I just sent the following email message:
Subject: Please vote No on Bill 115
To: Jerry J. Ouellette <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CC: Dalton McGuinty <email@example.com>, Laurel C. Broten <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I'm writing to ask you to vote against Bill 115, the so-called Putting Students First Act.
There are quite a number of problems with the bill but in the interest of brevity I'll limit myself to the following.
Under the guise of ending a strike that has never begun, this legislation puts the Minister of Education beyond any kind of accountability. It would allow her to make decisions without regard to the legislature and would leave those affected by those decisions without recourse to existing labour legislation or the courts. It's not just an assault on the collective bargaining process, though it is that. It's simply undemocratic -- it demonstrates contempt for the legislative process and for the concept of accountable government.
We send people such as yourself to the legislature to represent us and to govern us, not to rule us. There should be no place in a democracy for legislation that allows elected representatives to put themselves beyond the rule of law. Since debate on this legislation has now been limited to a degree that simply doesn't allow for the proper examination of this issue, I would respectfully ask that you vote against this bill.
Name and address
It's addressed to Jerry Ouellette for the obvious reason: he's my MPP. I've stuck to my normal style for messages like this: make it clear in the subject line which legislation is at issue and where I stand on it and keep the message polite and reasonably brief.
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