What People are Saying About GreenPAC

GreenPAC is more than just a strategy for getting environmental candidates elected. It’s a movement to recognize and build upon the outstanding environmental leadership that already exists across Canada. For this reason, GreenPAC has inspired thousands of people with the prospect that, together, we can create the political space for our champions to advocate for the environment. Here are what some of them have to say.

Public Candidate

Public Endorsements

What Leaders from the Environmental Sector are Saying

Top industry professionals, leading NGOs and academics are inspired by GreenPAC’s mission to advance environmental leadership in Canadian politics. Here’s what a few of them have to say:

“Canada has an abundance of environmental solutions that create jobs and economic opportunities, but too often, there is a lack of political will to implement them. GreenPAC is what opens up the space for these solutions to see the light of day.”

Merran Smith

Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada

“The future of our communities, our cultures and our economies depends on how well we protect our environment. But all too often, political leaders allow themselves to be driven by short-term priorities. GreenPAC helps ensure that leaders who are focused on our long-term future are putting in place the solutions we need.”

Valérie Courtois

Director, Indigenous Leadership Initiative

“Human degradation of nature is this century’s number one challenge yet it barely registers as an electoral issue. By supporting green candidates in all political parties, GreenPAC is a brilliant approach to finally make nature conservation and sustainability relevant in elections.”

Stephen Hazell

Director of Policy and General Counsel, Nature Canada

“GreenPAC helps address the pressing need to attract and support candidates, from all parties in Canada, who are committed to tackling our most significant environmental challenges, while building a prosperous economy.”

Kent Brown

Co-founder, BluEarth Renewables Inc.

“Taking on tough environmental challenges like climate change and sustainable energy requires leadership. GreenPAC brings Canadians together to recruit and support that leadership.”

Lisa DeMarco

One of Canada’s leading lawyers on energy, climate change and clean-tech

“Canada needs solutions that are bold, practical and effective enough to address the challenge of climate change while creating prosperity in a rapidly changing economy. Unfortunately, the implementation of these clean energy solutions is often hindered by political considerations. GreenPAC is building political will across the spectrum to accelerate change.”

Ed Whittingham

Former head of the Pembina Institute

“Canadians want to see our country as an environmental leader. But too often, our elected leaders aren’t getting the message. GreenPAC amplifies the voice of the environmental community and ensures that governments act on the environmental values that Canadians broadly share.”

Tzeporah Berman

International Program Director, Stand.earth

“The Canadian public is way ahead of our governments when it comes to environmental protection. GreenPAC is essential to closing this democratic deficit—and forging a sustainable, prosperous future for Canada.”

Stewart Elgie

Law professor and Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Ottawa and founder of EcoJustice

“GreenPAC is helping to overcome the wedge politics that surround green issues in Canada. It promises to open a new chapter in democratic governance, one in which scientific evidence, sound economics and our deeply rooted values in environmental protection converge.”

Scott Vaughan

IISD Senior Fellow and International Chief Advisor, CCICED

“Canadians from coast to coast care deeply about protecting our environment. It is crucial that our elected officials are guided by our collective resolve to reduce our carbon impact in the fight against climate change. GreenPAC provides a mechanism to make that happen.”

Deborah Doncaster

Former President of Earth Day Canada

Candidate Endorsements

What Political Leaders are Saying

During provincial and federal elections, we endorse candidates with demonstrated environmental leadership, and channel volunteer and financial support to their campaigns. Here’s what some of them have to say about the benefits of a GreenPAC endorsement:

“GreenPAC has made an important difference by identifying leaders on environmental issues, and helping them get elected to Parliament. Greater environmental action starts with strong advocates in Parliament.”

Michael Chong

Conservative Party of Canada

“GreenPAC is doing vital work to raise the profile of environmental leaders from all parties in Canada’s diverse political landscape. Their endorsement added credibility to my 2018 campaign and helped bring attention to the Green Wave sweeping through Guelph. I am grateful for GreenPAC’s efforts to amplify environmental voices and grow a non-partisan space for green issues.”

Mike Schreiner

Green Party of Canada

“I was so honoured to have been endorsed by GreenPAC. Not only did it provide external and non-partisan validation of my environmental commitment, it gave a boost to our campaign’s fundraising efforts. Given the length of the 2015 election period, this latter aspect was crucial.

I appreciate how GreenPAC sensitized environmentally-conscious voters across Canada to their collective power as “political investors”. And I appreciate that GreenPAC has established expectations that particular Parliamentarians will perform on sustainability issues. Ultimately, both GreenPAC donors and endorsed candidates are engendering environmental accountability together.”

Will Amos

Liberal Party of Canada

“It was a great honour for me to be selected as an eco-leader during the 2015 federal election campaign. I was both proud and humbled to be endorsed by GreenPAC, a Political Action Committee for the environment. I sincerely believe that recognition from the GreenPAC expert panel is a valuable way to encourage candidates who care about the environment and sustainable development to be actively involved in politics.

Having the support of GreenPAC and environmental activists from across Canada enhanced my election campaign in my riding. I was able to consolidate my efforts and make them count by partnering with stakeholders to support sustainable development projects in Drummond and at the federal level.”

François Choquette

New Democratic Party of Canada

“I was extremely gratified that I was one of the 18 federal candidates from over 1000 candidates from diverse parties who were endorsed by GreenPac for the recent election. It made me feel appreciated for my efforts on environmental issues for many years. While I was not re-elected, it is fantastic that 14 of the 18 were successful. I have no doubt that your efforts made a big difference for many of them. We should build upon this good work so that in future elections, more Canadians will vote for candidates with strong environmental records. Thanks for a very good idea, with obvious positive results!”

Bruce Hyer

Green Party of Canada

“Being named as one of GreenPAC’s ‘Green 18’ made a big difference for me in this election. The recognition and assistance provided by GreenPAC’s supporters helped distinguish me from other candidates in the race, and made it easy to communicate my environmental record to my constituents.”

Joyce Murray

Liberal Party of Canada

“It was an honour to be named an environmental champion and ‎receive an endorsement from GreenPAC during the 2015 Federal election. I absolutely believe that an endorsement based on accomplishments as opposed to promises goes a long way to help environmentally conscious voters make informed choices. GreenPAC’s endorsement helped bring financial and volunteer support to my re-election campaign and I am grateful for that.”

Fin Donnelly

New Democratic Party of Canada

“I am very grateful for the endorsement of the GreenPAC in the 2015 election. It is indeed a challenge to work in a non-partisan way in a Canadian federal election. In its inaugural effort, GreenPAC assisted in sending environmental leaders to Parliament. There is no doubt that the 42nd Parliament is greener than its predecessor. Considerable thanks to GreenPAC for boosting voter awareness of the strongest and most capable environmental voices across party lines.”

Elizabeth May

Green Party of Canada