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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.

write your Member of Parliament (MP)

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Write to your Member of Parliament (MP) as a way of introducing yourself and share a personal story or example on a topic that concerns you. Your MP works for you so be sure to get informed, and use our step-by-step instructions to help you get started.

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.

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.

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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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