Poll shows significant support for Leap Manifesto

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      If you've been watching CTV or CBC national newscasts or reading Postmedia newspapers, you can be forgiven for thinking that the vast majority of Canadians reject the Leap Manifesto.

      It's an aspirational document unveiled by social and environmental activists during the last federal election campaign to spur debate about moving to a carbon-free future.

      Despite criticism of the Leap Manifesto from Alberta NDP premier Rachel Notley and many media commentators, it still enjoys the support of 40 percent of respondents, according to a recent Ekos poll.

      Among respondents who supported the NDP, it's backed by 54 percent.

      Overall, the poll reported that 40 percent oppose the Leap Manifesto and 19 percent neither support or oppose it. Half of those who back the Liberals also support the Leap Manifesto.

      The document won the approval of 59 percent of Green supporters, 46 percent of Bloc Québécois supporters, and 20 percent of Conservative supporters in the poll.

      Here are some key sentences in the Leap Manifesto:

      • This leap must begin by respecting the inherent rights and title of the original caretakers of this land. Indigenous communities have been at the forefront of protecting rivers, coasts, forests and lands from out-of-control industrial activity. We can bolster this role, and reset our relationship, by fully implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

      • We want a universal program to build energy efficient homes, and retrofit existing housing, ensuring that the lowest income communities and neighbourhoods will benefit first and receive job training and opportunities that reduce poverty over the long term.

      • Moving to a far more localized and ecologically-based agricultural system would reduce reliance on fossil fuels, capture carbon in the soil, and absorb sudden shocks in the global supply – as well as produce healthier and more affordable food for everyone.

      • We call for an end to all trade deals that interfere with our attempts to rebuild local economies, regulate corporations and stop damaging extractive projects.

      • We declare that “austerity”—which has systematically attacked low-carbon sectors like education and healthcare, while starving public transit and forcing reckless energy privatizations—is a fossilized form of thinking that has become a threat to life on earth.