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Campaign pressures Point Grey candidates to discuss climate views

Point Grey residents can expect a knock on their door tomorrow, with a flock of university students expected to flood the riding and ask residents to vote on May 14 "with their climate future in mind."

"We need to act responsibly to safeguard communities against irreversible climate change, and we need our political leaders to do the same," says Emma Avery, campaign co-director of Storm the Riding, a campaign organized by the University of British Columbia group UBCC350.

Inspired by the international climate group, the group, which calls itself "strictly non-partisan," is pressuring candidates in the riding to explain how their party plans to meet the province's greenhouse gas reduction targets of 33 per cent below 2007 levels by 2020, targets set by former premier Gordon Campbell in 2007.

The group has surveyed the candidates on climate policies and will track responses on its website. Those vying for the Vancouver-Point Grey seat so far include Premier Christy Clark (BC Liberal), David Eby (BC NDP), Françoise Raunet (BC Green), and Duane Nickull (BC Conservative).

After Saturday's door-knocking, the group will meet at McBride Park (West 4th Ave and Waterloo Street) at 2 p.m., where candidates are expected to present their climate stances.

Avery says that so far Eby, Raunet and Nickull have confirmed attendance.

Check out the Vancouver-Point Grey riding in The Tyee's BC Election Map and Guide for more info on the riding's candidates and history.

Robyn Smith is The Tyee's election editor.

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