Calling Politicians on the Phone
- Introduce yourself and identify yourself as a constituent by providing your postal code or address.
- Ask to speak to the MP directly, but do not be surprised if you must speak to the MP’s staff instead. Staff can help move your issue forward.
- Give the reason for your call and explain your concern.
- Focus on one or two main concerns per phone call. Do not unload on the MP or their staff with all of your political concerns at one time.
- Ask clear and pointed questions that require some explanation.
- Ask for a commitment to action.
Tips for Calling Members of Parliament or Members of the Senate.
- Tell the MP that this issue will matter to you in the next election.
- Avoid revealing party affiliation or sympathies. If you show that your vote is already cast for a certain party, the MP may not have the incentive to respond to your requests.
- Be as brief as possible while outlining oncerns. Show that you respect their time.
- Remain calm and respectful in dialogue. Be willing to work with them.
- Follow up: Find out what actions were taken as a result of your call, and respond appropriately.
Sending Emails to Politicians
- An email is just as effective as a letter by post as Parliamentary staff handle both in the same way.
- When sending e-mails to an MP or other elected representative, be sure to follow many of the same standards in Writing a Letter to an MP.
- The email should be brief and focused, with the correct style of address for the representative.
- Be kind with language, and make sure to ask the representative to respond to your email.
- Include your address and postal code so that the representative is aware that you are a part of their constituency.
Members of Parliament
Mail may be sent postage-free to any Member of Parliament or Senator at the following address:
[Name of Member of Parliament or Senator]
House of Commons