The next federal election is around the corner. CPA has created a microsite, https://cpa.ca/psychologyvotes/, with election-related information, tools and links which include:
- Links to information about the registered parties, their election platforms, how to find your riding, and how to check if you are registered to vote.
- Tips and explanations about the role of campaign volunteers and about how interested members and affiliates can get involved in the political process.
- How you can connect with your local riding Member of Parliament (MP) and candidates, with an option to send them a letter to express your concerns about the need for government to address and discuss issues relevant to psychological health and science.
- Information about the advocacy positions CPA has taken in its recent 2020 pre-election federal budget consultation, and about what you might consider discussing with the candidates in your riding.
- A link to a popular website among those with a passion for politics that tracks regional trends, poll numbers, seat projections, and available riding by riding analyses.
The CPA is using the microsite to launch a new Very Involved Psychologist (VIP) and Very Involved Psychology Researcher (VIPR) post-election advocacy initiative. The VIP/VIPR program will be a longer-term strategic initiative with the aim to enlist interested and engaged CPA members with a passion for policy and politics, to act as advocates on health and science issues with their local MPs.
Note, CPA as an organization is non-partisan and does not endorse any particular political parties or candidates. Through our initiatives, the CPA’s goal is to assist its members and affiliates who have an interest in being informed and engaged in the political process.