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    Pre-Election Campaign

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Tell candidates you don’t want government using your taxes to fund animal agriculture!

 

Step 1. Download The Infographic

Download the infographic to share with candidates, or to use as a guide for speaking on phone calls, at town halls, and debates.

English Infographic Download
French Infographic Download

Step 2. Get Involved

We’re asking supporters to commit to doing three of the following (Sample scripts are available at the bottom of this page under SCRIPTS to assist you):

  • Email all your federal election candidates, and send them the infographic 
  • Call their campaign headquarters and speak to one of their staff 
  • Call the candidate directly and leave a voicemail 
  • Attend a town hall (note: not all candidates hold town halls) and ask for their opinion on subsidizing animal agriculture 
  • Attend a candidate debate in your electoral district and ask for their opinion on subsidizing animal agriculture 
  • Be prepared to talk to candidates if they knock on your door 
  • TIP: Candidates are already scheduling their door knocking days.  Go to your candidates’ website or social media platforms to find out when they may be in your neighbourhood.  Have the infographic printed and ready to give to them.

You can find out what your electoral district is and who the candidates are here: Voter Information Services Elections Canada

Step 3. Let us Know About What Actions You Took

Once you’ve taken action, fill out this Google form to let our team know!

If you need help, you can reach out to one of our Nation Rising Campaign Coaches for assistance to prepare for making the call, sending an email or attending a town hall or debate.

Please note: general questions regarding the Nation Rising campaign can be sent to unite@nationrising.ca

Background on Election

On Sunday August 15, 2021, our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with and  asked our Governor General Mary Simon to dissolve parliament so that election writs could be issued to initiate a federal election.  

The campaign will last 36 days — the minimum campaign length permitted by law – and end on September 20.

What this means for Nation Rising supporters, like you, is that you all now have the opportunity to influence all federal parties’ candidates in our advocacy for a shift to a plant-based food system and an end to factory farming!

You will have many opportunities over the next 5 weeks to speak up for the animals, our planet, and Canadians’ health.  Candidates want to hear from voters what matters to them so they will be knocking on doors, calling voters in their electoral district, holding virtual town halls, and asking voters to volunteer in their campaign.  

And we at Nation Rising are here to help you get our message out to as many candidates as possible – ideally each and every one of them!

The Campaign

Canadians are still feeling the impact of Covid-19, and the pandemic brought to the fore our relationship with food, including where and how it is grown and sourced.  And candidates need to be made aware that amongst voters, there is growing support for plant-based food options, and an end to animal agriculture subsidies and factory farming.

The Ask

Shift subsidies away from animal agriculture and factory farming, and toward supporting the adoption of the recommendations of the Canada Food Guide & Food Policy for Canada to make healthy plant-based food more accessible to Canadians, including implementing a national education program comparable to ParticipACTION.

The Reasons Why

  1. Subsidies for animal agriculture encourage Canadians to eat more meat, whereas the consumption of animal products substantially increase the risk of cancer and heart disease – the two leading causes of death in Canada
  2. Animal agriculture is a leading cause of GHG emissions which is driving climate change and we need to do better for the animals and for the planet.
  3. Animal ag poses a substantial risk of causing another pandemic
  4. The production of animal-based foods causes horrific animal abuse and suffering – something most Canadians are against.

Important Notes

  • Given we are now in the throes of a federal election, to take place September 20,2021, federal election candidates will likely not be available for face to face meetings.
  • For this campaign we are introducing campaign coaches who will be available to our supporters to help them write emails, make calls, practice asking a question at a town hall, and more!  Our list of campaign coaches can be found below.
  • Note that Nation Rising recommends using the term plant-based diet vs vegan in your discussions and written material as the general public tends to be more receptive to this term.  
  • Don’t assume your candidates are highly knowledgeable of the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, climate change, Canadians’ health, and pandemics. You may have to educate them, and why we created the infographic.
  • Take Pictures – We love sharing photos of our supporters engaged in our campaigns.  It helps other supporters see how easy it is to write, call, or talk to a candidate, or raise a question during a virtual town hall.So make sure you have your phone handy when you are campaigning for Nation Rising, and take a photo of yourself speaking up for the animals, and the health of our planet and Canadians.  It can be while you are writing an email, calling them, if they knock on your door, or you attend a town hall.

