CCL Canada Spring Rendez-Vous 2020

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Registration Opens February 15, 2020.

For reminders and updates on Facebook here is our event page .

Outline of Event (tentative schedule)

This will be our 15th time lobbying on Parliament Hill together since November 2011.

Monday, May 11, 2020 noon to 5:30 pm
Venue: TBA
Schedule subject to change

Light vegan lunch and refreshments provided at noon.
11:00 – 12:30 – register, receive lobby schedule, snacks and meet-up with your lobby groups
12:30 – 1:00 – welcome,  introductions and getting out of our comfort zones
1:00 – 5:00 –  a series of guest speakers
5:00 – 5:30 – orienting to Parliament Hill, final instructions and Q&A for lobbying

Monday, May 11, 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Vegan buffet food provided
Venue and schedule: TBA

Tuesday, May 11, 2020, all-day
Venue: Parliament Hill

Arrive at 8:15 at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill for an 8:30 SHARP GROUP PHOTO.

Early-bird registration fees until March 31 – thereafter prices double:
$50 for the entire event
$25 for the reception only
$25 for the conference only
Lobbying only is free but you must register.

Registration opens February 15.


Register Online

Karelo is will be handling the registrations again. Thus billing on your credit card will show up as Karelo not Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Registration opens by February 15, 2020.


Keynotes, Panelists and Guest Speakers

Confirmed Speakers and Guests

Jason Dion: Mitigation Research Director
Canadian Institute for Climate Choices

Céline Bak: Founder and President of Analytica Advisors
Analytica Advisors

Angie Nussey: Singer and Song Writer
There is a Whisper in the Air, change is coming.

More announcements coming soon.

Important Deadlines

  1. Start giving MPs head’s up invitations to the reception. Look in action sheets for instructions for now.
  2. TBA last day to book hotel room.
  3. TBA conference registration closes on this date or when we exceed 75 registrations. Register early.
  4. FRIDAY, May 1, 2020:  MP Bios to Here is the outline in Word. Any MP bios sent after that time may or may not be photocopied or formatted in time for the conference by us. We will still accept even at the conference and lobbying days but we can’t be responsible for making copes for your lobbying team.
  5. FRIDAY, May 1, 2020: Please get us your lobbying appointments as soon as you get them to by filling in a Google Form (coming soon). We will still accept lobbying appointments made after this date – even at the conference and lobbying days. We will make it work.
  6. Note that the schedule will be finalized on Saturday before the conference. However, we anticipate 25% of appointments changing as MPs.
  7. MONDAY, May 4, 2020:  All photocopying will be sent to the printers
  8. Note there will be a series of special CCL Canada group start workshops before the conference for newbies and veterans.
  9. Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 – days of travel and rest for the conference team. Thus, we will have limited contact via the internet and our workflow will be only what is absolutely necessary.

WHERE TO SEND: Please send MP bios to the email box for CCL Canada: .

NAME: The name of the MP, their Party and any special roles they may have in Parliament.
TIME: The day of the week, date and time
LOCATION: Including the building and address and room number if possible
STAFF CONTACT: The staff contact person and their contact information
CONSTITUENTS: Names of constituents (even if they are not attending the conference)
MEETING SCHEDULED BY: Who was the CCL scheduler
ALSO WANTS TO ATTEND: Who you would like to have lobby with you. Constituents in the MP’s riding will get top priority. Other circumstances may be considered but there are no guarantees.

Never Lobbied Before?

Never lobbied before? Don’t worry, we have been lobbying for carbon fee and dividend for since 2010 in Canada. You will be officially trained beforehand on either live videoconference or recorded call. And by the end of the conference on the Monday you will be empowered to speak for millions.

Canada is one of the top-ranked democracies in the  world. We must be the change agents that catalyze the transformation the world so desperately needs.

We will  send registered attendees a series of short emails after April 1 to orient everyone to the event. One of the emails will include a package of  updated and most relevant “Laser Talks” with instructions. Also there will be an invitation to partake in an online training or watch a video recording.

