Tibetan Community Parkdale-High Park Candidates Debate

Candidate signs on front lawns, doors being knocked on, campaign commercials taking over our TVs and radios, can only mean one thing … IT’S FEDERAL ELECTION TIME!

Make Your Vote Count For Tibet!

This election is an opportunity to generate support for Tibet in the Canadian Parliament.

In an effort to make sure the representative of Parkdale-High Park, the constituency with the largest Tibetan population in Canada, is representing us in Parliament, we are organizing a candidates debate to hear what the Member of Parliament candidates have to say about their views on the Tibet issue. This will also serve as a strong platform for you to ask them questions about what they will do for Tibet and the Tibetan Community once in office, and any other other questions related to the federal elections you may have.

DATE: Tuesday April 19, 2011

TIME: 7:30-9:30pm

LOCATION: May Robinson Auditorium, 20 West Lodge Ave, Toronto, ON

Candidates confirmed: Taylor Train [Conservative Party], Peggy Nash [New Democratic Party], & Gerard Kennedy [Liberal Party]

*PLEASE NOTE: Gerard Kennedy’s Tibetan Community event that was originally planned for that same day/time at Parkdale CI has been cancelled so he could join in this debate. Please help us spread the word to address the possible confusion.

Remember, if you can’t make it to this debate, here are 5 other actions you can take to ensure your vote makes a difference for Tibet:

1. Phone your MP candidates’ offices. Ask to speak with the candidate or request a meeting with them to discuss what meaningful political actions they will take for Tibet once in office.

2. Email or write to your Member of Parliament candidates. Visit SFT Canada’s website for a sample letter and to find the candidates running in your riding: http://www.SFTCanada.org

3. Attend election debates in your riding and ask candidates a) what is your stance on the Tibet issue? and b) will you pledge to support the Tibetan community in Canada. Urge candidates to commit to taking concrete action for Tibet.

4. Tweet your MP candidates. Use Twitter [www.Twitter.com] to publicly ask how they will promote human rights in Tibet. Make sure to “Follow” them, and then “@” them so they are notified of your tweet. This will increase the probability of them responding.

5. Volunteer for a candidate in your riding to make the ‘Tibet connection’. You are helping to build a connection that will help potential candidates understand that Tibet is a constituency issue. If they’re aware of the needs of their Tibetan constituents, they will be more likely to take action on issues that impact the Tibetan community in Canada.

Make your vote count! We have already made progress in Parliament this year [http://sftcanada.wordpress.com] – help us build on this momentum. Together, we can ensure that our elected representatives are well informed about the Tibet issue so that we can maximize opportunities to build Parliamentary support for Tibet in the coming year.

Brought to you by: Students for a Free Tibet Canada, Canada Tibet Committee Toronto, Tibetan Women’s Association, Chushi Gandruk, & the Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario

Please help us spread the word about this event! Let’s show the candidates how important Tibet is to Parkdale-High Park, and pressure them to take concrete action for Tibet in Canada!

For more information, visit: http://is.gd/1Mk5Za or contact: Lobsang@studentsforafreetibet.org

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