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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. 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 were in school but not 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.

letter to the editor (LTE)
: a letter written to a newspaper, magazine or other periodical about issues of concern to readers, usually intended to be published in the paper/periodical

Write a letter to the editor (LTE) about why girls’ education should be a critical component of the Canadian global response to the pandemic. Show how removing roadblocks and ensuring that girls can learn in a safe and supportive environment generates huge dividends for economic prosperity, gender equality, climate resilience, public health, and lasting peace and stability.

Use the anniversary of the Charlevoix declaration (June 9), the G7 Summit (June 11-13), or World Refugee Day (June 20) as a hook to emphasize how an educated girl will lift herself and everyone around her out of poverty and will lead change towards a more prosperous, just, and secure world.

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.

Here are some ideas that you can include with your LTE. Be sure to post your photo(s) on social media, and tag your Member of Parliament (MP) and @ResultsCda:

Consider including the children in your life as part of this LTE action. Whether it is your grandchildren, a younger sibling or cousin, or a family friend, take action together to demonstrate your support for children’s education.

  • Make a collage or a drawing on the topic of access to quality education and what it means to you. Don’t forget to take a photo of it before sending!
  • Create a chalk drawing outside on why education is important, and take a photo of it

Use our instructions, tips, and resources below to get your LTE published in the media.

1. Familiarize yourself with our current campaign.
2. Connect our campaign and your opinion with a newsworthy topic or hook that inspires you. Try these ideas:

3. Write your LTE to give your opinion related to our campaign issue. See an example below.
4. Use our searchable list of editors’ emails to email your LTE to.
5. Press send.
6. Send your LTE to your Member of Parliament (MP) to let them know your opinion.
7. If you belong to a Results group, let your Group Leader know that you’ve submitted an LTE. If you are not part of a group, consider joining one! Until then, fill out this “actions taken” online form.
8. If your LTE gets published, share it on social media by tagging @ResultsCda and your MP. And make sure to let your Group Leader know!

read our top tips

  1. Make it relevant and timely - ideally within 2 days of a current event.
  2. Finish and submit your letter - it doesn’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to be an expert to have an opinion. You simply need to care.
  3. Come up with a dynamite title that will catch the Editor’s attention.
  4. Be creative and speak from the heart about the campaign issue.

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  • Keep it short - around 3 paragraphs or 150-200 words. You want your LTE to be concise and succinct to increase your chances of grabbing the reader's attention, getting published, and getting your message out. 
  • Don’t give up. If your letter hasn’t been published, email the editors and ask them for feedback.
  • Track your letter by doing an internet search of your name and following up with the publication to find out if/when it is getting published.

see an example of an LTE

Canada must support equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine

Dear Editor,

Despite the slow vaccine rollout, about 20% of Canadians have received at least one dose while only about 0.7% of the entire continent of Africa has received a single dose. While Canada has staked their claim to 230 million doses, more than 3 times what is needed to immunize Canadians, estimates show that many countries will not have mass vaccination programs in place until 2024.

As new coronavirus vaccines zoom through clinical trials and approvals, wealthy nations have reserved millions of doses and global supplies of COVID-19 equipment and drugs creating an enormous gap in access for low-income countries. To bridge this gap, India and South Africa applied for a Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) waiver at the World Trade Organization in October 2020 to temporarily waive IP rights enabling global manufacturers to produce generic versions of vaccines and drugs.

Waiving of IP rights two decades ago by several nations improved access to HIV drugs and cut costs. Similarly, this TRIPS waiver could boost the production and equitable distribution of COVID vaccines. It is important to note that this is not a silver bullet and many issues like poor supply chains, material shortage, capacity building and cooperation between developers and manufacturers need to be addressed.

On May 5th Canada must support the TRIPS waiver especially since it does not have a domestically produced vaccine. In fact, Canada stands to benefit from this waiver as India is scheduled to deliver us 2 million doses by the end of May. As PM Trudeau rightfully said, we don’t get through this pandemic anywhere until we get through it everywhere.

Jeena Mathew, Publication date: Apr 21, 2021, Inside Halton

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

Tell a story. Everything is built on storytelling. If you’re in the right place at the right time and you tell the right story, you can do anything.

- Danny Glenwright, President and CEO of Save the Children Canada

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