As 2022 comes to an end, let’s reflect on the impact we’ve made working toward global health equity, education, and economic opportunity for all and promoting global solidarity in the face of converging crises. A new federal budget is already on the horizon, and we must continue to take action to ask Canada to #KeepThePromise it made to increase its International Assistance Envelope.
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: an elected member of a parliament
Last month, Results Canada made a pre-budget consultation submission to the Standing Committee on Finance to call on Canada for an increase to the International Assistance Envelope in Budget 2023, so now we need Canadians like you to meet with your Member of Parliament (MP) to show you care about an increase too.
The ask: Canada must increase its International Assistance Envelope (IAE) by CAD$1.9 billion over the next three years to reach a minimum of CAD$10 billion in the 2025-26 budget, in line with the government’s commitment to increase IAE every year toward 2030 to realize the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Use the step-by-step instructions below to find out when they will host the event in your riding.
Find out more about the parliamentarian(s) you’re trying to meet. Which party do they belong to? Do they sit on a committee? Have they expressed interest in international issues before? Are they vocal about a connected topic? Start your research with the House of Commons and OpenParliament.
Send your MP an email telling them that you care about seeing an increase in the International Assistance Envelope (IAE) at the next budget. Ask them when they will host a pre-budget consultation event and express a desire to attend.
Follow up by phone if you don’t get an answer within 1 week. Ask for a response with an acknowledgement that they have received your email.
Prepare to speak up making the same ask face-to-face at their pre-budget consultation event. We want to connect you with other volunteers who are attending the consultation in your riding - confirm you plan on attending the event by filing out this form.
Give your MP some positive attention to thank them for hosting the event. Don’t forget to use #Canada4Results!
Keep the topic of your post broad and positive when tagging parliamentarians online.
For example: Thank you @[MPname] for a great discussion about Canada’s need to #KeepThePromise by increasing Canadian aid in #Budget2023 #Canada4Results
By reporting what you learned in your meeting, you give us important insight on your conversation which could be used to inform future actions and outreach to MPs with similar interests.
Call your MP's office - apologize for not attending their pre-budget consultation and ask them to include in their report that you care about seeing an increase in the IAE.
Members of Parliament ultimately work for you and you do have power in your relationship with them!
– Lindsay Sheridan, Results Canada staff