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participate in pre-budget consultations

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The Government of Canada’s pre-budget consultations process invites Canadians to help the government make an informed decision on where the money should go. Use our step-by-step instructions to ensure that international development is a priority.

why participate

As a Canadian, you can and should have your say on how the federal budget is shaped. Being part of a democracy is not just about voting, it’s also about using your voice in-between elections by engaging your MP and government decision makers.

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You don’t have to be an expert to tell the government where you think money should be spent. Taking action is all you need to make your opinion heard.

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Get involved now because there is no set end-date for the pre-budget consultation! Consult Results Canada’s 2019 budget submission if you’d like some inspiration and reach out to fellow volunteers for support.

write an op-ed

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Write an op-ed to share your opinion on a newsworthy topic connected to our current campaign. Longer than an LTE, an op-ed allows you to go in-depth to educate, stimulate public debate or help shape policy. Use our step-by-step instructions to write your op-ed and get it published in the media.

why write an op-ed

Write an op-ed to share your knowledge, opinion and passion independently from the newspaper’s viewpoint. Use up to 750 words to make your voice heard by exploring our campaign issue in detail, presenting new insights and ideas, and challenging the status-quo.

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When an issue is dominating the news, that’s what readers want to read about and op-ed editors want to publish. Timing is essential!

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Unfortunately, you can’t eliminate extreme poverty with 750 words, so focus on making a single point clearly and persuasively.

write a letter to the editor (LTE)

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Write a letter to the editor (LTE) on topics related to current events in the media or something already in print. Be creative by finding a hook and connecting it to our current campaign. Use our step-by-step instructions to write your LTE and get it published in the media.

why write an LTE

Write a letter to the editor (LTE) if you want to make your opinion heard in a timely manner. You don’t need a lot of research, and your LTE can be brief and to-the-point - just 200-500 words! When time is of the essence, choose to write an LTE.

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You have a better chance at getting published if you keep it short and sweet (and don’t be afraid to be bold!)

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Politicians are in their jobs because of you! As Canadians, we have voted them into office to represent us. So they want to hear from you to learn what issues you feel are most important.

use your voice on social media

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Use social media if you want to get your opinion out quickly and frequently. Tag your Member of Parliament (MP) or Ministers to get immediate attention on our current campaign which can be amplified through retweeting and sharing. Use our step-by-step instructions or pre-filled Tweets and post something now!

why use social media

Social media is a quick and easy way to speak up and tell your Member of Parliament (MP) that you care about immunization and access to vaccines. Get public attention and let Canada know that they should continue to be a global leader.

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Twitter is a news-centric platform! 71% of users get their daily news from Twitter making it a great platform to share and spread your news.

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Politicians are people too! Don’t be afraid to use social media to reach out to them about the issues that are important to you. 94% of Canadians are on at least 1 social media platform so it makes sense for politicians to be active on social as well.

meet your Member of Parliament (MP)

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Meet your Member of Parliament (MP) to start (or strengthen) your relationship with them. Your MP works for you so be sure to plan ahead, get informed, and have a clear ask to discuss. Use our step-by-step instructions to prepare for your meeting.

why meet your MP

Meet with your Member of Parliament (MP) if you want to make your voice heard by sharing your personal thoughts and stories about why a particular issue is so meaningful to you. Building a one-on-one relationship with your MP is the most effective way to make your opinion known on Parliament Hill.

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Sending a personalized handwritten letter by mail is one of the most influential ways to get your MP’s attention - but nothing tops the effectiveness of an in-person meeting.

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Email us for MP insider tips that can make your meeting stand out, including the latest MP leave behind.

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step-by-step instructions for meeting your MP

Our #VaccinesWork campaign is to ensure that every last child receives life-saving vaccines. With your help, we can ensure Canada remains a leader in global health by making strong financial commitments to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. 

Ask #1: Canada to pledge $215 million over 4 years to GPEI.

Ask #2: Canada to make a bold financial commitment to Gavi for the next 5 years.

MP \ ˈem-ˈpē \
: an elected member of a parliament

Set up a meeting with your local MP to discuss how #VaccinesWork to build a healthier world and ask them to support Canada pledging to Gavi and GPEI. Ask them to sign and send this letter in support of a CAD $215 million GPEI pledge to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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  1. Plan ahead to know when your MP is in your riding.
  2. Confirm with your MP’s staffer the length of meeting (usually 30 minutes).
  3. Connect our campaign issue to voters.
  4. Be succinct and to the point - have one clear ask.
  5. Get creative to increase your chances of getting a meeting. Suggest a community BBQ, panel or roundtable event.
  6. Thank your MP for something recent that they’ve done or accomplished.
  7. Avoid an argument.
  8. If you don’t know an answer, be honest and tell them you’ll follow up.
  9. Be personal and share a touching story related to the campaign and/or your story that speaks to why you are there voluntarily. This can include having your own elevator pitch on the current campaign to hook your MP right from the beginning.

secret tip

Email us for MP insider tips that can make your meeting stand out, including the latest MP leave behind.

follow these 7 steps

  1. Use your postal code to find out who your MP is and when they are in their riding.
  2. Familiarize yourself with our current campaign.
  3. Connect our campaign and your opinion with a newsworthy topic or hook that inspires you. Try these ideas:
    • refer here to our key dates, hashtags and keywords
    • do internet research, read the latest news articles, or use external resources
    • refer to past volunteer LTEs and op-eds to see published examples
  4. Send an email to your MP to request a meeting. See an email example below.
    • add your MP's email address (usually it is: firstname.lastname@parl.gc.ca)
    • ask for a brief meeting on the campaign issue you want to discuss
    • include your name, mailing address and telephone number 
  5. Follow up with your MP via phone or by email if you haven’t heard back within 1 week. See a follow-up email example below.
  6. Once your MP has secured a meeting time with you, it’s time to prepare! Consult our meet your MP tools for details on what to do before, during and after your MP meeting.
  7. If you belong to a Results group, let your Group Leader know that you met with your MP. If you are not part of a group, consider joining one! Until then, fill out this “actions taken” online form.

See all our resources to help you meet your MP, along with key dates, hashtags and keywords found on our campaigns page here.

see an example of an email

Subject: Constituent meeting request re: Canadian aid

Dear Mr. Doe:

As a constituent in your riding of the Bayward district, I wish to request a brief meeting with you to discuss Canada’s role in supporting the health and well-being of people all over the world. Specifically, I

would like to discuss your commitment and that of your party to Canadian aid. Please let me know if it would be possible to arrange a meeting, and I will make myself available.

Sincerely,

Bob Citizen 

5 Smith Street 

Ottawa, ON, K1A 2B3 

T: (555) 456-7890

see an example of a follow-up

Subject: Constituent meeting request re: Canadian aid

Dear Mr. Doe, 

I hope this email finds you well. I would like to follow up on a previous email below sent on [date] in regards to your support on Canadian aid. I would kindly appreciate a response as soon as possible. Please let me know if I can provide further information. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Bob Citizen 

5 Smith Street 

Ottawa, ON, K1A 2B3 

T: (555) 456-7890

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When following up, reply using your original email so you can reference back to it.

The first lesson I learned immediately was that these elected officials work for me and I should feel comfortable making asks. Their job is to listen to me and I have every right to be in their office and demand something from them.

- Hiba, Results volunteer

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