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why write your MP

Write to your Member of Parliament 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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Building a relationship with your Member of Parliament is a critical lever of change as you can educate, influence, and inspire them to take action on the issues you care about.

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Before introducing yourself to your Member of Parliament, do some research to understand more about their background, past careers, passions, priorities, and facts that could be helpful when you engage with them!

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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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write a letter to the editor (LTE)

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Write an 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 150-200 words! When time is of the essence, choose to write an LTE.

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Once submitted, you can track your letter by doing an internet search of your name and following up with the publication to find out if/when it is getting published.

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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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Call-to-action summary: 

Our call-to-action for June extends our multi-month campaign in support of the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment by focusing on one of the communities most affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria – the LGBTQ2+ community – and why they must be front and centre in the fight against the three diseases. The Global Fund is our ticket to ending these epidemics and enacting the high-impact actions needed to realize #TheWorldWeNeed by strengthening global systems for a healthier, more equitable, pandemic-proof world.

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

This letter is a major priority for our Global Fund advocacy. We want as many Members of Parliament as possible to sign on. Don’t just email it to them, call their staff to follow up!  

As one of the goals for the Week of Action to #FightForWhatCounts, May 30-June 3, we want to ensure Members of Parliament (MPs) sign a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, encouraging Canada to continue its support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria (the Global Fund) with an announcement of an investment the Seventh Replenishment at the International AIDS Conference at the end of July. 

The official opportunity for the Global Fund’s replenishment is in fall 2022; however, the International AIDS Conference offers a strategic moment for Canada to pledge before the official replenishment, solidifying their global leadership role in strengthening global systems for a healthier, more equitable, pandemic-proof world.  

Email your Member of Parliament (MP) to show your support for Canada’s continued investment in the Global Fund. Tell them why it’s important to you and ask them if they would agree to put their name on the letter which encourages the Prime Minister to pledge an investment. To encourage their participation, you can share with them this list of parliamentarians who have already signed on. 

Did your MP already sign the letter? 

Check this list of parliamentarians to see if your MP has already signed the letter. You can still send an email to thank them! You can also do the same by posting on social media and tagging them in your “thank you” post. Don’t forget to use #Canada4Results! 

Follow up after two weeks with a phone call to ensure they received your email and had the chance to see the letter. Invite them to call you back or meet in June if they would like to discuss further, this way you can start or continue growing your relationship with your MP. This also gives a space for them to ask questions before signing the letter. 

The ask: To respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, recover globally and prepare for future threats, Canada must increase its International Assistance Envelope (IAE) by CAD$1.5 billion above the current 2020-21 financial commitments to reach CAD$9 billion in #Budget2022. 

read our top tips

  1. Know your MP and what speaks most to them: email? handwritten letter? social media?
  2. Be succinct and to the point - have one clear ask.
  3. Thank your MP for something recent that they’ve done or accomplished.
  4. Make sure to always ask for a response!
  5. Writing your own letter/email will go a long way. MPs receive a lot of correspondence and personalized (not automatic) letters/emails will stand out from the pile as they’ll know that you’ve taken the time

follow these 7 steps

  1. Use your postal code to find out who your MP is. 
  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, tags 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. Write your letter/email to let your MP know who you are, and what you would like them to do about the current campaign issue. See an example of a letter/email below.
    • add your MP’s email address (usually it is: firstname.lastname@parl.gc.ca) or find their mailing address
    • start by introducing yourself if your MP doesn’t know you
    • use your own words (refer to the EPIC format in "how to write to your MP")
    • ask for a response back to your letter/email
    • include your name, mailing address, telephone number (and email if it’s a handwritten letter)
  5. Press send if you’re sending your letter by email. If you’re mailing it, no stamp is required!
  6. Follow up with your MP via phone or by email if you haven’t heard back within 1 week for email, or 4 weeks for mail. See a follow-up letter/email example below.
  7. If you belong to a Results group, let your Group Leader know that you’ve submitted a letter/email to your MP. If you are not part of a group, consider joining one! Until then, fill out this “actions taken” online form.

see an example of a letter/email

August 9, 2019 

Mr. John Doe, MP 

House of Commons, 

Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6 

Subject: Saving lives with the Global Fund

Dear Mr. Doe: 

I write to you today as a member of your constituency who is concerned by so many people getting sick from preventable diseases across the globe. By way of introduction, I am a student of nursing at the University of Ottawa and I have always had a passion for health. 

I would like to start by thanking you for all of your efforts in improving our local community with your participation in community events and your contribution in providing funding for seniors’ housing in the Bayward district. 

In regards to the issue of global suffering, there were approximately 1.7million tuberculosis (TB) related deaths worldwide in 2017. This poses a significant health threat, and TB is now the world’s most deadly infectious disease. We know that this disease and other epidemics can be ended, and indeed deaths from HIV, TB and malaria have dropped by about 40% since 2000. 

Public-private partnerships such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria are effective in increasing protection against diseases, and have helped 15 million people access treatment for TB, amongst other achievements. In 2017, Canada committed $785 million to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. 

In 2019, the Global Fund is seeking from donors and partners globally. Many countries with just as large economies have pledged billions of dollars to the Global Fund. I believe Canada has the fiscal ability to increase our pledge commitment by 1.5%. 

With your seat on the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee, I highly encourage you to use your voice to support this request. You can do so by writing to the Minister of International Development. 

If you could forward to me a copy of your correspondence to the Minister, that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to attend to my email, and I look forward to your response. 

Sincerely, 

Bob Citizen 

5 Smith Street 

Ottawa, ON, K1A 2B3 

T: (555) 456-7890

E: bob.citizen@gmail.com

see an example of a follow-up letter/email

Subject: Re: Global Fund

Dear Mr. Doe:

I hope this email finds you well. I would like to follow up on a previous email found below sent on [date] in regards to your support on the Global Fund. 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

secret tip

MPs receive a lot of emails so be sure to come up with a catchy subject line to make yours stand out.

See all our resources to help you write your MP, along with key dates, hashtags, tags and keywords found on our call-to-action page.

Your Members of Parliament ultimately work for you and you do have power in your relationship with them! 

– Lindsay Sheridan, Results Canada staff

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