Vote, but not Conservative: Canada's Arcade Fire

Fri Apr 8, 2011 2:55pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Grammy-winning Canadian rock group Arcade Fire urged voters not to choose the ruling Conservatives in Canada's May 2 election, though the indie superstars said it was "really important" to get out to vote.

A statement on the band's website drew attention to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's opposition to the Kyoto climate change treaty and his support for the oil sands industry, a large emitter of greenhouse gases.

"It is about to be voting time. Our current leader has championed some pretty destructive initiatives on everyone's behalf," the Montreal-based band said. "Canada is still a pretty good country, and worth fighting for."

The band, which won the Grammy for album of the year for "The Suburbs," did not endorse a particular party.

Harper's office had no immediate response. The statement can be found here

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Rob Wilson)

<p>Edwin Butler of Canadian band Arcade Fire holds up the Grammy for Album of the Year for "The Suburbs" at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>