A Grade 12 student achieved her goal of sending 100,000 letters to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and MPs asking them to support Motion-312. Alexandra Jezierski from Kingsville, Ont., launched the campaign to support MP Stephen Woodworth’s private members motion that would start a debate on when human life begins. Her inspiration was the Teenage Life Club in the United States, a group of teenage girls aiming to have one million letters sent to the White House by November. “If the government can ignore 100,000 letters from people across Canada and still do nothing about the issue, then clearly there’s something very wrong there,” Jezierski said in a press release in June. “Clearly they’re not representing the people anymore.”
Her original goal was to have 100,000 letters sent by May 10, 2012, the date of the National March for Life, but the deadline was extended to September 26, the same day as the vote for M-312. The letter-writing campaign got off to a slow start, but picked up steam as time went by and it received publicity online, through social media, and within pro-life circles; Jezierski addressed the pre-march rally on Parliament Hill in May and spoke to pro-life student forum in Toronto that same month.
On Sept. 18, Jezierski announced on her website that not only had the goal been reached, but it had also been surpassed by 16,000 letters.