introduce yourself to your Member of Parliament (MP)

#InvestInNutrition

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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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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.

introduce yourself to your Member of Parliament (MP)

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why write your MP

Write to your MP (Member of Parliament) if you want to share your opinion about an issue that concerns you. A personalized letter or email from you means that there is a constituent in their riding who cares, and whose opinion needs to be represented 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.

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Why not make writing your MP a family activity? Ask your children to draw a picture linked to our current campaign and include it with your letter. You can also take a photo of your family and share it with your MP on social media and tag @ResultsCda.

write to the Minister of International Development

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why write your MP

Write to the Minister of International Development if you want to share your opinion about an issue that concerns you. A personalized letter or email from you means that there is a constituent who cares, and whose opinion needs to be represented on Parliament Hill.

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Sending a personalized handwritten letter by mail is one of the most influential ways to get the minister's attention.

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Why not make writing to the minister a family activity? Ask your children to draw a picture linked to our current campaign and include it with your letter. You can also take a photo of your family and share it with the minister on social media and tag @ResultsCda.

use your voice on social media

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why use social media

Social media is a quick and easy way to speak up and tell Canadian decision makers what you care about most.

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Twitter is a news-centric platform! 71% of Twitter 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 online Canadians are on at least 1 social media platform so it makes sense for politicians to be active on social as well.

Call-to-action summary: 

Our call-to-action this month highlights the unparalleled malnutrition crisis threatening the lives of millions of women and children in low-and-middle income countries and calls for urgent action to avert the looming disaster and protect their health, rights, and dignity. 

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

With the recent election complete, Members of Parliament (MPs) from all parties are returning to Ottawa to start the 44th Parliament! MPs have been busy setting up offices, organizing staff, and waiting for the Speech from the Throne to kickstart the new parliamentary session. The Liberal Party secured a minority government, holding 159 seats in the House of Commons, with the Conservatives 119, BQ 32, NDP 25, Green 2 and one Independent in opposition. Historically, minority governments have led to significant changes in Canadian policy, priorities, and action.

The beginning of a new parliamentary session offers the opportunity to introduce yourself to your elected MP and to let them know what you are passionate about. Building a relationship with your MP is a critical lever of change as you can educate, influence, and inspire them to take action on the issues you care about.

In your introduction email make sure to include a link to the 2020-2021 Pandemic Parliamentarian Year in Review to showcase all the actions the Results Canada network took to create a healthier and more equitable world during the pandemic. You can also let them know that they will have received a hard copy in the mail from Results Canada’s Executive Director, Chris Dendys. To find out who your current MP is and their contact information, type in your postal code at ourcommons.ca/members and search for your MP.

Use our step-by-step instructions below for more information on writing your MP. 

  1. Congratulate your MP for winning the election in your riding/community
  2. Introduce yourself and what you are passionate about
  3. Explain the work Results Canada does
  4. Include a link to the 2020-2021 Pandemic Parliamentary Year in Review to highlight all the action and change we have collectively achieved last year (if your MP is in the Year in Review, make sure to let them know)
  5. Share your published LTE (or draft if not published). You can also share one of your co-volunteer’s published LTE who resides in the same riding. 
  6. Let them know you look forward to working with them in the new year! 
  7. Refer to your tools for more tips and tricks. 

Once you have introduced yourself to your MP, let us know! Reporting your actions is incredibly valuableand helps us to advance the solutions needed to end extreme poverty. When you report your actions, you provide Results with strategic intelligence that informs future engagement with parliamentarians (MPs and senators) and helps create targeted calls-to-action.

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Dear Mr./Ms. (MP name),  

Congratulations for winning the seat in [insert your riding name]. My name is [insert name] and I am a constituent in your riding. I care about [xxxxxxxxx]. I am passionate about global issues and volunteer with Results Canada to take action to end extreme poverty globally.  

Results Canada is a nonprofit, non-partisan, grassroots organization that is independent of any government funding and is comprised of passionate volunteers who take action to create the political will to end extreme poverty. We advocate for greater Canadian support of crucial initiatives that make a measurable impact in global health, quality education, and economic opportunities for all. I have attached a copy of our “2021 Parliamentarian Year in Review” as an example of the work we accomplished during the pandemic this past year with parliamentarians and to highlight the collective power we have when we work together!  You will also be receiving a hard copy of the Year in Review to your Ottawa office, along with a welcome letter from Results Canada. 

This month, I am taking action by writing a Letter to the Editor (LTE) to educate my community and bring attention to the importance of nutrition for women and children around the world. [Insert a fact from your LTE here]. I have attached a copy of my LTE and hope that you take the time to learn more about this unprecedented crisis.  

We have an enormous opportunity to make a monumental impact in the world by being bold and ambitious in global recovery. I look forward to working with you to make a positive change in the new parliament and look forward to learning more about your priorities.  

Thank you for your time,  

[Your name]  

[insert postal code]  

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

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.

You’re making a difference; you do have an impact. You should know that we are listening and we need you in order to pursue the kinds of things that need to happen. We need that constituency base behind us to be able to do that.

- MP Anita Vandenbeld
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