Questions to ask candidates during the federal election campaign

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A beaver (Castor canadensis) on the side of a road. Photo by Jillian Cooper / Getty Images

Canada’s voting public is heading into an election two years early, following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s successful request of Governor General Mary Simon to dissolve parliament.

As a non-partisan, charitable organization, The Fur-Bearers does not endorse politicians, political parties or otherwise make recommendations to our support base regarding their vote. However, we do believe engaging candidates is a vital part of the democratic process, and encourage all our supporters to use the following questions to learn more about their local candidates and their parties:

  1. Do you support ending fur farming at a national level in Canada?

Fur farming is provincially regulated, however, the federal government could implement significant regulations based on the pandemic (and other health-related) threats from fur farming or remove fur farming from eligibility in the AgriStability program, for example.

  1. Do you support science-based wildlife and habitat management that does not put consumptive users (such as trappers) and industry above the environment or other users?

The way Canadians are using nature has changed in recent decades, particularly following the pandemic year. It is vital that governments begin recognizing the consumptive users of wildlife and nature are not the only ones who have voices that must be heard in decision-making.

  1. Do you support climate action that puts the health of people and the environment ahead of industry and economics?

While many parties talk the talk on climate change and sustainable economics, while in power, decisions are made that give more weight to corporate needs and economic growth than the long-term viability of the environment and wildlife.

The Fur-Bearers will continue creating election-related content to help supporters fully engage in the democratic process to benefit fur-bearing animals and their habitat across Canada. Have questions about the election process, how to talk to your candidates or suggestions for content? Let us know at info@TheFurBearers.com!

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