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With the election looming, candidates are crisscrossing the nation seeking you vote. We want to ensure that pesticide reform becomes a key issue. To that end, we offer a brief look at each federal party's official position on the topic. We include links to their respective websites so you can scrutinize these platforms yourself.
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RESPONSES TO OUR QUESTIONNAIRE
CAPS has contacted each party with specific questions on how they will remedy the pesticide issue. Here are the responses we have received so far.
OFFICIAL PARTY PLATFORMS
Prior To CAPS Sending our PESTICIDE QUESTIONNAIRE, we assessed each of the major parties on the basis of their available position statements. It may be interesting to note how these platforms alter as they respond to our questionnaire and deal with hotbutton issues during debates.
The ALLIANCE PARTY offers no specific plans to reform pesticide legislation in its current election platform. In fact, Alliance's platform on Environment Issues is minimal, at best. ALLIANCE is, firstly, pro-business, so it is no surprise that the party has not issued concrete and profound plans to eliminate toxic pesticide chemicals from sale and application. The best we get from official Alliance policy is as follows:
The NDP and LIBERAL parties have expressed pro-reform stances on health/environmental issues including pesticides. It should, however, be noted that the Liberals are high on pesticide reform rhetoric but low on action. Today, 5 months after the U.S. ban on Dursban (a highly toxic insecticide), it remains on the shelves of canadian hardware stores and Health Minister Allan Rock has announced NO actual plans for its removal and ban.
The NDP has been very vocal in its criticism of LIBERAL inaction on the Dursban issue. Here is Alexa McDonough's formal statement:
PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE Election 2001 platform makes NO MENTION of pesticide reform, nor is there discussion of any plans for environmental protection. The PC's have a long history of being pro-industry, so it's no surprise that such issues are avoided in campaign rhetoric.
The GREEN PARTY is the clear winner when it comes to environment issues. The Green platform on pesticide reform and pro-organic solutions is extensive. Some policies include:
"...to support the efforts of organic and ecological agriculture associations in establishing organic/ecological farm practice codes, standards and certification processes. Included in the principles and standards would be: the use of naturally bred, nongenetically manipulated plant or animal seedstock; soils, plants and pests managed and grown without synthetic pesticides or significant soil loss or deterioration; farmstead and fields planned and worked as part of an integral preserved or restored ecommunity of native woodlands, grasslands, wetlands and watershed protecting native plant and animal habitat; livestock provided with species-appropriate shelter, space and freedom of movement, clean water, natural foods free of antibiotics, no growth or lactation stimulants and humane treatment and transport."
Watch this site for more official party statements and other commentary as Canada's CAMPAIGN 2000 heads toward a November Federal Election.