On September 9, 350 Canada announced candidate endorsements in 16 battleground ridings.
For most of our lives, we’ve been told there are only two choices when it comes to climate politics in Canada. We can choose a Conservative government that either doesn’t believe in climate change, or just doesn’t believe that it’s an urgent crisis. Or, a Liberal government that talks about believing in science and tackling the climate emergency, but then acts as though we have decades to solve the problem.
In this election, there’s another way.
Across the country, there are battleground ridings where a candidate has a real shot at unseating a climate denier or a climate delayer – if climate voters rally together to back that candidate.
In this round of Battleground Endorsements, we’ve narrowed in on a handful of close ridings where this is true, and a couple ridings that are longer shots, but where someone is challenging some of the worst climate delayers and deniers in the country.
In all of these ridings, voters have a chance to unseat delayers and deniers and elect candidates who they can push to ensure they have an MP who can become:
- Bold leaders who will push the envelope and fight for the kind of climate emergency action we need.
- Champions who will take risks, organize their communities and fellow Members of Parliament, and work across party lines to implement legislation to stop fossil fuel expansion and legislate a just transition for all that puts us on a path to a made-in-Canada Green New Deal.
- People-powered politicians who listen and respond to the demands of movements and climate organizers to advance the kind of action we need.
In addition to these candidates, and the Defending Champs and Game Changers we already endorsed, we’ve received a number of nominations for other climate champions. We’ll be reviewing those next to determine if we release another round of endorsements.
If you know a candidate who deserves our endorsement, you can nominate them here.
If you don’t live in a riding with a climate champion and are wondering how the parties all stack up on climate change, you can read our analysis of the party platforms here.
Key battlegrounds are close races where climate champions have the potential to defeat Liberal climate delayers and Conservative climate deniers.
350 Canada’s battleground endorsements are:
- Alejandra Bravo (Davenport)
- Angella MacEwen (Ottawa Centre)
- Blake Desjarlais (Edmonton Griesbach)
- Christine Paré (Papineau)
- Janine Seymour (Kenora)
- Jim Hanson (Burnaby North—Seymour)
- Kelvin Kotchilea (Northwest Territories)
- Lynn Perrin (Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon)
- Lisa Roberts (Halifax)
- Melissa Chung-Mowat (Winnipeg North)
- Nimâ Machouf (Laurier—Sainte-Marie)
- Ray Critch (St. John’s South—Mount Pearl)
- Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay)
- Shailene Panylo (Oshawa)
- Tracey Ramsey (Essex)
- Wayne Stetski (Kootenay—Columbia)