A coalition of over 38 organizations across Canada including university departments, student organizations and environmental and democracy action groups are calling on the federal parties to state their positions on climate change.
NDP MP Matthew Kellway, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, and Liberal Party Environment Critic John McKay will attend in person.
The new, young voters will be asking how a government by each party would do better at tackling climate change than a government of either of the other parties. It is expected that questions will be fielded on specifics such as carbon pricing, regulations, government procurement policies and other means parties may have explored in their policy discussions. Each party representative will make an initial statement before taking questions by students and attendees.
University campuses across the country will be linked to the live Toronto location via Skype so that attendees can, through local hosts, ask the parties questions. Campuses participating in the Skype discussion include York University, McGill University, University of Montreal, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, and Dalhousie University. The event will be live streamed.
Matthew Kellway is NDP Urban Affairs Critic, and Deputy Critic for Transport; and is the MP for Toronto, Beaches – East York. He co-hosted a Youth Ideas Forum with Craig Scott, MP for Toronto-Danforth. Matthew and Craig also co-host the East End Sustainability Network (EESN), offering a venue for constituents to develop a federal agenda for the purposes of urban sustainability. He has been a strong advocate on environmental issues.
Elizabeth May is the Leader of the Green Party of Canada and is the MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands. A former Senior Policy Advisor to the federal Minister of the Environment and Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada, Elizabeth May has served on the board of the International Institute for Sustainable Development and as Vice-Chair of the National Round Table on Environment and Economy and is currently a Commissioner of the Earth Charter International Council.
Hon. John McKay is Liberal Party of Canada Critic for the Environment and is the MP for Scarborough-Guildwood. He is serving his sixth term in the House of Commons. John MaKay was in the private practice of law and has assumed leadership positions in the legal community; He was sponsor of Bill C-300, a bill respecting corporate accountability for mining, oil and gas companies in developing nations in 2009-2010.
Moderator: Dr. Nelson Wiseman, the UofT Director of the Canadian Studies Program. His research interests are in Canadian government and politics. His books include The Public Intellectual in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2013) and In Search of Canadian Political Culture (UBC Press, 2007), designated by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title. A columnist for The Hill Times, Canada’s politics and government newsweekly, he fields many calls from local, national, and international media on Canadian federal, provincial, and municipal politics.
Location: Fitzgerald Building RM103, University of Toronto, St. George Campus