Pass laws to stop unjustified shutdowns of legislatures
  • Petitioned Greg Selinger

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Greg Selinger
Federal and Provincial Party leaders
Danielle Smith
Raj Sherman
Federal and Provincial Party leaders
Brian Mason
John Nilson
Hugh McFadyen
Jon Gerrard
Dwight Ball
Lorraine Michael
Victor Boudreau
Stephen McNeil
Jamie Baillie
Olive Crane
Liz Hanson
Sandy Silver
Darius Elias
Bob McLeod
Eva Aariak
Elizabeth May
Alison Redford
Darrell Dexter
Bob Rae
Christy Clark
Adrian Dix
John Cummins
Brad Wall
Dalton McGuinty
Tim Hudak
Andrea Horwath
Pauline Marois
Kathy Dunderdale
David Alward
Robert Ghiz

Pass laws to stop unjustified shutdowns of legislatures

    1. Petition by

      Democracy Watch

The current shut down (prorogation) of the provincial legislature by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, past prorogations of Parliament by Prime Minister Harper and Prime Minister Chretien and some premiers, and the recent shutting down of provincial legislatures by B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale, make it clear that new rules are needed across Canada to ensure fairness and democratic accountability in the opening and shutting down of legislatures.

In the past decade alone, Prime Ministers Chretien and Harper, and provincial premiers in Alberta, B.C., Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, and others, have either kept Parliament or the legislature closed, or shut it down, to help themselves or their political party escape democratic accountability.

In most countries in the world, including the parliamentary democracies of Britain, Australia and New Zealand, the constitution or written constitutional conventions or laws govern when the legislature opens and closes, not the whims of the ruling party leader. A survey of 2,030 Canadians commissioned by Your Canada, Your Constitution last May showed that two-thirds want such clear, written rules established in Canada, enforced by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Please help call for important changes to make the opening and closing of legislatures more democratic!

Sign the petition on this page, and see the Rick Mercer video about shutdowns and send a letter to key politicians here and Like the Facebook campaign page here!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Renee Storey-Lussier VICTORIA, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      Stop avoiding one key part of your jobs!

    • Lester Pettyjohn KAMLOOPS BC, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      We hire them to govern they have to be there to listen to the opposition and the people

    • Jan Koza LANGLEY, BC, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      Politicians are voted in to deal with the countrues needs and they are being paid to represent us; the parliamentary process is a paramount component to ensure our governments are responding to the electorates wishes - our opposition must keep our governing body accountable for their actions. Closing our legislature is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. However, should it become necessary for whatever reason than our politicians should be prepared to forego their salary and benefits as a gesture of good faith and an assurance that the formidable action is for not for partisin politics purposes and is for a just cause and justified.

    • Neville Gosling SURREY, CANADA
      • 12 months ago

      To defeat corruption

    • Gregory Beckett MESA, AZ
      • about 1 year ago

      Congress should be ashamed of themselves


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