When I am sent a petition by my constituents, whether I agree with the subject matter or not,
issues, some more controversial than others, and often on issues that have been voted on previously in other parliaments.
Enhanced EI benefits, food safety receiving support in the House of Commons
be as difficult to find a decisive answer within ourselves, let alone amongst each other.
Nov. 20, suggested that members of Parliament were using petitions to further their own agenda rather than expressing the views of their constituents.
always be exposed to differing points of view. We can tire of Omega Speedmaster Professional Brown Leather Strap
Constituents will be pleased to know that all sides of the House of Commons are working to support Bills C 44 and S 11.
That is why I found it disconcerting that a recent Canadian Press story, published in this
I regret that this is the impression readers have been given since, in my view, it is not how the majority of MPs view the petition process.
any kind. The petitions I receive and table in the Commons come directly from the constituents of Kelowna Lake Country and reflect a number of different Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 2500
Ron Cannan Posted Nov 26, 2012
reopening controversial debates in Parliament, but surely we should never tire of allowing Canadians to exercise their democratic right to be heard.
As uncomfortable as it can be, respecting these fundamental freedoms means we will
C 44, the Helping Families in Need Omega Constellation Quartz Review Act, will allow parents to take leave when a child is critically ill or dies or disappears as the result of a crime, and provide benefits to those who are caring for or supporting their critically ill child. This enhances the current benefits available through EI.
For the record, I do not solicit petitions of Omega Watch Blue Dial
S 11, the Safe Food for Canadians Act, will provide the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with stronger modernized tools to better protect Canadians by finding products faster in recall situations so they can be removed from the shelves quicker.
In a tolerant and peaceful society, we ought to keep in mind the fundamental freedoms that so many have fought to protect: freedom of conscience and religion; freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; freedom of peaceful assembly; and freedom of association.
A petition is an instrument of the democratic process, available to all Canadians, which enables them to exercise their fundamental right of freedom of expression.
I have an obligation as their Member of Parliament to table the petition in the House of Commons.
In my experience as an MP, the repeated introduction of contentious issues in Parliament is less the sign of an agenda and more reflective of Canadians' struggle to resolve challenging moral and ethical dilemmas.
In other words, it is not my place to determine which constituents should be heard in Parliament and which should not.
Citizen petitions not to be messed around with
In truth, when facing such dilemmas, it can
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