Monday, October 17, 2005

quick question

What kind of response do you get when you write to conservative MPs and MPPs?

In my experience (mostly provincial) response is terrible. I'll email the entire tory caucus and four Liberal MPPs and get a response from my MPP (or his office... doesn't really matter which) within an hour, with follow-up emails confirming that my concerns have been forwarded to the minister, the policy adviser, the Premier, etc.

How are response times from other tory MPs, MPPs? Grits? Dippers?

In Ontario, we're getting our asses kicked. Tory needs to get on his MPPs' asses about this one if he wants the PCPO to be the party that listens to Ontarians.


Andrew said...

I've sent several letters to Dwight Duncan, even when I was non-partisan, and I have never, ever received a reply.

On a side note, Gregg Henson is indeed out - he's been hired by ESPN Austin.

Andrew said...

Joe Comartin was pretty diligent in replying prior to Jack Layton becoming leader, though.

Admittedly I have little experience writing to Conservatives.

BBS said...

Typically, snail mail will get a better response. I think most MPs/MPPs are just flooded these days when it comes to emails. A lot of them probably only answer constituent emails if possible. Too many special interest campaigns going on.

A fax would probably get a better response as well. Not sure on this one though.

Liam O'Brien said...

Loyola Hearn, my MP at this time, is excellent at responding. As was Rex Barnes in central nf before his defeat.

Whenever an issue has been of concern to me, I have written my respresentative, be it my MHA or MP.

Top five best responders:

1. Len Simms -- Leader of the PC Party of NL from 1991 to 1995 -- always gave me a lot of real material and personal commentary, no BS answers . . even if tehy weren't always the ones I wanted.

2. Jean Charest -- Still have a touching letter he sent in 1994 after I sent him a few words of confidence. He wrote in a massive amount of his own personal comments in the margins of the more form like letter.

3. Stockwell Day - Say what you will about old Stock, I found him to be very personable and reasonable on many issues. Always found time to call and/or get back to me.

4. Loyola Hearn -- Always the first to respond to any emails as of late. Easy guy to approach. He'll give you his views. Not too much BS.

5. Chris Decker. Liberal Minister of Education in the Wells government (early-mid 90s). I had a series of concerns re the changeover in denominational education. Wells and co gave terrible answers. Chris gave a no bs answer. It wasn't all super positive, but it was fair and straightforward.

WORST Responders:

- Joe "Chuck McTeer" Clark: Absolutely useless. His staff or others shut out many in the part for years. Especially vindictive re anyone who wasn't on his leadership team.

- Graham Flight, MHA for the old provincial district of Windsor- Buchans. This minister of "Hogs, Bogs and Logs" Bragged about having 3-5 secretaries and yet never once responded to ANYTHING I sent with even a form letter. He was one of the most arrogant MHAs of his time. It was fitting to see such a "Goliath" taken down in the end by the "David" known as Ray Hunter in 1999.

Anonymous said...

Local M.P.P. Norm Sterling (Carleton-Lanark) has a great staff who will call or email you back with an answer without a long delay.
Most of the correspondence is taken care by staffers. A good politician will have a competent team helping him or her out.

mike king said...

Mr Music said...

I want to tell you all a story 'bout a GTA urban wife

Who had a teenage daughter who attended Harper Valley Junior High

Well her daughter came home one afternoon and didn't even stop to play

She said Mom I got a note here from the Harper So-Cons in the G.T.A.

The note said Misses Urban Girl, you're wearing your dresses way too high

It's reported you've been talking to the youth and ethnics, women’s groups and gays

And we don't believe you ought to be a bringing up your little girl this way

It was signed by the secretary, Harper So-Cons GTA.

Well, it happened So-Cons G.T.A. were gonna meet that very afternoon

They were sure surprised when Misses Urban Girl wore her miniskirt into the room

And as she walked up to the blackboard I still recall the words she had to say

She said, I'd like to address this meeting of the Harper So-Cons G.T.A.

Well there's John Reynolds, sitting there and seven times he's asked me for a date

Messrs. Flaherty and Clement always missing that retirement is just 4 months away

And Mr. Capobianco can you tell us what your smokin’ that makes you blind

And shouldn't Peter Kent be reading news not playing with you wasting all his time

Well Mr Harper couldn't be here 'cause he’s filling sandbags for the bunker again

He may as well get ready cuz the writing’s on the wall – “you loser has-been”

Then you have the nerve to tell me you think that as a mother I'm not fit

Well this is just a little piece of urban Canada where none of you are ever gonna fit.

No, I wouldn't put you on because it really did, it happened just this way

The day my Mama socked it to the Harper So-Cons G.T.A.

mostlyfree said...

M.K. - Pay attention. If we had Harper So-Cons in the GTA they would have taken care of Carol Jamieson for us.

Hope you weren't up all night writing that!

Steve said...

This would be an interesting subject for a more formal study. I have practically given up on writing politicians since I hardly ever receive a response, particularly when writing to provincial politicians while I lived in Quebec. Maybe that's why I started to blog.

Jean Charest was the worst. He never replied to any of several emails I sent him.

Similarly, Bernard Landry ignored the 2 or 3 emails I sent him in English. (I'm sure he would not have wanted to read my French.)

I always suspected that the PQ threw out any letter from an anglophone. In the case of the Liberals, they probably feel it is not necessary to reply because I am a captive voter. That is one of many reasons why I recently moved out of the province.

However, I did once get a very careful reply from a letter I sent to Lucien Bouchard. Agree with him or not, he was a class act.