Submitting a petition to the House of Commons is the equivalent of Canadians asking a question in Question Period. The government is obliged to listen, and traditionally provides a response.
A public petition, signed by Canadian residents and addressed to the House of Commons, the Government of Canada, a Minister of the Crown or a Member of the House of Commons, is one of the most direct means for people to communicate with Parliament.
Petitions allow you to spread the word in your community about your concern related to the federal government as you gather the 25 signatures necessary. Any resident of Canada can sign a petition to the House of Commons. Petitions allow a group’s collective voice to heard in the House of Commons, as well as echoed throughout Canada.
Petitioners cannot directly petition the House of Commons. Only a Member of Parliament can present a petition to the House. The petitioners must send their petition to a Member with a request to present it.
Before submitting one, read this entry on petitions. Then, feel free to contact my staff to help you submit your petition. I encourage you to use this form of interaction with your federal government. My staff and I very much look forward to serving you in this capacity.