Hancock and Dinning Lead the Pack on Environmental Protection

Conservation Voters of Alberta

Nov. 2, 2006
For immediate release

The environment is one of the top three priorities of Albertans, together with health care and education. Albertans want to see their strong conservation and stewardship values reflected in the actions of their government.

The Conservation Voters of Alberta has reviewed the environmental platforms of the PC leadership candidates and has found signs that the new PC leadership may be significantly greener than the Klein administration has been. Whereas the Klein government has focused on resource development at the expense of the environment, several leadership candidates include at least some aspects of environmental protection in their platforms.

Two leadership candidates, Jim Dinning and Dave Hancock, stand out from the rest. Both have developed detailed environmental platforms which are integral to their overall campaigns. "What separates Dinning and Hancock from the other candidates is that they are knowledgeable and open about the environmental problems facing Alberta and they have given considerable thought to developing and articulating solutions to these problems," says Tamara DeFord, chair of the Conservation Voters of Alberta. Both candidates have committed to setting firm targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, developing a provincial land use strategy that balances resource development with environmental protection, protecting wildlife habitat, and implementing the Water for Life Strategy.

Most of the other leadership candidates include some mention of the environment in their policy platforms, which is an encouraging sign. However, there are few statements of position or commitments to action. "Other than Dinning and Hancock, the leadership candidates have given little thought to their environmental platform, indicating it is not a high priority for them. The position of Ted Morton and Ed Stelmach on the environment is best described as dismal," says Cliff Wallis, director with Conservation Voters of Alberta. "We were hoping for a stronger showing from all candidates given the strong interest by Albertans, both urban and rural, in protecting the environment."

The report comparing and ranking the leadership candidates with respect to their environmental platforms is available on the Conservation Voters of Alberta web site: www.conservationvoters.ab.ca.

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For more information contact:
Tamara DeFord (Edmonton) 780.989.1974 or 780.231.1514
Cliff Wallis (Calgary) 403.271.1408 or 403.607.1970
Web site: www.conservationvoters.ab.ca

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