Green groups ready for the elections

Des groupes écologistes prêts pour les élections

There are no political parties that are already on a war footing in anticipation of the upcoming campaign; many groups having a high sensitivity to environmental issues are also in the process of furbish their weapons.

Even if the next general election should not normally take place before the month of October at Quebec, 11 of these organizations have, in effect, already presented their grocery list common.

Sunday in Montreal, they exposed, in front of the media, a series of twenty proposals in relation to six main themes: climate change, transport, spatial planning, agriculture, biodiversity and the forest.

This union of the forces of green, which includes in its ranks Équiterre, Greenpeace, the David Suzuki Foundation and the world wildlife Fund, recommends, among others, the different political parties to commit to “prohibit the construction or expansion of any infrastructure” to be used to encourage the exploration, production, circulation, distribution, or consumption of fossil fuels.

It also suggests to promise the adoption of a moratorium to put a brake on the region free of the agricultural land.

She would also like to see them adopt strategies whose ultimate goal would be to “reduce by at least 50% of the emissions of greenhouse gases in the transport sector by 2030”.

In an interview with The canadian Press, the co-founder and senior director of Équiterre, Steven Guilbeault, has argued that this is not at all a coincidence that the various claims of the coalition were revealed well before the official start of the electoral race.

In his opinion, it would have been unskilful and unwise to expect that the platforms of the political forces in presence are at the printer to do it.

“It would have been too late to intervene” and make a real change in the course of things, he mentioned.

Mr. Guilbeault then took the care to specify that now that proposals have been made public, a monitoring operation will need to be conducted.

It is, therefore, to say that the future promises of the parties will be scrutinized with a magnifying glass.

“Once we have a good profile on all platforms, we will make a comparison”, he added.

“The objective will not be to tell people how to vote, but rather to give them the most information possible so that they can make informed choices”, he concluded.

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