Candidates and voters – election season has officially begun!
The election period has officially begun! All Members of Parliament (MPs) are now candidates and will be canvassing in your neighbourhoods and communities in full force until Election Day on October 21. It’s important to engage with all candidates in your riding as any one of them could be your next Member of Parliament.
Many of the parties have already settled on their party platforms – whether or not they’ve officially announced them – so this is an important time to find out where they stand on the issues that matter to you. Do they know that Canada is among the lowest of its global peers when it comes to international aid funding? Do they know that Canadian aid helps with humanitarian emergencies, health and overall global economic, peace and security efforts? Do they know that 94% of Canadians believe that it’s important to improve the health, education and economic opportunity for people living in poverty around the world?
It’s time to find out what commitments candidates can secure for you, should they win the election. Reaching out to and building a rapport with each candidate is essential – in the words of former MP Libby Davies, “the key is to get your foot in the door and to start building a dialogue or relationship with that candidate or the party,” – because one of them will be your new MP. Now’s the time to deepen your engagement to make sure your issues are heard loud and clear. Candidates will be hosting local debates and town halls in your communities as well as opening up their campaign offices with many looking for reasons to get out and talk to voters. It’s a great time to reach out – attend their public events, or host one yourself by consulting these tips we’ve prepared for you!
This can feel like a lot to take on but fear not, our Canadian aid Election Toolkit is a great resource and will help you ensure that your message on Canadian aid resonates with candidates. The toolkit includes tips on how to engage with your candidate; 10 things to know about Canadian aid; why Canadian aid matters; and more!
September key dates to watch for
Official federal election period begins, September 2
International Literacy Day, September 8
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), September 17-30, New York, USA
International Day of Peace, September 21
United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, September 23, New York, USA
Latest Campaign Intel
Canada has committed to the 6th replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, check out our statement. The Global Fund is an excellent real-time example of Canadian aid having an incredibly positive impact in the world.
Recent MP Engagement Activity
Canadians care about investing in a world without extreme poverty. Actions of committed citizens include: in person engagement, letters to the editor, published social media posts and many emails and letters.