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Hearing our Concerns

The Clerk of the Assembly reads your petition if it is in order, under an agenda item called Presenting Petitions .  MLAs pay close attention to your request, but it is not clear what effect petitions have on government policy, especially if your request goes against a major government policy or philosophy.  In fact, asking for government action through petitions is less common than it used to be, partly because Oral Question Period is a quicker and more public means to bring up important issues.  As well, members asking questions in the Chamber have better access to cabinet ministers than do citizens presenting petitions.  But perhaps when combined with other strong indications that most Albertans want the government to move in a certain direction on a certain issue, petitions can have the results you want them to have.



Reproduced from Teacher's Guide to the Alberta Legislature, 1993 with the permission of the Legislative Assembly Office .

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