CPAWS-NWT polls NWT federal candidates about environmental issues

  • Published on Oct 09 2015 |
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At the end of September, we distributed a questionnaire on NWT environmental issues to all four federal candidates in our NWT riding.

Here are their responses in short form, as we advertised them in NewsNorth on Monday October 12th.

Candidates were also given 100 words to elaborate on each answer. We have not edited their responses below.

1. If elected, will you. … Pursue the financial and human resources required to complete establishment and management agreements between Parks Canada and Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation, for Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve?

Dennis BEVINGTON
Yes. An NDP government will protect our natural environment for future generations and reverse Stephen Harper’s damaging changes to environmental protection laws. We will move quickly to complete proposed national parks and national wildlife areas, including Qausuittuq (NU), Thaidene Nene (NWT), Mealy Mountains (NL) National Park Reserves, and Edéhzhíe National Wildlife Area (NWT).

Michael MCLEOD
Yes. I and the Liberal Party of Canada recognize the importance both of conservation and of reconciliation, and protecting culturally important areas such as Thaidene Nene is a part of that. We will ensure that Canada negotiates and consults in a fair, open, and adequately resourced way.

John MOORE
Yes.

Floyd ROLAND
No response received by press deadline.

2. If elected, will you… Expand Canada's investment in our northern parks to protect the environment, create jobs, and diversify the NWT economy?

Dennis BEVINGTON
Yes, see above. We will also recommit Parks Canada to prioritizing their legal obligation to maintain or restore ecological integrity as the first priority for park management and management decisions,  update Parks Canada’s national park system plan to focus on expanding parks where needed to protect their ecological integrity and improving ecological connectivity between national parks and other protected areas.

Michael MCLEOD
Yes. A Liberal government will reverse Conservative cuts to Parks Canada that slashed over $25 million from programs and services. We will restore Canadians’ ability to fully experience our National Parks and learn more about our environment.
We will protect our National Parks by restricting development inside the parks and, where possible, by working with gateway communities outside the parks to grow their eco-tourism industries and create jobs.
In the NWT a Liberal government will restore funding to Wood Buffalo National Park and Nahanni National Park, and continue the process of establishing Thaidene Nene as a National Park Reserve, as well as investment in eco-tourism.

John MOORE
Yes.

Floyd ROLAND
No response received by press deadline.

3. If elected, will you… Promote economic diversification that reduces NWT dependence on non-renewable resource development by investing in other opportunities such as renewable energy and cultural and conservation-based tourism opportunities?

Dennis BEVINGTON
Yes. New Democrats know that promoting energy efficiency is a priority to reduce energy costs and drive down greenhouse gas emissions.  We will work with the territories/provinces to establish goals for achieving energy efficiency in buildings, homes, and more. The NDP will improve energy security and reduce pollution in over 25 northern and remote communities by investing in small-scale hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass and solar to reduce dependence on diesel flown in at great expense.

Michael MCLEOD
Yes. A Liberal government will work towards economic diversification in the North, creating more opportunities for Northerners by:
● Establishing the Canada Green Investment Bond to support both large- and community- scale renewable energy projects. 
● Investing $200 million annually to create sector-specific strategies that support innovation and clean technologies in forestry, fisheries, mining, energy, and agricultural sectors. 
● Establishing the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) to provide low-cost financing to build new infrastructure projects.
● Investing $100 million annually in clean technology producers, so that they can tackle Canada’s most pressing environmental challenges, whether in our air, in our water, or on our land.

John MOORE
Yes.

Floyd ROLAND
No response received by press deadline.

 

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