Oct 19th, 2015.
Thank you to everyone who voted for me and also to all those who supported me but decided to vote for other candidates. I am incredibly grateful for all 198 votes I garnered this election.
I want to also congratulate Murray Rankin for his victory as well as JoAnn Roberts for running a very successful campaign. Thank you as well to the other candidates John Rizzuti, Cheryl Thomas, Art Lowe, and Saul Anderson for their participation in the election and for representing their values.
I’m already looking forward to the next election!
Oct 17th, 2015.
Today I am proud to announce a project I will be working on in the final days of the election and beyond. In conjunction with Cruelty Free Victoria I will be working to ban the horse-drawn carriages from Victoria, B.C.
For more information on our efforts and to get involved you can visit the website here:www.banhorsecarriagesvictoria.org
Oct 16th, 2015.
Here are a couple more video spots I am grateful to share with you. One is from CHEK News and the other is from Shaw TV. Thank you to both these media outlets for inviting me to get my message out to a larger audience.
My spot starts at the 8min mark in the CHEK News piece and 6:46 in the Shaw TV piece. Enjoy!
Oct 14th, 2015.
Thank you again to the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting for inviting myself and Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada to their petition presentation. It was a very nice event and I appreciate being able to comment on the great work of the CBC as well as the need to protect it from funding cuts and Conservative Party of Canada takeover.
You can watch the short version of the event here or the longer complete version below.
Oct 13th, 2015.
Videos from the Coalition to End Homelessness debate are now up on Youtube!
Oct 10th, 2015.
Blog post released: Canada’s Disposable Citizens. Read it here.
Oct 8th, 2015.
Thank you to everyone at CFAX 1070 for inviting me to this debate. I was very grateful to participate and appreciated the work everyone did to bring this together. Thank you to my colleagues as well for their friendly discourse on a variety of topics.
I was very happy to be able to specifically address animal agriculture as a major environmental issue that the other parties and candidates are avoiding talking about. Also, I was happy to be able to bring up the plight of homeless animals which is a significant problem across the country.
There is one issue that was brought up that I wanted to address here and that is bio-diesel. I mentioned a local bio-diesel co-operative that takes waste plant oil from restaurants and turns it into B100 to fuel their diesel vehicles, which I thought was innovative and empowering for the local community to control their own fuel supply, and make use of a waste product. However, I do not support bio-diesel on a large scale, as the production of canola oil, or other oils, from GMO crops is extremely destructive to our environment and is not sustainable. There are much better alternative methods of sustainable transportation and I do not want people to think I support this industry. Thank you.
You can listen to the recording of the CFAX 1070 debate here.
You can watch it here
Oct 6th, 2015.
Thank you to the Coalition To End Homelessness for accepting my request to participate in this all-candidates debate. As someone who works in mental health and addictions, and work with people who are homeless everyday in my job, it is an extremely important political issue for me.
Thank you as well to all the participants from the community who joined us and contributed their own questions. The questions raised by those who have to live with the consequences of a lack of funding for community support services and funding were profound and stirring for myself who wants to represent them the the best I can.
Oct 3rd, 2015.
Thank you so much to the organizers of the Cook St. Activity Centre Debate on Health Care. It was a great discussion about the needs of our system and our people as well as the need to remain a public single payer system. Of course, as you can see in the video, the greatest threat to our health care system is Stephen Harper.
Sept 30th, 2015.
It was a nice meet and greet last night with a few Victoria West residents last night. While not as lively as the debates, it was great to have more of an opportunity to talk with people about issues that matter to them in the community. Plus, it was the first opportunity I’ve had to show off the new Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada banners!
Sept 26th, 2015.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a debate organized by the New Horizons Activity Centre in James Bay. I want to thank the organizers for including Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada in this debate and for all the interesting and engaging questions posed by its members.
I also had a chance to talk briefly with none other than David Suzuki, who appeared out of nowhere at the debate and who came over to talk to me as soon as the debate finished.
Surprisingly, his first words to me were “How do you feel about plants?”
I offered my appreciation for plants and their own way of being in the world, but explained that I saw their well-being wrapped up in the protection of the lives and habitat of non-human animals, and the environment as a whole.
I then asked him why, in the recent Leap Manifesto that he took part in creating with many other Canadian icons and personalities which was meant to be: “A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another” was there no attention given to the plight of non-human animals and the significant impact this has on the environment and our society?
Unfortunately, I didn’t get an answer…
I want to thank Brodie Frehlich Photography for doing a fantastic job capturing the spirit of the debate and taking some great pictures!
Sept 24th, 2015.
