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Meet with
your MP

Meet with
your MP

Meeting with your Member of Parliament in person is one of the most effective ways to engage and encourage them to take action. Contact your MP’s constituency office and book a meeting.

Canada’s public health care needs an upgrade. Budget cuts, understaffing, and privatization make it challenging for Canadians to get the quality of care we deserve. Nurses, doctors, and health care staff give all they can with what they’re given, but we still have hallway medicine, long wait times, and Canadians who can’t afford to fill their prescriptions. We deserve a better system.

Access to pharmacare, appropriate care for seniors and long-term care patients, affordable child care, safe workplaces, and proper federal funding will upgrade our health care and improve our system for everyone.

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 politicians are planning.

How to engage with MPs

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 their job to meet with constituents, so be persistent if you don’t get a response. Keep in mind that MPs usually spend most of the week in Ottawa, with weekends and break weeks back in the riding. Most of them will be back in the riding after June 21 for the summer.

What to Expect

An average meeting with an MP 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 and, ultimately, which issues to raise with them. Find out if they’re on a particular House of Commons committee or if they have a particular portfolio (e.g. Minister of Health, Critic for Seniors). Look up any questions or comments they’ve made in the House of Commons on OpenParliament.ca.

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 MP to do and know what action you would like them to take. Ask yourself: what would you like them to agree to do and by when? How would you like them to feel about a particular issue by the end of your conversation?

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

  • Pass along a letter written by constituents to a specific Minister
  • Write a letter themselves
  • Advocate on behalf of the issue with other MPs from their party or other parties
  • Set up a meeting with the relevant Minister
  • Raise the profile of the issue you brought forward at public speaking events
  • Raise an issue in Parliament by submitting a question (only if they are an Opposition MP) or making a statement
  • 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 MPs. 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 MP 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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