Petitions are a fantastic way for all Canadians to participate directly in their democracy.
Canadians have the option of preparing either a paper petition or an electronic petition. Generally speaking, petitions must be (1) regarding an issue over which the federal government has control; (2) must not be about an issue currently before the Courts; and (3) use respectful and constructive language. Petitions must follow strict guidelines in order to be certified for presentation in the House of Commons – whether they are filed electronically or on paper.
Once a petition is tabled, the government has 45 calendar days to file an official response.
Our office is happy to provide more specific information regarding petitions, and it is part of every MPs’ job to ensure their constituents’ voices are heard by way of petitions. Please contact us for more information.