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Writing Letters to Local and National Newspapers

Writing letters to newspapers is extremely helpful. Newspaper editors, like politicians, need to know what people are thinking about regarding the issues facing Canada's Pacific coast.  The editorial section is often the first page politicians turn to.

Keep your letter short and to the point – less than 150 words is preferable.  Your letter should carry its most important message in the first few sentences. Make your letter timely – if you have just returned from a trip to the Great Bear Rainforest or if it is a reaction to a previous story in the paper. Include contact information so that you can be reached during the day and the evening. Don’t be afraid to tell readers what you want them to do - this is your chance to speak your mind.

Links to some of the main Canadian national and BC newspapers:

National Newspapers

Globe and Mail letters@globeandmail.ca
National Post letters@nationalpost.com
Financial Post fpqueries@nationalpost.com
Canadian Press dmeissner@cp.org


B.C. Newspapers

North Shore News tpeters@nsnews.com
Prince George Citizen letters@princegeorgecitizen.com
Vancouver Sun sunletters@vancouversun.com
Vancouver Province provletters@pacpress.southam.ca
Victoria Times-Colonist letters@tc.canwest.com

Writing a Letter to Elected Officials in British Columbia

Finding your BC MLA

It is very important to copy your letter to other sources. For example, if you write a letter to Premier Campbell, copy the letter to one or more cabinet ministers and a newspaper.

Hon. Christy Clark
Premier of British Columbia

PO Box 9041
Victoria, BC
Phone: 250-387-1715
Fax: 250-356-6176

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations

Hon. Steve Thomson

PO BOX 9049
V8W 9E2

Phone: 250-387-6240
Fax: 250-387-1040


Minister of Environment
Hon. Mary Polak

PO BOX 9339
Victoria, B.C.
V8W 9M1

Phone: 250 387-1187
Fax: 250 387-1356



 Further Useful B.C. Provincial Contacts

  • MLA Rob Fleming, NDP Environment Critic

             Email:  rob.fleming.mla@leg.bc.ca @Rob_Fleming
  • Adrian Dix, Leader of the NDP

             Email: Adrian.Dix.MLA@leg.bc.ca  @adriandix
            Email: Leader@greenparty.bc.ca, adam@adamolsen.ca  @adampolsen

Writing a Letter to the Federal Government

Finding your Federal MP

The marine environment falls under Federal jurisdiction in Canada. To write a letter about the proposed tanker moratorium being lifted write to:

The Prime Minister and all Members of Parliament can be reached by mail in Ottawa with the following mailing address:

House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Email: pm@pm.gc.ca
Telephone: 613-992-4211
Fax: 613-941-6900

Constituency Office:
1600 - 90th Avenue SW, Suite A-203
Calgary, Alberta
T2V 5A8
Telephone: 403-253-7990
Fax: 403-253-8203

Minister of Fisheries & Oceans,
The Hon. Gail Shea

Telephone: 613-992-1067
Fax: 613-996-9955

Constituency Office:
23 Alison Blvd (Main Office)
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3C 2N5
Telephone: 506-452-4110
Fax: 506-452-4076

Minister of Natural Resources Canada
The Hon. Greg Rickford

Email: greg.rickford@parl.gc.ca @NRCan
Telephone: (613) 996-7046
Fax: (613) 992-0851

Constituency Offices:
511 Lawrence Ave West,
Toronto, Ontario
M6A 1A3
Telephone: 416-781-5583
Fax: 416-781-5586

Minister of Environment
The Hon. Leona Aglukkaq

Email: leona.qglukkaq@parl.gc.ca @leonaaglukkaq
Telephone: 613-992-2848
Fax: 613-996-9764

Constituency Office:
Building 208
P.O. Box 1930
Iqaluit, Nunavut, X0A 0H0
Telephone: 866-267-7701
Fax: 613-996-9764

Sample text: Below is some sample text for a letter or email to the Prime Minister. Make sure to personalize it — it's you're chance to speak up!

Dear Prime Minister Stephen Harper,

I strongly oppose bringing crude oil to the Great Bear Rainforest.

The proposed plan to build a crude oil pipeline from the Alberta tar sands to the North Coast is the wrong choice for British Columbia. Allowing this pipeline to be built and oil tanker traffic in the pristine waters of the Great Bear Rainforest would undermine the conservation gains already made and the way of life of the coastal First Nations people.

More than 80 percent of British Columbians oppose crude oil tanker traffic on the North Coast and the coastal First Nations have declared a ban under their traditional laws. This project would be a major, long-term investment in dirty oil development at a time when B.C. and Canada should be investing in the clean energy economy.

We have the opportunity to set an example here. To show how we deal with the last few wild places on our planet and more importantly, for how we honour and respect the rights and traditions of First Nations and all indigenous people. I strongly urge you to have the foresight and ingenuity to move forward with a plan that will move British Columbia, and Canada, into the future instead of clinging to the status quo.

Thank you for your time.




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