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.
Once you have introduced yourself to your MP, let us know! Reporting your actions is incredibly valuable and 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.
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,
[insert postal code]
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!