In 2011, 33% of Conservative voters were categorized as “climate voters”. In 2015, more than half of those voters were lost. If the Conservatives want to return to power, their party must commit to finding fiscally responsible, free market solutions to climate change.
Conservatives care about the environment.
A new research project from Vox Pop Labs and Canadians for Clean Prosperity has found that the Conservative Party of Canada must address Canadian concerns for the environment if it wants to return to power. The research shows that environmental issues are important to conservative voters, and that the number of climate conscious Canadians who voted Conservative declined dramatically since the last election. Over half of the votes the Conservative Party lost between 2011 and 2015 are from Canadians support action on climate change. More than 1 in every 4 Conservative voters support climate action and expect government action on the file. That is why it’s imperative that the Conservative Party of Canada develop a strong, fiscally conservative response to climate change.
Conservatives should take a market based approach to climate change solutions.
The Conservative Party must show Canadians how fiscally responsible environmental policies based on free-market principles can address Canadian concerns for the environment. The challenge for the Conservative Party of Canada and their next leader is to give Canadians a credible, conservative action plan to address the threat of climate change. Failure to do so could mean the continued decline of the Conservative vote share. Conservatives must show that they care about the environment, and that a market-based approach to conservation is a viable alternative.