How to Lobby your MPP in your Lobby


Arrange the Meeting

  • Be prepared to make a number of phone calls to set up your appointment. Convince the assistant that you have a constituency behind you that cares about the issues.
  • Get the administrator/assistant on your side: Be nice
  • Once you have an appointment, confirm the date and time and who will be attending a few days in advance of the meeting

Prepare for the Meeting

  • What are the key issues for tenants? What is your MPP's position on the issues?
  • Be prepared to respond to questions
  • Cover all the key points, and don't repeat yourself
  • Know what you want the outcome of the meeting to be
  • Decide well in advance who will attend the meeting, and make sure conveys the same message
  • Create handouts about your issue, about your organization.
  • Be clear and concise.

Meeting Tips

  • Be friendly, prepared, concise and clear
  • Leave time for questions
  • Let your MPP know what it is you want them to do for you

After the Meeting

  • Write a thank you letter to the Member and re-state your key points
  • What went well?
  • What should the next step be? (media, more meetings, events, etc.)
  • Be Persistent