Canada will have its next federal election on September 20th, 2021.
This election is crucial for many human rights issues, including climate justice, Indigenous rights, and immigration detention in Canada.
We need your help to make human rights an election issue.
While Covid-19 has changed many things about this election, you can still send a strong message for human rights.
Learn more about how you can vote at www.elections.ca.
Take Action Now
Talk to Your Candidates About Human Rights
Throughout the election period, you might connect with local candidates in your community. Whether it’s at a local community event, an organized debate, or they come knocking at your door, you can ask your candidates their position on human rights.
Amnesty International always advises that you follow the COVID-19 guidelines in your area and avoid gathering as much as possible.
Talking to political candidates can be intimidating but remember that it is their job to represent you and the issues that are most important to you.
Ask your candidate about the human rights issues that are most important to you. Candidates may try to shift the conversation to their own positions or their party’s platform, but let them know that you want to vote for human rights.
At The Door or on the Phone: Throughout the election period, your local candidates might come knocking on your door or have someone from their team call you to find out if you’ll support them. Let them know that you want to vote for a candidate that supports human rights this election. Ask them about their position on human rights issues.
In the Community: Candidates will try to meet as many constituents as possible during the election period, often by attending community events. While respecting distancing, if you see your local candidate at a community event, introduce yourself and ask them about human rights.
At a Local Debate: There is likely at least one local debate being organized in your community, though it may be online. Attend the debate and use the question period to ask candidates about their positions on human rights issues.
Take Part in the Debates
There will be two federal leaders debates this election: on Wednesday, September 8th in French and on Thursday, September 9th in English. Learn more about the debates and where you can watch them here.
Take part by tweeting at the federal leaders to let them know that human rights are important to you this election.
Follow @AmnestyNow where we’ll be live-tweeting.
Support Our Partners
Amnesty International is part of a wider movement for human rights and social justice in Canada. Support our partner organizations who are taking action for human rights this election.
Register now for Proud to Vote 2021, a national debate on LGBTQ2S issues, organized by a consortium of LGBTQ2S organization in Canada. This registration-only event will be held on Zoom and broadcast on YouTube on September 14 from 1-3pm EST. It’s free, bilingual, and will include representatives from Canadian political parties. Register now >> https://www.wisdom2action.org/proudtovote/
Up for Debate is back and calling for the human rights of all women and girls – trans and cis – and two-spirit and non-binary people to be fully respected, protected, and upheld. Join the campaign: up4debate.ca
Thanks to Women’s Shelters Canada for creating this amazing online tool to email federal election candidates asking them how they will end gender-based violence (GBV) and whether they support the National Action Plan to end GBV. http://ow.ly/VAAE50G3pTe