Issues, questions and frustrations from Canadians can all discover a platform on the federal government’s e-petition website, which – offered one will get the wording as much as snuff and might persuade a member of Parliament to sponsor one’s petition – permits residents to open up a problem for the endorsement of different Canadians.
If the petition will get greater than 500 signatures, the federal government is compelled to situation an official response inside 45 calendar days.
All the pieces from a request for Canada to label Putin a conflict prison to a name to ban cartoons on merchandise equivalent to cereal bins have graced the pages of the e-petition portal. Whereas some e-petitions flounder, others get 1000’s of signatures – offering a peek on the public’s pulse in relation to points on Canadians’ minds.
CTV Information has combed by means of the e-petitions from this parliamentary session to seek out out which 5 e-petitions satisfied essentially the most Canadians to signal their identify – and to have a look at what the federal government needed to say in response.
Disclaimer: e-petitions aren’t essentially a mirrored image of the views of the politician who sponsored it, as politicians usually sponsor any e-petition introduced ahead by their constituents. The recognition of an e-petition additionally is not essentially an indicator of broad public assist, as components together with social media and information protection can bloat the variety of signatures.
#5: Canadian Constitution of Rights and Freedoms and Sharia legislation
Sponsor: Conservative MP James Bezan
Variety of signatures: 57,731
Derrick James from Winnipeg introduced ahead the fifth hottest e-petition on the parliamentary petition portal in March 2017. The petition calls on the federal government to amend the Structure Act to state that “Sharia law or separate Sharia family courts will never have a place in the Canadian Justice System.”
“Differential justice based on an individual’s religion is prejudicial and preferential, therefore, an amendment to the Constitution Act of 1982 would ease the minds of all Canadians and ensure equal treatment for everyone under the Criminal Code of Canada,” the e-petition argues.
Greater than half of the signatories had been residents of both Ontario or Alberta.
The federal government tabled its official response to the petition in November, 2017.
“The Charter ensures that every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination based on religion and other grounds. Thus the Charter’s rights and freedoms preserve a secular, multicultural, and democratic society with a commitment to dignity, diversity, equality, and human rights,” the response reads.
#4: Immigration and the UN migration compact
Sponsor: Individuals’s Occasion Chief Maxime Bernier
Variety of signatures: 68,563
George Browne from Montreal River Harbour, Ont. initiated this e-petition in October final yr. It calls on the federal government to withdraw from the United Nations’ World Compact for Protected, Orderly and Common Migration – a non-legally binding settlement that Canada and 151 different nations voted in favour of in December.
The compact lays out finest practices for all elements of immigration on a world scale in an effort to make the method smoother and safer for all concerned. 5 nations opposed the settlement, together with america.
The petition argues that “the maintenance of our borders and limited merit-based immigration are essential to our rights and wellbeing” and identifies that america, Poland, Hungary and Austria withdrew from the pact “citing its threats to their sovereignty, peace, order and good governance.”
The e-petition had over 20,000 supporters in Ontario, and over 10,000 apiece in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec.
The federal government’s official response to the petition notes that the compact doesn’t pose any risk to Canadian sovereignty.
“The text is not legally binding and says clearly that state sovereignty will not be affected… Canada and Canadians can only benefit from other countries improving their own migration management to deter irregular migration and provide pathways for those who want to migrate regularly. Canada will continue to share best practices and participate in international and multilateral fora to contribute to these efforts,” the response reads.
#3: Condemning Islamophobia
Sponsor: Liberal MP Frank Baylis
Variety of signatures: 69,742
Samer Majzoub from Pierrefonds, Que. was the person who, in June 2016, put ahead the third-most common e-petition discovered amid the pages of the e-petition portal. Majzoub referred to as on the federal government to hitch Canadians “in recognizing that extremist individuals do not represent the religion of Islam, and in condemning all forms of Islamophobia.”
