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You’re showing you care about your MPs’ well-being, which lays the foundation for positive engagements next year!

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You can also include Results Canada’s latest Parliamentarian’s Year-in-Review.

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This action is for relationship-building with your MP, so there is no specific ask or action involved.

write a Letter to the Editor (LTE)

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why write an LTE

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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Your letter doesn’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to be an expert to have an opinion. You simply need to care.

attend your MP’s budget consultation

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why go to the budget consultation

Results Canada made a pre-budget consultation submission to call on Canada for an increase to the International Assistance Envelope in Budget 2023, so now we need Canadians like you to also speak up at your Member of Parliament’s (MP) pre-budget consultation event to show you care about an increase too.

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This is the first step for our overall #KeepThePromise campaign strategy.

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Prepare to speak up making the same ask face-to-face at their pre-budget consultation event.

make your E&A a social

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why have a social

You can foster connections with others in your group who share your goal of effecting change.

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This is a perfect opportunity to chalk out ways to work together to make a difference in the year ahead.

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Let your conversation not be taken over by doom and gloom but hope and optimism for the year ahead.

Call-to-action summary: 

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.  

 

MP \ ˈem-ˈpē \
: 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.   

step 1: research your Member of Parliament (MP)

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

step 2: send them an email 

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. 

what to include in your email

  • Subject line: Constituent input for the 2023 Federal Budget  
  • Introduce yourself as a constituent by providing your mailing address or simply your postal code. 
  • Refer to the call to action to articulate why an increase to IAE is needed now more than ever. 
  • Make it personal – tell them what motivated you to write to them. For example, was there a particular statistic that alarmed you?  
  • State your ask clearly: “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.” 
  • Request that this recommendation be included in the MP’s report to the Minister of Finance for consideration. 
  • Thank them for their consideration.  

step 3: save the date and show up to the event 

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.

step 4: post on social media 

Give your MP some positive attention to thank them for hosting the event. Don’t forget to use #Canada4Results! 

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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  

step 5: report your intel 

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.  

can’t attend a budget consultation?

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