At the conference, you are going to be hanging out with some of the most interesting and talented climate volunteers on the planet and we like to have fun. Getting out of our comfort zone is our modus operandi.

Most  of our MP’s will be relieved to know that there is someone in her/his riding that supports a national and rising price on carbon pollution.

We have one  over-arching rule: treat politicians with respect and admiration for their service.

Here are the key strategies we use.


Lobbying Tool Kit


  • Photo ID is required to get into all buildings on Parliament Hill.
  • Allow at least 15 minutes to get through the airport-like security on Parliament Hill.
  • Don’t wear and bring anything that looks remotely political such as flags and CCL swag (Climate Lobby are trigger words it seems) because it may be put in storage while you lobby in the building.
  • If your meeting is in Centre Block go through the “Business Door” on the left and not the “Tourist Door” on the right. We will review this at the conference.
  • If by chance you get invited to the Parliamentary Dining Hall, men must wear a tie in the Dining Hall.  No Jeans allowed.

Map of Parliament Hill which will be included in your conference booklet

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Over the next few weeks we will be posting updated resources in here.

  • Please only book appointments with your MP for either
    -the reception on Monday, May 13
    – reception and lobbying, if you and your MP thinks that is best.
    – just lobbying if they cannot attend the reception on Tuesday, May 14
    You get the appointment you can get.
    If you are brand new to Citizens’ Climate Lobby and do not have a connection with your local CCL group, check with us to make sure someone has not already started booking the appointment.
  • NEW THIS YEAR Once you have secured an appointment send the following information by filling in this form.
  • Send the MP bio to by May 3. Here is the outline in Word.

The Final Lobbying Schedule

After registration closes on May 3,  the Lobbying Schedule Committee will meet to determine the lobbying schedule. Great care will go into balancing the following elements: putting constituents in the room, past lobbying participants, weighing the skills of the different people, giving everyone approximately the same number of appointments, considering the lobby-lead requests and avoiding schedule conflicts.

That all being said, we have to be nimble. About 15-20% of lobbying meetings change at the last minute because we lobby mostly face-to-face. Thus, it is especially critical you do not change your lobbying schedule on your own. Everyone will get their lobbying schedules by Monday, May 13 at the conference.

About Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada

Since its inception in 2010, CCL Canada has lobbied relentlessly for Ottawa to adopt carbon fee and dividend, over the years holding over 900 meetings with parliamentarians and generating appearing over  three thousand on the editorial pages of Canadian newspapers.

In October 13,  2018, Citizens Climate Lobby was on Parliament Hill for the 13th time.

Thirteenth time lucky is what the foray onto Parliament Hill will be remembered as. While on the hill, there were indications that carbon fee and dividend was going to be announced as the official backstop policy for pricing carbon pollution. For example, Senator for Edmonton, AB Senator Grant Mitchell said, “You are one of the most successful lobbying groups I have worked with because you are about to get what you lobbied for.”

At Citizens’ Climate Lobby, we’re committed to building the political will for the climate solutions we all need. As empowered citizens, we talk with neighbors, friends, and local officials about how national climate action can help ensure a healthy future while strengthening the Canadian economy.

FullSizeRenderOur volunteers include high school students and concerned grandparents, a Canadian NASA rocket scientist living in Pasadena, health care workers from across Canada and many other walks of life. Some are PhD’s who have spent careers researching the intricacies of climate change; others are concerned citizens who just want to know how to help. Whatever our  backgrounds, we’re all united by a commitment to making our voices heard as we call for a healthy climate future.

CCL is a non-partisan international organization. Members of CCL’s International’s advisory board include: George P. Shultz, former US secretary of state; Dr. James Hansen, retired Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Canadian Climate Scientist at Texas Tech University; and others. CCL believes politicians don’t create political will, they respond to it.

