If you cannot meet with a legislator in person, a
well-written letter can be a good substitute. Here are some general rules
that will help you to make the most of your letter:
- If you are writing on behalf of your union, use
- Make sure that you have your addressee's correct
address and are using his or her proper title.
- Always sign your name. To make sure that the
legislator knows who you are, print or type your name and position under
- Choose your timing well. Write and send your letter
while the matter you wish to influence is still under consideration, or
soon after an action that you wish to commend or criticize.
- Keep your letter brief by limiting yourself to key
- Be polite. Never use profanity, threats or
- Identify your subject early in your letter.
- Explain why you are writing, using your own
situation or your organization's as a case in point.
- Be constructive. Suggest a specific course of
action, using your own experience and reasoning by way of explanation.
- Ask the legislator to state his or her position in
- Use your own words. Do not send form letters or
- Remember, no postage is required on a letter
addressed to your MP's House of Commons address.