At Development and Peace, our members are at the heart of our advocacy activities. In order to influence national laws and policies towards greater global justice, our members play the essential role of engaging in dialogue with elected representatives. Over the past decade, the Canadian government’s actions on social justice here in Canada and on the international stage have not lived up to Canadians’ expectations, nor to our prior commitments. However, Development and Peace believes that by engaging with Members of Parliament, we will be able to make real progress in order to re-establish Canada’s leadership on social, economic and environmental justice. Development and Peace is calling on the Canadian government to act quickly on four specific issues: climate change, the Syrian crisis, international aid and mining justice.
Development and Peace would like to assist our members in contacting their newly (re)elected MPs in order to introduce them to our mission and to the organization’s recommendations to the Canadian government. There are several online resources available on our website to assist you. Among these resources, you will find a brand new Development and Peace publication called Advocacy Guide: Talking About Global Justice with your Member of Parliament. This guide was specifically produced to help you prepare for the meeting with your MP and it includes details about our organization as well as information about four key issues: climate change, the Syrian crisis, international aid and mining justice. It also includes our policy recommendations for the Government of Canada, and suggests questions that may be asked during meetings with your MP. It is up to you if you would like to discuss all of these subjects with your MP or to cover only the ones that you feel the most strongly about.
This guide was created for all members and supporters of Development and Peace who wish to play an active role in our advocacy efforts and ensure that the voices of communities in the Global South are heard as we fight for global justice. During this Parliamentary session, there are several weeks when the Members of Parliament will be in their ridings and available for meetings with their constituents. These are ideal times to request a meeting with your MP. To this end, Development and Peace has also made available to you a model letter that you can use to request a meeting with your MP.
And if you do visit your MP, please don’t forget to fill out our MP report form to let us know how it went. We want to hear from you!