The NDP wants to give Canadians the power to influence the business of the House of Commons through online petitions. Burnaby-Douglas MP Kennedy Stewart tabled a motion this week calling for a system by which MPs could sponsor electronic petitions on Parliament's website.
E-petitions would be posted for an "active submissions period" of six months. If a petition hit 50,000 signatures, it would trigger one hour of debate on the petition in the Commons, "unless there are grounds to dismiss the debate", according to the motion.
The federal government would also have to post a response online to an e-petition reaching 25 signatures.
Stewart spoke to this proposal today (February 17) in the House:
Meanwhile, the Liberals are hosting an online petition titled "Don’t let Stephen Harper creep your emails". The party is asking the public to support its amendments to the Conservative government's controversial online surveillance bill.