Key Elements in a Letter to a Politician
1) A clear opening that expresses your purpose for writing.
- I am writing to express my concern about the lack of bike lanes downtown.
- I am writing to request that the government increase the minimum wage.
- I am writing [concerning/about] the lack of bike lanes downtown.
- I would like to request that the government increase the minimum wage.
2) A statement on why this issue affects you or any personal experience you have with the issue. For example:
- I ride my bicycle to work downtown every day. Because of the lack of bike lanes, I have to ride inches away from trucks and other vehicles in heavy traffic. This summer alone, I have had two accidents…
- As a newcomer to Canada, I have had to work several low-paying jobs. I have worked at X, Y, and Z. As a father of three children, I can tell you that $11 an hour is not enough to support a family…
3) A request for action.
- More bike lanes must be built in the downtown area.
- The government needs to increase the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour.
4) A request a response.
- I look forward to hearing from you soon.
- I look forward to your reply.
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