In this Federal Election in Canada, Vote, First and Foremost, For Our Environment

Vote As If Our Whole Future Is At Stake – Because It Is!

“This election, who we vote for matters more than ever before. It matters not only for our country, but also for our children’s future and the health of our planet.” – Sierra Club Canada

A New Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted September 11th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

As of this September 11th, 2019, a federal election in Canada is officially on and for Canadians from coast to coast, this may very well be the most important election in our lives.

This federal election is of critical importance because as many of the best scientists and climate experts around the world have been warning us over and over again, we are facing a full-blown climate catastrophe and breakdown of the systems that support life on this planet if we don’t take strong action now to stave it off.

We now have possibly a dozen or so years left before we reach a perilous tipping point – a point of no return – some of the most recent scientific models tell us, and the rate of melting ice, rising waters, severe winds, droughts and wildfires is escalating beyond almost any and all predictions made 10 or 20 years ago.

One of today’s great champions for our planet and we adults need to listen to her – 16-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden. “You say you love your children above all else,” she said, “and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.”

As that remarkable young climate activist from Sweden, Greta Thunberg, put it during a presentation she made to some of the world’s financial leaders at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this past January; “I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.”

Greta’s call to them must be the call we Canadians make to ourselves and everyone around us in the 40 or so days we have leading up to an October 21st vote. If we do not make that call our own, if we don’t go to war now on this over-arching threat to our planet, then nothing else – what we do on health care, on education, on job creation and on a host of other issues – will matter because there will be no ground left to build a life on.

So follow this federal elections and the candidates and parties running in it closely, and make it clear to the candidates every chance you get that any support you give them is fully dependent on them making a commitment to move our country away from carbon and other pollutants that wreak havoc on the climate and to make the shift – 100 per cent – to a green economy before the end of the coming decade.

If a former U.S. president, John F. Kennedy, could take a nation that was still trying to figure out how to successfully put un-manned satellites in orbit in the early 1960s, and successfully land people on the moon and bring them home safely before the end of the decade, surely we can do this!

So for the sake your future and that of everyone else get involved in this federal election – especially all of you young people under the age of 30, an age group that has been notorious in the past for not going out to vote.

This writer is in his 60s and probably won’t be alive to see the worst of what will happen if we do too little or nothing. It is your future on the line, here.

This writer also has no partisan ties. To paraphrase the late, great Groucho Marx; ‘I would never want to belong to any political party that would have a person like me for a member.’

But I will say this at the start of an election where one hopes the environment will be taken seriously as an issue.

Those of us who care about the environment and are concerned about the climate emergency we face, can begin this election by writing off the guy below in the cowboy hat because there is no genuine sign or reason to believe that federal Conservative leader Andrew Sheer and his party give a fig about protecting the environment.

Some of them may try to say they care but there is every reason to believe that modern-day Conservatives or Tories in Canada, just like modern-day Republicans in the United States, do not have it in their DNA to give environmental issues the serious attention they need. For proof of that on the Canadian side of the border, look no further than Mr. Scheer’s friend and fellow traveller, Ontario’s Tory premier Doug Ford.

You literally have to go back at least two or three generations now to find Conservatives or Tories in Canada, and Republicans in the United States who backed measures that were good for the environment.

Imagine what will be left of environmental protection programs in Canada with Doug Ford (right) continuing on as Ontario’s premier and the guy he is pointing at here, Andrew Scheer, in the Prime Minister’s office?

Modern-day Conservatives and Republicans treat environmental protection as if it is a communist plot – some kind of infestation or conspiracy of “fake news” or “face science” –  an enemy of their “Open For Business” propaganda.

As for the other parties and leaders in the race, do not shy away from confronting them with the tough demand and questions. We are so close to the tipping point now that we can no longer afford political leaders who shovel out climate laggard crap like; “We have to compromise,” or “We have to balance this against that,” or “We need to do more studies, first,” for an answer.

As Greta Thunberg told representatives of that World Economic Forum; “We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed. Everything needs to change – and it has to start today.”

Niagara At Large will have more news and commentary on this federal election and where the candidates and parties stand on environmental issues in the days and weeks ahead.

Stay tuned!

In the meantime, here is an important message from the Sierra Club of Canada on why environmental issues must be a priority in this federal election, along with information on how you can contact the federal party leaders with your concerns. Just click on this link –

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“A politician thinks of the next election. a leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders


5 responses to “In this Federal Election in Canada, Vote, First and Foremost, For Our Environment

  1. It is necessary that one voted strategically in this election. Vote for the candidate who has the best chance of defeating the Conservative candidate in your riding. Identify the candidate, whether it is the Green Party, or the Liberal Party, or the NDP in your riding with the best chance of winning and support this candidate.


