Thanks to you – the Government of Canada knows that Canadians care
“To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – this is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
With the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria replenishment letter sent to the Prime Minister in May, it is time to pat ourselves, and our Member of Parliament champions on the back! These past few months of targeted advocacy have ensured that the Canadian government understands the impact of their continued support to reduce the burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria around the world. Now is the time to thank the MPs you have worked with and shift gears to a new campaign: the federal election.
Looking forward, our campaigns until October will be election-focused as the federal election is scheduled to be held on October 21, 2019. This is an important time to advocate for our issues because it is when candidates, who are potential future MPs, are listening attentively to the priorities of Canadians – a time to let them know that Canadians care about international aid and to start building positive relationships!
The Global Fund is an example of aid at work – when Canada joins the world in committing to international development and global health, there are direct decreases in poverty and unnecessary deaths. While Canadian aid is an important topic year-round, the election is an essential time to take our advocacy to all parties and show that Canadian aid is an issue that voters care about.
June key dates to watch for
Women Deliver Conference June 3 – 6, Vancouver, B.C.
McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health June 10-21, Montréal, Q.C.
G20 Summit Meeting June 28 – 29, Osaka, Japan .
Now is the time to get informed and get ready. On June 25th, RESULTS Canada will be releasing a comprehensive election toolkit. We welcome you to use this resource as a way to dive in to all things election-related. There will be an accompanying webinar on June 25 at 7pm ET to walk through how this toolkit can help jumpstart your engagement around the election.
Tips to engage candidates
As you’re getting ready to engage with candidates, refresh your skills by watching the recordings of 2 recent webinars we’ve conducted. They will give you tips and tricks on how to get a meeting, how to conduct a successful meeting, how to do a targeted elevator pitch and also how to engage online, especially on Twitter. You can also watch these short videos from MPs Erin O’Toole and Anita Vandenbeld on the importance of engaging with your elected officials.
On behalf of our MP and Senator champions, RESULTS Canada Executive, Chris Dendys sent the final Global Fund letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on May 7th, with 28 signatures. Thank you for your great work on this important campaign! Civil society groups have also been working with decision-makers and have submitted a collective sign-on letter to the Minister of International Development, Maryam Monsef. We’ve put the pressure in all the right spots and made a great case for Canada to increase its investment. Now we wait for the government to announce Canada’s Global Fund pledge, which we hope to hear in June!
As we are changing the focus of our campaign, now is a good time to highlight all of the actions you have taken so far in 2019. Join us in celebrating your incredible work: Members of Parliament meetings, letters to the editor, published social media posts and many emails sent to MPs in all four major parties!