Animal Protection Party of Canada is a federal political party that is growing!
As the most progressive party in Canada, we represent a wide range of issues that need definitive action because the Earth, animals, and people can no longer wait.
We are actively seeking new candidates from across the country to join us in our mission of bringing compassionate politics to the political sphere in their local communities. If you are interested in getting political, please reach out to us.
LIZ WHITE, Party Leader,
Liz is the leader and co-founder of the Animal Protection Party of Canada (formerly Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada).
Liz began her career as a registered nurse and has spent her working life advocating for a fair and just world. She has spent over 40 years as a community activist, working on progressive issues including advocating for the disadvantaged, animal protection, and aboriginal land settlements. Liz has worked on animal and environmental protection since joining the Toronto Humane Society in 1987.
Liz was a founding director of Animal Alliance of Canada when it was formed in 1990. She has participated on a number of government advisory councils at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels.
Shelby Bertrand - Ottawa Centre
Shelby Bertrand has recently resigned after six years in the civil service to pursue a career in academia and animal rights. She is now completing graduate studies at the University of Ottawa, where she is a member of the University of Ottawa Animal Rights Association.
She works to raise awareness about other issues alongside animal rights, such as chronic illness and women’s rights.
Natalie Spizzirri - Mississauga-Streetsville
Natalie graduated as a Registered Nurse from George Brown College in 1998. She has studied Holistic Nursing, Nutrition and Wellness and recently became certified as a yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Natalie has worked at Trillium Health Partners in the operating room for 10 years and specializes in Cardiac Surgery.
Natalie is a strong advocate for the safety and protection of all in her care and a staunch animal lover who rescued her two dogs from Etobicoke Humane Society, where she volunteered.
As well as attending protests and vigils, Natalie supports local and international animal protection groups. Her goal is to continue to educate and promote awareness around the humane and ethical treatment of all animals, while affecting change within the Canadian judicial system.
Natalie is a member of the Toronto Vegetarian Association.
Simon Luisi -Scarborough Southwest
Simon studied engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. He runs a small bike courier company and is a tireless activist, helping numerous organizations protect wild spaces and animals.
For many years, Simon has been a member of the Toronto Vegetarian Association. He has worked with the Peaceful Parks Coalition to protect provincial and national parks, helping with petitions to stop cormorant culls and other campaigns. He also continues to participate in demonstrations against the fur fashion industry.
Ellen Papenburg - Kitchener Centre
All her life a vegetarian, Ellen turned vegan (whole food plant-based) three years ago.
She was an activist and newsletter editor with the Young Vegetarians and board member of the Nederlandse Vegetariers Bond in the 70s in the Netherlands. She joined Action Volunteers for Animals and the Toronto Vegetarian Association after she immigrated to Canada 35 years ago. She enjoyed participating as a federal and provincial candidate in Perth-Wellington in the 2011 election for the NDP, coming in second in the federal election, ahead of the Liberals.
Animal rights and welfare and climate change are top priorities. She saw the success of the Party for the Animals in The Netherlands in 2017 when she partook in the Annual Conference in Amersfoort and visited with the party's Senators and MPs. Many things have positively changed for the animals there, as the little party shamed the other bigger parties into taking action for the animals and thus changed a lot of laws in the Netherlands, benefitting humans as well. We can do this in Canada!
Rob Lewin - Toronto Centre
Rob Lewin graduated with a degree in Biomedical Toxicology from the University of Guelph and has since spent his time working as a cook at vegan restaurants in downtown Toronto.
Vegan for five years, Rob is a tireless activist for animal justice. In 2018, he collaborated on Animal Alliance's No Pets in Research campaign, which works to ban the practice of research institutions acquiring lost pets from animal control centres and using them as laboratory subjects.
Elizabeth Abbott - Toronto-Danforth
Elizabeth Abbott is a writer and historian with a special interest in the interlinked issues of the treatment and lives of animals, the environment and climate change, social justice and equality.
