Tips for Writing to Government

(updated Feb 2019)

KEEP IT IN THE GROUND: Conservation Council provides a Quick & Easy Tool to send a customizable letter expressing your opposition to hydraulic fracturing direct to your MLA, Premier Higgs and other party leaders. Use your Voice; it couldn’t be simpler!

WHEN WRITING TO GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS:

  •  Be direct and explain your position clearly at the beginning of the 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 other MLAs can be found on the Government of New Brunswick website.