Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada

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Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada
Leader Liz White
Founded 2005
Headquarters 101–221 Broadview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4M 2G3
Ideology Animal rights activism, Environmentalism
Colours Forest Green
Seats in the House of Commons
0 / 308
Seats in the Senate
0 / 105
Website
Official website
Politics of Canada
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The Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada (AAEV) is a small registered political party in Canada that focuses on animal rights and environmentalism. It was formed by 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[edit]

The party was formed as a result of laws restricting political advocacy by “third parties” (i.e., organizations not registered by Elections Canada as political parties) during election campaigns. The party took advantage of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that allowed political parties to be registered by only running a single candidate.[1] AAEV was thus allowed it to promote its views during election periods.[2]

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 leader Liz White in Toronto Centre.[3]

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.[4] In 2008 the party ran four candidates.

Candidates[edit]

2008 candidates[edit]

In the 2008 general election, the AAEVPC fielded four candidates, all in Ontario:

  1. Marie Crawford in Toronto–Danforth
  2. Karen Levenson in Guelph
  3. Simon Luisi in Davenport
  4. Liz White in Toronto Centre

2011 candidates[edit]

In the 2011 general election, the AAEVPC fielded seven candidates, six in Ontario, one in the territories:

  1. Marie Crawford in Toronto—Danforth
  2. Bonnie Dawson in Western Arctic
  3. Karen Levenson in Guelph
  4. Simon Luisi in Davenport
  5. Yvonne Mackie in Newmarket—Aurora
  6. AnnaMaria Valastro in London North Centre
  7. Liz White in Thornhill

Election results[edit]

Election # of candidates # of votes % of popular vote % in ridings run in
2006 1 72 0.00% 0.12%
2008 by-election 1 123 0.00% 0.51%
2008 4 529 0.00% 0.28%
2011 7 1451 0.01% 0.40%

The party ran one candidate in the 2006 federal election, receiving 72 votes. While it finished second-to-last in the riding, this is the lowest number of votes and the lowest percentage of the popular vote (0.0004% of total votes cast) ever recorded by a federal party contesting an election in Canada. A factor in this result may have been the party's formal endorsement of the New Democratic Party in the election. During the March 17, 2008 by-election, the party managed to improve its vote share, despite low voter turnout.

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