Liz White (animal rights)

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Elizabeth White
Liz White - Toronto Centre.jpg
White at a debate during the 2008 Toronto Centre by-election
Leader of the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party
Assumed office
August 2, 2005
Preceded by First Leader
Personal details
Born c. 1950
Political party Animal Alliance

Elizabeth White (born c. 1950) is a Canadian politician and animal rights advocate.[1]

Career[edit]

White is a founder and board member of the Animal Alliance of Canada, a non-profit organization set up in 1990, where she focuses on legislative issues, municipal animal control by-laws, hunting and human-wildlife conflict, and fundraising.[2]

White also leads the Animal Alliance – Environment Voters Party (AA–EVP), a federal political party registered by the Animal Alliance in 2005 with the aim of winning air time to discuss issues other parties might not raise, and to allow donors to receive tax credit. She stood unsuccessfully for election in Toronto in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015.[3]

White is an opponent of the annual Canadian seal hunt, and as a result supports a boycott of Canada's seafood industry. She has also campaigned against the sale of dogs from the Winnipeg city pound to animal researchers. She was one of three women (along with Lesli Bisgould of the University of Toronto and Shelagh MacDonald of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies) who drafted Bill C-17B/C-10B, an anti-cruelty bill that among other things called for animals to be regarded as "living property." The Bill passed the House of Commons twice, but was defeated in the Senate in 2008.[4]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Etobicoke-Lakeshore
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal James Maloney 34,638 53.70 +18.60 $154,037.25
Conservative Bernard Trottier 20,932 32.45 -7.78 $114,083.23
New Democratic Phil Trotter 7,030 10.90 -9.40 $27,861.80
Green Angela Salewsky 1,507 2.34 -1.68 $2,045.10
Animal Alliance Liz White 233 0.36 $4,975.83
Marxist–Leninist Janice Murray 168 0.26 -0.10
Total valid votes/Expense limit 64,508 100.00   $233,887.62
Total rejected ballots 307 0.47
Turnout 64,815 70.37
Eligible voters 92,100
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +13.19
Source: Elections Canada[5][6]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Thornhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Peter Kent 36,629 61.38 +12.37 $85,817.95
Liberal Karen Mock 14,125 23.67 -15.76 $89,258.36
New Democratic Simon Strelchik 7,141 11.97 +5.35 $5,397.91
Green Norbert Koehl 1,562 2.62 -2.32 $11,470.40
Animal Alliance Liz White 215 0.36 $7,002.05
Total valid votes/Expense limit 59,672 100.00 $99,784.20
Total rejected ballots 275 0.46
Turnout 59,947 60.98
Eligible voters 98,312
Canadian federal election, 2008: Toronto Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Bob Rae 27,462 53.53 -5.94 $ 48,353.21
Conservative David Gentili 9,402 18.33 +6.01 39,290.89
New Democratic El-Farouk Khaki 7,743 15.09 +1.21 21,305.27
Green Ellen Michelson 6,081 11.85 -1.56 23,041.16
Communist Johan Boyden 193 0.38 432.31
Animal Alliance Liz White 187 0.36 -0.16 685.91
Independent Gerald Derome 146 0.28 2,063.60
Marxist–Leninist Philip Fernandez 92 0.18 –    
Total valid votes/Expense limit/Total Expenditures 51,306 100.00 $ 92,067.97 $ 135,172.35
Total rejected ballots 257 0.50
Turnout 51,563 57.39
By-election on March 17, 2008: Toronto Centre

On Bill Graham's resignation, July 2, 2007

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Bob Rae 14,187 59.47 +7.24
New Democratic El-Farouk Khaki 3,312 13.88 -9.86
Green Chris Tindal 3,199 13.41 +8.20
Conservative Donald Meredith 2,939 12.32 -5.89
Animal Alliance Liz White 123 0.52 +0.40
Canadian Action Doug Plumb 97 0.41
Total valid votes 23,857 100.00
Total rejected ballots 96 0.40
Turnout 23,953 27.86
  Liberal hold Swing +8.5
Canadian federal election, 2006: Toronto Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Bill Graham 30,874 52.23 -4.30
New Democratic Michael Shapcott 14,036 23.74 -0.01
Conservative Lewis Reford 10,763 18.21 +3.42
Green Chris Tindal 3,080 5.21 +1.30
Communist Johan Boyden 120 0.2 -0.05
Independent Michel Prairie 101 0.2
Animal Alliance Liz White 72 0.12
Marxist–Leninist Philip Fernandez 66 0.11 -0.01
Total valid votes 59,112 100.00
  Liberal hold Swing -2.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strobel, Mike. "One Party Stands up for the Animals," Toronto Sun, 7 January 2006.
  2. ^ Dupras, George. Values in Conflict: Reflections of an Animal Advocate. iUniverse, 2011, pp. 180–181.
  3. ^ Boatright, Robert G. Interest Groups and Campaign Finance Reform in the United States and Canada. University of Michigan Press, 2011, p. 167.
  4. ^ Dupras, George. Values in Conflict: Reflections of an Animal Advocate. iUniverse, 2011, pp. 28–30.
    • Also see Bill C-10B, Parliament of Canada, accessed 22 May 2012.
  5. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Etobicoke—Lakeshore, 30 September 2015
  6. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived August 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.