On Tuesday, March 22nd, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau delivered the Government’s first Federal Budget of the 42nd Parliament in which it committed to modestly increase short term funding to the International Assistance Envelope by $256 million over the next two years,...
EWB Meets With 90 MPs in Day of Action for Canadian Development Financing
Earlier this month, 60 EWB youth leaders from across the country converged in Ottawa for our largest Day of Action ever!
We ran a policy and advocacy bootcamp to prepare for the big day...
Where we learned about our two policy asks: Canada's development finance initiative from Aniket Bhusan...
And Canada's official development assistance (ODA) spending.
Jennifer Hollett led a special session on engaging with Members of Parliament.
And we participated in a consultation with Global Affairs Canada and prepped for meetings with MPs...
Until we were sure everyone was feeling both pumped and prepared!
When the big day finally came, we raced around Parliament Hill for 90 meetings with MPs across party lines to voice our support for two things that Canada can do to achieve the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs): making a stronger commitment to Official Development Assistance spending and operationalizing the Canadian Development Finance Initiative while ensuring poverty reduction is at its heart.
MPs were not only keen to engage in person but online as well!
Aside from meetings, we also attended Question Period at the House of Commons and the Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) committee.
Finally, to top off two long days of hard work, we celebrated with a reception where MPs and other multi-sector partners joined to talk about the importance of youth leadership and innovation in tackling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a multi-sectoral approach.
Two youth leaders, Meaghan Langille (left) and Cédrik Chouinard (right), from EWB's community made stirring remarks in sharing their leadership journeys.
And our co-hosts Parliamentary Secretary Karina Gould (top right), Hon. Deepak Obhrai (left) and Mme. Hélène Laverdière (bottom right) stressed the importance of youth engagement in achieving the SDGs.
Check out the video of all of the remarks here:
We could not be prouder of what we accomplished and could not have done it without such a strong community and all those who organized, trained, and travelled for the big day, so thanks a million!!
And it's probably safe to say that, in addition to being a hugely successful few days, we also managed to have a blast along the way...
But the fun isn't over! Our efforts could not be better timed as the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie just launched a public review and consultations to renew Canada’s international assistance policy and funding framework. We already engaged in a consultation in Ottawa, but by no means was this comprehensive and of course not everyone was able to participate. We encourage EWBers and the broader public to partake in these consultations, as it is an important opportunity to have your say by putting forth ideas to help shape Canada's foreign policies and programs to help our government to better respond to global challenges new and old. Learn how to participate here.