ME needs to be a priority for new Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor in order to achieve equitable research funding for ME and access to appropriate treatments for patients.
Key to that success is first making our MPs aware of the 37.6% increase in ME diagnosis in 2015, that more than 560,000 Canadians are living with ME, and yet there is a total lack of response, research, funding and treatment.
With that awareness, we can then ask MPs support of the Open Letter to Minister Petitpas Taylor. The Open Letter calls for an emergency response to the apparent ME epidemic including research, funding and treatment.
To help gain MP signatures to the Open Letter, we’ve developed the “Meet your MP about ME” campaign with a video and document with ME fact and data to help you get the meeting, and a concise presentation to help get your MPs signature at the meeting.
Below is a step-by-step guide to a successful meeting with your MP.
Request a 20 minute meeting with your MP by sending them an email (include your full address so your MP knows you’re their constituent) with our brief video and this link to Facts and Data about ME in Canada.
Use our Presentation to help tell your MP about ME at your meeting (in person or by skype or phone).
Ask for your MPs support by signing a printed copy of the Open Letter to Health Minister Petitpas Taylor. And then take a picture with you, your MP and their signed letter to share.
Check out our Step by Step Guide and FAQ for more info about the Meet your MP about ME campaign.