Linda Duncan

Linda Duncan

Linda F. Duncan is an international environmental law consultant based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Born the daughter of Darcy Duncan--a principal of the Edmonton-based Duncan and Craig law firm--she went on to have a significant legal career of her own. Over the course of that career, she has worked with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and on projects to set up environmental law enforcement systems in Jamaica, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. She taught environmental law at Dalhousie University's law school, and also served as Head of Law and Enforcement for the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, as the Chief of Enforcement for Environment Canada, and as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Renewable Resources for the government of the Yukon. She is also a contributing author to the first, second and third editions of Hughes, Lucas and Tilleman's book "Environmental Law and Policy" (Emond Mongomery) as well as numerous other legal publications.

On the local level, Duncan founded the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton, and worked on numerous projects with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, including as its director. She has served as Vice President of the Sierra Legal Defence Fund, the Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA), the Canadian Council on Human Resources for the Environment Industry, and as the Vice President for the Lake Wabamun Enhancement and Protection Association. She was instrumental in establishing provincial regulations to reduce the levels of mercury from coal-fired power plants in Alberta lakes, making Alberta the only province in Canada that has such regulations. As a cottage owner, she has also been vocal about the Wabamun Lake cleanup after its disastrous oil spill on August 3, 2005, and has been interviewed frequently by the media about the spill and the lake's future.

In the 39th Canadian federal election, Duncan ran as the New Democratic Party candidate for the riding of Edmonton-Strathcona. She came in second to incumbent Conservative Rahim Jaffer, taking almost twice as many votes as the third-place Liberal candidate and giving Jaffer the narrowest win he'd experienced since his election in 1997.

On January 19, 2007, Duncan accepted the NDP nomination in Edmonton-Strathcona to again seek election to Parliament in the 40th Canadian federal election.

External links

  • [ Duncan's campaign website]
  • [ 2006 campaign profile in the Edmonton Journal]
  • [ Duncan's December 2005 appointment as an Honourary Member of the Environmental Law Centre]
  • [ Edmonton's See Magazine interviews Duncan about health care]
  • [ Edmonton's Vue Magazine on Duncan's decision to run again]

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