Over the years, I have filled out comment cards and sent other messages to my member of parliament. But I have never heard back in-person. Until this postcard arrived yesterday:
The m.p. had sent a newsletter earlier last year to all his constituents, with a feedback form attached. I filled it out and mailed it to Ottawa. I wasn’t expecting that the politicians actually read this or react, so I was very surprised to get a hand-written reply. See the back:
Just reviewing correspondance from some time back on The Senate. Realized I’d forgotten to reply to your card. Very much appreciate your feedback.
My comments were on the need for reform of our Senate. Canada’s Senate is an unelected (and undemocratic ) body who’s member “serve” for life – basically appointments are a giant reward for the governing party’s cronies and party hacks. This issue of Senate reform (or, as I hope, abolishment) is particularly relevant recently as two Senators were charged by police last week for corruption, with more charges for other Senators possibly to follow.
BTW, there is no stamp on this postcard as all there is no charge for mail from or to Canadian parliamentarians (I believe this is called franking privilege).