Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada

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AAEVPC Party Platform

Our party stands for just and equitable human progress that respects, protects, and enhances the environment upon which we all depend and the lives of the animals with whom we share our world.

We are North America’s first environmental and animal protection political party. We are unique in the animal protection community in that we specialize in electoral politics.

In particular, we campaign in elections in order to give environmental and animal protection issues the political relevance necessary to make governments proclaim sound and well-enforced environmental and animal protection policies, laws, and regulations.

About AAEVPC

The Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada (AAEVPC) was founded in 2005 by people associated with two existing organizations: Animal Alliance of Canada and Environment Voters as a way to be involved directly in the political system and make governments adopt policies that protect the environment and animals.

Here is a chronological history of how the two organizations were born as well as why and when they came together:

1990: Founding meeting of Animal Alliance of Canada (AAC). Animal Alliance is a federally incorporated non-profit animal rights and environmental protection organization. AAC is committed to the protection of all animals and the environment through legislation, education and electoral politics.

1991 to 2006: Some of AAC’s significant victories:

  • Puppy Mills: A ban on the import of sick, injured and genetically compromised puppies from the United States, resulting in a 73% decline in the number of puppies coming into Canada.
  • Pound Seizure and Research: AAC won a ban on the sale of lost pets for experimentation from most municipalities in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Newfoundland and Manitoba.
  • Cows- rBGH: AAC was part of a coalition of organizations responsible for convincing the federal government to ban the use of rBGH, bovine growth hormone in dairy cows.
  • Trade in Bear Galls: AAC was instrumental in shutting down the trade in bear parts in Canada.
  • Wolf Management: After several years of lobbying by AAC and other organizations, the BC Minister of Environment announced a moratorium on the use of Compound 1080 (a pesticide), which has remained in place since. AAC also worked with other environmental organizations to stop the Yukon wolf kill.
  • Canada Goose Management: For over a decade, AAC has been instrumental in stopping any Canada goose cull in Canada. We’ve developed a goose habitat modification manual which is used by municipalities across Canada.
  • Downer Animals: AAC was instrumental in getting the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to pass legislation to ban the transport of all downer food animals nationally.
  • Hunting – bears: AAC was part of a campaign which won a ban on the spring bear hunt in Ontario – a jurisdiction with the largest bear hunt in North America. AAC was also instrumental in winning a ban on the possession and sale of bear galls in Quebec.
  • Frogs (provincial – regulatory): Through work with Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources officials, AAC was successful in securing a ban on the collection and sale of most species of native frogs for commercial fishing bait.

1998: In 1998, AAC produced a document titled “A Ten Year Retrospective”. The document examined AAC’s successes and failures in protecting animals. The document concluded that despite almost a decade of work where AAC had significant victories for animals, the state of the environment was deteriorating and there was little protection for most animals.

1999: Environment Voters: In 1999, AAC formed Environment Voters (EV), the political and electoral arm of AAC. EV was involved as a “third party” in elections at the federal, provincial and municipal level across Canada. The intent of EV was to hold politicians accountable during elections for their animal protection and environmental records.

2000 to 2004: In early 2000, the federal government passed legislation severely limiting the role of third parties in electoral politics. EV participated in a number of challenges to the law. In a 2005 Supreme Court ruling, the government’s law was finally upheld essentially eliminating any effective third party influence.

2005 to 2006: Testing the waters: AAC decided to test the waters to see if it was feasible to form the first animal rights political party in North America. Thanks to an overwhelming response from our supporters, AAC received notice from Elections Canada that we had been accepted as a political party and were pending registration upon full completion of the requirements. On December 10, 2005, the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada received official party status.

AAEVPC FAQ’s

The fact is that almost every animal and environmental problem we’re facing today can be solved by elected officials.

Politicians have the power to change existing legislation and pass new laws to determine what goes into our air and water, what happens to our forests and wetlands, and how both wild and domesticated animals are treated.

So why don’t they do it? Why does Canada still have one of the worst environmental and animal protection records in the developed world?

For politicians working in a democracy, re-election often becomes the biggest concern when deciding public policy; it can overwhelm all other considerations. For this reason, animal and environment issues have little, if any, political relevance because a good or bad animal and environmental protection record has almost no impact on whether or not a politician or party gets re-elected.

Those who founded and are building the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada (AAEVPC) were searching for a way to make the environment and animal issues relevant to politicians. Not by tugging at their heart strings, but by offering a political benefit to those who worked to protect the environment and a extracting a political price from those who did not.

The problem was that legislation in Canada around election campaigns is designed to restrict third party involvement as much as possible. These laws make it incredibly difficult for groups who care about the environment and animals to spend sufficient money on brochures and advertising to have their voices heard during election time.

However, in 2005 the requirements needed to become a registered political party in Canada were relaxed. No longer would a party have to run 50 candidates to qualify for registration, but rather only one.

Immediately, two groups – Animal Alliance of Canada (AAC) and Environment Voters (EV) – saw their chance and came together to form the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada – a registered political party in Canada. With registration came the right to fully participate in the electoral process, promote sound environmental and animal protection policies during election campaigns, and have the kind of political impact that had never before been available to the environmental or animal protection movement. In addition, the amended laws allowed political parties the freedom to work between elections on issues of concern to the party and its members. AAC and EV were active across Canada fighting to protect animals and the environment both during and in between elections.

AAEVPC Party Information

Short-form Name:
Animal Alliance/Environment Voters

Party Leader: Ms. Liz White

National Headquarters:
101–221 Broadview Avenue
Toronto ON M4M 2G3
Tel: 416-462-9541
Fax: 416-462-9647
Web site: www.environmentvoters.org

Eligible: 2005-08-02

Registered: 2005-12-10

Chief Agent: Mr. Stephen D. Best
1907 Swan Street
Innisfil ON  L9S 0B3
Tel: 416-476-6731
Fax: 1-866-262-8520

Auditor: Mr. Krishan Suntharalingam, CA
885 Progress Avenue
Suite UPH-9
Toronto ON M1H 3G3
Tel: 416-285-9090
Fax: 416-285-1312

 

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