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Petition Drive to Support M408 – Make Sure Your Petitions Count!

 

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One incredibly important way to support Motion 408 is to collect signatures for the petition in favour of the Motion. There are specific rules in place concerning petitions which, if not followed, would result in signed petitions being rejected by the Clerk of Petitions. As such we urge you to be aware of the rules and to use the official petition from Mark Warawa’s website.

According to the Parliament of Canada website:

• The text of a petition must not be altered either by erasing or crossing out words or by adding words or commentary. Any alteration will make the petition unacceptable.

• A petition must be free of any other matter attached or appended to or written or printed on the petition, whether in the form of additional documents, maps, pictures, logos, news articles, explanatory or supporting statements, or requests for support. A petition printed on the reverse of a document (for example a newsletter or a Member’s Householder or Ten Percenter) is not acceptable.

• If a petition is composed of more than one sheet of signatures and addresses, the subject-matter of the petition must be indicated on every sheet.

• A petition should contain signatures of residents of Canada only. Persons not resident in Canada cannot petition the House of Commons of Canada. A petition signed exclusively by non-resident persons is not acceptable.

• There is no minimum age requirement for anyone signing a petition.

• Each petitioner must sign, not print, his or her own name directly on the petition and must not sign for anyone else. If a petitioner cannot sign because of illness or a disability, this must be noted on the petition and the note signed by a witness.

• A petition must contain original signatures written directly on the document and not pasted, taped, photocopied or otherwise transferred to it.

• Some signatures and addresses must appear on the first sheet with the text of the petition. Signatures and addresses may appear on the reverse of the petition.

• The address may either be the petitioner’s full home address, or the city and province, or the province and postal code. As with the signature, the address must be written directly on the document and not pasted, taped, photocopied or otherwise transferred to it. The inclusion of other contact information (such are telephone numbers or email addresses) is permitted but not required. 

Also, be aware that a petition cannot be presented in the House unless it has 25 signatures (which, for Mr. Warawa’s petition, would consist of 5 pages with 5 signatures each). Please still send in your petitions even if you’re short a few signatures. The MP can hold onto it until enough additional signatures come in and then group them together.

So go print off copies of the petition and get started!

 

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