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MD-MP Contact Program FAQ

What is grassroots advocacy?
Who can join?
How often should I meet my MP?
Can I be matched with more than one MP?
Can there be more than one MD-MP per riding?
Can I raise my own issues, or just CMA's?
Do I have to register as a lobbyist?

What is grassroots advocacy?

Grassroots advocacy consists of individual members influencing policy by engaging elected representatives.

Examples:

  • meeting with your MP or a government representative such as the minister of health
  • attending political or other community events
  • sending letters or emails
  • participating in election campaigns

Who can join?

Any CMA member can join. Because members have different priorities and experiences, it's important to reflect the full diversity of CMA's membership. For example, medical students and early career physicians can speak with knowledge and conviction about student debt, while physicians who practiced in the mid-1990s can discuss the impact of past cuts to health funding.

How often should I meet my MP?

Program members are asked to contact their MP at least twice a year, whether face to face or by attending the MP's riding events, sending an email or letter on a health care issue, or in other ways. These CMA representatives then report back to the association.

Can I be matched with more than one MP?

It’s generally more effective to have program members affiliated with the MP for the riding in which their home is located, because MPs like to hear from constituents. It can also be helpful to match members with the MP for the riding in which their practice is located. If you have an existing relationship with other MPs, we can also match you with those MPs.

Can there be more than one MD-MP per riding?

Yes, but in ridings where there is more than one MD contact we encourage program members to coordinate their advocacy.

Can I raise my own issues, or just CMA's?

Grassroots advocacy is most effective when many individuals communicate the same message. The CMA can help you deliver the message by providing issue sheets with talking points.

Do I have to register as a lobbyist?

Since program members are not paid they do not necessarily have to register as lobbyists for the purposes of the federal Lobbying Act. However, some program members also sit on boards of directors and certain committees for which they receive honoraria, and in that role they may have to register. Contact grassroots@cma.ca for more information.

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