Elizabeth draws strength from knowing that as an APP candidate, she advocates for billions more beings than other parties’ candidates. These beings include the residents of Toronto-Danforth but also Canada’s billions of animals: our wildlife; the dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and other creatures we live with as companions; the unlucky members of those same species imprisoned in facilities that torment them in the name of science; and the billions of cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, lambs, goats and fish condemned to factory farms where they endure brief, wretched lives that end in terror in slaughterhouses. The environment is a huge part of Elizabeth’s advocacy because other political parties remain blind to acknowledging, much less addressing the biggest contributor to the climate crisis: the factory farming industry that is now gobbling up Canadian family farms.
Elizabeth has a McGill University PhD and is a Senior Research Associate at Trinity College, University of Toronto where from 1991 to 2004 she was Dean of Women. She's an author whose books include the best-selling A History of Celibacy, A History of Mistresses and A History of Marriage, Haiti: A Shattered Nation, Sugar: A Bittersweet History and Dogs and Underdogs: Finding Happiness at Both Ends of the Leash, and she was editor-in-chief of Chronicle of Canada.
Elizabeth is also a grandmother, a cancer survivor, and lives with a rescued dog. She is a member of Toronto Pig Save, Animal Justice of Canada, PETA and Direct Action Everywhere. She coordinated a pet therapy program at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and in 1999 co-founded the Riverdale Historical Society, where she is a board member.
Facebook Page: Elizabeth Abbott For Toronto-Danforth
Chanel Lalonde - Sudbury
Growing up in Northern Ontario, Chanel's deep affection towards animals and nature came at a very young age. She understood that they needed to be respected as well as protected.
Over the years Chanel has grown to become a driven animal rights activist, vegan, as well as a optimistic environmentalist. For three years she studied environmental studies in University, opening her eyes to the urgency of preserving our planet.
Chanel has a diploma in Child & Youth Work, as well as a certificate as an Outdoor Adventure Guide through the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training (COLT) Program in British Columbia. She currently works as an indoor and outdoor educator.
Chanel's main motive has been to connect children to our natural environment through outdoor adventure and environmental education, in hopes that they will develop a deep love and connection to all living things and, as a result, be driven to protect it.
Last year Chanel organized the "Last Straw" movement in Sudbury, urging restaurant owners to ditch plastic straws and other single use plastics within their business. She also participated at various festivals educating the public on the importance of reducing our carbon footprint and how to live a zero waste lifestyle.
Through her candidacy Chanel hopes to bring urgency on the importance of animal rights, for the earth, for animals, for us, as we are all connected. It is her firm belief that all living organisms deserve the right to keep on existing and that humans are not superior to nature -- we are nature.
Victoria de Martigny - Lac-Saint-Louis
Victoria has enjoyed a dynamic management career, particularly as Director of Operations at Insight Canada. Her work brought her to Winnipeg (Manitoba), Tempe (Arizona), Darmstadt (Germany) and Sheffield (England) where she lived for a short time during the mad cow disease outbreak. Witnessing the thousands of animals being burned in open fields was the first glimpse she had into the suffering that humans inflict on animals. Upon her return to Canada, she started volunteering as a docent at the Montreal Ecomuseum, teaching children about the animals we share our environment with, and eventually took on the role of Director of Communications & Special Projects, where she helped advance their educational mission.
Her passion for photography and her desire to make more meaningful connections with people eventually led her to establish Creative Perspectives Photography in 2009 and Boudoir by Victoria in 2014, where her focus has been on empowering women.
Victoria has always supported the underdog. She has
- made more than 65 loans to borrowers (mostly women) in 21 countries through kiva.org
- Volunteered as a driver with Freedom Drivers rescuing animals from high-kill shelters in Quebec.
- Provided a foster home at her photo studio for feral cats through (now defunct) Paws Angels Montreal Rescue.
- Supported both local and international organizations dedicated to helping animals.
