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TakeAction: Building democracy

With only a week left in the campaign, this month’s Take Action is about engaging with candidates during the ongoing federal election.

As the October 21st federal election draws near, WFMC, and many other like-minded organizations, have developed toolkits, blog series, and other materials to provide you with the background material — and possible questions — to engage with candidates.

WFMC asked the federal parties:

How should Canada support United Nations peacekeeping?

Global Climate Change: What should be Canada’s International Commitments?

Nuclear disarmament: Which measures intended to promote the realization of a world without nuclear weapons should Canada support?

What can Canada do to strengthen the United Nations?

Responses have been received from the Green Party, Liberal Party, and NDP so far and are posted on the website. When other responses are received, they will be added.

We also have a summary of the stated policies and commitments made by each of the major parties.

What you can do

Educate yourself on the issues of greatest importance to you and be ready with questions for candidates when they come to your door or at all-candidates meetings.

Share what you have learned and your concerns on social media, using the #elxn43 #cdnpoli hashtags. Check out WFMC’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds, too.

Make a plan to vote.

Further information

The following networks and organizations also have election-related information of interest to World Federalists.

The Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada has an ongoing blog series, #WPSAdvice: Our advice to the incoming government on women, peace and security issues, that covers a range of topics, including disarmament, peace and security, and arms control.

Climate Action Network has a summary of the parties’ climate and environment priorities, along with other resources.

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) has also sent questions to the parties on on global aid, international cooperation and foreign policy issues, as well as providing other relevant materials.

Up for Debate, the alliance of organizations calling on all federal party leaders to commit to women’s rights and gender equality, has a toolkit for engagement that provides specific questions to ask candidates, as well as general advice on engaging in the electoral process.

And KAIROS Canada has compiled background information on ecological justice, gender justice, Indigenous rights, and migrant justice, as well as questions for candidates.

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