- Become an expert on an issue
- Narrow the “ask” and offer a worked-out solution
- Build coalitions with fellow MPs
- Speak directly to Ministers
- 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.