Election Special

The federal election is in full swing and politicians are criss-crossing the country trying to win your support. But one issue that has been conspicuously absent from the campaign is the environment. This week we invite each of the parties into our studios to outline their environmental platforms. We speak to Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party; Linda Duncan, the NDP’s environment critic; and Laurie Hawn, Conservative MP for Edmonton-Centre. (The Liberals declined our offer of an interview.) Then for a broader perspective on their policies we talk to Ed Whittingham, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute. He describes what he sees as the strengths and weaknesses of each party’s platform and the key environmental issues to watch as voting day approaches.

Download this week’s show.

The Parliament Building in Ottawa. Photo by Bruce Irschick.

Smaller Parties

Terra Informa didn’t limit our interviews to the major parties. We also spoke to a number of Canada’s smaller political organizations.

Voting Resources

Strategic voting: Project Democracy, Catch 22

Vote with your heart: CBC’s Vote Compass

Vote swapping: Vote Pair, Vote Swap


  1. I tried vote swapping this election, and I feel like because of it, I got to have my cake and eat it too. I could vote strategically in my riding while at the same time ensuring my popular support for the party I truly prefer was recorded – even if it was in another riding.

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