Scripts

Email Script

Dear “Candidate Name”

I am a voter in your electoral district and I am writing to you today to share with you an issue that is very important to me.

I have been getting updates from an organization I support, Nation Rising, about the billions of taxpayers’ dollars that are invested every year in animal agriculture in Canada.  This is very concerning to me as there are large bodies of scientific evidence pointing to the significant negative impact industrialized animal-based food production has on the climate, Canadians’ health, and the lives of billions of farmed animals and fish.  

For example, did you know that processed meat is considered a class 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is a primary contributor to cancer and heart disease.  And that animal agriculture is a leading contributor to GHG emissions.

Given we are still living with the impact of Covid-19, I am also very concerned that the large-scale intensive confinement of farmed animals across Canada could be the source of a future pandemic.

I am extremely concerned for the future of Canada and the planet, and am surprised that the government is not leading research and funding to find healthier and more sustainable alternatives to animal agriculture and animal-based foods in Canada.

As a voter, I am looking to support candidates who are willing to listen to science and create policies and programs that align to the scientific evidence.  Therefore, I am looking for your support to help shift federal subsidies away from animal agriculture and factory farming, and toward supporting the adoption of the recommendations of the Canada Food Guide & Food Policy for Canada to make healthy plant-based food more accessible to Canadians, including implementing a national education program comparable to ParticipACTION.

I look forward to hearing from you on this issue and how you will support this ask if you are elected. I have also attached for your review an infographic outlining how animal agriculture is negatively impacting and jeopardizing the health of Canadians, our planet, and millions of farmed animals/fish.

Regards,

(Following information MUST be included):

Name
Address
City
Postal Code
Email
Phone

 

Phone Script

Script for Phone Call to Candidates Campaign Headquarters or Office  (approx. 2 minutes, 10 seconds)

Hello “Candidate Name”

My name is (your name) and I am a voter in your electoral district.  My postal code is (B1C 9D3). I am calling you today about an issue that is of great concern to me, and I’d like to obtain your commitment to work on this issue if you are elected.

I have been getting updates from an organization I support, Nation Rising, about the billions of taxpayers’ dollars that are invested every year in animal agriculture in Canada.  This is very concerning to me as there are large bodies of scientific evidence pointing to the significant negative impact industrialized animal-based food production has on the climate, Canadians’ health, and the lives of billions of farmed animals and fish.  

For example, did you know that processed meat is considered a class 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization and is a primary contributor to cancer and heart disease.  And that animal agriculture is a leading contributor to Greenhouse Gas emissions.

Given we are still living with the impact of Covid-19, I am also very concerned that the large-scale intensive confinement of farmed animals across Canada could be the source of a future pandemic.

I am extremely concerned for the future of Canada and the planet, and am surprised that the government is not leading research and funding to find healthier and more sustainable alternatives to animal agriculture and animal-based foods in Canada.

As a voter, I am looking to support candidates who are willing to listen to science and create policies and programs that align to the scientific evidence.  Therefore, I am looking for your support to help shift federal subsidies away from animal agriculture and factory farming, and toward supporting the adoption of the recommendations of the Canada Food Guide & Food Policy for Canada to make healthy plant-based food more accessible to Canadians, including implementing a national education program comparable to ParticipACTION.

Again, my name is (your name) and I look forward to hearing from you on this issue. I can be reached at (xxx-xxx-xxxx).

Thank you,

Questions for Town Hall or Debates

  • I would like your feedback and opinion on federal subsidies being directed to intensive animal agriculture in Canada.  So far this year alone close to $2 billion of Canadians’ taxpayer dollars have been committed to animal agriculture.
  • The handouts run the gamete from slaughterhouse upgrades, to possible impacts from trade agreements, increased feed costs, and more.  I personally do not support my taxpayer dollars funding an industry that harms the planet, Canadians’ health, the lives of millions of farmed animals and fish, and poses a risk for future pandemics.
  • I would like to see the next federal government make a commitment to divest from animal agriculture, and instead use our taxpayer dollars to fund a transition to a healthier and more sustainable plant-based food system, invest in the Canada Food Guide, and help farmers transition out of animal agriculture. Is this an issue you will get behind and support?

Your support is highly appreciated. We can do this!!