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Have Your Petition Read
In The House Of Commons

April 2, 2001

The next quarter will be pivotal in terms of maintaining momentum on the pesticide issue with several key check points. One simple and easy to execute tactic to keep pesticides on the agenda is to have your local MP stand up and read your petition on pesticides to the House of Commons.

A number of Liberal MPs from Quebec have done this in the past. Marlene Jennings was the most recent one. We need you help to get more petitions (download this sample and print it out - 8.5x14) from across Canada read in the House between April 23rd and May 15th.

There is a protocol to follow but you only need a minimum of twenty-five (25) valid signatures. I would suggest to go for at least ten (10) more. If your MP is from the Alliance Party, try to get at least one-hundred (100) signatures. You will recall that the Alliance were the only party not to support the Caccia Pesticide Report.

Once you have your petition completed deliver it directly to your MP and ask them to tell you when they will be reading your petition in the House of Commons. It is considered bad practice for MPs to refuse to read petitions from their constituents.

Having your MP stand up and read your petition will send a message that the people won't go away until an immediate moratorium on the cosmetic use of pesticides is adopted by the government.

For example, in Marlene Catterall's riding, Ottawa West - Nepean, we were able to turn a petition to the House of Commons on pesticides (with 35 signatures) around in three days with the help of three people.

Key Check Points
  • April 1st the Halifax Pesticide By-law came into effect. See url;
  • The House of Commons is on Easter Break from April 9th to April 23rd;
  • April 22nd Earth Day - Call to action on Jennings Pesticide Bill 267; Here is the source url
  • The one year anniversary date of the tabling of the Pesticides Report is Wednesday May 16, 2001;
  • The Victoria Day long weekend is May 19th to 21st. The biggest gardening weekend of the year in Canada;
  • The House of Commons is not sitting the week of May 21st;
  • May/June The Supreme Court of Canada to rule on the Chemlawn/Spraytech vs Town of Hudson.

House Of Commons Of Canada
37th Parliament, 1st Session

Wednesday, February 14, 2001

-- by Ms. Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grāce -- Lachine), two concerning pesticides (Nos. 371-0033 and 371-0034);

Edited Hansard * Number 013


Mrs. Marlene Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grāce-Lachine, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, once again it is my honour to table two petitions in the House calling for a moratorium on the cosmetic use of pesticides, one of which was actually taken by an elector in my riding.

As with my private member's bill, the issue of the non-essential use of pesticides, or what we like to call cosmetic use of pesticides, is a significant danger to the health of Canadians.

We do not have the science or the medical proof to show that it is not dangerous. We are putting our children's lives and pregnant mothers in danger. We are calling for a moratorium on the cosmetic use of pesticides.

It is with great honour that I table these two petitions that support my private member's bill. I call on the House to adopt the legislation and to do it quickly.

Here is the source url

It's a time to recognize how pesticides and other lawn/garden chemicals negatively affect our yards... but more importantly that such toxins pose grave health threats to our children.


Here is the source url

A petition cannot be presented to the House of Commons unless it has first been submitted by a Member of Parliament to the Clerk of Petitions for certification. In order to be certified, the petition must meet certain requirements established by the rules and practices of the House. The following list sets out guidelines for drafting petitions on matters of public concern.

General requirements

  • The petition must be handwritten, typed, printed or photocopied on sheets of paper of usual size, i.e. measuring 21.5 cm x 28 cm (8 1/2 x 11 inches) or 21.5 cm x 35.5 cm (8 1/2 x 14 inches).
  • The words "To the House of Commons" or "To the House of Commons in Parliament assembled" must appear at the beginning of the petition. Petitions to the Government of Canada, the Prime Minister, a Minister, or an individual Member of Parliament are not acceptable.
  • The petition must be respectful and use temperate language. l The text of the petition must not be altered either by erasing or crossing out words or by adding words.
  • No other matter is to be attached or appended to or written on the petition, whether in the form of additional documents, maps, pictures, news articles, explanatory or supporting statements, or requests for support. A return address is allowed.
  • The petition must concern a subject within the authority of the Parliament of Canada. The petition must not concern a purely provincial or municipal matter or any matter which should be brought before a court of law or a tribunal.


The petition must contain a request, called a "prayer", for Parliament to take some action (or refrain from taking some action) to remedy a grievance. A statement of grievance or a statement of opinion alone cannot be received as a petition. The petition must not, however, demand or insist that Parliament do something.

The "prayer" should be clear and to the point. Details which the petitioners think important may be included in the statement of grievance.

Signatures and addresses

  • Some signatures and addresses should, if possible, appear on the first sheet with the "prayer". The subject-matter of the petition must be indicated on each of the other sheets containing signatures and addresses.
  • The petition must contain a minimum of 25 valid signatures, each with the address of the petitioner. The signature of a Member of Parliament is not counted.
  • Each petitioner must sign his or her own name directly on the petition and must not sign for anyone else. Names should be signed, not printed. Signatures cannot be attached to a sheet (taped or pasted on) or photocopied onto it. 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.
  • The petitioner's address must be written directly on the petition and not pasted on or reproduced. The petitioner may give his or her full home address or simply the city and province.
  • Aliens not resident in Canada cannot petition the House of Commons of Canada.
Form of a petition

The recommended form of a petition to the House of Commons is set out in this word document.


For all the MP contact info go to: Canadians Against Pesticides at