CONFERENCE: Make Tomorrow Canada – May 13 and 14, 2019, Ottawa, Ontario


Make Tomorrow Canada

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada’s
National Conference and Lobby Days
Ottawa ON

The Carleton Suite Hotel
Formerly known as the Marriott Residence Inn
161 Laurier Ave W,
Near the corner of Laurier and Elgin in the Parliamentary Precinct
Ottawa, ON K1P 5J2
May 13 and May 14, 2019

We are going back to Ottawa for the fourteenth time to lobby for a liveable world on May 13 and 14. We have a lot of fun at our conferences. We would love for you to join us.

Registration opens April 3 and closes May 3.

Registration fees:
$40 for the entire event
$20 for the reception only
$20 for the conference only
Lobbying only is free but you must register.

Download a PDF of our Leave Behind here. (French to follow)

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

Outline of Conference - Monday and Tuesday

VENUE: The Carleton Suite Hotel
Formerly known as the Marriott Residence Inn
161 Laurier Ave W,
Near the corner of Laurier and Elgin in the Parliamentary Precinct
Ottawa, ON K1P 5J2
May 13 and May 14, 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019  noon to 5:00 pm
Venue: Sir Guy Carleton Room, 2nd Floor Carleton Hotel

Light snacks and refreshments provided. 
12:00 – 1:00 
– register, receive lobby schedule, socialize
1:00 – 2:30 – welcome, introductions, the leave behind, serious stories and fun things. Moderator – Gerry Labelle, speakers include Terry Hart, and Fridays For Future youth Sophia Mathur and Zoe Keary-Matzner
2:30 – 5:00 – Lobby Preparation with Vince Schutt from Enviromentum
5:00 – 5:30 – orienting to Parliament Hill, final instructions and Q&A for lobbying

Monday, May 13, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Venue and schedule: Sir Guy Carleton Room, 2nd Floor Carleton Hotel


Tuesday, May 14, 2019, all day
Parliament Hill

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

Registration: Opens April 3 and closes May 3

Registration fees:
$40 for the entire event
$20 for the reception only
$20 for the conference only
Lobbying only is free but you must register.

Karelo is handling the registrations again. Please go here:

Billing on your credit card will show up as Karelo, not Citizens’ Climate Lobby.



Parliamentarian invitation to our May 13 evening social

You can get a word copy here.




Dear [Representative / Senator / Dr. / Honorable / Councilmember AND Last Name]:


Thank you for giving citizens a voice.

We are in a time of massive change. There is an urgent need to protect the environment we all depend on while ensuring those struggling are not left behind. With the right policies, Canada can help protect the well-being of all while being poised to capture part of the multi-trillion-dollar opportunity that our shifting global economy provides.

It is crucial that we widen our perspectives on environmental policy to ensure that it is equitable and effective. In this spirit, we warmly invite you to engage with CCL Canada volunteers, Fridays for Future youth strikers, fellow parliamentarians, Ottawa NGOs, and motivational interviewer Vince Schutt of Environmentum in a reception from 6:30 to 8:30pm on the 13th of May at the Carleton Suite Hotel, formerly the Marriott Residence Inn, on 161 Laurier Avenue West in Ottawa.

Through informal but meaningful conversation at this all-party event, cohosted by CCL Canada and Member of Parliament Marc Serré, we would anticipate learning from your perspective, as well as sharing multiple perspectives on Canada’s role in reducing greenhouse gas pollution now and in the long term while protecting low and middle-income households.

Thank you for your time and continued service to our communities.




Volunteer, Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada


Never Lobbied Before?

Never lobbied before? Don’t worry, we have been lobbying for carbon fee and dividend for almost nine years now in Canada.

You will be surrounded by the best volunteers on the planet. You will get out of your comfort zone and grow as a human being.

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

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

Map - Parliament Hill.fw

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 800 meetings with parliamentarians and generating over three thousand letters to the editors, opinion pieces, editorials, TV ads, radio hits and articles about the climate crisis and carbon pricing.

In October, 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

The Carleton Suite Hotel
Formerly known as the Marriott Residence Inn
161 Laurier Ave W,
Near the corner of Laurier and Elgin in the Parliamentary Precinct
Ottawa, ON K1P 5J2
CONTACT: 613 231 2020

There are a limited number of rooms available.
Start booking your room Thursday, April 18. You have until Tuesday, April 23 at noon.
The room cost is $189 for a classic suite – which is a queen bed, a separate living room with a pull-out couch and a full kitchen. This is a complete steal in Ottawa in the springtime during The Tulip Festival.

If you need bigger accommodation, you will have to pay extra.
Wi-Fi, Hot Buffet Breakfast, Coffee maker, HDTV, kitchen

Book by Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Looking for the alternate CCL Hostel:
The OTTAWA Jail Hostel is only a 15 minute walk to the hotel our conference

Important Deadlines and Instructions

  1. Tuesday, April 23, 2019: Last day to book your hotel room at the Carleton Inn:  613 231 2020
  2. Friday, May 3, 2019: conference registration closes. Karelo is handling the registrations again. Please go here:
    Billing on your credit card will show up as Karelo, not Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
  3. Friday, May 3, 2019:  MP Bios to Any MP bios sent after that time may or may not be photocopied or formatted in time for the conference by us. You will be responsible. We will still accept even at the conference and lobbying days. The schedule will be finalized on Saturday before the conference We will make it work because we anticipate 25% of appointments changing.
  4. Friday, May 3, 2019: Send the MP bio by May 3. Here is the outline in Word.
  5. Friday, May 10: Please get us your lobbying appointments as soon as you get them.
    NEW THIS YEAR Once you have secured an appointment send the following information by filling in this form.
  6. Monday, May 6:  All photocopying will be sent to the printers. That is why we need everything ahead of time.
  7. Our regularly schedule CCL Canada calls on Thursday, May  9 and Friday, May 10 will be about the conference and lobbying days. There will be no call Monday, May 13, 2019.

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, David Johnson. 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 have a majority 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 10 seats. 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.