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meet your Member of Parliament (MP)

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why meet your MP

Meet with your Member of Parliament (MP) 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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Sending a personalized handwritten letter by mail is one of the most influential ways to get your MP’s attention - but nothing tops the effectiveness of an in-person meeting.

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Email us for MP insider tips that can make your meeting stand out, including the latest MP leave behind.

write an op-ed

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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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Unfortunately, you can’t eliminate extreme poverty with 750 words, so focus on making a single point clearly and persuasively.

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.

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 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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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.

listen live to an education expert

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why listen in

Alice Albright will speak about the education crisis and the advocacy required to support those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Alice P. Albright is the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education. She has over 30 years of international experience in the private, non-profit and public sectors.

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All are welcome to join us to hear this renowned speaker.

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campaign update (June 13, 2021)

Results Canada has been advocating for the government to invest CAD$500 million over five years to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) so that children around the world have access to quality education during and after the pandemic. It is disappointing that Canada only pledged CAD$300 million over five years at the recent G7 Summit. Canada can still lead in global education by topping off the GPE pledge at the Global Education Summit, happening at the end of July, and committing finances towards the Together for Learning campaign. Let's shift our focus to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of International Development Karina Gould to top up Canada's investment at the Summit.

Our #RaiseYourHand campaign focuses on the education crisis caused by COVID-19 that threatens a loss of learning for an entire generation of children and highlights the barriers to education in low-income countries. With 800 million students out of school today, it is estimated that 9.7 million children will drop out of school forever, with millions more falling behind. The COVID-19 pandemic has further widened the growing divide in access to education, particularly between wealthier and poorer families, urban and rural households, refugees/ displaced children and host populations, and children with disabilities and without disabilities.

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

Meet your Member of Parliament (MP) to explain why Canada must invest in the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to ensure all children and youth continue to learn throughout the pandemic no matter where they live. Canada can continue to lead in global education by making an investment ahead of or during the GPE Replenishment on July 28-29, 2021 at the Global Education Summit.

At your meeting, outline how COVID-19 has created the largest education disruption in history, with the number of out-of-school children growing substantially for the first time in decades. The pandemic has taken an especially devastating toll on girls’ education, threatening to derail progress made over the past 25 years. Prior to the pandemic, nearly 132 million girls were out of school and millions more faced barriers to learning. Now, an additional 20 million girls who were in secondary school may never return once the pandemic subsides, with a damaging impact on their health, protection, and wellbeing.

Ask your MP to send this template letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau so he knows they support Canada’s investment in GPE.

The ask: Canada must invest CAD$500 million over 5 years in the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) so that children around the world have access to quality education during and after the pandemic.

Use our step-by-step instructions below to prepare for your meeting along with these important resources.

1. Use your postal code to find out who your MP is and when they are in their riding.
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:

4. Send an email to your MP to request a meeting. See an email example below.

  • add your MP's email address (usually it is: firstname.lastname@parl.gc.ca)
  • ask for a brief meeting on the campaign issue you want to discuss
  • include your name, mailing address and telephone number

5. Follow up with your MP via phone or by email if you haven’t heard back within 1 week. See a follow-up email example below.
6. Once your MP has secured a meeting time with you, it’s time to prepare! Consult our meet your MP tools for details on what to do before, during and after your MP meeting.
7. If you belong to a Results group, let your Group Leader know that you met with your MP. If you are not part of a group, consider joining one! Until then, fill out this “actions taken” online form.

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  1. Plan ahead to know when your MP is in your riding.
  2. Confirm with your MP’s staffer the length of meeting (usually 30 minutes).
  3. Connect our campaign issue to voters.
  4. Be succinct and to the point - have one clear ask.
  5. Get creative to increase your chances of getting a meeting. Suggest a community BBQ, panel or roundtable event.
  6. Thank your MP for something recent that they’ve done or accomplished.
  7. Avoid an argument.
  8. If you don’t know an answer, be honest and tell them you’ll follow up.
  9. Be personal and share a touching story related to the campaign and/or your story that speaks to why you are there voluntarily. This can include having your own elevator pitch on the current campaign to hook your MP right from the beginning.

resources 

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  • Do your research! Find out what issues your MP cares about and connect your messaging to their interests. You can find some of this information on ourcommons.ca and openparliament.ca.
  • Don't be afraid to show your passion! It's your MPs job to represent the interests of their constituents so tell them about the issues that matter to you. 

see an example of an email

Subject: Constituent meeting request re: Canadian aid

Dear Mr. Doe:

As a constituent in your riding of the Bayward district, I wish to request a brief meeting with you to discuss Canada’s role in supporting the health and well-being of people all over the world. Specifically, I

would like to discuss your commitment and that of your party to Canadian aid. Please let me know if it would be possible to arrange a meeting, and I will make myself available.

Sincerely,

Bob Citizen 

5 Smith Street 

Ottawa, ON, K1A 2B3 

T: (555) 456-7890

see an example of a follow-up

Subject: Constituent meeting request re: Canadian aid

Dear Mr. Doe, 

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

See all our resources to help you meet your MP, along with key dates, hashtags, tags and keywords found on our campaign page.

I had the chance to speak with my MP about Canada’s investment towards global aid for COVID-19. They were very supportive and helped me further voice my concerns to the finance minister. Although we only spoke for 10 minutes, I felt a true sense of accomplishment. It felt uplifting to see that I was invited to express my views and that I do hold the power to make a difference.

- Tanvi, Results Canada volunteer

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