New Brunswick Provincial Election 2018

The 2018 New Brunswick (NB) Provincial Election to be held on September 24 is an opportunity to get our voices heard!
Dietitians of Canada (DC) and the DC local action group, NB Dietitians in Action want to make sure that candidates know about dietitians and the issues that are important to the profession.
Top Election Issues for NB Dietitians
DC members in NB have identified these top issues:
  1. Improved access to dietitians in primary care settings
  2. Evidence based food and nutrition advice through a NB Dial a Dietitian program
  3. Healthy food environments in schools and regulated childcare settings. 
  4. Income-based solutions to food insecurity
Responses from NB Political Parties:
DC sent a questionnaire to the New Brunswick Green Party, Progressive Conservative Party, Liberal Party and New Democratic Party. Please see the responses from NB Political Parties in the resources section below and consider these when you vote.
Help us by using social media to continue to spread the word to politicians and the voters!
Starting August 27th be sure to follow @DietitiansCan and @JackieSpiersRD to like or retweet about the NB top election issues.
Here are some tips for tweeting on your own:
  • add candidates’ twitter handle to alert them to your post
  • include the hashtag #nbpoli which is used to talk about NB politics,  so more people will see your tweets
  • tag the political parties in your tweets. 
Consider using these sample tweets:
  1. Dietitians working in primary health care have a positive effect on outcomes and can also have significant economic benefits, saving the health care system $$ [Candidate's Twitter Handle], will you support increased access to dietitians in NB primary care? #nbpoli @DietitiansCan
  2. Dial-a-Dietitian programs increase access to evidence-based food & nutrition advice.  [Candidate’s twitter handle], will you support investment in a NB Dial-a-Dietitian program? #nbpoli @DietitiansCan
  3. 1 in 5 children in NB live in households that do not have enough money to buy safe and nutritious food.  [Candidate's Twitter Handle], we need income-based solutions for food insecurity. #nbpoli @DietitiansCan
  4. Overweight and obesity affects 1 in 3 NB children and youth. [Candidate’s Twitter Handle], how will your party support healthy food environments in NB schools and regulated childcare?
Élections provinciales de 2018 au Nouveau-Brunswick – Gazouillis au sujet de nos dossiers prioritaires
  1. Au Nouveau-Brunswick, le surpoids et l’obésité touchent un jeune sur trois. [Pseudonyme Twitter du candidat], que fera votre prti pour appuyer les milieux favorables à la saine alimentation dans les écoles et les garderies réglementées du Nouveau-Brunswick?
  2. Au Nouveau-Brunswick, un enfant sur cinq habite dans un foyer où l’on n’a pas les moyens d’acheter des aliments salubres et nutritifs. [Pseudonyme Twitter du candidat], il nous faut des solutions axées sur le revenu pour lutter contre l’insécurité alimentaire.#nbpoli @DietitiansCan
  3. Les diététistes en soins primaires améliorent les résultats et peuvent procurer des avantages économiques importants, ce qui permet d’économiser des $$. [Pseudonyme Twitter du candidat], appuierez-vous un meilleur accès aux diététistes en soins primaires au N.-B.? #nbpoli @DietitiansCan
  4. Les centres d’appel en nutrition favorisent l’accès aux conseils en alimentation et en nutrition fondés sur des données probantes. [Pseudonyme Twitter du candidat], appuierez-vous un investissement dans un centre d’appel en nutrition au Nouveau-Brunswick? #nbpoli @DietitiansCan

Candidate and party twitter handles:
@BrianGallantNB     @NBLA_ALNB
@BlaineHiggs          @pcnbca 
@DavidCCoon        @GreenPartyNB 

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 raise our 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 NB website. There is also a search function to find your riding by address. You can see your candidates by visiting the Liberal PartyPC PartyNDP and Green Party websites.
How can I raise our issues with candidates?
Here are some tips on ways to raise the issues and promote the voice of dietitians during the election:
  • 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.