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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.

op-ed \ ˈäp-ˈed  \
: a page of special features usually opposite the editorial page of a newspaper

Either on your own or with a Results volunteer, write an op-ed about how girls’ education is one of the most transformative investments we can make to recover from the COVID-19 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.

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

secret tip: connect local with global

Use examples of how education disruptions in Canada have impacted learning to shine a light on the growing inequalities that exist for millions of children around the world who don’t have access to quality education during the pandemic.
 

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 op-ed to give your opinion related to our campaign issue. See an example below.

  • start by greeting the editor
  • aim for approximately 750 words 
  • include your name, mailing address and telephone number. Unlike the LTE, you’ll need to include a very brief description of yourself which will be published as part of your op-ed.

4. Use our searchable list of editors’ emails to email your op-ed to. 
5. Press send!
6. Follow up with the editor via phone within a couple days of sending your email. If it doesn’t look like your op-ed will be published, don’t give up! Ask for feedback and send your email to another editor and follow-up again.
7. Send your op-ed to your Member of Parliament (MP) to let them know your opinion.
8. If you belong to a Results group, let your Group Leader know that you’ve submitted an op-ed. If you are not part of a group, consider joining one! Until then, fill out this “actions taken” online form.
9. If your op-ed 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. Buddy up! Get support from a fellow volunteer and co-author.
  2. Make it relevant and timely - ideally within 2 days of a current event.
  3. Be accurate in your writing. Research is your friend so make sure you can provide sources to back up your points!

see an example of an op-ed

Why Canada must invest in maternal, child and newborn health worldwide

COVID-19 has exacerbated existing gaps in health care in low and middle income countries (LMICs), especially with regards to maternal, child and newborn health (MCNH).

Indeed the world is only as strong as its weakest health system. Currently, health-care systems are overwhelmed with the lack of personnel and resources because of this COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, there is probable likelihood that the prevalence of other pre-existing illnesses in LMICs, such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, diarrhea and malaria, will increase.

With the disruption of routine health services such as the lack of family planning commodities and sexual and reproductive health education, the focus on MCNH has shifted due to this pandemic. MCNH groups are disproportionately affected, particularly in poorer countries. Thus rates of teenage pregnancies and early, and forced marriage are at risk of rising because of the pandemic.

As a proportion of the economy, the current government’s record is the lowest in 50 years, continuing a two-decade downward trend across both Liberal and Conservative administrations. With 265 million people being pushed to the brink of starvation, 290 million children missing school, 47 million women lacking access to contraception and 13 million child marriages taking place during the pandemic, Canada’s determined intervention is imperative.

Scaling up Canada’s official development assistance (ODA) is urgently needed to reposition the country in the international arena, support a just global recovery from the COVID pandemic and enable Canada’s own recovery. ODA is a part of Canada’s investment in an equitable, more sustainable and safer world; one in which Canada and Canadians can prosper.

In 2015, Canada heralded a human rights-based Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) that focuses on the most marginalized, including women and girls, and aims to deliver fundamental social, political, economic and environmental transformations toward a better world. The current pandemic requires Canada to ensure that its ODA levels match the ambitions of the FIAP, Agenda 2030, Paris Agreement on Climate Change and Canadian values for a more prosperous and just world for us all.

The ask overall: Canada must protect the health of women and children during the pandemic by investing $250 million over three years in the Global Financing Facility (GFF).

The ask for the audience to MP: Are you willing to contact your MP in order to write to the minister of finance in support of Canada investing $250 million over three years in the Global Financing Facility (GFF)?

Christine Saleeb, Feb 11 2021, The Hamilton Spectator

secret tips

  • Get creative with your title. A unique and catchy title will attract attention and increase your chances of getting published. 
  • If you can't find a story in the news to use as a hook, use a personal anecdote to capture the reader's attention!

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

“I enjoyed the whole process of writing an op-ed, from reading background material on the Global Fund to collecting my thoughts and finding the right words to express them. It felt good just to get it done, so actually getting it published was an added bonus. I'd encourage anyone who's especially interested in a topic to give it a try.” 

- Chitra, Results volunteer

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