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NEWS: Sandy Pond and the Newfoundland election, Oct. 11

The provincial election in Newfoundland and Labrador takes place tomorrow, Tuesday October 11.

A Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Network (NLEN) media release notes, “A review of party policies carried out by the NLEN (has) revealed clearly different policy positions regarding the controversial practice of using freshwater bodies as impoundments for mine tailings.”

“The NDP indicate their support for a ban on this practice, while the PCs point to the fact that in the case of Sandy Pond, the project has successfully passed environmental assessment.”

News reports suggest that the Progressive Conservatives under Premier Kathy Dunderdale will easily win tomorrow’s election.

The Council of Canadians is a member of the Newfoundland-based Sandy Pond Alliance which is challenging the legality of the Schedule 2 provision in the Federal Court of Canada. A decision on our court case is expected soon.

A report summarizing the questionnaire responses ‘Voting for the Environment: A review of party policies on environmental issues’ can be found at www.nlen.ca.