Dream No Small Dreams: National Conference and Lobbying Days, June 2-4, 2024

Dream No Small Dreams: National Conference and Lobbying Days, June 2-4, 2024

“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Citizens’ Climate Lobby Founder Marshall Saunders created an organization that is providing perhaps the most essential ingredient for solving the climate crisis: political will. He taught us to dream big and we dreamt and continue to dream that Canada’s leadership in crafting climate policies that curb income inequality and greenhouse gas emissions through innovative pollution pricing will transform our world. We believe this dream will resonate in many hearts because at its core is love.

Registration will open early March 2024


Lobbying: We will be lobbying on Monday and Tuesday. Please do your best to not schedule meetings from 11-3:00 pm on Monday.

All times are given in EDT.

Sunday, June 2, 2023, 1 pm – 6 pm
1:00 pm – doors open – light snacks provided
1:30 pm – Welcome and Land Acknowledgement
1:40 pm – Icebreaker activities
1:45 pm – Finalizing our 2024-2025 for CCL Canada Strategic Plan
3:00 pm break
3:30 pm – Getting ready to lobby, schedules, forming teams, and designing motivational interviewing questions
5:00 pm – light dinner
6:30 pm – Weather permitting photo shoot on Parliament Hill

Monday, June 3, 2024, noon to 6:30 pm
10:30 am – Doors will open and light brunch will be provided
11:00 am – Welcome and Land Acknowledgement
A series of guest speakers.
3:00 pm – final lobby preparations and preparing your story for your local news about your experiences.
5:00 pm – light dinner
6:30 pm – exploring Parliament Hill and taking lots of great photos

Zoom registration for those participating virtually we open in late January.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024
8:00 am to 9:00 am – Building a giant Dreamcatcher with Indigenous Artist Will Morin
Lobby all day.






Script for Securing an Appointment

Inviting your Parliamentarians

Phone and email your MPs to let them know that you are planning to lobby them in June. Note that once we have confirmation you will also invite them to a special event on Parliament Hill too. STAY TUNED.

Between January and April we will be reminding you to inform your Parliamentarians that you will be on Parliament Hill in June. In May, you will be working towards getting an appointment and inviting them to our special event.

Ideally, you’ll be able to arrange a lobbying time during the outlined lobbying dates above, but if your MP is unavailable then, you can lobby them any time they are available in June over Zoom or in your home riding!

Phone Script Outline

  • Introduce yourself as a constituent in [insert name of electoral district]
  • Express authentic appreciation for something the politician has done lately. 
  • Introduce Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Canada
    • Non-partisan, volunteer-led, not-for-profit founded in Canada in 2010.
    • Since 2010 we have been focused on advocating for a Carbon Fee and Dividend policy – a policy that is effective and economically efficient
    • Chapters across Canada, representing over 120 ridings 
  • Let them know that on Monday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 4, CCL volunteers from across the country will be meeting with our Members of Parliament to hear their thoughts on Canada’s current climate policies and carbon pricing in Canada, and to work on shared goals for tackling the climate crisis together
  • Let them know you would like to schedule a meeting with them for sometime during these two days, or another date in October
  • Inform the staff you will be emailing soon after as well to follow-up and confirm the date, time, and meeting details with them. Be sure to get the best email handle for the staffer. 
  • Thank them  

Email Script (Replace grey text in square brackets as appropriate.)

Dear [insert Title and Name of Parliamentarian],

I am a constituent of yours in [insert name of electoral district]. I volunteer with a group called Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada (“CCL”), which is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization that strives to support political will for action against climate change with one particular policy: the Carbon Fee and Dividend. With over 40 active chapters across Canada, representing more than 120 ridings, CCL has been solely focused on supporting this policy since its inception in September 2010.

On Monday, June 3, Tuesday, June and throughout June CCL volunteers from across the country will be meeting with our Parliamentarians to hear their thoughts on current climate policy and carbon pricing in Canada, and discuss how we can work on shared goals for tackling the climate crisis together.

We would appreciate meeting with you to hear your views on these topics,   and how we can work together to tackle the current climate crisis.

Specifically, we are interested in talking to MP [name of MP] about CCL Canada’s Spring 2024 lobbying asks. <<To be posted  in April>> You can cut and paste the very specific ask you would like to discuss with your MP or provide them with choice. 

My fellow constituents and I are looking forward to having an opportunity to introduce ourselves and get to know you.

Kind regards, 

[insert Constituent name]

Lobbying Resources

Leave Behind – Fall 2023 
This will not be our leave behind lobbying document. For now we leave it here.

Laser Talks Booklet – Fall 2023 
To support your lobbying efforts, the Laser Talks Action Team has done its best to compile the most relevant Laser Talks.
Note that you don’t need to learn all of them – just the ones relevant to your lobbying asks. We encourage you to print a couple copies, read them, take notes, and bring them with you when you lobby. Note this will be updated by the conference at least once.

Undaunted Conference Booklet  
We will update our past conference booklet and post it here. For now we leave it here so you can see what needs to be done.  Literally, use them as visual prompts when lobbying. If your MP takes a booklet for themselves, you know they are interested.

Getting ready to lobby document (exemplar)
The lead person makes sure there is a biography of the parliamentarian in a document. Lobbyists meet before the lobbying session to review the document, assign roles in the meeting, the focus of their lobbying based on the most current “leave behind” and design possible motivational interviewing questions.

CCCL Lobbying 101 
Our PowerPoint presentation for lobby training. We anticipate this will be updated.


Our Venue


The location for the Conference is the Lord Elgin Hotel.
100 Elgin Street | Ottawa | ON, K1P 5K8
tel: (613) 235-3333 Web: lordelginhotel.ca