New Brunswick Provincial Election 2018

The 2018 New Brunswick Provincial Election to be held on September 24 is an opportunity to get our voices heard!
We want to make sure that candidates know about dietitians and the issues that are important to the profession. Dietitians of Canada members have identified these top priorities:
  1. Improved access to dietitians in primary care settings including access through teledietetics.
  2. Improved food environment in schools by providing dietitian support for implementation and evaluation of Policy 711, and extending the policy to regulated childcare settings. 
  3. Income-based solutions to food insecurity in NB and regular monitoring of food insecurity rates. 
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
  6. Use social media – sample tweets have been prepared for your use!
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.
Join the conversation online!
We encourage you to use these tweets and add candidates’ twitter handles leading up to the election. You’ll notice we’ve included the hashtag #nbpoli which is used to talk about NB politics. By using this well followed hashtag, more people will see your tweets and adding the candidate will alert them to your post. You can also tag the political parties in your tweets. Be sure to follow @DietitiansCan and @JackieSpiersRD for more content you can retweet.
Candidate and party twitter handles:
@BrianGallantNB    @NBLA_ALNB
@BlaineHiggs          @pcnbca 
@DavidCCoon        @GreenPartyNB 
  1. Join the conversation! Let NB Election candidates know about the issues important to dietitians. Find tweets to use leading up to the election as well as candidate's twitter handles here: #nbpoli @DietitiansCan
  2. Ontarians require improved access to dietitian services to contain health system costs. [Candidate's Twitter Handle], will your party commit to improving access to dietitian services in long term care, home care and primary care?  #nbpoli @DietitiansCan
  3.  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
  4. Dial-a-Dietitian programs increase access to evidence-based food & nutrition advice.  [Candidate’s twitter handle], will you support investment in teledietetics? #nbpoli @DietitiansCan
  5. 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