 2030 and monitor progress through the Independent Climate Accountability Office. The Green Party says they will cut emissions by 438.6 Mt (60 %) by 2030 and zero-emissions by 2050.

  • Each party has a different approach to the carbon tax debate. The Liberals plan to implement a federal carbon tax for provinces that they deem have insufficient provincial carbon pricing provision. The Conservatives plan to scrap the carbon tax, which NDP plans to continue carbon pricing and offering rebates to households and penalizing big polluters by reducing breaks. The Greens plan to introduce revenue neutral taxes by means of a carbon fee and dividend system, while implementing tariffs on countries with lower carbon taxes.

  • Additionally, the Greens want to revamp the national trade policy to increase local food production and revamp the World Trade Organization to ensure trade is consistent with a global carbon budget.

  • NDP looks local as they plan to create a Climate Bank that helps communities with waste/recycling programs and invest in tech to transition away from plastic.

Oil & Gas

  • Liberals will work towards sustainable shipping in the Arctic, while the Conservatives aim to end all foreign imported oil by 2030 but plan to end the ban on tanker traffic in northern BC opening up the potential for oil spills.

  • The optimistic Greens plan to off foreign oil “as soon as possible” and off all oil as soon as 2050 with plans to turn Canadian solid bitumen into gas, diesel, and propane for use in the petrochemical industry

  • The NDP will focus on supporting Canadian sustainable energy projects and prioritize domestic product over shipping resource and jobs elsewhere.

  • The Bloc Quebecois announces they won’t support the development of new pipelines, while the Greens have the same stance but also plan to cancel the Trans Mountain Pipeline (TMP). The NDP is also not in support of the TMP but will support liquefied natural gas pipelines.

  • The Liberals approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project and the Conservatives are not only in support of new pipelines but also plan to bad foreign advocacy groups from using the approvals process to block pipeline projects.

  • While the Conservatives made no mention of fossil fuels so far, the Liberals plan to phase out coal-fired energy in time to meet G-20 commitments, while NDP pledges to fulfil this commitment immediately. The Greens aim to remove all fossil-fuels from the grid by 2030, ending imports and only using domestic sources, while redirecting all money from subsidies to  the Canadian Grid Strategy and renewable energy transition.

 For the full breakdown visit shakeuptheestab.org/vote

Eco NewsPaige ParkerComment