#IVotePalestine in September 20 Election


As we approach the September 20th federal election, find out more about how candidates responded to the #IVotePalestine initiative.


The Canadian BDS Coalition sent a detailed election questionnaire to all candidates (for which we could find contact info) in all ridings, asking for their position on a range of issues related to justice and rights for Palestine and the Palestinian people.


On Wednesday, September 15, hundreds of you joined us to reach hundreds of thousands more in a social media storm telling Canadian politicians that we want to end Canadian complicity in Israeli war crimes(Article by Marion Kawas, of Canadian BDS Coalition member organization, the Canada Palestine Association.)


We received the following responses from federal parties and individual candidates:

Federal Party Responses

Communist Party of Canada Bloc Quebecois

Individual Candidate Responses

Green Party of Canada New Democratic Party
John Reist, New Brunswick Southwest Beisan Zubi. Kitchener Centre
Jennifer Purdy, Kanata—Carleton Yavar Hameed, Ottawa West—Nepean
Maryem Hassan Tollar, Danforth Des Bissonnette, NDP Candidate for Lakeland
Felix Kongyuy, Surrey Centre Konstantine Malakos, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell
Anthony Martin, Tobique—Mactaquac Kalden Dhatsenpa, Longueuil—Charles-LeMoyne
Darcie Lanthier, Charlottetown Avneet Johal, Surrey-Newton NDP
Anna Keenan, Malpeque Shannon O’Toole, Carlton Trail—Eagle Creek
Clément Badra,  Mont-Royal | Mount-Royal Sandra Nixon, Richmond Centre
Elizabeth May, O.C., Saanich-Gulf Islands Suresh Arangath, Kitchener South—Hespeler
Lenore Morris,Yukon  Clare Hacksel,Toronto-Danforth NDP
Imtiaz Popat, Vancouver Granville Mathieu Boisvert, Mégantic—L’Érable
Daniel Brisbin, Battle River—Crowfoot Peter Julian, New Westminster—Burnaby
Rana Zaman, Dartmouth – Cole Harbor Nicole Robicheau, University-Rosedale
Bill Sundhu, Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo
Rowan Woodmass, Laval-les-Îles
Alejandra Bravo, Davenport
Ibrahim Bruno El-Khoury, Mount Royal
Lyse-Pascale Inamuco, Ottawa—Vanier (NDP)
Shailene Panylo, Oshawa
Lisa Roberts, Halifax has provided the same response as Shailene Panylo, above. As well, Blake Desjarlais-Edmonton Griesbach, Brian Dias-Whitby,   Scott Robertson-Nipissing Timiskaming, Emily Clark- Kildonan St. Paul, Heather MacKenzie-Edmonton Center, Yvonne Kelly-Newmarket Aurora, Jim Hanson- Burnaby North Seymour, Alistair MacGregor- Cowichan Malahat Langford, Jack Trovato- Steveston Richmond East (with additional comment that also signed the Vote Palestine pledge)
Hal Berman, Willowdale (Note: Mr. Berman recently deleted a May 14, 2021 tweet, in which he had stated that using the term Nakba is “offensive” and referenced it as “hateful language”. )

Please note: we have not received a response from Leaders Jagmeet Singh and Annamie Paul, nor from the federal NDP or Green Party of Canada.


However, we can also share the following survey of Green Party candidates,  conducted by Ian Shaw: Click here to download PDF


Check out responses from individual NDP and Green candidates here.

Organizations across Canada endorsed the #IVotePalestine campaign:

  • Atlantic Canada Palestinian Society
  • BDS Vancouver – Coast Salish Territories
  • Canada Palestine Association
  • Canadian Peace Congress
  • Early Childhood Development Intercultural Partnerships Program
  • Ed Corrigan Law Office
  • Educators for Peace and Justice
  • Green Tomorrow Niagara
  • IfNotNow Toronto
  • International Solidarity Movement
  • Justice for Palestinians – Calgary
  • Just Peace Advocates
  • Just Peace for Palestine Solidarity Group – NL
  • Niagara Movement for Justice in Palestine-Israel (NMJPI)
  • North London BDS
  • Oakville Palestinian Rights Association
  • Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton
  • Palestinian Canadian Academics and Artists Network (PCAAN)
  • Palestinian Canadian Community Centre (PCCC) – Palestine House
  • Palestinian Youth Movement-Vancouver
  • Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
  • SANSAD – South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy
  • Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste
  • Socialist Project
  • World BEYOND War
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The Canadian BDS Coalition is also an endorser of the Vote Palestine pledge initiative.


Visit the Vote Palestine pledge page to see all of the cross-country candidates who have signed the pledge

The Canadian BDS Coalition is also a member of the Canada-wide Peace and Justice Network, which released an anti-war platform for the 2021 federal election. Among other proposals, it calls for defunding Canada’s ballooning military budget, ending Canada’s role as a major arms dealer, support for disarmament and reversing Canada’s antagonistic and US-led foreign policy. 


As you go to the polls, remember: #IVotePalestine!

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