IF YOU'RE READING THIS, CHANCES ARE YOU'RE A PART OF GENERATION CLIMATE.
THE FATE OF THE PLANET DEPENDS ON US WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT.
It has never been more important to do your research in order to make an informed decision when you head to the polls.
Here are a few resources to help you ahead of the coming elections this fall:
1. REGISTER TO VOTE
Not sure if you're registered? Find out.
The first step is to make sure you are registered to vote.
2. FIGURE OUT IF YOU NEED TO MAIL IN YOUR VOTE
If you don't plan on making it to your childhood home to go to the polls on election day, mail-in voting may be the way to go... But you will have to complete a "special ballot application".
Once your application is accepted, you will be mailed a special ballot voting kit. Follow the instructions and return your ballot using the pre-addressed return envelope provided. Just make sure your vote makes it to Elections Canada by September 20th at 6 p.m., ET or it won't be counted.
3. KNOW THE CLIMATE LEADERS IN YOUR AREA
Our friends on GreenPAC’s Expert Panel, Lead Now and 350 will once again be endorsing candidates who have demonstrated strong environmental leadership.
Find out who has been endorsed as a climate leader in your riding.
4. SEE HOW YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS STACK UP
Take a look at POW’s Climate Policy Report Card.
We evaluated all the parties’ electoral platforms and graded them based on their ability to take us to the next level and reach our Paris Agreement promises.
5. FIGURE OUT WHO IS LEADING IN YOUR RIDING
It’s not ONLY about who has the best grade or who makes the boldest promises. If we think about this strategically, it would be a shame for all climate activists to split their votes between 3 different parties. Take a look at 338canada.com for polling results by riding and vote for the climate leader who has an actual chance at winning in your riding. Compare that with the report card above, and make history!
6. IT'S THE BIG DAY! GO VOTE!
So you’ve done your homework but you’re not sure where the magic happens? Find out where to vote for your favourite candidate in your area. We hope you registered ahead of time!
You'll want to make sure you bring proof of your identity and address, which can be a driver's license or any other card that's been issued by a federal, provincial, or local Canadian government with your photo, name and current address on it. You may also use two pieces of these approved forms of identification. Remember that you can only vote where you are registered to vote—we hope you did your homework ahead of time! See #2!
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