Petition - Right to Save Seeds!
Download and print, then get signatures on our Petition!
Once you have at least 25 signatures take the signed petitions to your federal Member of Parliament's office and ask him or her to present the petition in Parliament. You can find your MP's name and constituency office address here.
A number of people have asked about our decision to use a paper based petition in our campaign rather than an on-line petition. Currently on-line petitions are not admissible in Parliament; MPs are under no obligation to pay attention to them. However, MPs are legally required to pay attention to properly written paper petitions signed by voters, and are expected to present petitions in the House of Commons on behalf of constituents even if they do not personally support the petition.Paper-based petitions are particularly effective when the MPs know that voters in their own ridings are taking the time and effort to bring signed petitions forward.
In January 2014 a motion was passed asking a committee of Parliament to study a proposal to allow electronic petitions. This committee will report its findings within a year. If Parliament changes its rules to make electronic petitions admissible we will consider using them.
If the petition action does not work for you, you could send a personal email to your own MP. The MPs’ addresses are listed on the Parliament of Canada website.
Here is more information about signatures and addresses from the federal government website:
- A petition must contain a minimum of 25 valid signatures with addresses.
- 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.
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