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Petitions to the House of Commons

Petitions to the House of Commons represent one of the few remaining channels by which ordinary citizens can hold the Conservative Government accountable. Unlike online petitions, they cannot be ignored.  Once a valid petition has been presented in the House of Commons by a Member of Parliament, the Government is required to provide a written response by the Minister concerned within 45 calendar days.

This page lists petitions which originated or are supported by members of our riding association and informs you of their current status:

  • Open for signatures  (If you support the petition, you can still add your name by following the instructions below)
  • Pending presentation (The petition has been submitted to the Clerk of the House and is awaiting a time slot for Ted Hsu to present it.  It’s no longer possible to include additional signatures)
  • Awaiting response (Ted Hsu has presented the petition in Parliament and is waiting for the Government’s reply)
  • Reply received (You can now read the Government’s response, compare it to what was said in the petition and decide for yourself how adequate you consider the response to be)

You can check this page periodically for the current status of your petition and see for yourself how the Government responds to your concerns.

Open Petitions (those which you can still sign onto)

None at present

Closed Petitions (those which are no longer open for signature)

PETITION ON OLD AGE SECURITY ELIGIBILITY

House of Commons, May 11, 2015

House of Commons, May 11, 2015

Status: Reply received  Please click here to view the annotated reply

This petition was by interested Kingstonians who attended the “4 Life Expo” seniors fair on April 25, 2015.  The petition seeks to raise awareness and request parliamentarians to reverse the Harper Government’s decision to raise the age of eligibility age for old age security from 65 to 67.  As the petition points out, the impact on the future retirement resources of those now in their 50s is much larger than most Canadians realize, and is especially severe for seniors in the lowest income categories.  In fact, Mr. Harper is in effect doing a reverse Robin Hood – taking billions of dollars every year away from those who are already at or below the poverty line and gifting those funds to Canada’s most affluent in the form of new tax credits.  MP Ted Hsu presented this petition to the House of Commons on May 11, 2015.

Please click here to view our more complete information page on this issue.

PETITION ON INCOME INEQUALITY

Status: Reply received  Please click here to view the Government’s reply

This petition, which was presented in the House of Commons by MP Ted Hsu on February 24, 2014, was developed by concerned Kingstonians who had participated in our November 20, 2013 public forum on income inequality and who chose at that time to collaborate in the drafting of a petition based on the consensus of that forum at a smaller meeting set up for that purpose a week later. Click here for more information and videos on public forum and the income inequality issue.

House of Commons, Apr 15, 2013

House of Commons, Apr 15, 2013

PETITION ON PRISON OVERCROWDING

Status: Reply received  Please click here to view the annotated reply

This petition, which was presented in the House of Commons by MP Ted Hsu on April 15, 2013, was developed by concerned Kingston residents at the conclusion of a dynamic public town hall meeting on March 16th, 2013 and was presented in the House of Commons by MP Ted Hsu on April 15, 2013.  Click here for more information on the Kingston meeting.  You can also view an op-ed article that was published in the Kingston Whig Standard which gives more background on the issues debated at that meeting which underlie the petition.

PETITION ON TAXPAYER-FUNDED GOVERNMENT ADVERTISING  Status: Reply received   

Please click here to view the Government’s reply to this petition. 

This petition was presented in the House of Commons by MP Ted Hsu on November 4, 2013.  It calls on the Government to “refrain from all further tax-supported advertising which goes beyond providing factual information for compliance and access to government programs; to reduce overall expenditures on communications to the amount contained in the 2005/2006 federal budget; and to redirect those expenditures to front-line service delivery to Canadians.”

Ted Presenting Petitions 2013-11-06

House of Commons, Nov 6, 2013

PETITION ON THE PUBLIC’S RIGHT TO ACCESS INFORMATION  Status: Reply received   

Please click here to view the Government’s reply to this petition.

This petition was presented in the House of Commons by MP Ted Hsu on November 6, 2013.  It calls on the Government to “to respect the right of Canadians to access unbiased information by collecting the requisite statistics, adequately funding basic research, and freeing scientists to openly speak on all tax-supported findings.”  

 

 

PETITION ON CLIMATE CHANGE  Status: Reply received   

Please click here to view the Government’s reply to this petition.

Ted Presenting Petitions 2013-06-18

House of Commons June 18, 2013

This petition, presented by MP Ted Hsu  in the House of Commons on June 18, 2013, calls on the Government to “publicly accept the reality of human-caused climate change, champion mandatory international agreements to keep the Earth’s atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations below the level which would increase global temperatures by 2 degrees Celsius, set firm annual targets for Canada’s fair share of the required emission reductions, take appropriate action to ensure they are met, and publish independently-validated annual progress reports.” 

 

 

PETITION ON THE PROTECTION OF NATURAL HABITAT  Status: Reply received

Please click here to view the Government’s reply to this petition.

This petition, also presented by MP Ted Hsu  in the House of Commons on June 18, 2013, calls on the Government to “recognize that the survival of living species and the health of the ecosystems which they comprise are of long-term value to our nation far exceeding any short-term economic gains from rapid project approvals, and to act on that recognition by restoring the federal legislative protections for Canada’s fish and other natural habitats which were eliminated in Bills C-38 and C-45.”  The Government’s written response will be posted in this space as soon as it is received.

How to Take Part

For each petition which you support and wish to be part of, please click on the corresponding name above, which will open it as a PDF file.  Then print the petition and sign the second or subsequent pages and either mail or drop off the signed pages to:

Ted Hsu Constituency Office
14-303 Bagot St
Kingston, ON K7K 5W7

Please write the name of the petition on the outside of your envelope.

Please note that signing one of these petitions does not compromise your privacy.  All that’s required is your legal signature and a partial address, which can be as little as either your city and province or your province and postal code.  You do not have to print your name.

Every resident of Canada is eligible to sign a petition to Parliament.  There is no minimum age requirement.  However, only original signatures are accepted by the Clerk of the House, which means that photocopies, faxes, electronic signature and the like will not work.

Want to do more? Why not ask friends and family to sign the petition as well and thereby show their support for action on these important issues!   Once you’ve downloaded the petition, you can easily email it to others anywhere in Canada! Just remember that signed pages have to be mailed back to Ted Hsu’s constituency office before the petition is submitted to the Clerk.  Please copy these instructions and paste them in your covering email.  There is no reason to restrict yourself to Liberals because the action being requested of the Government is in the public interest and is non-partisan.

If you are passionate about an issue and want to start your own petition, we’ll be happy to work with you and/or guide you through the process.  Just let us know what you’re thinking about at outreach@kingstonliberals.ca.