How to arrange a meeting with your candidates

Meeting face to face with your local candidates is the best way to find out their views on physician assisted dying.

While candidates are busy during the election season, you may still be able to organize a meeting or speak with them over the phone. Candidates are also keen to have supporters organize coffee parties where they can meet constituents in their ridings. You can organize a coffee party and put assisted dying squarely on the agenda.

If you're in contact with a candidate in your riding, make sure to ask them to express their support for fair and just access to physician assisted dying by completing DWD Canada's election questionnaire.

Identify candidates in your riding

  • You will want to identify which riding you live in: Find your electoral riding on Elections Canada's website.
  • For all the political parties, please see this list.
  • Identifying the candidates in your riding and accessing their contact information may require a bit of detective work as nominations don’t close until September 28, 2015.
  • Note that there is no one single source for all candidate contact information, such as email or phone number. You may need to try different sources. However here are some options that may be helpful (You may have to visit more than once for the most up-to-date information):

Targeting swing ridings

Do you live in a potential swing riding and you want to let your candidates know that this issue may affect how you cast your ballot? Check out the latest projections on ThreeHundredEight.com.

Schedule a meeting

Call the office of the candidate and keep the following in mind:

  • Be friendly and polite.
  • Communicate your main goal for the meeting (would like to discuss physician assisted dying).
  • Be understanding if the candidate is unavailable to speak one-on-one. Inquire if there are public events that they will be attending that you might also attend.

Research

It may be helpful to do a Google search to see if the candidate has spoken publicly about assisted dying in the past. If they have served as an MP already, see if you can find out how they have voted on related issues in the past. Politicians who served in 2010 are on record as to how they voted on private member’s Bill C-384 introduced by the late Bloc MP Francine Lalonde.

Present the election questionnaire to your candidates

Find Dying With Dignity Canada's Questionnaire for Political Candidates here.

When you've recorded your candidate's responses, please scan the completed questionnaire and email it to the Dying With Dignity Canada office here at: political@dyingwithdignity.ca. You can also mail it directly to our office, but please send an email right away to let us know:

55 Eglinton Avenue East
Suite 802
Toronto, ON
M4P 1G8

We will add their name to our website and send out tweets thanking those candidates who have stepped up in support of enlightened and practical physician assisted dying.

Ask for action

Express that you would like to hear how the candidate would address physician assisted dying, if elected. Ask them for a written statement outlining their views and let them know we will send out a press release to the media announcing their support.

Follow up

Send a thank you email or letter and let the DWD Canada National Office know the results of your discussion. Email us at: political@dyingwithdignity.ca.

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