She is currently an active member of the Montreal and Pointe-Claire chapters of Anonymous for the Voiceless engaged in street activism that focuses on educating the public on the standard practices that occur in animal exploitation industries so that they can make more informed choices.
After almost a decade of building and managing a successful business, and nearly 3 years after embracing a vegan lifestyle, Victoria realized that she needed to do more. She has become a candidate so she can put her experience and skill set to use by raising awareness for the plight of non-human animals in our country and helping to drive the policy changes that will eliminate their suffering and prevent climate crisis.
Brad MacDonald - Moncton - Riverview - Dieppe
Brad MacDonald was born and raised in Moncton, New Brunswick. Brad studied psychology and French at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia before redirecting his interests to the Arts. In 2009, he graduated from the Centre for Arts and Technology as a Digital Film Technologist. Pursuing a career as a video technician, Brad returned home to Moncton.
During his five-year position at a local post-production facility, he advocated to save the film industry against government cuts on multiple occasions. Brad lobbied all three levels of governmental representatives as well as participated in a rally at the Legislative Assembly in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Brad believes to promote change one must be compassionate. Only months after supporting the film industry, he challenged the provincial government’s decision to relocate Moncton High School, one of the few remaining heritage buildings in Moncton.
In 2014, Brad became aware of a positive family history of heart disease. Familiarizing himself with lifestyle changes to reduce his risk, Brad went vegetarian. To further his knowledge in maintaining a healthy lifestyle he successfully completed the Professional Plant-Based Certification Course at Rouxbe Online Culinary School.
By 2017, Brad had removed all animal products from his diet and actively seeks to avoid all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty. Throughout his lifestyle changes, Brad quickly discovered the injustices associated with the animal agriculture industry, leading him to advocate for animal protection and environmental conservation.
Applying his technological expertise, Brad is a zealous internet activist. He passionately supports animal rights and speaks openly about the state of the environment. Brad reaches thousands of people through social media, highlighting the importance of positive lifestyle change.
He currently resides in Moncton with his wife, Ashley, adopted cat Ollie, and rescue kitten from Cuba, Oscar.
Lesley Thomas - Fredericton
Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Lesley moved to Fredericton to attend the University of New Brunswick. She graduated in 1991 with majors in sociology and political science and has called Fredericton home ever since.
Lesley is passionate about justice and equality for both humans and non-human animals. She is a dedicated volunteer and board member of Wallflower Farm Sanctuary, serving as Chief Fundraiser, and also volunteers her time working on the farm, and helps coordinate events. She’s also been actively involved with animal rescue and has helped save many lives.
Lesley is the chapter coordinator in Fredericton for the activist organization Anonymous for the Voiceless. They hold monthly outreach demonstrations in public areas to bring awareness to animal exploitation.
Lesley is excited to join the APPC party as it’s another step towards helping animals. Believing strongly in helping those that have no voice. Presently Lesley lives in Upper Kingsclear with her husband Tim and her two dogs Marty and Taz.
Bill Wilson - Halifax
Bill is co-director of Vegan Education Group Association (Halifax) and Vegan Education Group NB, which have both recently brought pro-vegan outdoor ad campaigns to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In 2017, he created VEG Antigonish as a means to share information about veganism locally and to host events such as community potlucks and film screenings.
Vegan for ten years, Bill spends much of his free time spreading awareness of the injustices our society inflicts unnecessarily on animals for food, clothing, entertainment, and science; while promoting veganism and building community. Bill participates in many forms of vegan animal rights activism.
As a volunteer, Bill has been an assistant coach for junior high school athletics and Special Olympic teams. He has also volunteered at the SPCA as a dog walker.
Bill is employed in the community services sector as a residential counselor and is halfway through a two-year Bachelor of Education program at Saint Francis Xavier University. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University.
Eden Gould - Calgary Centre
While growing up on a cattle farm in Manitoba, Eden became friends with the cows and other animals. Eden had many wonderful experiences helping on her family farm until she realized what was happening to the animals once they grew to a certain age or size. At a young age Eden knew she didn’t want to eat someone she called a friend.
