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why write a Minister

Write to a Minister 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 a Minister’s attention.

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Why not make writing to a Minister 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 the Minister on social media and tag @ResultsCda.

write a letter to the editor (LTE)

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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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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.

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step-by-step instructions for writing to the Finance Minister

Our #EndCovidEverywhere campaign this month focuses on the ACT-Accelerator (ACT-A) and the investments Canada needs to make to ensure everyone, everywhere has the diagnostic tools, vaccines, and medicines necessary to end COVID-19.

The ask: Canada must invest at least 1% of its COVID-19 response in new and additional aid towards an emergency global response to end the pandemic everywhere. A significant portion of this must go to global health agencies delivering on the ACT-Accelerator (ACT-A).

On September 25, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will commit a total of CAD$440 million in a global effort to both procure vaccines and share them with the world: CAD$220 million will go to the Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility to procure up to 15 million vaccine doses for Canadians, and CAD$220 million will be channeled through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment to purchase doses for low- and middle-income countries.

On September 29, Prime Minister Trudeau announced an additional CAD$400 million in new and additional aid to address the humanitarian impacts of COVID-19 on those most vulnerable around the world. This total investment is new and additional aid and helps us get one step closer to achieving our 1% ask!

Send an email to the new Finance Minister, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland (Chrystia.Freeland@parl.gc.ca) and cc. the International Development Minister Karina Gould (Karina.Gould@parl.gc.ca) and your Member of Parliament (MP) to say Thank You for both of these global investments. Describe how they will have an impact in the world and express how glad you are to see Canada stepping up on the global stage to help #EndCovidEverywhere!

Let them know that you appreciate investments in COVAX, the vaccines pillar of ACT-Accelerator (ACT-A), but that investments in the other pillars including diagnostics and therapeutics are just as important because there is no time to waste in the fight against COVID-19 - we must act now. Use the ACT-A investment case as support to highlight why investments in ACT-A not only help the world, but Canadians as well.

You can use our top tips and step-by-step instructions below to help you formulate your letter/email the Finance Minister. Even though it targets letter/email writing to a Member of Parliament (MP), you may still find the principles, tips and examples useful.

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

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  1. Know your MP and what speaks most to them: email? handwritten letter? social media?
  2. Be succinct and to the point - have one clear ask.
  3. Thank your MP for something recent that they’ve done or accomplished.
  4. Make sure to always ask for a response!
  5. Writing your own letter/email will go a long way. MPs receive a lot of correspondence and personalized (not automatic) letters/emails will stand out from the pile as they’ll know that you’ve taken the time

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

follow these 7 steps

  1. Use your postal code to find out who your MP is.
  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:
    a. refer here to our key dates, hashtags, tags and keywords
    b. do internet research, read the latest news articles, or use external resources
    c. refer to past volunteer LTEs and op-eds to see published examples
  4. Write your letter/email to let your MP know who you are, and what you would like them to do about the current campaign issue. See an example of a letter/email below.
    a. add your MP’s email address (usually it is: firstname.lastname@parl.gc.ca) or find their mailing address
    b. start by introducing yourself if your MP doesn’t know you
    c. use your own words (refer to the EPIC format in "how to write to your MP")
    d. ask for a response back to your letter/email
    e. include your name, mailing address, telephone number (and email if it’s a handwritten letter)
  5. Press send if you’re sending your letter by email. If you’re mailing it, no stamp is required!
  6. Follow up with your MP via phone or by email if you haven’t heard back within 1 week for email, or 4 weeks for mail. See a follow-up letter/email example below.
  7. If you belong to a Results group, let your Group Leader know that you’ve submitted a letter/email to your MP. If you are not part of a group, consider joining one! Until then, fill out this “actions taken” online form.

see an example of a letter/email

March 9, 2020 

[insert MP name] 

House of Commons, 

Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6 

Subject: Saving lives with the Global Fund

Dear [insert MP name]: 

I write to you today as a member of your constituency who is concerned by so many people getting sick from preventable diseases across the globe. By way of introduction, I am a student of nursing at the University of Ottawa and I have always had a passion for health. 

I would like to start by thanking you for all of your efforts in improving our local community with your participation in community events and your contribution in providing funding for seniors’ housing in the Bayward district. 

In regards to the issue of global suffering, there were approximately 1.7million tuberculosis (TB) related deaths worldwide in 2017. This poses a significant health threat, and TB is now the world’s most deadly infectious disease. We know that this disease and other epidemics can be ended, and indeed deaths from HIV, TB and malaria have dropped by about 40% since 2000. 

Public-private partnerships such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria are effective in increasing protection against diseases, and have helped 15 million people access treatment for TB, amongst other achievements. In 2017, Canada committed $785 million to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. 

In 2019, the Global Fund is seeking from donors and partners globally. Many countries with just as large economies have pledged billions of dollars to the Global Fund. I believe Canada has the fiscal ability to increase our pledge commitment by 1.5%. 

With your seat on the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee, I highly encourage you to use your voice to support this request. You can do so by writing to the Minister of International Development. 

If you could forward to me a copy of your correspondence to the Minister, that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to attend to my email, and I look forward to your response. 

Sincerely, 

Chris Smith 

5 Main Street 

Ottawa, ON, K1A 2B3 

T: (555) 456-7890

E: chris.smith@email.com

secret tip

Don’t include mention of Results Canada - this keeps your letter looking like it’s your opinion, because it is! 

see an example of a follow-up letter/email

Subject: Re: Global Fund

Dear [insert MP name]:

I hope this email finds you well. I would like to follow up on a previous email found below sent on [date] in regards to your support on the Global Fund. 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,

Chris Smith 

5 Main Street 

Ottawa, ON, K1A 2B3 

T: (555) 456-7890

E: chris.smith@email.com

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When following up, reply using your original letter or email so you can reference back to it.

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

“I have known my MP for a little while now and I have noticed that when I hand write a letter to her, her response will actually be more thorough. I can tell she really appreciates the handwritten notes - we overlook so much now the power of letters.”

- Josh, Results volunteer
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