Meet the seven GreenPAC-endorsed Ontario candidates
From left to right the candidates are:
Jessica Bell (NDP, University-Rosedale)
Founding executive director of the transit advocacy organization TTCRiders, who previously worked as an organizer on sustainable, healthy food systems, and on Indigenous rights and endangered forests.
Sylvia Jones (PC, Dufferin-Caledon)
Sitting MPP and avid supporter of land conservation, recycling, and organic foods who’s been a member of a Community Supported Agriculture farm for eight years.
Arthur Potts (L, Beaches-East York)
Sitting MPP and strong proponent of carbon cap-and-trade and pollinator protection who amassed a 30-year track record in clean energy and waste reduction before he entered the provincial legislature.
Nathalie Des Rosiers (L, Ottawa-Vanier)
Sitting MPP and former dean of the common law section of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law who previously spent 13 years on the Environmental Appeal Board of Ontario. She served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy before entering Cabinet in January as Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Mike Schreiner (G, Guelph)
Leader of the Green Party of Ontario, who’s worked as a tireless advocate on carbon pricing, hydraulic fracturing (fracking), neonicotinoid pesticides, water protection, and organic foods;
Shelley Carroll (L, Don Valley North)
City councillor since 2003 who oversaw development of a new solid waste diversion plan for Toronto, and promoted conservation and renewable energy during her four years on the Toronto Hydro board;
Peter Tabuns (NDP, Toronto-Danforth)
Sitting MPP and his party’s environment and energy critic, who’s introduced provincial legislation on climate change, community disclosure of toxins and pollutants, electricity conservation, and prohibition of hydraulic fracturing, and supported government bills to phase out coal, conserve water, protect the Great Lakes, and promote the province’s trail network.
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"Doing the right thing for the environment shouldn’t be a partisan issue. GreenPAC will help to support good people who support conservation in all political parties."
Former Mayor of Toronto and President & CEO of the World Wildlife Fund – Canada
"Canadians want to see our country as an environmental leader. But too often, our elected leaders aren't getting the message. GreenPAC amplifies the voice of the environmental community and ensures that governments act on the environmental values that Canadians broadly share."
BA MES LLD (honoris causa) Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
"In these highly partisan times it is easy to forget that many people of all political persuasions care passionately about the environment. GreenPAC will help those people translate that caring into informed political choices."
Former President and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada
"The Canadian public is way ahead of our governments when it comes to environmental protection. GreenPAC is essential to closing this democratic deficit—and forging a sustainable, prosperous future for Canada."
Law professor and Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Ottawa and founder of EcoJustice
"I personally believe that there are good people who care deeply about the environment inhabiting all parts of the political spectrum. GreenPAC, which will help them come forward and run for political office, is long overdue."
President Emeritus, World Wildlife Fund Canada
"Human degradation of nature is this century’s number one challenge yet it barely registers as an electoral issue. By supporting green candidates in all political parties, GreenPAC is a brilliant approach to finally make nature conservation and sustainability relevant in elections."
Executive Director (Interim), Nature Canada
"GreenPAC is helping to overcome the wedge politics that surround green issues in Canada. It promises to open a new chapter in democratic governance, one in which scientific evidence, sound economics and our deeply rooted values in environmental protection converge."
President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development and Canada’s former Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
"Taking on tough environmental challenges like climate change and sustainable energy requires leadership. GreenPAC brings Canadians together to recruit and support that leadership."
one of Canada’s leading lawyers on energy, climate change and clean-tech.
"GreenPAC helps address the pressing need to attract and support candidates, from all parties in Canada, who are committed to tackling our most significant environmental challenges, while building a prosperous economy."
President & CEO, BluEarth Renewables Inc.
"The future of our communities, our cultures and our economies depends on how well we protect our environment. But all too often, political leaders allow themselves to be driven by short-term priorities. GreenPAC helps ensure that leaders who are focused on our long-term future are putting in place the solutions we need."
Forester and Specialist in Ecosystem Planning and Aboriginal Issues
"Canada has an abundance of environmental solutions that create jobs and economic opportunities, but too often, there is a lack of political will to implement them. GreenPAC is what opens up the space for these solutions to see the light of day."
Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada
"Canada needs solutions that are bold, practical and effective enough to address the challenge of climate change while creating prosperity in a rapidly changing economy. Unfortunately, the implementation of these clean energy solutions is often hindered by political considerations. GreenPAC is building political will across the spectrum to accelerate change."
Executive Director, Pembina Institute
"I've always been inspired by EMILY's List — the US organization that backs progressive women running for office. EMILY, refers to the shorthand tip for political success: Early Money is Like Yeast — it makes the dough rise. Along comes GreenPAC making it possible for those with a sense of urgency and commitment to environmental solutions to lead from Parliament. It's about time."
Executive Director, Greenpeace Canada
"Canadians from coast to coast care deeply about protecting our environment. It is crucial that our elected officials are guided by our collective resolve to reduce our carbon impact in the fight against climate change. GreenPAC provides a mechanism to make that happen."
President, Earth Day Canada
"Our country faces a critical choice: We can move toward the global emerging clean-energy economy, or we can choose a status-quo energy system that puts our global environment at risk. Renewable energy is already affordable and market-ready, so which path we choose will depend on one thing: Leadership. GreenPAC is our best opportunity to fill the leadership gap in Canada."
President & CEO – Canadian Solar Industries Association