As the October 2015 election dust settles and many new MPs are setting priorities for their role in parliament, now is a great time to meet with your MP and discuss their support of conscientious objection to military taxation!
First, if you don’t know who is representing you in parliament, find your local MP using your postal code. Then ask around and see if you can get any other friends, co-workers, family, or acquaintances to go along with you. The more the merrier!
Contact your MP directly to arrange a meeting, and bring a copy of at least a few of the items from our “Lobbying” page.
In particular, you might want to bring a copy of our pamphlet and the report on Nonviolent Alternatives to Canadian Defense and Security. You can print them off from the website or Conscience Canada can mail some copies directly to you, just contact us and let us know!
When you’re chatting, ask if they would be interested in promoting a private members’ bill to enable conscientious objectors to redirect the military portion of their taxes towards nonviolent peace and security-building programs. If they were to say “yes” that would be amazing, but if they say “no”, you can ask if they know of any colleagues who are concerned about the escalating cost of military expenditures and the problems associated with military procurement.
After you’ve met with them, let us know how it went! We’d love to hear from you. We can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. or janslakov at shaw.ca.
Best of luck!
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