With the 2021 Canadian federal election quickly approaching, we need to build awareness of the current challenges and opportunities facing the Ontario/Canadian beef industry.
BFO has put together a toolkit to assist Ontario’s beef producers with engaging and participating in discussions with local Member of Parliament (MP) candidates on industry priorities prior to the election.
Every conversation between a producer and their local MP candidate increases the level of awareness surrounding the beef and broader agri-food industries and our associated opportunities and challenges.
Producers are encouraged to take the time to reach out to local MP candidates through attendance at all-candidate meetings and/or one-on-one meetings. Additionally, producers can engage MP candidates through social media, emails, written letters or phone calls. Reaching out and building a connection with local MP candidates will provide us a better understanding of each political party’s plans and commitments for agriculture in the future.
Included in this toolkit is a list of questions and conversation-starters to spark discussion with local MP candidates, as well as a list of tips for communicating and meeting with candidates.
We have also created a two-sided document that summarizes the Ontario beef sector federal election issues and priorities, as well as some positive information about beef farming as it relates to the environment. This document can be sent to MP candidates, or left with them after a meeting. If you would like a version of this document that includes your own contact information, please contact Thomas Brandstetter at the BFO office.
BFO staff have been working to pull together a contact list for MP candidates in Ontario’s rural ridings; this listing is now available below and will updated as more candidate information becomes available in the coming days.
2021 BFO FEDERAL ELECTION TOOLKIT FOR PRODUCERS
ELECTION ISSUES AND PRIORITIES LEAVE-BEHIND DOCUMENT
MP CANDIDATES IN RURAL RIDINGS