Have you let your electoral candidates know that a world free of poverty matters to you?

Summer is well on its way! With the election period around the corner, August is a great month to focus on engaging with the candidates in your riding, and to highlight the importance of Canadian aid and the issues that matter to you. As you saw in last month’s action, we’ve combined our July and August actions with the hope that it will help you plan your advocacy. We have also added new Campaign Intel and actions for August so please continue to read!  With the Canadian aid Election Toolkit , you’re armed with a number of tools to help you reach out to your electoral candidates and put Canadian aid on candidates’ minds!

After identifying your electoral candidates, be sure to engage them by jumping on opportunities like attending local debates or campaign barbeques. Don’t shy away from answering your door – it might be one of your candidates! It’s crucial to build long-term relationships with all candidates as one of them will become your future Member of Parliament (MP). Read more about engaging with your candidates in our June Call to Action.

Get inspired to take action! Consult fellow volunteers’ stories to learn about how they took action and the impact it had.

August key dates to watch for

World Breastfeeding Week August 1 – 7
G7 Summit August 24 – 26, Biarritz, France
Tokyo International Conference of Africa’s Development August 29 – 30, Yokohama, Japan

Latest Campaign Intel

The Canadian Government has yet to announce its pledge for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. We are very concerned that they will not increase their investment this year so our push for an increase will continue until we hear an announcement from them. In mid-July we had a flurry of media attention that we know is making an impact. These include:

  • 140 participants who attended the RESULTS International Conference in Washington DC signed a letter to the Canadian Ambassador asking Canada to increase its pledge. The letter was delivered directly to the Embassy by RESULTS Canada volunteers who attended the Conference, where they asked the embassy to bring the message forward to the Prime Minister.
  • An article by Mike Blanchfield (picked up in various media outlets across Canada) – you’ll see RESULTS Canada Executive Director Chris Dendys quoted throughout the piece.
  • An article by Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, calling on Canada to step up the fight.
  • An op-ed by Dr. Jane Philpott, Member of Parliament. 
  • Friend of RESULTS and global TB and HIV advocate Loyce Maturu wrote a letter to the Prime Minister that has been turned into an op-ed in the Globe and Mail.
  • Volunteers and advocates across the African continent reached out to Canadian embassies in their countries, sending the same message: asking Canada to increase its investment in the Global Fund.

  Keep sharing these articles and amplifying our message through writing letters to the editor. The media push is making an impact so let’s keep it up!

–  At Women Deliver, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an historic investment of $1.4 billion dollars annually until 2030 towards women and girls’ health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights.

–  At the end of June, Canada pledged $150 million to the Global Financing Facility for Women and Children’s Health at the G20 Summit, bringing the total contribution for 2020-2022 to $200 million.

Recent MP activity:

  • A meeting was held with MP Michael Levitt (Liberal), Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, on Global Fund Replenishment and the need to increase Canadian aid.
  • After a grassroots meeting with Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Mrs. McKenna sent a letter to Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs copying Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister for Finance asking for an increase to the Global Fund.
  • MP Joël Lightbound (Liberal), the Parliamentary Secretary for Finance, also wrote the Prime Minister a letter on the Global Fund replenishment following a successful grassroots meeting.

By taking a look at all your actions taken so far this year, it’s clear that Canadians care about investing in a better world. Your incredible actions include: Members of Parliament meetingsletters to the editor, published social media posts and many emails sent to MPs of all four major parties!

Don’t see your action? Make sure to track your actions with your group leader or Mélissa!

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