We’re in a climate emergency. So let’s start acting like it.

THIS IS OUR TIME TO CHANGE THE DEBATE

The federal election is around the corner. We need a leaders’ debate on climate change and the only real solution to this crisis: a Green New Deal for Canada.

Sign the Petition

Dear Leaders’ Debate Commission,

Your mandate is to organize election debates in the public interest, and that means making sure that voters see a real debate on climate change and Canada’s Green New Deal.

Climate change is an urgent crisis but during the 2015 election, federal leaders only debated their climate action plans once. That is unacceptable.

That’s why today, I am calling on you to hold a federal leaders’ debate on climate change and Canada’s Green New Deal ahead of October’s election.

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Green New Deal

A Green New Deal is an ambitious vision for tackling the climate crisis in a way that also addresses other crises we face, from job losses and affordable housing, to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and stopping the rise of racism. People from all walks of life are convening to define exactly what it will look like watch this video to learn more:

FAQs

What is a Green New Deal?

A Green New Deal is an ambitious vision for tackling the climate crisis in a way that also addresses other crises we face, from job losses and affordable housing, to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and stopping the rise of racism. People from all walks of life are convening to define exactly what it will look like. Learn more about the national movement to create Canada’s Green New Deal.

What is the Leaders’ Debates Commission?

After the 2015 election, the government created a non-partisan, arms length organization called the Leaders’ Debates Commission with a mandate to organize election debates in the public interest. Tackling climate change and inequality is squarely in the public interest.

Why focus on the debates?

We know that winning a Green New Deal will mean mobilizing an unprecedented youth and millennial voter base in the 2019 election. But as we get closer and closer to the election, we have to make sure that every federal party leader and political hopeful is prepared to speak to a Green New Deal and why it is absolutely essential for responding to climate change and rising inequality.

Millions of people tune in to watch the debates and every single major media outlet in the country covers them. For a massive number of voters, these debates are or the first time they get a sense of the biggest issues in the election. People deserve to know who has a real plan to tackle climate change, and who is just blowing hot air.

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