GreenPAC, environmental organization, holding meeting in Charlottetown

A national non-partisan organization that wants to keep the environment in the forefront during the federal election is holding a meeting in Charlottetown Wednesday evening.

The group plans on targeting and supporting strong environmental candidates in the upcoming federal election

GreenPAC will be targeting 10 to 12 candidates, regardless of their political affiliations. (CBC)
A national non-partisan organization that wants to keep the environment in the forefront during the federal election is holding a meeting in Charlottetown Wednesday evening.

GreenPAC's plan is to recruit, nominate, elect and support strong environmental candidates, no matter what their political stripe.

Group volunteer Christian Ledwell says the group is encouraging people to donate to the campaigns of a small group of candidates who have strong track records on the environment.

"We have an expert panel who are going to select those candidates and encourage people to get involved with their campaigns," he said.

Margo Welch is also helping organize the meeting, which will be held at 5 p.m. at the P.E.I. Farm Centre on University Avenue. She says the group will target candidates from across the country so the passion for environmental issues will come from across the country.

"If we can identify between 10 and 12 candidates in ridings across the country — different parties — who we think will make great environmental leaders, that this will really encourage people to support them," said Welch.

She says the candidates will be ones who have a realistic chance at winning.

'This isn't a strategic voting initiative'

Ledwell says the end goal is stronger environmental legislation.

"This isn't a strategic voting initiative," he said.

"Really what we're trying to do is get national support for a key set of parliamentarians who will do things in parliament on the environment, who will take action. It's really not based on platforms either; it's people who have a long history, their full career, working on environmental action and achieving real results."

GreenPAC is inviting Canadians to take its online survey. Based on your interests and political priorities, GreenPAC will match you with candidates you selected by its expert panel that you may want to support.