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Leadnow endorses eight federal candidates who will champion the environment

Last Updated Oct 3, 2019 at 1:34 pm PDT

FILE - Jody Wilson-Raybould arrives at a news conference to discuss her political future in Vancouver, Monday, May 27, 2019. A book by former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould will be released on Sept. 20, according to her publisher.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A pro-democracy group is hoping Canadians will vote strategically for the planet. Leadnow is endorsing eight federal candidates it believes will champion the environment, once elected.

Co-executive director Sonia Theroux explains why Vancouver Granville candidate Jody Wilson-Raybould made the cut, becoming one of Leadnow’s “Battleground Champions.”

“She’s an independent who, at the end of the day, chose principles over party. She has significant chances of being elected as an independent, a very rare thing in the Canadian electoral and partisan system,” Theroux says. “And she has been centering her campaign on Indigenous rights, climate action and the need to be non-partisan on these critical issues.”

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Wilson-Raybould is the only independent and the only candidate in southern B.C. on the Leadnow list, but Theroux says the organization has also done extensive work on candidates across the country.

“You can check out the candidate list of everyone that’s responded to our survey, you can also click in, if you’re really interested, to exactly how they responded to the survey. And, we provide other resources from ally organizations and Elections Canada to help walk people through their decision-making process.”

The NDP, Greens and Liberals made the list in many ridings, and Theroux says she’s not surprised.

“Our political system, our electoral system, makes it really difficult and really prioritizes election cycles and fighting the other parties instead of coming together,” she says. “So, I think, we’re now in a moment where climate is top of mind for just about everybody.”