Parliament Hill Day a huge success!
This year, CAUT’s Parliament Hill Day had a two-pronged focus on lobbying for a strong federal partner that will invest in core funding for PSE, along with achieving balanced copyright legislation.
Forty CAUT delegates, collectively representing all provinces and differing segments of the membership, held nearly 50 meetings with Cabinet Ministers and other Members of Parliament and political staff on November 22nd — a great effort that deserves a huge round of thanks!
High-profile meetings included Minister Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, and whose riding contains the Universities of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier; Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party, who was very receptive to our ideas; and Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
Every single contact made by CAUT is extremely important in maximizing our presence and clout on the Hill, and delegates this year achieved new levels of relationship-building with important political figures, including meeting with several MPs who’d never previously done so with CAUT, and by revisiting old friends. On top of getting our messages across on funding and copyright, delegates identified several key influencers willing to champion our issues going forward.
Well done, and thanks again to all involved!