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Meet with
local Candidates

Meet with
local Candidates

Canada’s public health care needs an upgrade. Access to pharmacare, appropriate seniors care, affordable child care, safe workplaces and proper federal funding will improve our system for everyone.

You can share the story at your doorstep when canvassers visit, at a local candidates’ debate, town hall, community event and with your neighbours. You can also contact your candidates’ offices and book a meeting to talk about the issues. Click here to download a printable leaflet.

Sample candidate questions

For more information, reference these information sheets containing sample questions and answers, and useful facts on our five election priorities (click to download):

It’s time to choose care over cuts!

What your actions can do to change policies

Nothing has ever been won without pressure. If we want to see progress in our health care system, it’s up to us to speak up and hold politicians to account. By meeting with them, we can identify allies in government, discuss the changes we need to see, and gain insight into what a future government may be planning.

How to engage with candidates

Book A Meeting

Contact the politician’s office to set up a meeting time and date. They often have very limited timing and availability so reach out as soon as you can. Explain who you are, why you’re requesting a meeting, and who will be present for the conversation. It’s in their best interest to meet with prospective voters, so be persistent if you don’t get a response.

What to Expect

An average meeting with a candidate will be around 20 minutes. Timing is limited, so preparation is crucial. Those who attend the meeting should be briefed beforehand. Prepare your arguments and use roleplay to practice explaining your position concisely.

Research and Prepare

Researching the candidate will give you an idea of their interests and political values, making it easier to decide where you are likely to find common ground, which issues to raise with them, and how best to frame those issues.

Key Messages

Decide in advance which issues you would like to address. Be clear about your agenda. Outline the rationale of your campaign. Bring any supporting materials that would help illustrate your point. Identify your supporters and explain how your issue affects them.

Key Asks

Be specific about what you’re asking your candidate to do if they are elected. Ask yourself: how would you like them to feel about a particular issue by the end of your conversation?

Some actions you can ask your candidate to take could include:

  • Advocate on behalf of the issue with other candidates from their party or other parties
  • Set up a meeting with the relevant Minister if they are elected
  • Raise the profile of the issue you brought forward at public speaking events
  • Speak about the issues during a relevant debate and with the media
  • Campaign on a local or national issue that is relevant
  • Visit your workplace

Handle Delicate Topics With Care

Be prepared for a difficult conversation. Some people have constructive and encouraging meetings with their candidates. For others, finding common ground can be a struggle.

Remain friendly and positive throughout your conversation. Do not engage in arguments or condescending behavior. Frame any criticisms you may have constructively and respectfully. To help develop constructive dialogue, use questions to get your candidate thinking about the issue. Keep the conversation focused on your speaking points and the areas where you can work together. If you have examples of how the issue affects people locally, bring them up.

Thinking of Taking Action?

Making change takes a variety of forms—from meetings and lobbying to protests and direct action. If you have an idea or want to get involved, let us know. We can help provide resources and guidance to make your action as powerful and effective as possible.

Thinking of Taking Action?

Making change takes a variety of forms—from meetings and lobbying to protests and direct action. If you have an idea or want to get involved, let us know. We can help provide resources and guidance to make your action as powerful and effective as possible.





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