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    How can the average Canadian citizen have more participation in parliamentary issues?

    E-petitions are a modern democratic process allowing citizens to have input into topics to be debated in parliament.

    With the advent of modern technology, E-petitions can be signed on-line giving personal information to validate the petitioner. This allows the petitioner to bring legitimate issues forward that confront the average citizen on a day to day basis – placing the issues in front of the policy makers. So far, e-petitions have been implemented in Quebec and the United Kingdom.





    “M-428 — February 13, 2013 — Mr. Stewart (Burnaby—Douglas) — That the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs be instructed to recommend changes to the Standing Orders and other conventions governing petitions so as to establish an electronic petitioning system that would enhance the current paper-based petitions system by allowing Canadians to sign petitions electronically, and to consider, among other things, (i) the possibility to trigger a debate in the House of Commons outside of current sitting hours when a certain threshold of signatures is reached, (ii) the necessity for no fewer than five Members of Parliament to sponsor the e-petition and to table it in the House once a time limit to collect signatures is reached, (iii) the study made in the 38th Parliament regarding e-petitions, and that the Committee report its findings to the House, with proposed changes to the Standing Orders and other conventions governing petitions, within 12 months of the adoption of this order.”


    The above mentioned motion has been presented to the “Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs” by Kennedy Stewart, MP for Burnaby-Douglas. If passed, e-petitions would not replace the existing petition system in the House of Commons, but would be used in conjunction with them.

    The current archaic petition system allows MPs to table paper petitions with at least 25 signatures, and the government must respond within 45 days.

    Kennedy Stewart’s idea has two impressive supporters; former Reform Party leader Preston Manning and former NDP leader Ed Broadbent. However, there are some naysayers in the wings and think that this motion will not advance in the Canadian parliament.

    There is an e-petition started in the UK (see above link) to bring the Justice department back to the table and to discuss and implement stiffer penalties to One-punch killers.


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