CJPME representatives often meet with members of Parliament (MPs) to discuss Canada’s position on Palestine and related topics. Now we need your help to reach out to your own member of Parliament to hold them accountable to represent you. MPs can’t “represent” you if they don’t know what you want.
Where to start?
- Look up your MP and contact them for a meeting. You can find your MP and their contact information here.
- Read CJPME's guide on how to manage a meeting with an MP
- Read up on the "Do’s and Don’t’s" of meeting with an MP
- Make sure you're up to date on relevant information and policy positions using the resources below.
CJPME has published several position papers with recommendations on what Canada should do on the following topics. All you need to do is talk your MP through these recommendations:
- Position paper: Recommendations on the Israel-Palestine Conflict
- Position paper: Comparing Canada’s response to Russia’s to Canada’s response to Israel
- Position paper: Ending Canada’s Arms Trade with Israel
CJPME also has over 200 factsheets on Palestine-Israel and the broader Middle East. Some recent ones which could be helpful as you meet with MPs would be:
- Factsheet: ICC Investigation of War Crimes in Palestine (in PDF)
- Factsheet: Anti-Palestinian Racism (in PDF)
- Factsheet: The Forcible Transfer of Masafer Yatta (in PDF)
- Factsheet: The Assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh (in PDF)
- Factsheet: Apartheid in Israel (in PDF)
- Factsheet: Historic Palestine’s Demography (in PDF)
A few other docs that you might find useful are:
- CJPME’s “Arming Apartheid” report which documents Canada’s arms trade with Israel
- CJPME’s “Beyond the Two-State Solution” report which challenges Canada’s inaction on Palestine-Israel
- Amnesty’s Apartheid Report
- Human Rights Watch’s Apartheid Report
If you need coaching, we’re ready to help
CJPME staff is available to hold your hand through the process. Give us a call at 438-380-5410 or email us at [email protected]
Don't be shy. Average citizens meet all the time with their MPs. Don't view the meeting as a "debate." Rather, just go with the intent of sharing your concerns with your elected representative, and asking them to take their concerns to the government. Most MPs have very little understanding of the Middle East, and the tragic plight of the Palestinians. This is an opportunity for you to help them become more informed.