OCTOBER 2019

Your voice matters – Cast your VOTE

Your voice your vote

It is vital that we are all actively engaged in our democracy. A solid way to do that is to vote. That’s real power.

– Camille Gooden, RESULTS Canada volunteer

Federal election candidates want to hear from you!

On October 21, Canadians will decide who their government will be for the next 4 years. When you head to the polls, it’s important that you know who you’re voting for and what they stand for. If you take action ahead of Election Day, you will feel ready and informed when you go to vote.

Meeting with your candidates before the election not only ensures your voice is heard, but it begins your relationship with whoever becomes your elected official. Canada’s next Members of Parliament (MPs) are now canvassing across the nation – knocking on doors, participating in town halls and local debates, and attending community events and activities. They want to hear from you and what you care about! So take the opportunity to meet with them, and share that you care about Canada’s leadership in the fight to end extreme poverty. RESULTS Canada volunteer Camille Gooden explains more on how and why you should engage your candidates in her guest blog.

Use our Election Toolkit to help you speak with confidence when meeting your candidates. It includes talking points on Canadian aid; 10 things to know about Canadian aid; why Canadian aid matters; and more!

Another great way to help inform who you’re going to vote for is to understand each party’s platform, which you can find now on each party’s website. Party leaders will also be sharing their policy priorities across social media, at public rallies, and during the two official leader debates scheduled to take place ahead of the election (see key dates).

October key dates to watch for

English-language Leaders Debate, October 7 from 7 – 9 pm EST
Global Fund Replenishment Conference, October 9 – 10, Lyon, France
French-language Leaders Debate, October 10 from 8 – 10 pm EST
World Food Day, October 16
International Day for the Eradication of Extreme Poverty, October 17
Federal Election, October 21
World Polio Day, October 24

Here are the four main parties’ platforms:

Looking ahead

November will see the launch of a new RESULTS Canada campaign on immunization. Immunizations are proven to be the most impactful and cost effective public health measures. Let’s ensure Canada remains a leader in global health by making a strong commitment to proven solutions including the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Get started early by promoting World Polio Day on October 24th! It is crucial to put the spotlight on World Polio Day as we are closer than ever to eradicating this disease for good – which would be the second disease to be eradicated after smallpox. We need to maintain political and public support so we can finish the job. If anything, Canada’s recent pledge to the Global Fund is testament to the fact that when we raise our voices, the result is something we can be proud of.

Recent Volunteer Activity

Canadians care about investing in a world without extreme poverty. Recent actions of committed citizens included: in person engagementletters to the editor, published social media posts and many emails and letters!

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

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