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Virtual debates on the environment set for two nights across Canada before federal election


August 16, 2021
By Ground Water Canada

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Toronto – Non-profit GreenPAC will host 100 non-partisan, all-candidates debates on the environment to take place virtually over two days before the federal election.

With early voting beginning on Sept. 10, GreenPAC’s English language debates will take place on Sept. 8 and French language debates will take place on Sept. 9. This will allow all Canadians to view both the televised Leaders’ Debates and 100 Debates on the Environment.

Tim Grant (Green Party of Canada), Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda (NDP), and Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Finance the Hon. Chrystia Freeland (Liberal Party of Canada) at 2019’s 100 Debates on the Environment in the University-Rosedale riding of Ontario.

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“Over 50 debates are already confirmed, with more organizers getting on board and new locations added every day,” said GreenPAC Executive Director Sarah Van Exan (see current list of ridings below). “This is a rare opportunity for candidates to talk to Canadians about what the future looks like if we get environmental policy right and how they plan to bring us all closer to that future.”

“Candidates need to show voters that they got the memo – good environmental policy is good health policy and good economic policy. But more than that, they need to share how they plan to protect, rebuild and restore by putting the environment first,” said Van Exan. A 100 Debates organizer added, “Actions to mitigate [environmental collapse] have never before been more urgently crucial than they are at this moment…as we approach an election, determining the course our nation will take is necessary because our window of opportunity is narrowing.”

Each debate will have non-partisan hosts drawn from the community, including individuals from local non-profit organizations, health groups, schools, colleges and universities.

For more information, visit https://www.100debates.ca/.