About EnviroVote Canada
What is envirovote.ca?
Climate change and biodiversity loss are two issues – like healthcare or the economy – that affect all Canadians. We need a place where the platforms of each party in the Federal election can be easily compared side-by-side to see where they stand on environmental issues, and help voters make an informed choice, whatever their political leanings.
We have tried to make envirovote.ca a straightforward, unbiased, and factual resource to help provide this information. If you see an error or something that needs updating, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why are you prioritizing the environment?
How important environmental issues are is up to every individual voter. We won’t tell you how to vote. Resources already exist where political stances on the economy and other issues can be easily compared. We have made this website to provide information to fill the gap on the environment.
Where are the Bloc Québécois and the People’s Party of Canada?
In making this website, we limited the Parties included to federal Parties with at least one seat in the Parliament already, and candidates across the country.
What are the sources?
The EnviroVote Canada questions were selected to address the two largest environmental issues: climate change and biodiversity loss. Specifically, the list of questions was compiled based on the authors’ expertise as scientists and from questions posed by a group of Canadian environmental NGOs.
The platforms of the political parties were the sources used by EnviroVote Canada to determine the environmental policies of each party. As the Liberals have yet to release their election platform, EnviroVote used the Liberals’ current policies to answer the questions. The only additional source beyond political platforms was the work of Mark Jaccard, a member of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and professor at Simon Fraser University.
Prof. Jaccard's work was used in order to determine whether the proposed climate change plans of each party would meet the Paris targets.
Who is behind EnviroVote.ca?
Isabelle Hurley is a Masters student at Dalhousie University in the Future of Marine Ecosystems Lab.
Derek Tittensor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University.
Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist and professor of political science at Texas Tech University.
Climate change - Karsten Würth (@karsten.wuerth) | Oil & Gas - Chris Liverani | Paris Agreement - Felipe Dolce | Climate change governance - Christopher Austin | Carbon pricing - Jordan Whitfield | Transportation - Austin Park | Infrastructure - Silas Baisch | Biodiversity - Abben S | Protected areas - Johny Goerend | Species at risk - Frank Busch | Plastic - Ishan @seefromthesky | All on Unsplash.