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I wrote my MP a letter today. A paper letter in an envelope!

Rob Nicholson
2895 St. Paul Avenue
Unit 11
Niagara Falls, Ontario
L2J 2L3

Mr. Nicholson,

I’m not sure exactly what’s going on. I’ve written you on three occasions (June 3, June 13, and July 28) using your constituency office e‑mail address ( with this question:

I’m wondering is there’s any outlet for information about your activities as my MP versus your role as Minister of National Defence. I follow @honrobnicholson on Twitter, and if there has ever been anything about your non-defence activities, I haven’t seen it.

It seems a straight-forward enough question. I know that we haven’t seen eye-to-eye on many issues, but your assistant always relays your interest in hearing from your constituents. I’d really hope that a difference of opinion wouldn’t make me persona non grata.

I’d also hope that being Minister of National Defence hasn’t made you too busy to represent the people who voted you into office. I’ve seen you tweet about your travels in that capacity all summer but I can’t seem to get a response about as an innocuous a question as one might imagine!

I’m hoping a physical letter will have better results.


Rick Pali


I was going to add that his position of Minister of National Defence also puts him in charge of CSEC, and all the spying on Canadians must take a big bite out of his time, but I thought this might be a bit much. Too close to home, perhaps. It might also get me into his office’s block list … assuming my e‑mail address isn’t already there! It would neatly explain the issue.


My MP’s riding office has replied.


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  1. Julie

    Methinks several politicians have the same affliction!

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