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.
How to mobilise a Member of Parliament and/or a Senator?
Here are some examples of initiatives you can take to engage your MP or Senators and introduce them to your cause:
- Set up a meeting with your MP or a Senator
- Write a letter to your MP or a Senator
- Write an open letter to your MP or a Senator
- Invite your MP or a Senator to events or demonstrations
- Invite your MP or a Senator to visit your organization at an open house
- Organize an event on Parliament Hill in partnership with your MP or a Senator
- Invite your MP or a Senator to speak at an event
- Create a targeted information campaign for your MP or a Senator
- Send a twitter to your MP or a Senator
- Volunteer for your MP or a Senator
- Work for your MP or a Senator
- Work for the Library of Parliament
- Work for the House of Commons or Senate
- Start a petition
What is lobbying?
Lobbying is a practice used by individuals or interest groups to advance a cause they care about. Lobbyists try to make their interests heard in order to influence government policies or decisions. This can be done through key decision-makers such as Members of Parliament and Senators, in accordance with the Lobbying Act. Feminist groups have long used this method to advance women's rights. Sections 15 and 28 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms were the result of feminist lobbying initiatives.
Contact your Member of Parliament (MP): It’s the most direct way to be heard
Sample Letter for your Member of Parliament (MP)
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.
Styles of Address
Find out how to address different State representatives and other officials
Find Members of Parliament
Find a Senator
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.