Lobby Your MP
Amnesty International is pressing the Canadian government to take decisive action on human rights at home and on the world stage during 2017. The call comes as we release our annual Human Rights Agenda for Canada, pressing the federal government to build on progress seen in 2016 while addressing ongoing serious human rights shortcomings.
>> 2016 Report Card - Defending Rights for All? A Human Rights Assessment of the Trudeau Government
>> 2017 Human Rights Agenda - A Year to Get it Right: Amnesty International's 2017 Human Rights Agenda for Canada
We need your help! We're asking all Amnesty supporters to reach out to their Member of Parliament and encourage them to make 2017 a year for human rights. Every MP and Senator has received a copy of our 2017 Human Rights Agenda as well as our 2016 Report Card - it's up to you to make sure they follow through.
1. Who is Your MP?
You can find your MP by entering your postal code here.
Once you've found your MP, you can learn more about their roles and affiliations under "Roles." Is your MP part of a committee? The more you know about your MP, the better you can direct your concerns. For example, if your MP is a member of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development they might be particularly interested in hearing our concerns related to the Site C Dam.
Note: If your MP is a Minister, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
2. Email or Call Your MP
Contact information for your Member of Parliament can be found in their profile. Contact your MP by email or phone and let them know that you are reaching out about Amnesty International's Human Rights Agenda and that you want them to put human rights first.
Make it personal! Tell your MP why you care about human rights and emphasize the issues in the Human Rights Agenda that are most important to you.
If you email your MP, be sure to attach a copy of the Human Rights Agenda.
3. Tweet Your MP
— AmnestyCanada (@AmnestyNow) January 23, 2017
More comfortable on social media? Find your MP on Twitter and let them know you want to make 2017 a year for human rights!
Use the hashtags #Canada2017 and #humanrightsagenda and be sure to tag us @AmnestyNow.
4. Meet Your MP
Members of Parliament are responsible to their constituents, so don't be reluctant to request an in-person meeting. Your MP wants to hear from you!
To request a meeting, call their consituency office. Indicate that you are a consituent and that you are calling to request a meeting to discuss Amnesty International's Human Rights Agenda.
A staff person in your MP's office may offer to meet with you if your MP is not available. These meetings will still allow you to express your concerns and pass along information to your Member of Parliament.
Once you've booked your meeting, reach out to email@example.com for lobbying tips and advice.
Note: If you are scheduling a meeting with your MP, they will be in their constituency offices the week of January 23rd - 27th. Otherwise, they will be back in Ottawa.
5. Let us Know!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us that you participated.