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participate in pre-budget consultations

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The Government of Canada’s pre-budget consultations process invites Canadians to help the government make an informed decision on where the money should go. Use our step-by-step instructions to ensure that international development is a priority.

why participate

As a Canadian, you can and should have your say on how the federal budget is shaped. Being part of a democracy is not just about voting, it’s also about using your voice in-between elections by engaging your MP and government decision makers.

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You don’t have to be an expert to tell the government where you think money should be spent. Taking action is all you need to make your opinion heard.

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Get involved now because there is no set end-date for the pre-budget consultation! Consult Results Canada’s 2019 budget submission if you’d like some inspiration and reach out to fellow volunteers for support.

write an op-ed

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Write an op-ed to share your opinion on a newsworthy topic connected to our current campaign. Longer than an LTE, an op-ed allows you to go in-depth to educate, stimulate public debate or help shape policy. Use our step-by-step instructions to write your op-ed and get it published in the media.

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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Write a letter to the editor (LTE) on topics related to current events in the media or something already in print. Be creative by finding a hook and connecting it to our current campaign. Use our step-by-step instructions to write your LTE and get it published in the media.

why write an LTE

Write a letter to the editor (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 200-500 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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Use social media if you want to get your opinion out quickly and frequently. Tag your Member of Parliament (MP) or Ministers to get immediate attention on our current campaign which can be amplified through retweeting and sharing. Use our step-by-step instructions or pre-filled Tweets and post something now!

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 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 Canadians are on at least 1 social media platform so it makes sense for politicians to be active on social as well.

meet your Member of Parliament (MP)

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Meet your Member of Parliament (MP) to start (or strengthen) your relationship with them. Your MP works for you so be sure to plan ahead, get informed, and have a clear ask to discuss. Use our step-by-step instructions to prepare for your meeting.

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.

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step-by-step instructions to email your ideas for the pre-budget consultation process

The Government of Canada’s 2020 pre-budget consultations process is now underway and Canadians are invited to participate to help the government make an informed decision on where the money should go based on feedback from the electorate. By participating in the process, you can ensure that international development is included in the recommendations. While the Liberals committed to Canada doing its fair share by 2030, Canada remains one of the worst performing high-income nations on aid. To keep on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we must increase our spending on Canadian aid. A minority government means we have a particularly unique opportunity to make an ambitious ask and realize success.

The ask: Canada to increase Canadian aid from 0.28% of gross national income (GNI) to 0.4% by 2025, representing an 18% increase of spending each year.

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Canada's Department of Finance currently doesn't have an end date for the consultations, so now is the time to act! Individuals and stakeholders are invited to submit their ideas as soon as possible.

follow these 6 steps

  1. Familiarize yourself with Canadian aid
  2. Share your opinion about the global health or development issues that matter most to you and connect them with specific examples that highlight the impact of Canadian aid. 
  3. Be direct and ask that the budget include an increase to Canadian aid to 0.4% by 2025. Make your request as to-the-point or as detailed as you would like.
  4. Send your email to budget2020@canada.ca.
  5. Share your email on social media by tagging @ResultsCda, your Member of Parliament (MP), the Minister of Finance @Bill_Morneau, and the Minister of International Development @karinagould. Be sure to use the hashtag #YourBudget.
  6. If you belong to a Results group, let your Group Leader know that you’ve sent an email. If you are not part of a group, consider joining one! Until then, fill out this “actions taken” online form.
“The first lesson I learned immediately was that these elected government officials work for me and I should feel comfortable making asks. Their job is to listen to me and I have every right to demand something from them.”

- Hiba, Results volunteer
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