Provincial New Democrat legislator Claire Trevena says there's a "substantial number" of fellow MLAs who share her view the party should have promoted its environmental vision during the last election campaign. Ms. Trevena made the comments in an exclusive interview with Public Eye moments after publicly expressing concern that that vision wasn't the focus of the party's 2009 platform. "There's an assumption we're not supposed to be talking - that we have this sense that we all agree with everything that's been happening," she said when asked why New Democrat convention delegates were congratulating her after that speech. "It's not brave to stand up and talk about one, party policy and two, your principles."
As for what she thought about criticism party leader Carole James should have specifically mentioned the issue of climate change when she spoke to delegates on Saturday, Ms. Trevena responded, "She did mention the environment in the sense we have to use education to deal with environmental issues." Although she added, "We need to talk about climate change. We cannot be going around with our heads in the sands as saying, 'It's business as usual.' It's not business as usual."