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Communiqué #3 - Resolutions

Lynn Jones, Provincial Chairperson of Resolutions

January 2023


I am so excited to hear that one of our Saskatoon Councils is planning to present a resolution at the Diocesan meeting of members this spring. It will be nice to get back in the action with resolutions.


As our Saskatoon council is looking forward to a potential new resolution, I would like to look backwards on one of our resolutions that we passed to see if it is being followed.


Janette Rieger brought this resolution up at our Provincial Meeting of Members last year and with most of us either having young children or grandchildren I thought this was a good place to start.


2017.03 The resolution was for Zero-Rated Status Under the Goods and Service Tax Provisions of the Excise Tax Act for Child Safety Products.


I know that our council has written letters in the past to our government about issues that are very important to our CWL, but I have never spearheaded a letter writing campaign on my own.


Writing a letter (either by hand or on your computer) takes a short amount of time but it ensures that our MP’s (Member of Parliament) who make decisions on our behalf, know how we want to be represented.


I found out it is more important to write directly to your MP in most cases as it will greatly increase your chance of getting a response. They will in most cases happily respond and forward your issues on to the relevant minister. In turn that Minister will be obliged by Parliamentary convention to respond to letters from MP’s.


Even if our MP is not the direct target of our issue, we are providing them an opportunity to learn about the issue and hopefully act.


I always wondered why there are no templates for this. I talked to a few past Legislation and Resolutions chairs, and they stated that an original letter sent was way more powerful than a pile of identical letters. The fact that their constituent has taken the time to write the letter demonstrates to the MP that there are people who care deeply about the issue. In turn more likely to be taken seriously.


I found out that it is best to address to their Parliament address (House of Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6). Upon receipt if they are not in Parliament the letter will be forwarded to them.


Top Writing Tips: Be succinct, keep to the point and check your MP’s correct title. Their title can be found on the official website:


Use the EPIC Format:
E – Engage your MP
P – State the Problem
I – Inform the MP about the potential solutions
C – Call to Action


Make sure you ask for a response. Be clear on how they can reach you.


After a couple of weeks if you have not heard back follow up with your MP. You might have to pick up the phone and call them. There is a website where you can report your actions so that it doesn’t get lost.


I am going to work on updating our listing of MPs over the winter and then start digging into passed resolutions to see where we can help ensure they are being followed.


I would love to hear from you with any suggestions.


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Communiqué #2 - Resolutions

Lynn Jones, Provincial Chairperson of Resolutions

October 2022


Current Resolution


Indian Head Council presented the resolution of Child Labour in Mining Mica to the Regina Diocese who in turn presented this resolution to the Provincial Council. It was approved it to go forward to the National Convention in August.


I received a letter back from National. They extend their appreciation to all the CWL members who worked on this resolution. However, the resolution was not recommended for presentation at the National Convention in August. They gave a couple of recommendations, but the Indian Head council has decided against continuing with this resolution.


I would also like to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who worked on this resolution. The research, composition and presentations took many hours of work. I was not aware of this issue and your research brought this to my attention and to the attention of all CWL members in Saskatchewan.


What you can do:


With our new and exciting Strategic plan, we will be phasing out the resolutions chair. I would like to seek out members in our Province would who be interested in working on Resolutions with me. Do you have any suggestions on how we can work on this as a Province?


I would love some suggestions from our members on what issues you are dealing with and potential resolution suggestions. Please don’t hesitate to email me at if you have any suggestions. I would love to hear from you!


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Communiqué #1 - Resolutions

Lynn Jones, Provincial Chairperson of Resolutions

July 2022


“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Mahatma Gandhi 


New Chairpersons: 


As I am new to this position I went on the National website and found some helpful tools, I am sharing them below.   


Resolution Review: 

This communique will focus on Human Trafficking. 


Pope Francis refers to human trafficking as a “modern day slavery” and it is the fastest growing crime in the world.  While Resolution 2012.01 Criminalization of the Purchasing of Sexual Services has been achieved there is still much work to be done in having our new law The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act enforced and we have two active resolutions.   


What you can do: 

  • You can keep up to date with the review and watch the witnesses speaking to the law at:  
  • You can write to the Justice Minister, David Lametti, letting him know that you support the retention of the law and its enforcement across Canada.  
  • You can contact your Member of Parliament and let them know that you support this law and wish to see it maintained and enforced.  


If you need a quick and easy way to contact politicians, you can use Defend Dignity’s templates to contact the Justice Committee, your MP and the Justice Minister. You can let them know you want to save the “Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act” by using the tools available at  


Current Resolution:  

Indian Head Council presented the resolution of Child Labour in Mining Mica to the Regina Diocesan Council who in turn presented this resolution to the Provincial Council. It was approved it to go forward to the National Convention in August. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you would like further information on this matter.   


Lynn Jones 

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