Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Latest...

So we're beginning to get back into the swing of things after all the election excitement.

We had an officers' meeting last week and talks covered several key campaigns: 1) The Canadian Seafood Boycott is still doing well in the States. There are more grocers signing on and over 100 restaurants in D.C. alone; 2) The trapping by-law is moving ahead in Guelph and looks quite good; 3) The horse slaughter issue is hitting snags in the government regulatory bodies so we're strategizing about how to have the laws enforced; and 4) We're changing our party name (any suggestions are welcome).

And while all that is going on, we're preparing for five, yes FIVE, audits (one for each candidate and an extra for the Guelph by-election). And after those are done we get to look foward to yet another audit for the party in the new year. I think it's because we're only a few years old that this seems like a big ordeal; hopefully it'll become easier as we become more accustomed to these kinds of obligations. But if you're not careful, the mounds of paperwork can bury you!

It's well worth all the headache, though, if it means the animals and the environment benefit. We're making strides, small ones admittedly, but strides nonetheless. That's how change begins, and we're honoured to be part of the peaceful revolution.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Results are in!

In spite of such a low voter turnout, the AAEV Party of Canada made great strides!

Karen Levenson (Guelph) received 73 votes, beating the Marxist-Leninists, the Communists and an Independent.

Simon Luisi (Davenport) received 92 votes, a great result for his first run as a candidate!

Marie Crawford (Toronto-Danforth) received 177 votes, closing in on Liz's result of 187 votes.

Thanks to your continued help, all of our candidates were able to raise animal and environmental protection issues at candidates’ debates in their respective ridings. Throughout everyone’s canvassing, and in response to our radio ads and other media, we heard over and over again that voters were thankful for being able to vote their conscience. No other political party would have talked about the importance of animal protection had it not been for our candidates. Thanks to your support and their voices, the animals were heard.

And even thought the election is over, we hope that you all will still contact your MPs and ask them what they are doing to protect the environment, to end animal cruelty, to battle climate change, and to stop the killing of young seals. Please speak out as we all continue to make animal cruelty a thing of the past.

And stay tuned as we get back into the swing of things!