It's all about talking action!Don't sit on the fence, share your views!
Four simple ways to get your voice heard!
1. Writing to a newspaper, TV or website. Doing so will help create a buzz on taxpayer issues. Issues of taxation, government waste and accountability have a good chance at being published. This means your letter could send a message to thousands of people.
Here are some points to consider:
- Keep it short and focused on one issue.
- You may disagree on the issue, but don’t be abusive.
- Use a personal example that supports your concern.
- Put your name and address on the letter.
- If they send a vague reply, send another letter asking specifically where they stand on the issue.
- Show respect for the leader’s position. It is proper to address the Prime Minister as “The Rt. Honourable” and start the letter with “Dear Prime Minister”; cabinet ministers should be addressed as “The Honourable” and start their letters with “Dear Madame or Mr. Minister.” MPs should be addressed as “Mr./Mrs./Ms. surname
- Send a thank-you letter should the politician take a taxpayer-friendly position.
2. Write your MP or any other politician.
This is the best proactive way to get involved. Politicians understand that a single letter represents the views of several of their constituents.
Important : to cc a copy of your letter to TAG, and especially any response you may get back. TAG directors may wish to follow-up themselves.
3. Pre-budget recommendations to reduce government spending and borrowing. Seldom do taxpayers take advantage of these opportunities. Find out when Government and Parliament meet and ask how to make a presentation.
4. Message Boards, Forums, and Surveys
Even non-political message boards usually have a section for off-topic issues and this provides a place for taxpayers to have their say. Politicians pay close attention to public opinion polls, and TAG will organise them. So take your time to respond to pollsters.