Attending a local town hall or speaking to canvassers when they come to your door can be a great opportunity to ask where a party or candidate stands on the issues that matter to you. To help you to find out where your candidates stand on issues relating to the removal of GST/HST on massage therapy services, we’ve developed a few facts and sample questions that you can use to engage representatives in the conversation.
The sample questions below are to help guide you in a conversation with candidates or canvassers. As you will notice, the “ask” is generally the same for each question so there is no need to ask them all. Rather, think about the key message that resonates most with you and base your ask on that. To set up the context for your question, feel free to tell the candidate/canvasser a little bit about yourself, your work as an RMT and why this issue is important to you.
Q: Massage therapists are committed to providing accessible and affordable services to patients, which is why if massage therapy receives HST/GST exemption, all the savings will go straight to patients. If elected, will [you/your candidate] support the removal of HST/GST from massage therapy services so more Canadians can access the benefits massage therapy provides?
Q: There are more than 23,000 registered massage therapists in Canada. RMTs are qualified and educated health care professionals whose expertise provides significant savings to the health care system while improving patient outcomes. If elected, will [you/your candidate] support fairness for RMTs and the patients they serve by treating them like other regulated health professionals, such as Chiropractors, and remove the HST/GST from massage therapy services?
Q: Massage therapy has benefits for patients’ physical, mental and emotional well being and helps them maintain productive lives. Patients value the benefits of massage therapy and see it as an important part of their health care. Massage therapy is not a luxury. If elected, will [you/your candidate] support the removal of HST/GST from massage therapy services so the well-documented physical, mental, and emotional benefits are more accessible and widely available to Canadians who need them?
Social media, such as Facebook or Twitter, can be an incredibly useful tool to share your ideas and priorities with friends, family and even your MP or candidates this election. To help you engage your social media networks on the RMT/ACT issue and ask, we’ve developed a few simple posts that you can use on your own social media to get people thinking and talking about the issues.
You may also want to start following your local candidates on social media—see what their positions are and join the conversation where appropriate. Most candidates’ social profiles can be found easily through a simple Google search or on their candidate page.
You can use the following hashtags to help promote your message:
#RMTs #cdnpoli #RMTaxation #MassageTherapy #elxn43
RMTs are qualified and educated health care professionals that provide significant benefits and improved outcomes for patients. I want to see Canada treat massage therapy like other regulated health professions and remove the HST/GST from massage therapy services. Join me: www.rmtact.ca
Massage therapy has many well-documented benefits for health and wellbeing. It’s not a luxury. Let’s make sure more Canadians can access these benefits by removing the HST/GST from massage therapy services. Learn more: www.rmtact.ca
Massage therapists are committed to providing accessible and affordable services to patients. We want the government to make the same commitment by removing the HST/GST from massage therapy services for Canadians. Join us: www.rmtact.ca
LETTER/EMAIL TO CANDIDATES
To help you think about what to include in a letter or e-mail to your candidate, we’ve developed a sample to get you started. Letters or e-mails can be an effective tool for change, but they are most effective when they are personalized. For this reason, we encourage you to put into your own words the message that you want your candidate to hear and feel free to draw on any of our ‘key messages’ that resonate most with you. Remember: whether you’re sending a letter or e-mail, keep it formal and courteous.
[MAILING ADDRESS—campaign office]
Dear [Mr./Ms./Mrs.] [SURNAME]
I am a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and am writing to you to ask you to commit to supporting the removal of HST/GST from massage therapy services, if you are elected as my MP.
There are more that 23,000 registered massage therapists in Canada. Massage therapists are qualified and educated health care professionals whose expertise provides significant benefits for patients—improving mental, physical and emotional well being— and delivers savings to the Canadian health care system. Patients value the benefits of massage therapy and see it as an important part of their health care routine.
I, along with my professional colleagues, do not believe that health care services provided by educated, qualified and regulated health care professionals should be taxed. The federal government agrees and therefore, has a policy in place to exempt HST/GST on services provided by health care professionals that are regulated in at least five provinces. Other regulated health professional services, such as chiropractors, occupational therapist and physiotherapists are already tax exempt. In fact, massage therapists are the only health professionals regulated in five provinces that are not exempt from HST/GST.
This issue is very important to me. Massage therapists are committed to improving the health and well being of their patients in a way that is accessible and affordable. As your constituent, I am asking you to similarly show your commitment to this goal by supporting the removal of HST/GST from massage therapy services if you are elected.
Thank you for your commitment.
I look forward to receiving a response from you.
[YOUR ADDRESS: Street address, town, province, postal code, phone or e-mail (if applicable)]