Two years ago, on October 19, 2015, Canada voted in a new federal government. Now, halfway through its term in office, how do you think our government is doing on climate action?
As we pass this anniversary, your MP is likely reflecting on what has and hasn’t been accomplished, and how to win over voters for 2019. This is a strategic time to remind them that you vote for climate action.
Calling your MP is easy. We’ll connect you through your phone to your MP’s office. You won’t likely be able to speak to your MP directly, but you can talk to the constituent assistant or leave a voicemail. Easy talking points, to help guide you through the call, are found below and will remain on your screen throughout the call.
- Tell them you live in their riding and talk a bit about yourself (you are a mother, concerned citizen, scientist, immigrant, indigenous person, voter, etc.).
- Wish them a happy two-year anniversary of their tenure as your MP.
- Tell them why climate change concerns you (impacts from increases in extreme weather, air quality, sea level rise, extinctions, climate refugees).
- Ask them if they will follow through on the climate action that is most important to you:
- stopping pipelines and fossil fuel expansion
- increasing the price on carbon
- putting methane from fracking
- supporting and investing in renewable energy
- ending fossil fuel subsidies
- expanding transit and active transportation
- adopting a national zero-emission vehicle standard
- Explain that we won’t be able to realize the potential of Canada’s renewable energy and clean technology industries unless we stop supporting and investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure.
- Leave them your name and phone number and ask them to reply to confirm how they will fight for bold climate action before the next election.
Tips for the call
Use a headset or hands-free —This will give you both hands to take notes about what was said.
Be polite but firm— MPs are our elected representatives. They will likely be happy to hear from engaged constituents. Be polite and direct. Make sure to ask for a response.