The Trudeau Government has signed the Paris climate deal and announced public consultations for a National Climate Strategy. Central to this consultation process is an online portal where people can submit their thoughts on this strategy.
While this is a great first step in consulting the public, online portals are not enough. The Government has to show its commitment to climate by hosting in-person town halls where people can voice their thoughts and stories and know they are being heard.
Some MPs have committed to host a town hall in their riding to listen to their constituents, but most haven’t. To ensure everyone across Canada has a chance to attend an in-person town hall, we need to encourage individual MPs to host a town hall in their ridings.
That’s why we need you to call your MP and ask them to host a climate town hall. MPs are first and foremost representatives for your riding, so If enough of us call our MPs they’ll feel pressured to host a climate town hall to listen to their constituents.
Calling your MP is easy. All you have to do is enter your information below and our system will call your cell phone to connect you directly to your MP. Below, are some tips on how to speak to your MP.
Calling your MP is simple. We’ll connect you to your MP’s office and a constituent assistant will take your call. Most likely you won’t be able to speak to your MP directly, but you can ask the assistant to set up a meeting with you or relay your message.
Here are some tips:
- Be cordial - MPs are not our enemies. While some of them may be reluctant to speak about climate change, we want to make sure to remain friendly so they are more receptive to our message. Being aggressive will turn them off and make them less likely to engage.
- Be direct - Political staff is great at giving non-answers. After you’ve explained what you are calling for, ask them directly whether they will hold a consultation or not. Make them give you a Yes or No answer.
- If they say Yes, let us know so we can follow up with the MP and invite people to this town hall.
- If they say No, also let us know. If they say No, we can escalate and continue pressuring them to host a town hall.
- If they say Maybe, try to schedule a meeting to discuss this more with your MP. Whether they agree to a meeting, let us know how it goes so we can follow up with them.
- If they don’t give you an answer, that’s ok - Like we said, political staff often gives non-answers to keep everyone happy. In those cases, we’ll escalate our calls so we can eventually get a direct answer from them.
After you are done with your call, please fill out this form to tell us how the call went! We’d love to get all the information we can get so we can update our community and help with outreach and promotion.