The writ for the 2019 Federal Election hasn’t even been drawn up yet, and already the endorsements are coming in. Locally, Guelph Green Party Candidate Steve Dyck and Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong are two of the initial 25 candidates endorsed by Green PAC, a non-partisan environmental organization.
The first class of Green PAC endorsements includes 15 incumbents from four major Federal parties. According to an analysis done by the Hill Times, the 25 include one independent, four Conservatives, six Greens, and seven each for the Liberals and the NDP. Among the notable names are Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan, Treasury Board President Joyce Murray, former Liberal cabinet minister Jane Philpott, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May.
On Dyck, Green PAC notes his position as the founder and president of Guelph Solar, as well as his community activism around the People’s Climate March, Guelph’s Rise for Real Climate Action, and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, as well as being a long time supporter of the Green Party. Dyck ran as the Provincial Green Party candidate in Guelph in 2011.
Meanwhile, the highlights for the four-term incumbent Chong includes having a strong commitment to action on climate change and environmental protection in both his local campaign, and his campaign to become leader of the Conservative Party of Canada in 2017. Chong also gets points for his support of the Grand River Habitat Enhancement Project, Great Lakes climate change research at the University of Guelph, increased public transit, and his six-years with the Rouge Park Alliance.
Gord Miller, who ran as the Green Party candidate in Guelph in 2015, was also endorsed by Green PAC. Miller, this election, is running in Parry Sound-Muskoka.
According to its website, Green PAC is “a non-partisan, non-profit organization working to elect and support environmental leaders of all major parties running for office.” They identify, endorse, and support candidates they feel will best represent environmental issues at the provincial and federal level.
You can see their full slate of endorsements, so far, here.