Writing To Your Government

You're going to write a letter to your government. It can be about anything you like, so long as it's something that the government can actually do something about. You can write about health care, but you can't write about the win-loss record of the Blue Bombers.

Topic
You can write about almost anything that the government could possibly change. That means you could write to your city councillor about Winnipeg's roads, but not about your neighbor's irritating personality. One they can fix, the other they can't.

Tone
You need to be respectful, even if you think the government is doing an abysmal job, "for there is no authority except that which God has established." (Romans 13)
You need to be formal. You're writing to a government official, not your friend. You need to use compete sentences. Avoid abbreviations like you'd use with instant messages. You shouldn't LOL, and Prime Minister Harper is not your BFF.
Be knowledgeable. Don't be wordy, but including a couple of facts that show you know what you're talking about is useful.
Be individual. Don't use a form letter. Even if you write poorly, use your own sentences and your own phrases in your letter. Government officials ignore form letters whether they come from your school, your church, or your job.
Don't be whiney.

Who do you write to? That depends
That depends. Is the issue one for the local, provincial, or federal government? Once you know that, decide who you should write to. You should start with local councillor, MLA, or MP, and also write to the minister in charge of the issue.

What do you need to do?

You need to pick an issue that you want to write about.
You need to know something about the issue. People who know nothing just end up whining and nobody likes a whiner. Whiners are ineffective in persuading people.

You have to write a letter to a specific government official or even several.

You do NOT have to send it. You may, but you don't have to. That's up to you.
If you do, it can be sent by snail or e-mail.

You need to write about 150-200 words.
You should be able to do it within one class.

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