The 2019 Alberta provincial election on April 16 is an opportunity for dietitians across the province to let government know about important food and nutrition issues.
Dietitians of Canada want to make sure that candidates know about dietitians and the issues that are important to the profession.
Top Election Issues for Alberta Dietitians
- Improved access to dietitians in primary care networks and continuing care
- Mandate dietitians’ services in all primary care networks
- Strengthen standards to require nutrition assessment of all newly admitted continuing care residents by a dietitian
- Dedicated funding for food in continuing care facilities
- Healthy food environments for children and youth
- Continued funding and expansion of the School Nutrition Program to all schools in the province.
- Mandated adoption of the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth in schools, daycares, and recreation centres.
- Taking action on food insecurity
- Improve the benefit and social assistance system to reflect the real cost of living.
- Develop a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy for Alberta.
- Explore a guaranteed annual income for Alberta
Responses from Alberta Political Parties:
DC has asked all political parties for their stance on our priority issues. The responses from each party, and any relevant excerpts from their official platforms, will be posted here when received. Please consider these when you vote.
Help us by using social media to continue to spread the word to politicians and the voters!
Be sure to follow @DietitiansCan
to like or retweet about our priority election issues.
Here are some tips for tweeting on your own:
- add candidates’ twitter handle to alert them to your post
- include the hashtag #abpoli and #abvote so more people will see your tweets
- tag the political parties in your tweets
Consider using these sample tweets:
1. Dietitians in primary health care improve health outcomes and can also have significant economic benefits, saving the health care system $$ [Candidate's Twitter Handle], will you support increased access to dietitians in AB PCNs? #abpoli #abvote @DietitiansCan
2. We support @APCCP’s call for income-based solutions for food insecurity. [Candidate's Twitter Handle] will you? #abpoli #abvote @DietitiansCan
3. Foods and beverages in AB schools and recreation centres are not meeting healthy eating benchmarks. [Candidate’s Twitter Handle] will you commit to improving food environments for our children and youth? #abpoli #abvote @DietitiansCan
4. Dedicated food funding is a best practice in long term care [Candidate's Twitter Handle] will you support policies to improve nutrition for our frail elderly? #abpoli #abvote @DietitiansCan
Party and Leader twitter handles:
Not on Twitter? You can also use the messaging above on Facebook, Linked In and other social media platforms.
Want to know how you can get involved? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Read the resources prepared for members (below) including: issue backgrounders, a sample letter to the political parties, and responses from the political parties (added when available).
2. Attend all-candidate meetings in your communities and ask candidates how they will address these priority issues
3. Distribute issue backgrounders to candidates and other interested people
4. Organize a community event and invite candidates
5. Ask questions and raise the issues with candidates campaigning in your neighbourhood
How can I find out what riding I’m in and who are the candidates running in my riding?
You can see a map of the ridings on the Elections AB website, and a list of all candidates. There is also a search function to find your riding by address. You can see your candidates by visiting the parties’ websites: Alberta NDP, Alberta Liberal Party, United Conservative Party.
How can I raise our issues with candidates?
- Check your local area for all-candidate meetings being organized. These meetings are often held at public venues such as community centres, libraries, or schools. Candidates from parties have an opportunity to promote their party’s platform and answer audience questions.
- Use the information in the backgrounders to outline the access issue most relevant in your area. Give each candidate a copy of an issue backgrounder.
- Frame specific questions. Ask, “if elected, what will your party do to improve access to dietitian services” or “…to reduce food insecurity.”
- When candidates or their campaigners come to your door, ask about their approaches to increasing access, and hand them an issues document as well.