Kinder Morgan arrestee Lynne Quarmby to run for Greens in federal election
Elizabeth May encouraged Quarmby to run, after the SFU professor's arrest on Burnaby Mountain in protest of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
She added that oil is still a fundamental reality of society, but that Canada has the clean technology to begin to move away from fossil fuels.
“There was a report last week that there were more jobs in renewable energy than we have in oil sands. The clean tech sector is a hugely growing sector," she added.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said he supported Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, if it is done in the "right way that is sustainable, that has community support and buy-in, and that fits into a long-term strategy of not just a sustainable environment but a sustainable economy,” he told a Calgary newspaper in February.
NDP leader Thomas Mulcair said neither the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion nor Energy East project can obtain "social licence they require without having a rigorous review process" that balances the environment, the community and the economy, in a statement to the Toronto Star two weeks ago.
Pollsters predict a Conservative government
But much like the assent to Burnaby Mountain, removing Harper from the PMO's chair may be an uphill climb.
Although national surveys show the Liberals now leading the major parties in popularity, two polling companies -- EKOS and Leger -- suggest the Harper government would still maintain power in our first-past-the-post system, reports ThreeHundredEight.com.
Fearing this outcome, activist group LeadNow has started a "strategic voting" campaign, to encourage voters to choose the candidate in their riding most likely to defeat the Conservative candidate.
The NDP are also running a high-profile candidate in Burnaby North-Seymour - former judge Carol Baird Ellan from the North Shore, according to Burnaby Now.
The Conservatives are running three-term North Vancouver district councilor Mike Little. The Liberals are running Oxford-MBA entrepreneur Terry Beech.
The new riding contains a significant portion of North Vancouver.
Quarmby is the Chair of Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University. Her award-winning research using algae has led to discoveries about Polycystic Kidney Disease.
The Green party currently has just two seats in the House of Commons: Elizabeth May, representing the riding of Saanich—Gulf Islands, and Thunder Bay—Superior North MP Bruce Hyer, who defected from the NDP.
Correction: earlier, this report stated Thomas Mulcair supports Keystone XL. His position as of earlier this month was that he does not.