The Animal Is The Political.
It is my view that the moral baseline of our society is measured by its treatment of those most vulnerable within it. In Canada, no individuals are more vulnerable than non-human animals. They are defined as property under the Canadian Criminal Code, they lack recognition as contributing members of society, and their forms of communication are invalidated as of a lesser kind than human communication in normative social discourse.
I am born and raised in Victoria, B.C. and building community that is healthy, safe, and inclusive is a central part of my political platform. I believe that our municipal government has taken great strides to improve the city’s infrastructure, cultural awareness, and inclusiveness. At the same time, our urban landscape is changing rapidly to create an influx of people, high-end homes and tax dollars which ultimately fail to serve the long term needs of the community. This is where I want to help build a Victoria that is committed to retaining what makes it beautiful and unique, while not unreasonably resisting the social reality of changing demographics and interests.
It is also essential that we have our first animal inclusive representative on council. Someone who genuinely represents the voices of animals as a priority. To date, uninformed and unimaginative policy has driven the handling of animal issues that have been brought to the attention of council, to the detriment of the numerous animal care-takers in the community and the animals themselves. Without considering the consequences of our policy upon non-human animals we will continue to be burdened with high social costs that could be easily alleviated.
Please join me on my mission to protect the integrity of Victoria and all who live here, while ushering in a new era of sustainable, inclusive, and compassionate culture.