NDP

NDP to introduce bill to allow online petitions

November 9, 2016


For immediate release.

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia NDP will introduce a bill today that would mandate the House to create a platform for Nova Scotians to submit online petitions to the Legislative Assembly.

“Our democratic system has to reflect the contemporary ways that people communicate. To continue to prevent the use of online petitions would be out of step with the way that people engage with politics in today’s world,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill.

Currently, only paper petitions are accepted at Province House. The NDP proposal would create a system through which online petitions are set up through a website managed by the Legislative Assembly. Petitions could be tabled as long as they are sponsored by an MLA and receive at least 500 signatures. The proposal is modelled on a system proposed by the federal NDP and implemented in Ottawa in 2015.

“Discussions in the House must be informed and influenced by the opinions of the people of this province,” said Burrill. “Modernizing the petition system is a small step towards improving access to our democratic system.”

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For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca.