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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 writing an op-ed

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.

op-ed \ ˈäp-ˈed  \
: a page of special features usually opposite the editorial page of a newspaper

Write your op-ed to share your opinion on a newsworthy topic connected to immunizations and our #VaccinesWork campaign. Longer than an LTE, your op-ed will allow you to go in-depth to educate, stimulate public debate or help shape policy. Read our top tips, and follow our step-by-step instructions below to write your op-ed and get it published in the media.

read our top tips

  1. Buddy up! Get support from a fellow volunteer and co-author.
  2. Make it relevent and timely - ideally within 2 days of a current event.
  3. Be accurate in your writing. Research is your friend so make sure you can provide sources to back up your points!

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Try to find a local story to connect to the campaign.

Have you experienced a recent boil-water advisory in your local or neighboring community? Use this to direct attention to the fact that not everyone has access to safe, potable water and that increasing the Canadian aid budget is crucial in reaching people who live in extreme poverty.

follow these 9 steps

  1. Familiarize yourself with our current campaign.
  2. 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 op-eds to see published examples.
  3. Write your op-ed to give your opinion related to our campaign issue. See an example below.
    • start by greeting the editor
    • aim for approximately 750 words 
    • include your name, mailing address and telephone number. Unlike the LTE, you’ll need to include a very brief description of yourself which will be published as part of your op-ed.
  4. Use our searchable list of editors’ emails to email your op-ed to. 
  5. Press send!
  6. Follow up with the editor via phone within a couple days of sending your email. If it doesn’t look like your op-ed will be published, don’t give up! Ask for feedback and send your email to another editor and follow-up again.
  7. Send your op-ed to your Member of Parliament (MP) to let them know your opinion.
  8. If you belong to a Results group, let your Group Leader know that you’ve submitted an op-ed. If you are not part of a group, consider joining one! Until then, fill out this “actions taken” online form.
  9. If your op-ed gets published, share it on social media by tagging @ResultsCda and your MP. And make sure to let your Group Leader know!

See all our resources to help you write your op-ed, along with key dates, hashtags and keywords found on our campaigns page here.

see an example of an op-ed

Opinion: Fighting global disease can also help transform women's lives

The prime minister’s recent announcement of a close to 16-per-cent increase in support for the Global Fund is good news for Canada and the world. Canada has pledged $930.4 million over the next three years. The funds will help to save 16 million lives, cut the mortality rate from HIV, TB and malaria in half, and build stronger health systems by 2023.

In this increasingly divided world, one thing that can still bring nations together is the common threat posed by killer diseases. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria is an inspiring model of such international co-operation. It was founded in 2002 to combine the resources of governments, civil society groups, and technical agencies, with a mission to fund and implement new ways to tackle the three biggest and longest-running disease epidemics.

Today, the partnership is active in more than 100 countries and operates on many fronts, from detecting and treating tuberculosis and preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV to distributing mosquito nets.

Since the inception of the Global Fund, 27 million lives have been saved. The fight is far from over, however. AIDS, TB and malaria together continue to kill close to three million people every year. Drug-resistant strains of TB have proliferated, and drug resistance to anti-retroviral drugs and malaria medications has emerged. Malaria has resurged, and HIV rates among adolescents has increased. In fact, a thousand young women and girls are newly infected with HIV every day.

Despite this growing need, funding for key programs has plateaued. The world is not on track to achieving the target that was set as part of sustainable development goals, to end these epidemics by 2030.

For its sixth replenishment cycle, the Global Fund has asked for renewed funding of $14 billion US in order to step up the fight over the next three years.

Canada has responded generously to the call. In doing so, it has stood by its proclaimed feminist international assistance policy. Women and girls suffer disproportionately in the three great epidemics. As targets of gender-based violence and sexual exploitation, they have higher rates of HIV infection.

As primary caregivers in the household, they also bear the financial and emotional burdens of disease. The Global Fund directly addresses the social and cultural causes of women’s suffering, including the lack of sexual and reproductive health rights. If it realizes its requested level of funding, it will not just save lives.

Along with every life saved there will be untold stories of other lives transformed — a girl who finds a peer-support group to empower her as she matures sexually, a woman who receives health care directly in her home from another woman who is a community health nurse, and many more.

The need to save lives is paramount, but there are also compelling economic reasons to support the Global Fund. Losses due to AIDS, TB and malaria are astronomical. They include $7.2 billion a year in lost earnings due to AIDS, $12 billion a year in direct and indirect costs of malaria in Africa alone, and projected costs of TB amounting to $1 trillion over the next 15 years.

As a model of lean efficiency and transparency, the Global Fund is one of the most reliable instruments available for investing in global health. Every $1 invested in the Global Fund returns $19 in health gains and economic benefits. The countries that stand to gain the most include our important allies and trading partners. We have a stake in reducing health costs and increasing prosperity worldwide through a fully funded Global Fund.

At Women Deliver, the world’s largest conference on gender equality, held at Vancouver in June of this year, Prime Minister Trudeau received a standing ovation from the 7,000 delegates present in appreciation for his feminism and his promise to fund women’s health and rights globally. A strong investment in the Global Fund is a bold and important step for Canada to fulfill this promise.

Following Canada’s announcement, during the G7 Summit in France, global leaders from Germany, Italy and the EU announced similar increases in funding. We should not underestimate Canada’s ability to lead by example as a caring and compassionate decocracy.

        -    Chitra Ramaswami, Randy Rudolph & Stephen St. Denis, September 4, 2019. Edmonton Journal

secret tip

In order to be published, the editor may ask for exclusivity, so submit your op-ed to one editor and follow-up until you get an answer before sending your op-ed to another.

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Don’t wait too long to follow-up with editors to see if your op-ed will be published as the timeliness of your op-ed may be jeopardized.

“I enjoyed the whole process of writing an op-ed, from reading background material on the Global Fund to collecting my thoughts and finding the right words to express them. It felt good just to get it done, so actually getting it published was an added bonus. I'd encourage anyone who's especially interested in a topic to give it a try.” 

- Chitra, Results volunteer
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