Them's big boots Jack:
According to the David Suzuki Foundation, Jack Layton and the NDP have spewed the most emissions along their 38,343 km campaign trail, emitting 383 tonnes of carbon up to and including Sept. 30.
The Tories follow a close second, having emitted 317 tonnes along their 43-city tour, and the Liberals came in third at 284 tonnes.
But while the NDP may be the biggest campaign polluter at first glance, they've also committed to spending $60,000 of their election budget on carbon offsets, points out Dale Marshall, spokesman for the Suzuki Foundation.
Similarly, the Liberals, Bloc Quebecois and the Green Party have pledged to buy carbon offsets or credits to neutralize the emissions produced by plane and bus travel. The Conservatives, meanwhile, are the only party to refrain from offsetting their campaign.
But what's cleaner? To offset longer distances travelled, or to shorten the journey and not offset?
"I'm going to give you a very Canadian answer," Marshall said. "You have to do both. We favour buying high quality offsets, but what we tell everyone is that the first step is to reduce your emissions as much as possible."
I remember some easily dismissed Liberal defences, that said all the criticisms were unfounded, but nobody seemed to care, the optics too delicious. Apparently, the truth of the matter, the Liberals are leaving the smallest footprint, the NDP much larger.
It's a trivial point, but then again is it really? Walk the walk mustache ;)