Meet your MP Week: November 11-15

Join other Canadians across the country who will be asking for support for the Voice for Justice campaign from their Member of Parliament during the week of November 11 to 15.

During that week of November 11th, the House of Commons is not in session, so most MPs will spend the week in their constituencies, and will be available to meet with their constituents. On your own or with a small group, organize a meeting at the constituency office to ask your MP to call for the creation of an independent ombudsman for the extractive sector. These meetings will ensure that our Parliament hears our call for a voice for justice here in Canada for those whose rights have been violated by Canadian extractive companies operating overseas.

We have created several tools to prepare you for this meeting, including a petition to sign, a guide for meeting your MP, and speaking points to discuss during the meeting. You’ll find these tools online with the campaign materials.

To begin, download the Development and Peace Voice for Justice campaign petition that can be presented in the House of Commons if you collect at least 25 signatures. Your MP can ask a question in the House about establishing an ombudsman for the extractive sector. Alternatively, your MP can present the petition during the daily tabling of petitions. The petition will show that this campaign is supported by local voters.

Talking about issues that matter: A guide for meeting with your federal Member of Parliament, offers a step-by-step guide for organizing a delegation to meet with your MP, and prepares you for the meeting. The accompanying Talking points for meeting your Member of Parliament document gives you the main topics for discussion to get your point across.

Be sure to take a photo of your group giving the petition to your MP for our blog, and then send it to us along with your short report, using the online form at www.devp.org/mpreport.

Canadians across the country will meet with their MPs in November, so that our Parliamentarians know that Canada needs a voice for justice in the extractive industry, and that they need to take action now.