Thank you to all the volunteers, participants, and candidates at Front Runners last night who took time to be a part of the “The Running Party” debate! We got out for some fresh air and exercise, and then came back to the store to answer questions from some of the participants. It was a nice and relaxed atmosphere compared to the usual debate format and a big thanks to Rob Reid for creatively engaging the community. Also, thanks to Tim for the picture!
Sept 20th, 2015.
I thought I would post a list of upcoming debates, forums, and events that I will be attending over the next couple of weeks for those interested. If you can attend one of these events please stop by and say “hello!”
Sept 24th – I will be attending the Front Runners “Running Party” event from 6-7pm.
Sept 25th – I will be attending James Bay New Horizons Community Centre debate at 10am
Sept 29th – I will be attending the Vic West Community Association candidates forum from 530 – 7pm
Oct 2nd – I will be attending the South Island Health Coalition candidates debate at the Cook St. Activity Centre 7pmOct 8th – I will be attending the CFAX 1070 (radio) debate at 10am
Oct 8th – I will be attending Glenlyon Norfolk School to visit with social studies students to do some Q&A.
Sept 15th, 2015.
Please join me at the James Bay Neighbourhood Associations Candidates Forum for my first debate! I’m very grateful for the opportunity to stand next to the candidates for the other parties which I have great respect for and be able to represent the issues that matter to my supporters.
The debate was a great success for myself and Animal Alliance Environment Voters. We were able to get our message heard and give a voice to other animals that would otherwise be silenced in this election.
Sept 11th, 2015.
Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada has released its first campaign video for the 2015 Federal Election! Compassion is our greatest weapon.
Sept 9th, 2015.
I would like to thank Vic Votes for doing their best tonight to accommodate a large and politically engaged crowd and to everyone from the community I had the opportunity to talk with.
I appreciated the opportunity to be able to hand out Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada materials to those interested and hope to be able to have a bigger role in the next candidates forum organized by this community.
Sept 4th, 2015.
I will be speaking on Animal Voices radio on Vancouver Co-op radio CFRO 100.5FM this upcoming Friday at 12:15. Please tune in!
Sept 1st, 2015.
It is official, all my paperwork is filed and my name will be on the ballot. Elections Canada has listed me as an official candidate in the Victoria, B.C. district!
August 28th, 2015.
I will be on CBC radio’s On The Island with Gregor Craigie at 6:50am. Listen in if you are up at that time. A recording will also be posted later for those who miss it.
August 26th, 2015.
My interview in The Georgia Straight. You can link to the original article here.
Vegan party running federal election candidate in B.C.
A party promoting a vegan lifestyle to save animals and the planet is fielding its first candidate in B.C.
Jordan Reichert is running for MP in Victoria in the October 19 election with the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada (AA/EV).
It’s also a first for the 33-year-old mental health and addictions worker. He is a co-founder of the Vancouver Island Vegan Association. He is also involved with the Island Animal Liberation, and The Critical Cat.
Reichert related that he met party leader Liz White when she came to Victoria to help in the campaign against a deer cull in the Capital Regional District. He suggested to White that it may be a good thing to bring the AA/EV to B.C. She then asked him if he would be interested in running for the party.
“And I said absolutely. So from there, it just kind of developed,” Reichert told theStraight in a phone interview Wednesday (August 26).
According to the animal rights advocate, the AA/EV has a place in the political landscape dominated by traditional parties.
“More and more people are caring about issues related to non-human animals,” he said.
A booklet that lays out the party’s vision of the future covers everything from democratic reform to the economy, social welfare, health, education, environment, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, wildlife, and domesticated animals.
The pamphlet states that commercial agriculture, “because of its concentration on animals, is cruel on a massive scale and a major contributor to water depletion, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions”.
“Mono-cropping, intensive animal agriculture, and dependence on non-organic fertilizers and biocides must be reduced and phased out, in favor of sustainable, organic farming practices,” the material declares. “Doing so will reduce many of the factors that contribute to modern diseases and poor health, and to many environmental problems.”
The AA/EV also proposes that measures be set in place to “promote the consumption of whole food plant-based diets, encourage exercise, and reduce environmental pollutants”.
“The benefits of plant-based or vegan diets are well known,” the party explains in its booklet. “Animals benefit directly because they are not raised and slaughtered for food. The environment will benefit by reducing intensive animal agriculture and therefore its contribution to global warming.”
Many may not realize it, but according to Reichert, eating animal products hurt people.
“Meat and dairy consumption are some of the greatest causes of health problems in Canada and North American and the world today,” the candidate said in the interview.
Reichert noted that switching to a plant-based diet is an “opportunity for people to improve their health, [and] to improve the protection of the environment”.
AA/EV has fielded candidates mostly in Ontario in general and special elections since 2008.