Petitions presented to the Legislative Assembly must
address issues that the Assembly can do something about. If you and your
neighbours are concerned about parking bylaws, you would take your concern to
your local government rather than the Assembly, because parking bylaws are made
by local governments. If you want changes to the Criminal Code, you would
have to take that issue to the federal level - that is, Members of Parliament -
because it is in charge of the Criminal Code. But if you wanted to see a
change in the School Act, a provincial law, you could prepare a petition asking
the Legislative Assembly to pass a Bill to amend the School Act.
Your petition must be addressed to the Legislative
Assembly, not to the government or just a few MLA s. It cannot be
argumentative or opinionated, nor may it criticize any one person or group or be
harshly worded. A petition may not ask the Assembly for something
that requires public money. For example, you cannot petition for a new
road in your area because tax dollars would have to be spent on it. Your
petition can, however, ask that less money be spent on something or that a
program or service be made more efficient. Finally, no petition may be read if it does not
contain a notice on each page that the name and address of every person who
signs it may be made available to the public.
If you are unsure whether your petition is appropriate for
the Assembly, your MLA can help you decide or even help you with the
wording. Once you have collected all the signatures, you can ask your MLA
to present your petition in the Assembly.