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