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Our advice for Rookie MPs

rookie_guideWhat can new MPs do to increase their chance of influencing policy and legislation? In the Hill Times’ Rookie’s Guide to the 42nd Parliament, Jane Hilderman and I offer five suggestions:

  1. Become an expert on an issue
  2. Narrow the “ask” and offer a worked-out solution
  3. Build coalitions with fellow MPs
  4. Speak directly to Ministers
  5. Launch a public campaign

These suggestions are based on the research that we conducted into the influence of backbench MPs using Samara’s exit interviews with former MPs. For more, check out the Rookie’s Guide, or see our paper from the Canadian Political Science Association’s Annual Conference in 2013.

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