Tips for Writing a Letter to Government
Writing a letter to a government official can feel intimidating, but it’s also one of the best ways to be engaged with the political world around you. Your MLA or MP exists to take the concerns of his or her constituents into account, so by writing to them, you are helping the democratic process thrive. It does not have to be very long or very formal; just expressing your concerns gives your representative a better idea of what their constituents value and want improved.
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Name of government official, position
Section of government
Re: Major Topic Here
Dear (Official’s title and surname):
Paragraph 1: Introduce yourself, the topic, your concern regarding the topic (why are you writing?)
Paragraph 2: What you think should happen, how the addressee can address your point, any questions you have, etc.
Thank you for your attention.
Yours very truly,
Your name in text
Title and organization if relevant
(e-mail address – optional)
(phone number – optional)
January 1, 2013The Hon. George VanderBurg, Associate Minister of Seniors
Government of Alberta
227 Legislature Building
10800 97 Avenue
Canada T5K 2B6
Re: Budget cuts
Dear Mr. VanderBurg:
I am writing to express my concern over the changes in this year’s budget, which make it so seniors have to live in Canada for 10 years before they can qualify for Alberta Seniors Benefits. While I understand that there is a concern for balancing the books, I feel that this is likely to negatively impact people by making it harder for them to gain benefits when they are sick, alone or frail.
As a private citizen, I believe that it is in the best interest of all Albertans to ensure that every member of our society receives the care that they require as they age, regardless of how long they have lived here. What is to be gained, other than money, by denying the rights of those who we live amongst? Any information clarifying this situation would be greatly appreciated.
Yours very truly,