Students question local candidates on environmental platforms

Trinity College School was proud to co-host one of the pre-election “100 Debates on the Environment” events in the Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre on October 3rd. In partnering with Port Hope for Future, we welcomed the electoral candidates from all five parties running in Northumberland-Peterborough South:

  • Conservative Party of Canada: Philip Lawrence
  • Green Party of Canada: Jeff Wheeldon
  • Liberal Party of Canada: Kim Rudd (incumbent)
  • New Democratic Party: Mallory MacDonald
  • People’s Party of Canada: Ralph Vaughn

Head Girl Roselle Torres, Prefect Tristan Jin and Grade 5 student Elaine Lu asked the candidates questions in four categories, as prescribed by the 100 Debates organization (www.100debates.ca/) and enacted in over 120 ridings across the country. The candidates’ descriptions about their party platforms on climate change, water, wilderness conservation and pollution were fascinating to hear and to compare. Students, teachers and members of the public were given no shortage of environmental actions to ponder and assess for potential effectiveness. For our younger students in particular, it was very informative to watch democracy and free speech happening right in front of them.

At a time when the environment is becoming more and more of a critical issue, TCS was glad to spur further debate on approaches to improving our future. We thank all candidates for their time, care and role in inspiring our youth to be engaged citizens.

- By Alison Elliott, TCS environmental coordinator