Interacting with MPs and Senators

Introduction

This module focuses on ways to interact with Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators outside of Committee hearings. 

Discussing feminist law reform issues directly with MPs and Senators provides the opportunity to make them aware of how women will be affected, especially women from marginalized groups, whose rights and interests are most at risk of being ignored in the legislative process. This module will cover different ways to engage with individual MPs and Senators, and provide tips for doing this effectively. . 

As you will see from this module, you can engage as an individual, as a representative of a group, or as part of a larger campaign.

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Contact your Member of Parliament (MP): It’s the most direct way to be heard

Canadian Council for Refugees


Styles of Address

Government of Canada


Sample Letter for your Member of Parliament (MP)

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada

This is a sample letter that  could be sent to your Member of Parliament, the Prime Minister or Cabinet members, and other government officials. Feel free to add, change, or delete as you see fit to make your own customized letter.

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Engage & Discuss

What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of writing a letter, organizing a letter-writing and/or call campaign, or seeking an in-person meeting with an MP or Senator? 

How would you prepare for such a meeting and what material would you bring? 

Write a letter to an MP or a Senator on an issue you care about, and send it, being sure to ask for a response.