Subject: Voting for Cancer Prevention

Voting for Cancer Prevention

Democracy is a muscle, and Monday September 20th is our chance to exercise it! You should have received your voting card, but if not, check Elections Canada to find out where to vote, and what ID you’ll need.

As you consider how to cast your ballot, and if you want to follow up with candidates and eventually your new MP, we’re sharing parties’ positions on issues important to cancer prevention.

Environmental Issues Parties were surveyed by a coalition of Canadian groups, with notable differences on climate-related issues, reform of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, passage of an Environmental Bill of Rights, Indigenous environmental issues, preservation and increase of natural heritage, nuclear power and waste.


The Climate Emergency is a major, urgent, but complex issue to judge. Canada’s acclaimed climate scientist, Professor Mark Jaccard, has worked for decades modelling the global climate and the effects of policy options with the International Panel on Climate Change. He rated the climate positions of the four major national parties and espouses the urgency of science-based honesty.


Radiation from Wireless Devices is biologically active and increasing rapidly. Following the 2015 revision of Health Canada’s exposure guidance, “Safety Code 6,” the Parliamentary Health Committee (HESA) held hearings, and wrote a report. This was re-tabled when the Liberals gained power, but Health Canada has not implemented the recommendations. Canadians for Safe Technology is leading an action, asking candidates if they support these actions on radiofrequency radiation. Check out the Candidates Who Care for you all you need to follow up – now and after the election.

Vote Science was spearheaded by a coalition devoted to having policies and decisions underpinned by strong evidence.

Pesticides are registered for use, or not, by Health Canada. Increasing pesticides in food emerged as an important issue in the lead-up to the election, but we did not identify a survey or summary on this topic. The following is excerpted from Party platforms.



  • The Green Party platform includes legislating the Right to a Healthy Environment, support for farmers to transition to organic, regenerative agriculture (for soil, productivity and carbon storage), reviving and expanding the National Pesticide Monitoring and Surveillance Networks for contamination and adverse effects, banning glyphosate for cosmetic uses and pre-harvest desiccation, and banning neonicotinoid insecticides.


  • The Bloc platform (in French) proposes an investigation of industry connections to proposals to increase pesticides in food, $300 million to find alternatives to pesticides, and labeling of genetically modified organisms. In light of the sale of genetically altered salmon, the Bloc seeks a traceability plan to protect consumers as well as to counter illegal fishing.


If you want more, CBC compares platforms on numerous other issues.


September 20th is an important day for Canadians’ health and environment! After the election, we’ll be following up with our new government to advance use of strong, independent science, and better laws and policies, to Stop Cancer Before it Starts.

Prevent Cancer Now works to prevent cancer before it starts, with research, education, and advocacy to eliminate preventable contributors to cancer.

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