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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.

expert fact

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 LTE

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 pledge $600 million over 5 years to Gavi.

letter to the editor \ (LTE)
: a letter written to a newspaper, magazine or other periodical about issues of concern to readers, usually intended to be published in the paper/periodical

It's time to capture the headlines! In celebration of International Development Week, tell or amplify the human stories of how #VaccinesWork. Write about why Canada should support GPEI and Gavi with an ambitious pledge. Read our top tips, follow our step-by-step instructions, and share real life examples of impact like Safia’s to help tell the story.

read our top tips

  1. Make it relevant and timely - ideally within 2 days of a current event.
  2. Finish and submit your letter - it doesn’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to be an expert to have an opinion. You simply need to care.
  3. Come up with a dynamite title that will catch the Editor’s attention.
  4. Be creative and speak from the heart about the campaign issue.

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

Is there a recent outbreak of a disease in Canada that could be addressed by getting children vaccinated? Raise the importance of vaccination and how Canadians have access and how no one should be left behind because of where they are born. 

follow these 8 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 LTEs to see published examples.
  3. Write your LTE to give your opinion related to our campaign issue. See an example below.
  4. Use our searchable list of editors’ emails to email your LTE to.
  5. Press send.
  6. Send your LTE to your Member of Parliament (MP) to let them know your opinion.
  7. If you belong to a Results group, let your Group Leader know that you’ve submitted an LTE. If you are not part of a group, consider joining one! Until then, fill out this “actions taken” online form.
  8. If your LTE gets published, share it on social media by tagging @ResultsCda and your MP. And make sure to let your Group Leader know!

see an example of an LTE

Canada is behind

Dear Editor:

There is growing fear in the development community that after years of advocating full international funding for the Global Fund for Aids, TB and Malaria, the Trudeau Liberals are planning to abandon it. This is deeply concerning because Canada has long been at the bottom of spending of all developed nations on developmental aid.

The Global Fund is an extremely successful multinational effort combating the world’s greatest killers, and Canada’s past support was one admirable facet of an otherwise poor record. To fail at this year’s funding replenishment would cement the Trudeau Liberal’s legacy as that of the rich relative that always disappears when the cheque comes to the table.

Nathaniel Poole, Publication date: July 19, 2019. The Battleford News-Optimist

secret tip

Don’t include mention of Results Canada - this keeps your letter looking like it’s your opinion, because it is!

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You can send your letter to as many editors as you like - no need to change it or make it different. The more editors you send it to, the better your chances of getting published.

I remember the first time that I sat down to write my first ever LTE. It was nerve wracking but also very exciting to be able to share my opinion in such a quick and easy way. Pressing ‘send’ can be daunting but you just have to go for it! Remember that you don’t have to be an expert to have an opinion, you only need to care.

- Melanie, Results volunteer
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