Canadians Against Pesticides
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
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.
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PETITIONING THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
A PRACTICAL GUIDE
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I. DRAFTING A PETITION
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.
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
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 www.caps.20m.com