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We need a coalition for climate change

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Please sign a new website petition on climate change at


Dear friends,

I am involved with a website petition that is urging the four federal opposition parties to form a political coalition on climate change.

In the upcoming federal election, the majority of Canadians will vote for a party that supports much stronger climate change policies than those that are being proposed by the governing Conservative party. Yet the Conservative government is likely to set the policy agenda on this issue for ALL Canadians in the coming years despite being supported by only a minority of voters.

We are a small group of people across Canada (not affiliated with any political party or organization) who are frustrated by the the inadequate measures being proposed by the federal Conservative government to combat climate change and we are disappointed by the lack of cooperation among the four federal opposition parties who are all advocating aggressive action.

We want to collect as many signatures as possible before the election to urge the opposition parties to work together on this issue so as to ensure that the will of the majority of Canadians is honoured and a much stronger set of climate change policies is implemented in Canada.

You will find our new petition online at It only takes a few seconds to sign.

Thank you for your support. Please distribute this email to every Canadian in your address book!!

Best wishes,

Mark Brooks

Written by Stephen Rees

October 5, 2008 at 5:03 pm

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  1. Here’s another link to an organization that is proposing the same thing — unite the centre-left to start dealing with climate change once and for all.

    They have links to all federal party environment platform. I was surprised to see how extensive the Green Party’s platform is — many interesting and detailed ideas including some great policy notes on bringing transit to cities. They don’t shy away from fiscal responsibility either, although there are a few half-baked comments.

    However, the chances for a Green government are very remote at present, but that doesn’t mean to say they and the NDP couldn’t occupy several important cabinet seats in a Liberal government coalition. Given our stodgy political history, that would be truly revolutionary.


    October 6, 2008 at 11:19 am

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