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GOING FOR THE GREENS – Lenore Morris, seen Tuesday in Whitehorse, expects climate change will be a divisive issue in the coming federal election campaign. She is now the Green Party of Canada’s Yukon candidate.

Environmental passion sparks Green candidacy

The Green Party of Canada has thrown its name into the federal election mix, acclaiming local lawyer Lenore Morris as its Yukon candidate.

By Gord Fortin on June 26, 2019

The Green Party of Canada has thrown its name into the federal election mix, acclaiming local lawyer Lenore Morris as its Yukon candidate.

Morris was formally given the nod at a candidate celebration event held Tuesday evening at the Alpine Bakery meeting room in downtown Whitehorse.

“It feels really exciting,” Morris told the Star this morning.

She said this is the right time for her to come forward as a candidate. She explained that she is in a position in her career to run, having been practising law for 15 years.

Although she loves being a lawyer, she feels it’s the right time to try something else.

Morris chose the Green Party because of her passion for the environment. Similar parties are doing well all around the world, she added, showing that people are interested in the environment.

As for shared values, Morris and the party share the same positions on social justice issues. This is important to her.

She explained that Whitehorse is a stratified community. She feels the divide is between First Nations and non-First Nations people.

She said First Nations individuals have to work harder to get to the same place as their non-First Nations counterparts.

“That’s not fair,” Morris said.

She would like to see this change.

This divide was not as apparent to her when she lived in smaller communities like Dawson City.

In those areas, she said, people know everyone, and there was a lot more mingling.

As the potential Yukon MP, Morris would like to create more opportunities for First Nations.

Indigenous people want to pull themselves up in their own way, she said. She wants to reach out to the community, as her party and First Nations have a lot in common.

The federal government is working with First Nations, she conceded, but the results are not as positive as they could be.

Moving to the environment, Morris said there needs to be a shift away from fossil fuels.

She acknowledged that fossil fuels have been revolutionary for society, but there are consequences for using them. Society has known of this price for 40 years, she added.

New technology can be used, she pointed out.

Geothermal can be used to both heat buildings and generate electricity, Morris said. This technology does not have the limitations that solar and wind power do.

Geothermal can be used at all times of the day all year.

As an MP, she would push to investigate geothermal energy sources.

Canada, with a small population, may not have the biggest foot print in a global context, the candidate said, but everyone needs to be part of the solution.

She noted that the Yukon is seeing faster climate change than other areas. The territory will need to adapt because these changes may not be reversible.

Permafrost is melting, Morris pointed out. This has caused slumping and the loss of a lake in the Old Crow area. It will continue to take its toll on roads, which will cost money to fix, she added.

The changing climate also heightens the risk of forest fires, she noted.

Morris is a supporter of a carbon tax, which will take effect in the Yukon on July 1.

If you want people to use fewer greenhouse gas-emitting products, she said, these goods need to be more expensive. She said this will bring long-term change.

There need to be other incentives to go green, Morris said. These can include greater subsidies for people to buy electric cars.

She would also like to see these vehicles produced in Canada, especially with the layoffs in Ontario’s auto manufacturing sector.

Morris is not completely against pipelines. She said she would support a pipeline to eastern Canada, but not the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Since oil will still be used for the foreseeable future, she said, pipelines are the safest way to transport it.

“We are not going to get off oil any time soon,” Morris said.

She expects that climate change will be a divisive campaign issue, noting the media have emphasized the divide.

She feels that Alberta has been pitted against the rest of the country as a result of climate change and pipeline issues. She believes it does not have to be this way.

Morris proposes looking beyond pipelines. She feels Alberta’s concerns are about expanding its struggling economy.

Job creation and prosperity do not have to be from the oil sands, she argued. The rest of the country can help Alberta transform its economy to one not completely reliant on oil.

Morris expects immigration will be another divisive election issue.

She believes the Yukon has done a good job welcoming immigrants, but that there remains resistance.

The other Yukon candidates for October’s election are incumbent Liberal Larry Bagnell, Conservative Jonas Smith, New Democrat Justin Lemphers and Joseph Zelezny of the People’s Party.

In the Oct. 19, 2015 election, the Green Party candidate was Faro teacher Frank de Jong, who took 577 votes.

Bagnell earned 10,715 votes to defeat then-incumbent Conservative Ryan Leef, who attracted 4,800 votes.

The NDP candidate, the late Melissa Atkinson, finished with 3,890 votes.

Comments (18)

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Michael Storm on Jul 2, 2019 at 6:41 pm

@ Larry Bagfail
We all are part of the problem and our population size is not really a problem.
We have to consume less and use biodegradable or cloth bags. And we should consider nuclear power. No one has to move away that is just silly and perhaps the government should reduce it's staff over time.

