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CSLA Launches a Federal Election Toolkit and Undertakes a Political Engagement Campaign
During the 2019 federal election campaign, CSLA members have an opportunity to raise awareness of issues related to landscape architecture. This election toolkit is designed to help CSLA members advocate for better communities by engaging with their candidates. The toolkit also contains useful links to help you find out quickly if you are registered to vote, your electoral constituency or riding, the candidates in your riding and their party's platform. There are also sample letters as well as sample questions for members to use. These basic tools can also be tailored and customized to more closely address issues in your federal constituency. The CSLA encourages its members to question candidates and to compare their positions on specific issues and educate them on important policy issues that may not be addressed otherwise.
CSLA's Political Engagement Campaign
Follow the CSLA's Facebook and Twitter accounts this summer to learn more about how you can engage candidates during the federal election.
In May 2019, the CSLA Board decided to hire Brown & Cohen Communications & Public Affairs to undertake a 60-day campaign to raise the profile of the profession of landscape architecture on Parliament Hill.
On June 10th and 11th, Glenn O'Connor, OALA, FCSLA, ASLA (CSLA President), Michelle Legault (CSLA Executive Director) Howard Brown (Brown and Cohen Communications and Public Affairs) with the support of Colleen Mercer Clarke, APALA, FCSLA (Chair of the CSLA's Committee on Climate Adaptation) and Chris Grosset, NuALA, FCSLA (Chair of the CSLA's Reconciliation Advisory Committee), met with a number of MPs and senior staff on Parliament Hill with the objectives of:
- building on the profession's work over the last 85 years
- sharing the benefits of landscape architecture
- informing the current class of MPs about CSLA's work and offer assistance and advisement in decision-making processes on an on-going basis
- educating MPs on the CSLA's positions on climate, infrastructure and reconciliation.
The CSLA delegation met formally with:
- James Maloney, MP (LIB-Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Co-Chair of the Toronto Liberal Caucus and Chair of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources (also Glenn O'Connor's MP)
- Marco Mendicino, MP (LIB-Eglinton-Lawrence), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities (Howard Brown's MP)
- Karen McCrimmon, MP (LIB-Kanata-Carleton), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (also Michelle Legault's MP)
- Joseph Wabegijig, Policy Advisor to Hon. Seamus O'Regan, MP (LIB-St. John's South-Mount Pearl), Minister of Indigenous Services
- Jessica Morrison, Senior Policy Advisor (right) to Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP (LIB-Toronto-St. Paul's), Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
The CSLA delegation also met informally with:
- Senator Peter Harder, Representative of the Government in the Senate
- Senator Grant Mitchell, former Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party (Alberta)
- Hon. Karina Gould, MP (LIB- Burlington), Minister of Democratic Institutions
- Eleanor McMahon, former Ontario MPP
- Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, MP (GRN - Saanich-Gulf Islands)
- Francesco Sorbara, MP (LIB-Vaughan-Woodbridge)
- Kim Rudd, MP (LIB-Northumberland-Peterborough South)
- Kate Young, MP (LIB-London West), Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers of Science and Sport and of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
- Hon. Judy Sgro, MP (LIB-Humber River-Black Creek)
- Greg Fergus, MP (LIB - Hull-Aylmer), Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government
- Alexandra Mendès, MP (LIB -Brossard-Saint-Lambert)
- Don Rusnak, MP (LIB-Thunder Bay-Rainy River),
- Kyle Peterson, MP (LIB-Newmarket-Aurora)
- Seamus O'Regan, the Minister of Indigenous Services
Howard Brown and Glenn O'Connor attended the 90th birthday party of the Rt. Hon. John Turner at the Sir John A. MacDonald Building on Parliament Hill. CSLA President Glenn O'Connor then participated in a Laurier Club Reception at the Canadian War Museum hosted by the Prime Minister following the John Turner dinner. At the event, Howard Brown (second from right) had a chance to introduce Mr. O'Connor to Mary Ng, MP (LIB-Markham-Thornhill), Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion , as well as CBC pundit Amanda Alvaro, Liberal Party of Canada Past President Anna Gainey and Communications and Operations Manager for Canada 2020 Mira Ahmad.
Pictures from L to R: a) Chris Grosset, Joseph Wabegijig, Glenn O'Connor, Michelle Legault, b) Don Rusnak, MP (LIB-Thunder Bay-Rainy River), Colleen Mercer Clarke, Kyle Peterson, MP (LIB-Newmarket-Aurora), Glenn O'Connor
Messages which Promote the Profession in Government
The information included below may be used to help introduce the profession of landscape architecture to candidates that you may meet at community events such as summer BBQs, on your doorstep, or anywhere that you might be able to have a one-on-one conversation. Some of these messages could also be useful in letters to the editor, letters directed to the candidate(s), or in commentaries and opeds prepared for local media in your riding.
- Landscape architects are expert advisors and can help government policy and decision-makers make fully informed decisions in relevant areas, including environment and climate change, natural resources, infrastructure and communities and Canadian heritage.
- Landscape architects are subject matter experts in many areas of interest to government policy and decision-makers, including: climate change adaptation and mitigation, cultural heritage, design planning with the environment in mind, land use planning, resource management and sustainable development, urban and rural design and renewal.
- With specific regard to the subject of climate change adaptation, landscape architects are uniquely positioned to help prepare Canadian society and ecosystems for short and long-term environmental change associated with changing weather and changing climates.
- Landscape architects wish to participate in relevant policy discussions to help government make fully informed decisions in relevant areas.
- Landscape architecture contributes more than $1B to the GDP annually and has typically grown by 10% per year. Economic activity in the Landscape Architecture industry has a multiplier effect of more than two to one. Every dollar put into Landscape Architecture generates $2.10 of economic activity across the economy.
- Every $1 Million dollars in Landscape Architecture project expenditures creates 12.83 jobs nationally.
- As of 2015, there were 851 Landscape Architecture firms in Canada, all of which were categorized as small businesses with employment sizes of fewer than 100 employees.
- In general, Landscape Architecture provides a greater multiplier impact on GDP and employment than their peer group professions and the overall construction sector.
Government Relations Toolkit and Documents
NEW! CSLA's Livable Communities Brief
Download the CSLA's Livable Communities document, which illustrates how landscape architecture makes our communities more livable.
How to Use this Document
CSLA Members can use the Livable Communities brief to:
- present the profession when meeting with related professions
- advocate for the profession at municipal, provincial and federal levels of government
- inform clients on the benefits of the profession
About the Government Relations Task Force
One of the objectives of the CSLA’s Strategic Plan is to raise the profile of landscape architecture in Canada and abroad. In order to achieve this, the CSLA is working to entrench its role as an advocate and as the national voice for the profession.
While achieving this objective is closely tied to communications activities, as well as to the work of the CSLA's committees, the CSLA has identified the federal government as one of the stakeholder groups with whom it wishes to further engage to achieve this objective. Federal government stakeholders include members of the civil service, as well as Members of Parliament including relevant Ministers and their staffs. As such, in 2016, the CSLA formed the Government Relations Task Force.