3 Thompson-Okanagan candidates earn endorsements from environmental group – Kelowna News – Castanet.net

Three Thompson-Okanagan federal election candiates are among 36 federal election candidates to earn an endorsement from GreenPAC.
Conservative incumbent in Central Okanagan-Similkamen-Nicola Dan Albas and NDP incumbent in South Okanagan-West Kootenay Richard Cannings both earned a green stamp of approval this election. Liberal candidate in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, Jesse McCormick, also bagged an endorsement.
GreenPAC endorses a small group of candidates each election based on their individual efforts on environmental issues. The group is non-partisan, non-profit and endorses candidates from all political parties. Candidates must have a reasonable shot of winning to earn an endorsement.
Dan Albas has been an MP since 2011 and recently served as the Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
“He has worked to share information about environmental challenges and solutions within his caucus and is recognized as a key driver of his party's climate policies,” the GreenPAC endorsement said.
Albas said he was “deeply honoured” by the endorsement.
"I am also proud to work, along with other candidates from all parties across Canada who are committed to our environment, to find solutions on climate change,” he said in a statement.
Richard Cannings, meanwhile, was first elected in the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding in 2015 under the NDP banner. A biologist prior to entering politics, he has advocated for environmental issues strongly.
“He has advocated for a low-carbon economy, with more stringent carbon targets, low-carbon transportation infrastructure, and training for clean energy jobs. He has strongly encouraged cross-party cooperation on sustainability issues,” GreenPAC said.
Jesse McCormick served as the Senior Indigenous Fellow at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and is a co-founder of the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project, a legal clinic that advises communities dealing with the impacts of resource development projects in the Americas and Africa.
He laster served as the director of Policy and Indigenous Relations for the Minister of Environment and Climate Change from 2017-2019, supporting the development of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and advising the Minister on the development of the Impact Assessment Act, which requires government to consider of the impacts of projects on climate change, environmental protection and Indigenous rights.
During the last federal election, 16 of the 27 candidates GreenPAC endorsed ended up being elected.
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