E-day is here.
This federal election has been one for the ages. A pandemic, a polarized nation, and plenty of campaign noise. So where has the dust settled for anglers, hunters and trappers on election day?
You may have more than fishing and hunting on your mind these days, so what the parties are going to do for fish and wildlife conservation, or how their policies impact fishing, hunting, and trapping may not register high on your list of voting considerations.
That’s completely fair, but many Canadian anglers, hunters, and trappers feel that this federal election has the potential to fundamentally change the outdoors and the ability to use it. Arguably, this could describe any provincial or federal election, but there is a heightened sense of anxiety about how September 20, 2021, could shape more than the next four years.
The 36-day election campaign is the shortest allowed by federal law. Outdoors community issues don’t usually make party platforms, leader’s debates, or headlines in mainstream media. Not much bandwidth is given to our issues except for firearms, so we need to push the issues with political parties to get some answers you can use to inform your vote.
Even though we engaged five political parties through the National Fishing and Hunting Collaborative (NFHC) as early as possible in the campaign, we only received responses from three of them. So, we also dug into party platforms to see what the parties were saying about topics related to fishing and hunting.
Below, here’s a breakdown of WHAT THE POLITICAL PARTIES SAID on the NFHC’s top priorities, and some other relevant information pulled from each party platform.
DISCLAIMER: The information below was taken from each party’s publicly posted platforms, and may not include all statements, positions, or policies that a party has on the specific topics and issues listed.