Canada urgenty needs a coordinated approach to food policy - a National Food Policy that seeks the greatest health for all Canadians, that is fair to food producers and that is in harmony with nature.
Here are 3 ways you can put food on the plate of politicians:
2. Become a member of Food Secure Canada, where campaigns, research and mobilization will continue based on the People's Food Policy.
3. Meet your MP - tell them why food policy is important to you.
This is just the beginning of our campaign - so stay tuned by joining our mailing list (upper right hand corner of your screen).
With a new government in place, it is time to get a sense of who our allies are and where the opportunities for moving forward are.
Meeting your Member of Parliament (MP) is a great way to put food policy on the map... and it is part of a healthy democracy.
Here are some easy steps to help you meet your MP:
- Set up an Appointment
- Put the People's Food Policy in the hands and ask some good questions
- Report back to us
1. Set up an Appointment and Get Ready
When setting your appointment be clear about what it is you want to discuss, how much time you will need (no more than 20 – 30 minutes), and any other individuals who will attend. Never just drop by without making an appointment.
BE ON TIME. If you have to meet with an aide as opposed to the MP him/herself, extend the same courtesy to them as you would the MP; they are in a position to advance your cause!
Print this Report Form and bring it with you to the meeting. Figure out if you and your group / community have specific questions you want to ask and write them down.
- Introduce everyone in your group and thank them for taking the time to meet with you in addition to any previous support if appropriate.
- Give them a copy of the People's Food Policy (executive summary may be all you need) and explain that citizens developed it.
- Get down to business immediately, beginning on a positive note; be specific (here, we could link to the key questions to ask below), clear and simple in your explanations and requests.
- Provide information about how this issue impacts his/her constituents in an orderly, concise and positive manner using any charts, fact sheets, and statistics if applicable. It is also important to include a few personal stories or anecdotes; a personal story helps create a mental image that will be easier for the MP to feel and consequently remember.
- Ask and encourage questions. Bring the reporting form (coming soon) that will help you to fill in our report, helping us to gather important information. Ask what you can do and what they have done or will do. Ask if they would like you to provide more information. Leave behind relevant written materials (the four pages executive summary of the PFPP you’ve previously printed), your contact information.
- Remember to thank them for their time!
- After the meeting, send a thank you note which also identifies any follow-up required either by you or your MP. Ask for a commitment and kindly request a reply.
After your meeting, fill in this online form so we can strategize!
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