The e-petition notes that 1.5 billion individuals worldwide apply Islam, including that Muslims have contributed and proceed to contribute positively to the event of human civilization since its founding over 1400 years in the past.
“Recently an infinitesimally small number of extremist individuals have conducted terrorist activities while claiming to speak for the religion of Islam. Their actions have been used as a pretext for a notable rise of anti-Muslim sentiments in Canada,” the petition says.
“They in no way represent the religion, the beliefs and the desire of Muslims to co-exist in peace with all peoples of the world.”
Over 40,000 of the e-petition’s supporters come from Ontario, whereas one other 12,000 come from Quebec. Alberta and B.C. had 1000’s of signatories amongst their residents as effectively.
The federal government wrote an concerned response to the e-petition, outlining the numerous contributions of the Canadian Muslim neighborhood in addition to the significance of fostering social cohesion by means of educating the general public on Islamic historical past.
“The Government of Canada condemns all forms of racism and discrimination, including Islamophobia,” the response says.
#2: Firearms and Invoice C-71
Sponsor: Conservative MP Rachael More durable
Variety of signatures: 86,082
Ryan Slingerland from Coalhurst, Alta. crafted the e-petition that gained him the assist of sufficient Canadians to make his e-petition the second-most-signed on the e-petition web site throughout this parliament’s tenure. The e-petition, which Slingerland put ahead in March of final yr, calls on the feds to “scrap Bill C-71, An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms, and to instead devote greater resources to policing in Canada.”
Invoice C-71 is the federal government’s new firearms legislation, Invoice C-71, which can implement – amongst different issues – extra stringent bookkeeping and background checks referring to gun acquisition in addition to modifications to licensing necessities.
The petition, which was put ahead earlier than the invoice grew to become legislation, asserts that the legislation “does nothing to tackle firearms violence, but rather adds further red-tape on law abiding firearms owners.”
It additionally accuses the legislation of bringing again the long-gun registry and says it “does not provide the resources to frontline police forces to tackle the true source of firearms violence: gangs and organized criminal enterprises.”
The federal government response factors out that they did present funds to fight gun-related violence and gang actions, an effort which it says consists of “supporting law enforcement and community-led projects focused on prevention.”
It additionally factors to the truth that the invoice was amended to make sure that nothing within the Firearms Act can be construed “so as to permit or require the registration of non-restricted firearms.”
“To keep communities safe, the Government is strengthening Canada’s firearms laws in a common-sense, focused and effective way,” the response reads.
#1: Implementing electoral reform
Sponsor: NDP MP Nathan Cullen
Variety of signatures: 130,452
The individual behind the most well-liked e-petition of the time period – which blew the second-most signed e-petition out of the water by over 40,000 signatures – was Jonathan Cassels from Kitchener, Ont. He pitched the petition in November 2016, and referred to as on the federal government to do 4 issues.
First, he referred to as on the federal government to declare its “on-going commitment to ensuring the 2015 election be the last Federal Canadian election under the First Past The Post system.” He then asks that the federal government define the proposals for reform, seek the advice of the general public on proposals, and “outline a proposed timeline for the introduction of an electoral reform bill before the House of Commons, detailing the proposed timeline until passage into law.”
The e-petition acquired tens of 1000’s of signatures from Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec residents.
The federal government had made electoral reform a key promise in its 2015 electoral marketing campaign, however later backed down on the thought in February 2017. On the time, Democratic Establishments Minister Karina Gould instructed reporters it had “become evident that the broad support needed among Canadians for a change of this magnitude does not exist.”
The message was echoed word-for-word within the authorities’s response to the petition, revealed a month after their determination to desert electoral reform got here out.
It additionally recognized that, because of the dearth of consensus, the democratic establishments minister’s mandate letter modified.
“Changing the electoral system is not in the Minister’s mandate,” the response stated.
“The Government of Canada will continue to work to strengthen and protect our democratic institutions and ensure they represent the values of Canadians. The Government looks forward to the important work ahead.”