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Federal Election 2015 – Vote for Nature!

  • Published on Aug 13 2015 |
  • This article is tagged as: election

On October 19th, Canadians will elect the next federal government. Elections are a key opportunity to encourage politicians to take action on conservation. The reason is simple: 90% of Canada’s land and 100% of our oceans are publicly owned. This means our politicians make the decisions on how this land and ocean is used.

YOU have a key role in helping protect Canada’s land and water. When candidates call or come to your door seeking your vote, please raise the issue of nature conservation. If all of us who care about Canada’s parks and wilderness speak up for conservation during the election – we can make a difference!

Ask your candidates:

“If elected, will you …

  • Work with other Canadian governments to protect at least 17% of our land and freshwater and 10% of our oceans by 2020?
  • Focus on nature conservation as the first priority for managing our national parks?
  • Invest in parks to protect our environment, create jobs and strengthen Canada’s economy?"

Protecting our national parks from commercial development threats:

During the federal election period, please ask all candidates you meet where they stand on protecting our national parks from commercial development.  Here is a suggested question you could ask:

"I am very concerned about the growing assault on our national parks from private commercial developments, particularly in Banff and Jasper. I would like to know where you stand on this issue. 

Most recently the rushed approval of a massive expansion of Lake Louise Ski Resort into legally protected wilderness, just before the election was called, was an assault on the very essence of our national parks, which are about people enjoying protected nature.

Will you do all you can to stop the massive expansion of Lake Louise Ski Resort in Banff, and support strong measures to prevent future commercial development threats in our national parks, once and for all?"

Fast Facts

Protecting our land and water:

  • Canada has signed the international Convention on Biological Diversity which commits us to protect at least 17% of our land and 10% of our oceans by 2020.
  • So far, Canada has only protected 10% of our land and 1% of our oceans.
  • To conserve our wilderness and wildlife, at least half of our land and water should be protected.  Meeting our 2020 commitments would be a good step towards this goal.

Keeping our parks healthy:

  • Our national parks are world-renowned for their pristine natural beauty and wildlife and are a major attraction for Canada’s tourism industry.
  • Yet industrial and commercial developments are putting increasing pressure on our parks – both inside and outside their boundaries. And our national parks have suffered major funding cuts to their conservation programs. Renewed focus and investment is needed to protect nature in our national parks.

Investing in nature:

  • Every dollar invested in national parks returns more than $5 to the Canadian economy and national parks support more than 40,000 jobs across Canada.
  • Nature supports all life on earth, including people. For example, healthy ecosystems provide Canadians with clean air and water, encourage healthy lifestyles, prevent impacts of natural disasters, and mitigate the effects of climate change. Together, this is worth billions of dollars.

Want to know more? Check out:

Special CPAWS Report: Commercial Development Threatens Canada's National Parks

Protecting Canada: Is it in our Nature?

Dare to be Deep: Protect Canada’s Oceans

Green Budget Coalition Recommendations 2015