CCL believes citizens who are well trained, organized by ridings and with a good system of support can influence the political process. Our volunteers want Canada to lead the fight to save the global climate, and they want to help politicians achieve this noble goal.

Hotel and Accomodations

Hotel venue TBA.

Less Expensive suggestions:

The Ottawa Jail Hostel is only a 15 minute walk to our venue and Parliament Hill.

90U Residence at the UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA:
Also only a 15 minute walk to our venue and Parliament Hill.

Media Release:

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Coming in late April

Canadian Civics 101


For the benefit of our American Guests

OVERVIEW: The USA is a democratic republic whereas Canada is a constitutional monarchy. The President is the elected head of state in the USA. Queen Elizabeth II is our head of state and she is represented in Canada by our Governor General, Julie Payette, a former NASA astronaut. Our head of state is also called “the Crown”. Canada has a bicameral system, just like the USA, with lower and upper houses.

EXECUTIVE BRANCH: In Canada, the political party with the most seats in the House of Commons forms the government and the leader of that party becomes the Prime Minister (PM). The executive branch of the Canadian government is led by the PM and he/she appoints senior Members of Parliament to the executive in a cabinet adhering to the principle of cabinet collective responsibility. The Privy Council is the non-partisan, public service support to the PM and Cabinet and its decision-making structures.

HOUSE OF COMMMONS: Our lower house is called the House of Commons and it is the Canadian equivalent of the US House of Representatives. Our federal representatives are elected in electoral districts which we call ridings. We have 338 electoral districts for 35 million people.  Our federal representatives are called Members of Parliament or MPs. Until 2009, governments could call an election at any time within five years of being elected. Since 2009, we have legislated set election dates every four years, unless there is a non-confidence vote in the House of Commons which defeats the government and forces an election. This usually happens when we have minority governments.

MINORITY GOVERNMENTS A minority government happens when the ruling party does not have a majority of the seats in Parliament. Currently, we again have a minority government under the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau (and yes, we add “u’s” to a lot of words up here). These recent governments were all minority governments: 2004-2006, 2006-2008 and 2008-2011. Canada is predisposed to minority governments because we have three major political parties and compared to the USA, a significant Green Party which garners about 5% of the popular vote and a regional party: the Bloc Québécois which currently holds 32 seats with all of the seats in Quebec. Like in the USA and Britain, Canadian MPs are among the last representatives elected using a first-past-the-post ballot which many Canadians hope will change to some form of proportional representation.

THE CANADIAN SENATE: The Canadian Senate, unlike in the USA, is not elected. It is an appointed senate. Most senators hold their seat until the mandatory age of retirement. There are three types of senators in Canada: Independents, Liberals and Conservatives. Currently, Independents and Liberals combined in the Senate are in a majority. The Canadian senate is undergoing a reformation currently. The Senate is divided equally amongst four geographic regions: 24 for Ontario, 24 for Quebec, 24 for the Maritimes (10 for Nova Scotia, 10 for New Brunswick, and four for Prince Edward Island), and 24 for the Western provinces (six each for Manitoba, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta). Newfoundland and Labrador, which became a Canadian province in 1949, is represented by six senators. Further, Canada’s three territories—the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut—are allocated one senator each. An additional four or eight senators may be temporarily appointed by the governor general, provided the approval of the Queen is secured, and the four divisions are equally represented, thus putting the maximum possible number of senators at 113.

THE DOMINATE BRANCH: The House of Commons is the dominant branch of parliament with the Senate and the Crown rarely opposing its will. The Senate is meant to take a second sober look at bills before they pass into law. The Senate reviews legislation from a less partisan standpoint and the Governor General provides the necessary Royal Assent to make bills into law.

The Canadian Prime Minister in a majority government has powers that a US president could only dream of because she/he has complete control over the executive and the House of Commons for four years (we don’t have mid-term elections in Canada) and they are rarely opposed by the senate or the Governor General. Canada had a majority government from 2016-2020.

Watch it on Zoom (maybe)

To be determined