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Thank Your MLA

Thank your MLA for their commitment to a poverty reduction plan for BC with legislated targets and timelines, and urge them to prioritize this commitment as they move forward. We’re thrilled that it’s written into the NDP-Green Agreement as a critical priority as they work to form government now.

Your MLA has an opportunity to take strong and meaningful action on this issue and they need to hear your support! Now is the time to say a big, collective thank you!

If you only have a few seconds, email all three leaders here.
You can also email the new Minister of Social Development & Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson & Parliamentary Secretary for Poverty Reduction Mable Elmore here.

But it doesn’t take long to do more. It’s easy, here are step-by-step instructions:

  1. Use this MLA finder to find your local MLA, and then look up their contact details in our spreadsheet.
  2. We’ve heard that the best way to get noticed is to send a hand-written card so write your own message in a card or use this sample text.
  3. Write to the leaders using this sample (especially if you represent an organization – use your fancy letterhead!)
  4. Write to your local MLA and follow up with a meeting too:
  5. Make sure to let us know how your meeting went!
  6. Thanks for getting involved! Subscribe to our e-newsletter (if you haven’t already) to find out more about upcoming news, events and campaigns.

Background

Section 4 in the NDP-Green Agreement starts with a commitment to “design and implement a province-wide poverty reduction strategy that includes addressing the real causes of homelessness, including affordable accommodation, support for mental health and addictions and income security.” Here’s the full agreement, which includes other important measures.

The NDP has previously brought forward this Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act, which we expect them to do again in the fall as the basis for developing the poverty reduction strategy. This is a good start because it legislates the plan, which makes it hard to change, and includes targets and timelines, community consultation, and other good accountability measures. However, in the sample letters above, we’ve included some ways to strengthen their approach.


We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power that can transform the world.”

Howard Zinn, 2010