April 8, 2011 / 6:58 PM / in 7 years

Vote, but not Conservative: Canada's Arcade Fire

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

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