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Arturs on Jul 2, 2019 at 4:31 pm

How does this candidate feel about the tories with no specific data trying to steal the Green Parties energy platform?

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larry bagfail on Jul 1, 2019 at 11:12 pm

If Yukoners are SERIOUS about climate change it means REDUCING our population, not UPPING it. Every single crate of goods and food relies on oil via plane or truck to get here, there is absolutely no changing this.

This means slashing govt/municipal jobs first and foremost, ending the temporary foreign worker program, plus building a new dam, or compact nuclear plant to finally get power generation off of fossil fuels.
...all realities the hypocritical tree huggers dont want to hear, and will continue to deny

Let's see a show of hands from climate change supporters in the Yukon who don't drive a vehicle? Use plastic? Rely on metal mined with fossil fuels? Toilet paper from trees?

*crickets*

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Wilf Carter on Jul 1, 2019 at 7:44 pm

I am not running for anything and have plans. I am all broke up and cannot hardly walk any more. Need major operations. My motivations is to get people to speak out on subjects that are important to them. It does not matter what politics you follow because we all live here together.

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Michael Storm on Jul 1, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Good luck and please keep caring and fighting.

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Ginger Johnson on Jun 29, 2019 at 1:13 pm

SO - what is Wilf Carter running for now ?

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Wilf Carter on Jun 28, 2019 at 4:58 pm

I have studied commerce in operational management, forestry engineering and architecture etc. How many have managed operations of a municipal unit, did research into future issues we need to deal with and consulted with people in the know on issues that we need to know about to build in the Yukon. I have. Yukon has made lots of mistakes because of lack of experience and all this noise by people who think they know. I read so much crap written by people who have all the answers. Talk to our MP, his government just gave $200 million to another country to lower their emissions. Why not give that to Canadian firms to develop new technology to lower emissions. No, just waste our money trying to solve someone else problems.

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Joe the Millennial on Jun 28, 2019 at 1:19 pm

There needs to be more women of all persuasions in politics.
This candidate will get my full consideration in the upcoming campaign.

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Bob Ablanalp on Jun 28, 2019 at 11:20 am

Dean Larue - INDEED !

It's time for "Darryl Pasloski's red headed step child" to stop hiding behind
his photo ops and tell us exactly where he stands on women's rights,
climate issues and religion.

Based on his prior life with Darryl Pasloski and Andrew Scheer's voting record most Yukoners won't like his answers.

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Wilf Carter on Jun 27, 2019 at 3:26 pm

Got love arm chair people who can't stand being questioned on facts of a subject.

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Dean LaRue on Jun 27, 2019 at 11:53 am

A female candidate you say ? This is a good thing.
Candidate Morris needs to have a one-on-one , no holds barred debate with Candidate Smith about women's issues.

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Rick of the Universe on Jun 27, 2019 at 11:14 am

Wilf (I assume it's Carter) once again proves that he and simple research have never met.
The GREEN PARTY economic platform has nothing to do with the NDP or Liberal Party.

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Edward on Jun 26, 2019 at 9:25 pm

Wilf you make it sound like neo cons are the only prudent money managers. Please give your head a serious shake! Look at the hole Harper left us in, that is not a small number. On top of that neo cons are famous for spending taxpayers money mainly on themselves and their friends. The three longest serving parties are all the same and have their shortcomings, there needs to be a separation between politics and big business. We need a government for all people.

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BnR on Jun 26, 2019 at 5:55 pm

Reading Wilfs comments I’m always reminded of the old saw that’s it’s better to be only thought a fool than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt....

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Wes on Jun 26, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Looking at the leaders and what they represent, pretty sure the Greens are going to get my vote. Good for you Lenore to step forward.

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Allan Stanley on Jun 26, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Five candidates so far - EXCELLENT !

Now we need
Ryan Leef to run for THE RHINOCEROS PARTY
Wilf Carter to run for THE ALLIANCE OF THE NORTH
"Socialist Girl" to run for THE MARXIST-LENINIST PARTY

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Wilf on Jun 26, 2019 at 4:17 pm

Interesting times in Yukon and Canada. Having the NDP, Greens and liberals pushing far left politics on spending the future of our kids which will be left with nothing and seniors going homeless by the day. None of these three have provided any solutions on key subjects to Canadians other than just giving our money away to other countries. We need a made in Canada plan for Canadians, not supporting the world.

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Darrell Drugstore's smartest neighbour on Jun 26, 2019 at 4:07 pm

GREEN IS THE NEW ORANGE !

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