Election 2017

EAC congratulates and thanks all NS Election 2017 candidates for a vigorous and respectful campaign.
We look forward to working with the new government and opposition parties on the environmental commitments made during the provincial election. We were pleased to see that the environment and sustainability featured more prominently in this election than the previous two, and that all parties made significant promises.
The newly elected government committed to bringing in Coastal Protection Act, a Biodiversity Act as well as improving forestry practices, and extending the moratorium on fracking. The opposition parties also made their own commitments. Amongst other commitments, the Progressive Conservatives committed to renewing the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act and the New Democrats committed to bringing in an Environmental Bill of Rights. 

The EAC looks forward to getting to work on these commitments and others as soon as the government is sworn in. The government needs to move swiftly if it wants to avoid engendering cynicism amongst Nova Scotians.

2017 Provincial Election Priorities for Nova Scotia

We identified four priorities that we wanted to see all parties and Nova Scotians adopt in the 2017 provincial election. We were also active in the coalition calling for an Environmental Bill of Rights and hope this proposal will receive serious consideration.

Visit each of the priority issue pages to see what the parties have committed to and have said about the issue.

Coastal: Nova Scotia needs to establish a Coastal Protection Act that protects people, property, and coastal ecosystems. 

Climate Change: Nova Scotia needs to commit to firm climate change targets and enact legislation to reduce emissions by 50% below 1990 levels by 2030. 

Forestry: Nova Scotia needs to regulate clearcutting and other destructive forestry practices as per the commitments in the Natural Resources Strategy.

Active Transportation: Nova Scotia needs to invest $11 million per year until 2025 in active transportation infrastructure.


We ask you to raise these issues with your candidates and join us in supporting these priorities for a greener Nova Scotia. Please download, print, or share the following resources:

2017 Provincial Election Priorities (PDF): 2-page policy brief that outlines EAC's election priorities. Hard copies available for pick up at the EAC front desk.

Questions and talking points (PDF): Sample questions to discuss EAC's election priorities when engaging with candidates face-to-face. For official party responses see below.

The information provided is strictly non-partisan and is intended to inform voters and candidates. We hope you find it useful. Please share.

Environmental Issues Election Debate

Together with Sierra Club Canada Atlantic Chapter and East Coast Environmental Law, EAC hosted a public environmental issues debate on May 16th. The event was attended by over 170 members of the public and the media.

Candidates from the Green Party, Liberals, NDP, and PCs were present. The Atlantica Party submitted a written statement in absentia. 

Missed the debate? You can watch online here:


Official Responses to EAC Election Priorities Questionnaire

On May 10th the EAC submitted a questionnaire to all parties. Read their responses below:


Liberal Response          NDP Response          PC Response          Atlantica Statement        Green Response

Media Coverage and Press Releases

May 3, 2016 - EAC issues press release "Greening Up" Election 2017.

May 8, 2017 - EAC issues press release that welcomes promises  to bring in a Coastal Protection Act and a Biodiversity Act in Liberal announcement.

N.S. Liberals promise coastal law, face criticism for lax approach to polluters (Canadian Press)

Election Campaign Heats Up - Stephen McNeil Announces Independent Review of Forestry Practices (Halifax Examiner)

May 16, 2017 - EAC, Sierra Club Canada, and East Coast Environmental Law co-host well attended Environmental Issues Election Debate at Kings College

Clear cutting to coal: Nova Scotia environmental debate covers diverse range of topics (Global)

Liberals, PCs cautious on environmental commitments (CBC)

Quick hits: the parties on the environment (Halifax Examiner)

Campaign Politics: Nova Scotia 2017 Provincial Election (CPAC - Video)
Note: Environmental Issues Election Debate coverage begins at 21:23:00

May 18, 2017 - EAC election priorities - clearcutting, GHG reductions, coastal protection - and other environmental issues debated in televised leaders' debate (CBC)


Note: Environmental issues discussed at 1:14:00, watch above or download our transcript.

May 19, 2017 - EAC issues press release welcoming commitments to renew EGSPA in PC platform.

May 24, 2017 - EAC issues press release encouraged by environmental commitments in NDP platform.
May 25, 2017 - EAC issues press release that reacts to Green Party Platform.
May 25, 2017 - EAC and Sierra Club Atlantic discuss key environmental issues in the 2017 Provincial Election (Global News)
June 1, 2017 - EAC releases statement from Mark Butler, Policy Director, on election outcomes.