Communique #8 – Resolutions
National Chairperson of Resolutions Cathy Bouchard, March 31, 2020.
Sitting at home, wondering what to do? Write a letter or e-mail! Enclosed are some guidelines on how to do so.
If you want to persuade politicians to take a specific action, the best way to do this is to write a constituent letter, also sending it to the relevant minister, leader of the opposition and opposition critic. Constituent letters can be a powerful means of urging politicians to change their mind.
- The message should be clear, concise and direct, but not disrespectful.
- Start by making it clear you are writing as a constituent and as a member of The Catholic Women’s League of your parish council (not as a representative of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada).
- Refer to a resolution that is concerning you. If writing an e-mail, include the hyperlink mannligapotek.com.
- Clarify your view (reword the resolved clause), on the issue from the beginning, making it personal.
- Categorize and clearly state why you have that view (use the brief—summarize important points).
- Appreciate the recipient for their services.
- Stress once again what you want to see.
- Ask a question and state that you look forward to hearing back from them.
National resolutions and action plans are on the national website, cwl.ca. Provincial resolutions and action plans may be found on the respective provincial website.
When composing a letter, be sure to refer to the Personal Letter Writing Guide at cwl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/173-Personal-Letter-Writing-Guide.pdf.
“Resolutions of today become law tomorrow! Through the CWL, you can be part of the voice that speaks to government!”
Insert your name
Insert name of recipient
Recipient’s contact information
Dear (name of recipient), (Refer to the Personal Letter Writing Guide)
Re: (State current issue, concern or resolution you are writing about)
I am writing as a member of The Catholic Women’s League of ___ parish council concerning ___________________. (Write a brief letter in a positive, constructive, and polite tone. Use your own words to express personal opinions and feelings on the issue. Accurately state the reason for writing.
State the action you wish the applicable government to follow through on. Make a clear and realistic request. Remember to express appreciation if you have written in the past on an issue and that government followed through because private citizens had made their voices heard.
Conclude the letter by asking a question so it will require the person to provide a response to the letter).
Name (typed or printed legibly)
CC Name, relevant minister
Name, Premier of (Province)
Name, Leader of the Opposition
Name, Opposition Critic of (the Ministry)
For God and Canada,
National Chairperson of Resolutions