22/09/2008 4:23 AM
The Canadian Federal Election will take place on October 14th, 2008. This is our opportunity to make a difference in the Canada of our future!
Two issues of great concern walking into this election are:
1.) How do we mobilize our community to get out and vote?
2.) What questions do we ask that will make the greatest impact on our constituency.
The first answer is easier than we might think... start organizing now!... ensure folks are registered for the vote, and organize car pooling if necessary to get folks to the voting booths. We need as many of our folks out casting their ballot as necessary if we want to make an impact on this election and the newly elected government.
Secondly, get to your community all party debates, bring as many people as possible, and ask some key questions:
Some of the questions we may want to ask are:
- What is your party's platform on social policy and moving social policy forward?
Social Policy Definition
- What is your party's commitment to a recovery oriented mental health system across Canada?
Recovery Model Definition
- What will your party do for persons living with disabilities in Canada?
- Will your party commit to supporting the core operational and project costs of national non-government organizations run by and for persons with disability to better support persons living with disabilities nationally?
- Is your government commited to ratifying the UN Convention on Disability that Canada signed in 2007?
UN Convention on Disability - Background Information
- What is your party's strategy on homelessness and poverty in Canada?
For further background information to help you with the design of other questions please see the following Canadian organizational websites:
Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
Canadian Coalition of Alternative Mental Health Resources
Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Independent Living Canada
Mental Illness Awareness Week
Mood Disorders Society of Canada
Schizophrenia Society of Canada
This is our opportunity to be heard... please don't pass it by... organize and become involved! We need your support!
Constance McKnight, CAE
National Executive Director
National Network for Mental Health