Sending a message to your MP is just the first step. Have more impact by writing a personalized letter.
Take the next step to rebuild research for all Canadians.
Personalized stories will always have more impact than a form letter. Writing a personal letter to your MP will help them connect with the importance of fundamental research and help get the message across that these decisions aren’t just about dollars and cents, they impact the lives of real people.
As much as we like to think that politicians make decisions based on data and evidence, there is a large body of knowledge that demonstrates that people make decisions primarily based on stories and anecdotes (here’s a link to one interesting paper on the subject).
To really get politicians on side, we need to tell our stories of why our science matters and improves the lives of all Canadians.
It’s not as hard as it sounds! Here are some guidelines on what to include in your letter:
- Start with a short paragraph to introduce yourself - where do you research, what do you research, etc.
- Consider giving an overview of why you chose science and your particular field. Don’t be afraid to let your passion for your subject come through.
- Introduce the Naylor report, feel free to borrow language from our campaign page.
- Give some examples of the benefit fundamental research has for all Canadians. This draft brief from the Association for Early Career Health Researchers has some great examples.
- Try to include a specific example of how the recommendations of the Naylor report would impact you directly if they were implemented. Would you be able to bring on additional students? Would it increase the chances of you getting your first NSERC Discovery grant? Would it increase the scope or impact of your research?
- Use simple language! Leave out the acronyms and jargon, focus on the story.
- Remember to focus on the benefits to the broader community and Canada as a whole, this isn’t just about asking for more money for science, it’s about making a smart investment in Canada’s future.
You can find your MP’s email and address here.
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