Dear Mr Trudeau

I wrote a hundred letters to Justin Trudeau.

There are around 4 million Syrian refugees at large right now, trying to find new homes since some psychotics in their homeland are ruining everything for them. I want to do something about it. Changing my Facebook profile and posting inspirational quotations didn’t seem like enough. I live in a rental house with about 12 roommates, so I can’t very easily take in a refugee family myself.

I thought I might try democracy – that is, contacting our elected representatives and asking politely for amnesty toward refugees.

It says here that the most effective way to get a politician’s attention is to go visit them in person. I’ll see if I can do that in the future. The next most effective thing is to write them a typewritten and signed letter.

That sounds good to me – I don’t mind writing, I do it all the time (can’t really help myself). I can type pretty quick and my spelling and grammar are acceptable.

So I wrote a letter. It didn’t seem like enough, though. There were so many things I wanted to say, the words got all jumbled up and messy. I thought, who would read this crap? What difference will it make?

So I wrote one hundred letters to the Prime Minister. Short ones, asking a hundred different ways, a hundred different time, for amnesty toward refugees.

I’m going to print them up and start mailing them off tomorrow.

Tonight, I’d like to share with you the first five. Keep watching if you want to read the rest.

If you want to join me, Justin Trudeau’s address is:

The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, PC, MP
Prime Minister Of Canada
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A2

Feel to steal any of my letters or write your own.

1.

Dear Mr Trudeau,

I’m writing to let you know that as a Canadian citizen, I welcome Syrian refugees. We have room for lots more people. Please allow more than 25,000 Syrians to come to Canada. Many more people than that need refuge.

Thanks,

Shannon

2.

Dear Mr Trudeau,

The Bible tells us to love one another. I don’t know if you’re a Christian or not, but it seems like good advice for anyone. Let’s show love for our Syrian brothers and sisters by letting more of them take sanctuary in Canada.

Thanks,

Shannon

3.

Dear Mr Trudeau,

The population density of Canada is 4 people per square kilometre. I am only using about a quarter of my share. I can make room for 3 Syrian refugees on my 4 square km of Canada.

Thanks,

Shannon

4.

Dear Mr Trudeau,

Syrian refugees are mostly not terrorists or lazy freeloaders. They are just people who are trying to get on with their lives, but are having a hard time because people are shooting at them in their home country. I don’t think that you or most intelligent people think that they are terrorists and freeloaders. Immigrants are good for our country. Please let more of them in.

Thanks,

Shannon

5.

Dear Mr Trudeau,

Canada’s population is aging and we’re not making enough babies to replace our older citizens. We need more young people who are ready to work hard and build great things. The Syrian refugees will make great and welcome additions. Please send as many of them as possible.

Thanks,

Shannon

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Shannon Graham

Shannon has been writing brief essays and occasional how-to articles at Rocketships, Unaffiliated (.ca) whenever inspiration strikes, since 2012.

She is interested in your opinion.

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