BASIC RULES FOR PRESENTING PETITIONS TO
PARLIAMENT OF CANADA
Petitions must be in a specific form established
by Parliament. The format of the enclosed petition has been approved by
the parliamentary Clerk of Petitions.
1. You must obtain a minimum of 25
signatures showing the home address either in full or the city and
province of the persons signing. They do not have to be constituents of
the MP presenting the petition.
2. If you wish to obtain more signatures, each
new sheet must show the subject matter of the petition.
3. MPs may be requested to present a
petition (whether they agree with it or not) but are not required to do
so. It may be presented by your local MP or any other MP.
4. An MP may present the petition by making
a brief statement about it in the House, In which case the statement is
reproduced in Hansard, the written proceedings of the House, or
simply by filing it with the Clerk of the House. Ask the MP to present
it in the House.
5. The petition may not be read and no
speech may be made but ask the MP to at least state that section 43
allows corporal punishment of children by teachers, parents and those in
the place of parents, that the petition asks for repeal, and a brief
statement as to why repeal Is requested.
6. A petition may be presented whenever an
MP chooses. Ask your MP to send you a copy of Hansard showing his/her
presentation of the petition. Follow up if you don't hear within a month
of so. Please send a copy to the Repeal 43 Committee.
7. The Minister of Justice must table a
response in the House within 45 days. Ask your MP to send you the
response and forward a copy to us ASAP.
8. When we receive a copy of the Minister's
response, we will prepare a reply and send a copy to you, the presenting
MP, the Minister, and other interested parties.
Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada
Protection of Persons in
Authority, Correction of Child by
"Every schoolteacher, parent or person
standing In the place of a parent is justified in using force by
way of correction toward a pupil or child, as the case may be, who
is under his care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable
under the circumstances. R.S.C., 1985, C-46. "
for printable petition (Adobe PDF file)
How to Support Repeal 43
Note: Supreme Court of Canada will hear the
constitutional challenge to section 43 on Friday, June 6. This date is
about 6 months earlier than expected by counsel for the application.
Thank you for caring about children and helping us
to bring them equal protection and benefit of the law without
discrimination as guaranteed by our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Kids
are people too!
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