Eden grew up to be a passionate animal advocate and activist, as well as organizer and spokesperson for Calgary Animal Rights Effort (CARE). She's an administrator and moderator for Positive Vegan Vibes Facebook group.
Eden is also a speaker, trainer, plant-based whole food enthusiast, volunteer, fundraiser, board certified Holistic Health, Weight Management and Plant-based Transition Coach, and a Plant-based and Fat-burning Menu Consultant.
She is a mostly self-taught chef with over 10 years of professional experience creating delicious and nutritious plant-based whole food meal plans, snacks and drinks. She loves volunteering her time teaching monthly healthy plant-based whole foods cooking classes and caring for animals in need.
Eden is responsible for educating and training Alberta Health Care workers, consumers and retailers in the areas of plant-based whole food, health living and caring for seniors.
Although she does work with individual clients, her focus is creating and teaching worksite wellness programs and working with corporate clients.
On July 5,2019 Eden had the good fortune to learn about the first ever Animal Protection Party of Canada cross-Canada tour Jordan Reichert was hosting in Calgary!
Now her goal is to support, learn from, educate, and empower everyone she connects with on how we can work together and make a difference for people, animals and the environment on a global scale.
Jordan Reichert, Deputy Leader, Victoria
Born and raised in Victoria, B.C., Jordan is a mental health and addictions worker, animal advocate, and community organizer in his home town. In the fall of 2015, he ran in the Canadian federal election in Victoria, B.C. for the Animal Protection Party of Canada.
Jordan has worked as a marine electrician, in the service industry, for the Victoria Cool Aid Society, and has been employed at Island Health for the past 10 years as a mental health and addictions worker. He co-organizes a number of organizations and events including the Vancouver Island Vegan Association, Vegtoria Veg Fest, Animal Advocacy Camp, Pets OK B.C., the View Royal Rabbit Rescue and the Victoria Horse Alliance.
In 2014, Jordan graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria with a double major in sociology and philosophy. Jordan is now the deputy leader for the Animal Protection Party of Canada and is employed by the Animal Alliance of Canada.
Kira Cheeseborough - Kamloops - Thompson - Cariboo
Kira is a Bachelor of Social Work student at Thompson Rivers University and works as a peer navigator, coordinating a program to help formerly homeless youth obtain employment and pursue education. Developing this program from her own experiences of systemic gaps, she’s included support for young in securing financial aid, building life necessary skills for sustaining housing or employment, exploring their educational interests, and connecting with other professional supports. From this work, Kira received the 2018 Association for Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Student of the Year Award and the 2018 Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Student of the Year Award.
For the last 3 years, Kira has been advocating for proactive policy change for youth experiencing homelessness, mental health concerns, substance dependencies, and sexualized violence. Though much of her advocacy is rooted in her lived experience on these issues, Kira works to bring forward the concerns of others by helping to provide a platform sharing their solutions.
Kira has been involved in provincial initiatives to develop policy solutions to youth homelessness, facilitate research focus groups surrounding youth’s experiences of homelessness, and provided input surrounding solutions to sexualized violence. These initiatives were fully driven by the feedback and solutions proposed by those most affected. Additionally, Kira has been heavily involved in volunteering within her community, through events such as the SPCA Paws For A Cause, and has raised over $5000 through online campaigns for charities, such as Project Semicolon and To Write Love On Her Arms for suicide prevention/awareness.
Kira is passionate about changing the narrative surrounding marginalized or exploited populations, human and non-human alike. Because many injustices non-human animals face run parallel with the human experiences, Kira firmly believes we can never achieve justice in the world without the inclusion of all beings in our paradigm of compassion.
Kira has decided to run in the Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo electoral district as the current political state lacks the thorough involvement of those most affected by bad policy. As a fresh face, she hopes to promote engaging conversations in overlooked issues and show that a compassionate government can be an alternative.