12/01/2015 12:37 EST | Updated 12/01/2015 12:59 EST

James Moore's Appointment As UNBC Chancellor Opposed In Petition

A petition says James Moore was part of a government that muzzled scientists and failed to address climate change.

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — An online petition calls on the University of Northern British Columbia to reconsider its decision to name former Conservative cabinet minister James Moore as its next chancellor.

The petition, posted Friday by an anonymous senator from the Prince George, B.C.-based university, had topped 1,000 signatures by early Tuesday.

Supporters have signed from as far away as Kenya, Connecticut, Minnesota and Inuvik, while faculty includes associate professor of geography, Brian Menounos, a Canada Research Chair in glacial change.

Former Tory MP James Moore speaks with Laureen Harper, former prime minister Stephen Harper's wife, at a campaign event in Port Moody, B.C. (Photo: Darryl Dyck/CP)

The petition says Moore was part of a government that muzzled federal scientists, failed to address global climate change and rejected an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.

Moore did not seek re-election in October due to family reasons, but the petition says the 39-year-old was an active campaigner for the Conservatives, suggesting unflagging support for the party.

Moore received his undergraduate degree from UNBC and becomes the first alumnus to be named chancellor, with the swearing-in expected in Prince George next spring.


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