Eat Think Vote 2019

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On October 16th The Table hosted Eat Think Vote (ETV) as part of a national non-partisan campaign, gathering community members across Canada to chat with federal candidates ahead of the election.

The goal of ETV is to make sure that food is an election issue, and that the next government develops policy that encourages a food system where no one goes hungry, where food is healthy and respects the environment. ETV is an initiative of Food Secure Canada (FSC), and The Table’s event was done in partnership with FSC and Community Food Centres Canada.

All candidates from our riding were invited to partake in the open community discussion, Conservative candidate Scott Reid, Green Party candidate Stephen Kotze, and NDP candidate Satinka Schilling, joined us and regrets were sent from Kayley Kennedy the Liberal Party candidate for the riding.

Through thoughtful questions and answers, we were able to cover a number of topics in relation to food security, poverty, food sovereignty, climate action, Indigenous rights and reconciliation, poverty, and homelessness.

During dinner, a local representative of Elections Canada, Meaghan Winegarden, provided all the information and tools needed to vote and answered questions about going to the polls.

We were very excited to have Ayla Fenton join us as our guest policy expert. Ayla is a local farmer on a mixed operation and has worked since 2013 with the National Farmers Union Youth, Young Agrarians, and in the community to advocate for new and young farmers. She set us up well for the informal question and answer period by outlining some of the policies in food and agriculture that are currently at play in our national and local food system, as well as some challenges to the economic, social and ecological sustainability of independent Canadian farms.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for ETV, with special thanks to all of the community members who made time to be part of this discussion and to the tireless efforts of the volunteers who supported the community meal and the event.

We look forward to continuing the conversation with our newly re-elected MP Scott Reid and with representatives of the government!

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