MORE PROMINENT ENVIRONMENTALISTS BACK NEW DEMOCRATS

As the NDP surges, more prominent environmentalists are backing local New Democrat candidates.

Today Environment Health Educator Mae Burrows and former Green Party Chair Sven Biggs added their voices to the growing number of supporters from the environmental community for Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) and Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody). Last week the NDP candidates were endorsed by biologist and activist Alexandra Morton and award-winning environmentalists Joe Foy and Elaine Golds.

“I am particularly impressed by Peter’s work to protect Canadians' health and the environment by leading the fight to remove cancer-causing chemicals from products we consume, and to assert our right to know when we are exposed to toxic chemicals”, said Mae Burrows. “I have known Fin since his first swim down the Fraser River to raise awareness about water quality and salmon habitat. I watched him develop sustainability work in communities throughout the Fraser system”.

Added Sven Biggs, "Peter is one of the hardest working MPs in Ottawa and Fin has been the leading voice calling for action to protect our wild salmon stocks. I believe that all environmentalists should be excited about supporting Peter and Fin and I am proud to add my name to the list.”

Canada is the eighth largest greenhouse gas polluter and while many nations have worked steadily to limit fossil fuel pollution, Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions are rising. Yet, last November, the Harper Conservatives used their unelected Senate to kill the NDP's Climate Change Accountability Act.

“We need investments in public transit projects like the Evergreen Line, and protection of our wild salmon,” said Donnelly. “We need investments in green jobs, not Harper's subsidies to profitable oil companies.”

“400 environmental groups awarded Canada the “Fossil of the Year” Award because of the Harper Conservatives' record of sweeping environmental issues under the rug," said Julian. "That's why British Columbians are turning to the surging NDP to stop the Harper Conservatives' abuse of the environment and offer a positive alternative."