What is the Grassroots Campaign About?
We have all heard about professional lobbyists who attempt to influence legislation and policy through various means. In Ottawa there are nearly 6,000 registered lobbyists who are governed by the Lobbyist Registrations Act and the Accountability Act.
Grassroots lobbying is when everyday citizens contact their own MPs to try to influence legislations and policy. Grassroots lobbying is very effective because MPs are hearing directly from the very people who will be voting the next time they are up for re-election.
The Hotel Association of Canada’s Grassroots Campaign is your opportunity to get involved before new demands on your profits are signed into law. The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) maintains a strong lobbying presence in Ottawa, but the real power is in our members. Your knowledge of the lodging industry gives you credibility on issues that affect the tourism industry. Members of Parliament (MP) appreciate insights that are based on their constituents’ real life experience. Your knowledge and experience is what makes you effective as a lobbyist for the lodging industry.
MPs are more interested in issues when they understand the local impact of them. The HAC is calling on all members to meet with their MP to discuss issues of importance to the tourism and hospitality industry. The relationships that are formed through these meetings can benefit both the member and the MP.