Help take action in the house. Below are some of the many things you can do.
Voting is a fundamental right and duty of citizenship. You’re entitled to vote if you’re a Canadian citizen and will be over 18 on polling day. Changes to the Canada Elections Act, however, could affect your ability to vote in the next federal election. You will find information here on my website that will assist you in making sure you are eligible to vote or in obtaining the documentation you will now need before you will be allowed to cast a ballot.
To have your name added to the voters’ list contact Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868. A form will be mailed to you that you must fill out and mail back in the postage-paid envelope, together with photocopies of the required identification documents. Your name will automatically be added to the voters list if you are registered with Elections BC or if you ticked the appropriate box on your income tax return. There would be delays with the information being transferred, however, so to be sure your name gets on the list it is a good idea to fill out the Elections Canada form.
If you need assistance, please contact my office at 363-3600. Or contact the office of NDP MLA and BC Opposition Leader Carole James at 1084 Fort Street or by telephone at 952-4211. She has produced a booklet to assist people in Victoria who need help replacing their identification. The booklet provides information on obtaining or replacing birth certificates from every province and territory, BC identification cards, social insurance cards and BC Care Cards.
Learn how Parliament works
Informed citizens have more power, so please visit the Parliament of Canada website at http://www.parl.gc.ca/. It’s managed jointly by the House of Commons, Senate and the Library of Parliament.
You’ll find lots of information there on current parliamentarians and what’s going on in the House, Senate and parliamentary committees. You can also find information there about visiting the House of Commons, and tours. My Ottawa office can help arrange passes to Question Period for visiting constitutents.
Hansard is another good place to learn about what’s being discussed in parliament.
If you want to search Hansard for a specific topic or name, go here.
Petition the House of Commons
Creating a petition calling for change on a subject you care about is a great way to make your point. There are a few rules that must be followed if you want a Member of Parliament to present your petition, and this site explains them.