JULY 2019

Let your electoral candidates know that a world free of poverty matters to you!

Summer is here! With the election period around the corner, July and August are great months 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. We’ve combined our July and August actions, with the hope that it will help you plan your actions.  With the Canadian aid Election Toolkit now available, 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.

Summer dates to watch for

G7 Development and Education Ministers Meeting July 4 – 5, France
RESULTS International Conference July 13 – 16, Washington, D.C.
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

On June 4 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. This will continue Canada’s global health leadership, contributing significantly to the well-being of over 18 million women around the world and making Canada a top funder of sexual and reproductive health rights globally.

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. This new commitment will allow millions more women, adolescents and children to have better access to quality health and nutrition services.

We are proud to see Canada delivering on the rights of women and girls!

Recent MP activity:

  • Grassroots met 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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