Animal Protection Party of Canada
|Active federal party|
101–221 Broadview Avenue|
Animal rights activism|
|Seats in the House of Commons||
0 / 338
|Seats in the Senate||
0 / 105
The Animal Protection Party of Canada is a minor registered political party in Canada that focuses on animal rights and environmentalism. It was formed in 2005 as the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada by the merger of two organizations, the Animal Alliance of Canada and Environment Voters. Both parent organizations have been vocal in opposition to the seal hunt in Newfoundland and Labrador, fur farming, trapping, and bear hunting. The party is led by Liz White, a Toronto-based animal rights advocate.
Influence of electoral law
Federal laws restricting political advocacy by "third parties" (i.e., organizations not registered by Elections Canada as political parties) during election campaigns led to the formation of this party. Following a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that allowed political parties to be registered by only running a single candidate, animal rights activists formed the party. The AAEV party provides its members and candidates the opportunity to promote its views during election periods.
The party's role in most ridings is to endorse a major-party candidate who promotes positions favourable to its own. In the 2006 general election, AAEV's free-time political ads endorsed the New Democratic Party, counterbalanced by the statement that voters could also vote for AAEV party leader Liz White in Toronto Centre.
Canadian electoral laws hinder misuse of this loophole by setting campaign spending limits for parties, proportional to the number of voters in the electoral districts where the party is running candidates. Because the AAEV was running only one candidate, it was permitted to spend $66,715.37, compared to the $18,225,260.74 limits granted to the major national parties. In 2008, the party ran four candidates. In 2011, it ran 7 candidates with one candidate in the Western Arctic riding. In 2015, the party ran 8 candidates, with one in Victoria, British Columbia.
In the 2008 general election, the AAEVPC fielded four candidates, all in Ontario:
In the 2011 general election, the AAEVPC fielded seven candidates: six in Ontario, one in the territories:
In the 2015 general election, the AAEVPC fielded eight candidates: seven in Ontario, one in British Columbia:
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- Best, Stephen (November 24, 2016). "Why Animal Protection Party of Canada? Names matter". News. Animal Protection Party Of Canada. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "About us". Animal Alliance Environmentalist Voters Party of Canada. Archived from the original on 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
- AAEV: About Us
- Political announcement (Windows Media Video)
- Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Announces Election Expenses Limits for Registered Political Parties
- http://www.environmentvoters.org/National%20Post%20-%20Who%20are%20You%20Calling%20Fringe.pdf National Post profile, October 23, 2008
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-16. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
- https://www.straight.com/news/517426/vegan-party-running-federal-election-candidate-bc Georgia Straight
- http://www.elections.ca/scripts/OVR2006/default.html Elections Canada 2006 Results
- http://www.elections.ca/scripts/OVR2008/default.html Elections Canada 2008 Results
- http://www.elections.ca/scripts/ovr2011/default.html Elections Canada 2011 Results
- http://enr.elections.ca/National.aspx?lang=e Elections Canada 2015 Results
- Official website
- Animal Protection Party of Canada (I) – Canadian Political Parties and Political Interest Groups – Web Archive created by the University of Toronto Libraries
- Animal Protection Party of Canada (II) – Canadian Political Parties and Political Interest Groups – Web Archive created by the University of Toronto Libraries