Vote Environment

In the 2015 federal election, the environment matters. Now is your opportunity to stand up for strong, lasting laws to protect Canada's environment. 

Pledge to vote for a just and sustainable Canada, and inform yourself about the rolling back of Canada's environmental laws, and the main parties’ platforms on important law reforms to protect nature and democracy. 


Learn about the rollbacks

The West Coast Environmental Law Association and Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement have just released a report summarizing the dramatic weakening of federal environmental laws since 2011. Download a copy of Canada's Track Record on Environmental Laws 2011-2015 and learn about how changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, Fisheries Act, Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Species at Risk Act and other core pieces of federal environmental assessment legislation since 2011 are threatening many things Canadian value, like clean water, a healthy climate and the right to have a say in environmental decisions that affect them (version française ici).

The report focuses principally on changes made through 2012 Bills C-38 and C-45. For complete information about how all MPs and parties voted on the bills, you can read the voting record on Bill C-38 here and the voting record on Bill C-45 here.


Learn the parties' platforms

To help you vote for the environment on election day, West Coast Environmental Law has produced a comparison of the major national parties’ platforms on key proposed environmental law reforms. 

The reforms were developed by ten of Canada’s leading non-profit environmental organizations working on national policy issues* to address the shortfalls in our current environmental regulatory system. Click here to download a summary of the Conservative, Liberal, NDP and Green Parties’ main positions on those environmental law reform priorities (updated to October 6, 2015).

* Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Environmental Defence, Greenpeace Canada, Nature Canada, Pembina Institute, Sierra Club Canada, World Wildlife Fund and West Coast Environmental Law, “Recasting Canada as an environmental leader: Recommendations and briefings for federal parties in 2015” (Fall 2014)

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