Nate has been at the forefront of strengthening animal protection laws.
In 2016, he introduced the Modernizing Animal Protections Act, which was endorsed by humane societies and animal welfare organizations across the country and for which he was recognized as the Humane Legislator of the Year by Animal Justice.
Nate’s bill led to the creation of the Liberal Animal Welfare Caucus, and to government legislation to address animal fighting and abuse. He has also seconded bills to ban the captivity of whales and dolphins, shark finning, and cosmetic testing on animals.
Nate builds awareness by sponsoring animal welfare petitions, and he took the animal welfare caucus to meet Esther the Wonder Pig.
Locally, Nate hosted a screening of Blackfish and a conversation about banning cetaceans in captivity with Marineland whistleblower Phil Demers, a screening of The Woman Who Loves Giraffes with Anne Dagg and filmmaker Alison Reid, and a conversation on Canada’s new food guide with Julie Dabrusin and Dr. David Jenkins.
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