Legislation & Resolutions

ways you can get involved:


National CWL President Betty Anne Brown Davidson, sending regular updated while in Rome attending the recent installation of Pope Francis:  “I had an insightful one-on-one conversation with a bright light of an MP from our government. He was telling me about the importance of members writing individual letters to their own MPs, “This is how they will know what their constituents feel about an issue. One paragraph is all they need. These are the only votes that count to that MP; you are the people who keep them elected. That MP will want to please his/her own voters.”  He was telling me that he disregards letters from outside his constituency, and form letters.  Respectful personal contact makes all the difference.  He is so impressed by the CWL women in his riding:  “They do such good work”, he said.”


  • LEGISLATIONS: The CWL regularly monitors government legislation for issues of concern to its members.  Very valuable information may be found on the various DiocesanProvincial & National websites, as well as the monthly Diocesan Newsletter.

  • RESOLUTIONS: The resolutions process facilitates the League’s activist role for the benefit of all Canadians, and begins at the parish council level.  After a resolution has been researched and formalized, it is brought forward to Diocesan, Provincial and eventually National conventions to be reviewed.  If the resolution is approved, it is returned to the membership with a suggested “action plan”.

  • National Resolutions: Did you know that in the last 100 years, the CWL has passed approximately 1000 resolutions on a variety of issues, and that it is the ONLY woman’s organization in Canada which meets annually with various federal ministers and other elected officials?  League members began the process for creating position change in society AT A TIME WHEN MANY PROVINCES DID NOT YET ALLOW WOMEN TO VOTE.  The CWL National website lists current and past resolutions, including 27 passed in 1972 alone!

  • Two resolutions are being presented to the Calgary Diocesan Convention in May:  The first is regarding the disclosure of fetus gender until after 30 weeks of gestation, and the second regarding redefining EI benefits, with a name change from “Maternity” to “Illness”, for women who choose to undergo an abortion.  See the April Diocesan Newsletter for details.   

  • Contacting Your MP: Details on MP’s email addresses, constituency offices, telephone numbers, etc. can be found at www.parl.gc.ca.
    The Federal Government also has a toll free number: 1-800-622-6232 (O Canada!) for easy access to all Government of Canada services. NOTE: Postage is free to any member of parliament, including the Prime Minister.

  • The Government of Alberta’s Toll Free number: (403) 310-0000 can be used to reach any provincial government department.