Walking the Talk: Human Rights Abroad ~ TAKE ACTION ~ Joindre le geste à la parole: Les droits de la personne à l’étranger ~ PASSONS À L'ACTION
Take Action for positive change:
Make your voice heard in Parliament in support of Bill C-323
There are so many ways to make your voice heard, on a personal level as well as within your community.We can’t do it without YOU!
What can you do to help to make a positive difference? Plenty! You have influence in your community, you have family and friends. You belong to groups and organizations. There are many ways you can get involved and many effective ways of communicating your concerns. See below how you can help get things done for our region and our Country and make your voice heard and your opinion known at the House of Commons.
TAKE ACTION - You can help.
- Hold a public community meetings or events: Working with your local organizations, help organize public forums with panel discussions on issues related to corporate social responsibility and the need for legislative tools like Bill C-323, include a question-and-answer session.
- Organize community picnics, local music concerts, art exhibit, installation/environmental art, with your neighbours to help ensure that your community is getting informed and that they have their say.
- Invite your MP, members of civil society, organized labour, academic, business communities as well as speakers from our past conferences (link) to your area to speak on Bill C-323.
- Contact your other local politicians via letters, emails, faxes. Let your local MLA and MPP know that you expect positive ACTION on their part.
- Contact your local media about any activities you organize in your local community.
- Writing letters to the editor of local and national newspapers. Voice your opinions and call attention to the issues that concern you. A letter to the Editor is another effective grassroots way of helping make your voice heard. It may also show your neighbours that they are not alone in holding an opinion, giving them more courage to speak out or take action themselves. A timely and convincing letter to the editor can also push a newspaper to give an issue-concern more or different coverage.
- We’d like videos of you talking about how important Bill C-323 to the protection of human rights and the environment, by holding companies to account: What is Bill C-323? Why is Bill C-323 important? Make a video with your friends and family and post it on twitter/Facebook/YouTube, embed the video on your website, “like” the video and share broadly!
- Screen the video at your local events; include it in your local film festivals..
- Write a letter of support: You and/or your organization are invited to write a letter in support of Bill C-323 and send it to Peter Julian’s office (Postage free – Room 184, confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa K1A 0A6)
- Encourage local organizations, associations, companies and community groups to support our efforts to Pass Bill C-323!
- Send us testimonials about how C-323 would impact the global south and our country positively.
- Send us your action ideas and share photos from your community.
- Get the latest alerts and news by email, Facebook, twitter:
Join the Pass Bill C-323 email list - Write to Peter / Subscribe to our mailing list for the latest news on Bill C-323 http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/contact
SIGN THE PETITIONS - AND GET OTHERS TO SIGN ON TOO
To help keep up the pressure on the Conservative government on issues and concerns you have re. Human rights and environmental violations and to help us advance our campaign, please download Peter Julian's latest petition for Bill C-323. Then get the support of your friends, neighbours, people you work with and get them to sign the petition. When you have as many signatures as you can get, mail the petitions (postage free) to Peter’s Parliamentary Office in Ottawa. Peter would then table your petitions in the House of Commons. Click the links below to download the petition
English: Bill C-323 Petition English Français: Bill C-323 Pétition Français These public petitions are one of the most direct means for citizens to communicate with Parliament. Once your MP tables your petitions, the rules of the House require that the government reply to a petition within 45 calendar of its presentation.
Please note: the Official Opposition wants to make it easier for Canadians to bring issues to the House of Commons for debate. However, the House of Commons does not currently accept petitions in electronic format. Signing the online petition will help demonstrate however the urgent need for Bill C-323.
Sign on Letter ~ C-323
In light of the growing concerns internationally over some Canadian corporation abroad with regards to human rights abuses, environmental disasters, and disregard for labour rights it is paramount that the Canadian government take action. Canada must be seen as taking the lead on corporate social responsibly, ensuring the rule of law applies across borders. Bill C-323 does just that by providing a legal framework that holds Canadian companies accountable abroad
Connect with your Member of Parliament
Continue to make contact with your Member of Parliament, feel free to make your feelings known to her/him and her/his staff (both in his Constituency Office and at the House of Commons) about key concerns regarding Bill C-323, share with us what is going on directly through your letters and your emails.
Getting a Meeting with your MP
Passing Bill C-323 will require a political decision.
- Your direct communication with your MP can make a huge difference to how that MP views the issue and how involved they become. Arrange to meet with your local MP to try to speak with them about Bill C-323 and issues related to our campaign.
- Call or write a letter to your Member of Parliament outlining your concerns, underlining that the issue is important to a lot of the MP's voters and ask for a meeting to discuss these issues.
- Petitions: If you have collected signatures on Bill C-323 (add link) you can ask to present these in person to your MP. This is very effective as all of those signatures are from voters!
- Collect more than 25 signatures and then bring the originals to your meeting. You can use the petition to help you get a meeting: request a meeting to present the petition. You can ask your MP to present the petition in the House of Commons. They do not have to agree with the petition in order to do this.
- You can search at www.parl.gc.ca for your MPs contacts using your postal code. We can help you if you would like to contact us.
- Find some other friends in your riding who are willing to go with you to meet your MP. You can form a small delegation of concerned constituents and request a meeting.
- You have an important point to make and you care deeply but it is important to be polite so that your letter will be taken seriously. Impolite language or styles will discredit your message.
- You are also invited to write to NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Prime Minister Stephen Harper (email@example.com), expressing your support of Bill C-323 and your concerns on issues related to Bill C-323.
- Your MP's job is to listen to your concerns, even if they have a different view and the party has a different policy. There are specific times of the year when MP's are in their ridings for the purpose of meeting with their constituents - that's you!
Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster) has hosted two conferences entitled Walking the Talk: Human Rights Abroad. The aim of these conferences is to have a focused dialogue on international violations of human and environmental rights and related corporate practices, and to demonstrate the importance of providing the legislative options supported by Peter’s Private Member’s Bill, C-323 (formerly C-354, C-492), in specific situations.
2012 Conference Agenda: http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/conference-agenda-programme
2010 Conference Agenda: http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/2010-conference-walking-the-talk-joindre-le-geste-a-la-parole
Bill C-323 ~ Petition ~ Sign-on letter ~ 2010-Int'l Conference ~ In the Media~In-the Community http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/bill-c-323-petition-2010-conference-in-the-media-in-the-community
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Peter Julian, député (Burnaby-New Westminster) a organisé deux conférences sous le titre Joindre le geste à la parole : Les droits de la personne à l’étranger. Il s’agit de dialoguer sur les violations des droits de la personne et de l’environnement dans le monde et le rôle des entreprises à cet égard et de montrer combien il importe d’offrir par voie législative des moyens de remédier à ces violations et de responsabiliser les entreprises en la matière. Nous croyons que ce projet de loi C-323 (Loi de promotion et de protection des droits de la personne à l’échelle internationale) (initialement C-354, C-492) répondrait à ce besoin.
Programme, 2012: http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/conference-agenda-programme
Projet de loi C-323 ~ Pétition ~ Signer la lettre collective d'appui ~ 2010 Conférence Internationale ~ Dans les média~Dans la Communauté http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/bill-c-323-petition-2010-conference-in-the-media-in-the-community
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