These techniques are designed to help you help a rogue member of provincial parliament understand why it is important to represent their constituents interests and challenge them to change the way they interact with you and the general public.
A rogue member of provincial parliament is a person just like you and me. We are all struggling with new normals from this pandemic, but that is no reason to politicize non-political issues such as public health. Tell a rogue member of provincial parliament that you understand their frustrations on being completely irrelevant and praise them when they don’t make anti-Semitic remarks on Twitter.
Ask a rogue member of provincial parliament open-ended questions. Why did they run in the last election? Who are they speaking for when they encourage shaming essential workers? Do they plan to run in the same riding next election? This may help a rogue member of provincial parliament to realize how their behaviour may be pushing them away from their goals. Even if a rogue member of provincial parliament does not answer your questions, they will still begin to think about change and reasons for or against it.
Rolling With Resistance
A rogue member of provincial parliament may not answer your questions. Do not demand answers. Instead, just ask different questions. If a rogue member of provincial parliament gets defensive, change the topic. You may never get an answer, but it should prevent your elected official from blocking you on social media. These questions may also start other conversations and lessen the influence and reach of a rogue member of provincial parliament.
Support Self Efficacy
Commend a rogue member of provincial parliament when they represent your interests. Reinforce this behaviour whenever possible. Eventually, a rogue member of provincial parliament will realize they can speak for someone other than themselves and the challenge of change will be realized.
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To learn more about Motivational Interviewing, check out http://www.smartrecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/UsingMIinSR.pdf