Green candidate Shaughn McArthur finishes paddle to Ottawa

Pontiac Green candidate Shaughn McArthur, wearing a green t-shirt and Hull-Aylmer candidate Simon Gnocchini-Messier stand in front of a canoe on a dock next to the Ottawa River.
Pontiac Green candidate Shaughn McArthur and Hull-Aylmer candidate Simon Gnocchini-Messier speak near Parliament Hill on Sept. 7. Photo by Francois Carrier.
Caleb Nickerson - CHIP - PontiacQC | 09-09-2021

Pontiac Green Party candidate Shaughn McArthur wrapped up his canoe trip 150 km down the Gatineau river on Monday (September 6), finishing just below Parliament Hill. Accompanied by Hull-Aylmer candidate Simon Gnocchini-Messier, he spoke about his various platform commitments.

He said that the trip, which he called the "Paddle for a livable future" was a good opportunity to visit with constituents and get away from the “noise of the campaign trail.”

Starting in Maniwaki on Aug. 29, McArthur stopped in various communities along the river, and invited residents and media to join him on the water.

 

McArthur also touched on the Chalk River near surface disposal facility project, which he called “an outrage”, pointing to the vocal opposition to the project from local community groups and experts. The site would house up to a million cubic metres of low-level radioactive waste in a mound about 1 km from the Ottawa river.

 

McArthur said that he would be knocking on doors in the final two weeks of the campaign and talking with residents about their needs and concerns. The campaign wraps up on Sept. 20.