  2. This election is so important it will be very difficult for me to truly respect anyone who votes for either the Conservatives or the Liberals, two parties who have systematically and consistently taxed the hell out of Canadians with less and less to show for it.
    Both parties have taken turns destroying and making toxic our environment, accelerating species extinction and negatively affecting our climate all for the sole benefit of those who finance their campaigns and with one ultimate goal, to seize and hold onto power.
    It is my sincere hope that our youngest and most eligible voters, our college and university students, rise up in unprecedented numbers and put and end to these maniacal and tyrannical regimes.


  3. The climate should be PRIORITY ONE!

    What good is a booming economy if you can’t breathe the air or drink the water (if you even have any) or your home burns in a forest fire or gets washed away by flooding?

    For those who complain about immigration now, how many people will be clamoring to leave their native lands simply for water, food and safety? Will we have to fight for food on empty shelves as happens in some places? Do we want our future generations to suffer such a dystopian society?

    I was shocked at the obviously coordinated onslaught of hate videos that have suddenly appeared on line against Greta Thunberg. They call an intelligent and idealistic 16 year old everything from retarded to mentally ill to ugly, creepy, in need of an exorcism…and worse.

    What the hell does her appearance have to do with her message? They claim her’s is a mental illness. It is NOT a mental illness and she is obviously very intelligent! There is no vile moniker that they will not use against her. Sometimes, for fear of being accused of attacking a child, they attack her peripherally by trying to discredit her family and supporters or her cause itself. WHY? Why does a little girl frighten the crap out of people who make such vile comments? Why do they say such things? There is only one reason. Her message is a threat to them (or whoever is paying them). They must be feeling really stupid that a girl with Asperger’s is smarter than them, accomplishing such things and doing so multilingually!

    Many say, what does a child understand? Remember Malala Yousafzi? Big, strong men shot her for wanting an education. She now has a Nobel and is attending Oxford. Where are her attackers? There is a lesson to be learned about her and Greta. Young people are not stupid and can change the world for the better.

    One chump who is maligning her is Ezra Levant (who has been labelled the Canadian Steve Bannon…there’s a clue) ….the guy who has been sued for libel, accused the U of Alberta with racism because it had an affirmative action program to help native people and women, and also wrote a book about the benefits of fracking. I wonder who he works for.

    His career for Sun TV in Canada flopped so now he has a new format to spread disinformation Rebel News;. IMO it is just a hate mongering propaganda channel akin to Alex Jones and Rush Limp****. In the past he would likely have been a snake oil salesman. One of his first sentences about Greta was not mocking her and then he immediately called her creepy. Perhaps we should start a Go Fund Me to buy him a mirror.

    Ah yes, there are paid trolls who are working for the fossil fuel giants and multinationals … people like Trump, Ford and Sheer. They know her message is true so if you can’t destroy the message, destroy the messenger.

    The toxic messages of such clowns are spreading and Canada is not immune. I’ve been seeing the hate mongering in Canada on line for months due to the up-coming election. Don’t believe the tripe and diversions, seek the facts and don’t sit on your butts thinking your vote doesn’t matter. Vote for the lesser of evils if you must. Vote as if your life depends on it. It just might.


  4. We not only need climate change crusaders and champions like Naomi Klein and Greta Thunberg and their massive numbers of supporters.

    We also need jobs and full employment crusaders having similar numbers and effectiveness – because the threats posed by climate change have massive implications for the types and numbers of jobs that need to be created to carry out projects for dealing with these climate-change-related threats. This of course applies world-wide and not just to Canada

    In Canada, however – when reporting on the economy, unemployment and underemployment – the mainstream news media almost always focus exclusively on the so-called “official” unemployment rate (around 5% these days) in order to make it appear that Canada has almost “full” employment. This is actually not the case, because the so-called “official” unemployment rate actually constitutes a relatively minor part of the overall problem. I have extensive documentation about this so there is no arguing with the facts.

    In addition to this, we need whistleblowing crusaders and champions having similar numbers and effectiveness to expose corruption in Canadian business – and put a stop to it, starting with the big companies having a proven record of wrongdoing accompanied by cover-ups. As things are, in Canada such people are routinely ignored and denigrated as “troublemakers”, often to the point of having their lives totally ruined – for telling the truth, because the truth is inconvenient to the big business leaders involved and the lawyers whom they pay “unlimited” money to ruin people’s lives and then cover everything up. On top of that, the mainstream media refuse to ask questions and investigate, partly on account of the social prejudices of the owners (which, of course, they will never admit to) .

    I’m a “whistleblower” who has been treated this way myself, by SNC-Lavalin Inc. – and their predecessor company (prior to 1995) which was called “The SNC Group”. Again, I have extensive supporting documentation so – again – there is no arguing with the facts. As far as I’m concerned, Canada is a nation of dirty liars – until I can see satisfactory proof to the contrary. THIS HAS TO STOP.

    Robert T. Chisholm
    Associate Member, OSPE


  5. Reference:

    You can access much of the detail of what I have to say from the above URL, but that’s NOT ALL.

    Robert T. Chisholm
    Associate Member, OSPE


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