Canada Cares: Investing in Canadian Aid
Though it may not feel like it yet, summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the adjournment of the House of Commons and the last push into election season. Naturally, for April we’ve got two things on our minds: securing an ambitious pledge from Canada to the Global Fund and preparing for the upcoming election.
National Volunteer Week (April 7-13) – warmest thanks to our passionate and committed volunteers who are lifting up communities across the globe by tirelessly working towards a world without poverty.
World Health Day – April 7
World Immunization Week – April 24-30
World Malaria Day – April 25
These are great opportunities to talk about global health and the importance of Canadian aid in your LTEs and follow our updates on social media!
As global health advocates across the globe are asking their respective governments to step it up, our campaign for the Canadian government to support a fully funded Global Fund is in full swing, with growing Member of Parliament (MP) engagement and published letters to the editor (LTE). We need to continue to build this momentum until we hear an announcement from the Canadian Government about a commitment towards the Global Fund. Keep up the good work – keep talking about the Global Fund and keep pushing for a bold investment from Canada, in the news, on social media and with your MPs. Not only will this help secure a $1 billion CAD pledge from Canada to the Global Fund, but it will help demonstrate the value and impact of Canadian aid around the world.
A bold pledge from Canada is about more than eradicating the world’s most deadly epidemics. It is a signal to the world that Canada acts on its values and is ready to work towards creating positive change beyond our borders. Canada’s investment in the Global Fund has a very real impact on people’s lives around the world. Ask Loyce Maturu from Zimbabwe, who credits the Global Fund for saving her life when she had lost all hope. She now works in her community advocating for better care for people living with HIV. Canadian investments in organizations like the Global Fund carry forward long-term impacts across communities and countries. Stories like Loyce’s are part of a larger piece of Canada’s role on the international stage.
As we begin to get closer to the federal election we can also start drawing links between the Global Fund and Canada’s broader aid spending. We need to talk about these issues together, in a positive way, to show that we, as Canadians, care about how much Canada is spending on Canadian aid. This will help build support from the public and from politicians for an increase to the Canadian aid budget more broadly – something we’ll be working on before the election.
If you’re unfamiliar with our Global Fund campaign or would like to dive deeper, check out our January, February and March Calls To Action. For more about information and rationale behind the $1 billion ask, make sure to read our call for a bold Canadian investment in the Global Fund.
Latest campaign intel:
- The MP letter from MPs and Senators to the Prime Minister requesting that Canada increase its pledge to the Global Fund this year is being circulated. So far the following MPs and Senators have signed on:
- MPs Chandra Arya (Nepean, Ontario), John McKay (Scarborough – Guildwood, Ontario), Steven MacKinnon (Gatineau, Quebec), Linda Duncan (Edmonton, Alberta),
- The Global Fund Secretariat is visiting Ottawa in the first week of April and is planning to meet with MPs, decision-makers and civil society groups.
- MP Engagement to date by citizen advocates and staff:
- 4 meetings with NDP MPs: Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, Murray Rankin, Randall Garrison and Nathan Cullen
- 5 meetings with Conservative MPs: Ziad Aboultaif, Stephanie Kusie, Mike Lake, John Brassard and Pat Kelly
- 5 meetings with Liberal MPs: Svend Spengemann, Rob Oliphant, Chandra Arya, Steven MacKinnon and Anita Vandenbeld. Another meeting also took place with the office of MP Holland.
- Other impactful actions have taken place: numerous letters to the editor and social media posts were published and emails have been sent to a number of MPs from all three major parties.
And many more actions are in the works! Did we miss your action? Make sure to track your actions with your group leader or Mélissa!