(updated Nov 2018)
- Be direct and explain your position clearly at the beginning of your letter.
- Try to think of this person as your ally, not your enemy.
- Use a polite and courteous style.
- State your concerns in a clear, precise and firm manner.
CONTENT OF YOUR LETTER
- Who is affected? If you’re personally affected, explain how, and why. If it does not personally affect you, you can still express your concern for the people who are experiencing this problem.
- Explain your main arguments in a paragraph for each main idea.
- Ask your MLA or MP for their views regarding the issue, and why. And ask what they’ll do to address your concern.
- Let the politician know that you’re confident your concerns will be given serious consideration and ask for reply as soon as possible.
- Provide your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address for contact. If you do not receive a response within 30 days, follow-up or call the MLA/Minister’s office.
HOW TO ADDRESS YOUR LETTER
The proper way to address Cabinet Ministers and Members of the Legislative Assembly is as follows:
- “The Honourable (their full name)”, in the case of Ministers, and
- “Mr./Ms. (their family name)”, in the case of MLAs.
CURRENT REPRESENTATIVES & ADDRESSES
Our current Minister of Energy and Resource Development is Hon. Mike Holland (also MLA for Albert) and Minister of Environment and Local Government is Hon. Jeff Carr (also MLA for New Maryland-Sunbury).
Contact information for MLAs can be found on the Government of New Brunswick website.