+ How are you evaluating candidates?

We’ve sent every candidate a survey asking them whether or not they support a set of bold climate policies that can address the climate emergency at the scale required, inspired by the calls for a Green New Deal for Canada, as well as whether or not they’re willing to work across party lines for climate in the next parliament. If they answered yes to every question, they are marked as a climate champion. This is not an endorsement but rather an indication of their level of support for the actions we asked them about.

If they didn’t score 100% but are willing to cooperate, they simply appear in the list of cooperators. Note: We are only supporting a handful of champions electorally (see other questions on this page). Click here to see the full survey we sent candidates.

+ What does “climate champion” mean?

A “Climate Champion” designation next to a candidate’s name indicates that they have answered “yes” in support of all of the bold climate actions we asked them about in our candidate survey. It is not an endorsement, but rather an indication of their level of support for the bold actions in line with a Green New Deal.

+ Are you going to help elect every single climate champion?

We don’t have the resources to help elect every single climate champion. Our strategy is to focus on a handful of ridings where we can have the greatest impact, based on criteria including personal records on climate action, commitment to cooperating for bold climate action in the next Parliament and electoral dynamics. We are going to help elect a small set of diverse champions across party lines with good chances of being elected that would benefit from our support - our "Battleground Champions".

+ How did you choose the Battleground Champions?

We started with our pool of over 160 “climate champions” that had demonstrated strong commitments to cooperate across party lines for bold climate action, in line with a Green New Deal. Of these, we sought to find a diverse pool of candidates from across party lines who span the country, have strong climate records, and a reasonable chance of being elected.

We also avoided getting involved in two or three way races where there is a risk of splitting the vote between two strong champions in contention.

How did you determine electability? Determining electability is often an act of “reading the tea leaves,” but our due diligence included: looking at past election results in ridings, current national and local trends as found in as well as some polling we commissioned in a handful of ridings.

Learn about our Battleground Champions here.

+ Why isn’t candidate X on the website?

We update our cooperators and champions lists regularly with the names of those candidates that have responded positively to our survey. If someone is missing, it is either because they have not submitted a survey or they did so recently and will be included in the next couple of days.

+ So who should I vote for?

We’ve surveyed candidates and put the resulting list together to help you decide. Leadnow is an independent organization, and we know that there are lots of great candidates across parties. You’ll notice many ridings have more than one “Climate Champion.” Our hope is that you will use this as part of your decision making process. We also encourage you to:

  • Get to know your local candidates. Meet them if you can, at events or candidate debates. Or look them up with good ol’ Google.
  • Take a look at additional resources put together by some of our allies (see below).
  • Watch the polls. Polling is infamously not an exact science, but we know that our electoral system puts progressives in a tough spot, so it is totally valid to care about how the race is shaping up in your local riding.

If none of your local candidates are climate champions, consider contacting their campaign and requesting that they fill out our survey.

Additional voter resources:

Search for your local candidates on Elections Canada site

Dogwood’s guide to surviving the federal election

GreenPAC endorsements

Our Time endorsements (a poll aggregator; find and click on your riding on the map)

Analysis of party positions on all thing environment (from The Narwhal)