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Tips for Writing Effective Letters to the Editor

  • Always be respectful and courteous. Do not write letters that can be construed as hateful or that contain personal attacks. These give Christians a bad name, and likely won’t be published &
  • Your letter should be short, 1-2 paragraphs long
  • If you feel strongly about an issue, you may tend to write a letter that is not "seasoned with salt." One idea is to have someone else read your letter before you send it. Or, wait for 24 hours before you send it.
  • Make sure that you include your name and contact information including address and postal code
  • If you subscribe, let the Publisher know. If you are a subscriber to the paper, you carry more weight than a non-subscriber.

Q: Do Letters to the Editor really make a difference?

A: Yes, letters to the editor can have a great impact!

  • Letters to the Editor are the most read features in the newspaper.
  • Letters to the Editor of major papers are read regularly by politicians
  • That section is considered to be the pulse of a community - and for national papers, the pulse of the nation. By writing letters to the editor, you have an opportunity to make a contribution to valuable dialogue on issues that matter!

Tips for Writing Effective Letters to the Government

  • Always be respectful and affirm any positive action the government has taken
  • If you feel strongly about an issue, you may tend to write a letter that is not "seasoned with salt." One idea is to have someone else read your letter before you send it. Or, wait for 24 hours before you send it.
  • Make sure you send it to the right people involved with the issue
  • Send copies to your MP
  • Send copies to our organization, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, or others who are defending Biblical principles and moral concerns
  • A form letter is also effective. Numbers are important on these issues. However, expressing yourself in print and personally can be very helpful for those who receive them to understand the extent of your concern. The process is also helpful to enable you to understand and articulate your concerns
  • Make sure that you include your name and contact information including address and postal code

Q: Do letters to the government really make a difference?

A: Yes, letters do make a difference!

  • MPs do a letter count on these issues.
  • When each party has their caucus and gather to determine their policies, the leader asks the MPs if they have received letters on the different issues and they ask HOW MANY. They ask: what are your constituents saying on this issue? How many have responded?
  • MPs who are supportive of Biblical principles need our support and prayers. They need our concrete letters to show them where we stand and what we believe.
  • MPs are elected to represent their constituents. They need from you a clear and simple indication of where you stand on an issue. Your communications should be always respectful to honour the Lord.

Take Action

The Basics: Pray, Write, Speak, Stand, Uphold

How to Write Letters to the Editor and to Government

Which Government Contact to Use

Contact Information for Your Local Member of Parliament

Visiting Your Local Member of Parliament

Starting a Petition

Participating in Demonstrations

Hosting an Event on Parliament Hill

Appearing Before a Parliamentary Committee

   
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