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Campaign 2000 Update on the Federal Election
As this year's election campaign kicks into full swing, here's an update on what Campaign 2000 is doing and what we encourage YOU to do.
An August Angus Reid poll found that the issue of "poverty" ranks as 4th most important on voters' minds. Let's remind all federal candidates of what Campaign 2000 partners want them to do to end child and family poverty. Feel free to distribute this widely to your networks.
(a) Make Poverty History resources
Check www.makepovertyhistory.ca for downloadable posters and lawn signs you can use.
MPH is organizing all candidate meetings in swing ridings - check out the website and attend if there's one in your riding. Contact Liyu firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a copy of the MPH list of priority ridings.
(b) What Campaign 2000 plans to do:
We've sent letters to all party leaders with a series of questions on our issues. (Download Open Letter to party leaders) We'll summarize the answers and party platforms relative to our recommendations with a public statement and press conference. This is planned for Sept . 29 in Toronto, and with partners in selected cities. Check www.campaign2000.ca later in the campaign for a summary grid that tracks party positions relative to our demands.
(c) Proposed All-Party Debate on Poverty and Inequality, Oct. 6th in Ottawa
Thanks to NAPO who initiated this, Campaign 2000 is one of the sponsors of this proposed all-party debate on poverty and inequality on Oct. 6 in Ottawa. Many of you within our network also expressed strong interest in getting involved.
(d) Questions to candidates
-The Leaders Debate is schedule for Oct. 1 (in French) and Oct 2 (in English). We'd like to see a question asked on poverty. Please send one in to email@example.com
The more we send, the greater the chance it's asked. Here's a suggested question you can modify:
(e) All Candidate meetings
Attend all candidate debates in your riding and ask a question on child & family poverty. For example:
If not sure whether you're registered, check www.electionscanada.ca to get more info.
An OCSJ press release on International Human Rights Day
An Open Letter to the People of Ontario in Response to the Poverty Reduction Strategy Announced by the Ontario Government