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Starting a Petition

Any Québec resident may present a petition to the National Assembly through an MNA. A petition may be

  • started by an individual or an association (the originator of the petition)
  • signed on paper or online

E-petitions, i.e., petitions in electronic format, must be signed on the National Assembly’s website.

The procedure for starting a petition depends on whether it is in paper or electronic format. There are, however, general rules that apply to all petitions, regardless of format. A petition may be started in French or English.

Once the signatures have been collected, the petition must be presented to the Assembly by an MNA. The originator must choose the MNA who will present it.

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Choosing the MNA Who Will Present the Petition

The originator of a petition may ask the MNA for the local electoral division or another MNA to present the petition. Any MNA may present a petition except the President, or Speaker, of the AssemblyCabinet members, however, generally refrain from doing so.

The MNA may refuse to present the petition and need not endorse the content of a petition to present it in the House.

For the list of MNAs and their contact details 

Content of Petitions

A petition must be drafted in temperate, respectful language. It must also comply with the following general rules:

  • The petition must ask for the redress of a grievance that falls within the competence of the State
  • The petition must be no longer than 250 words, including
    • a clear and accurate statement of the facts
    • a request for action
  • The petition must not deal with a matter that is before a court or quasi-judicial body or under investigation, if its presentation may be prejudicial to anyone
  • The petition must not use language that is forbidden or considered unparliamentary under Standing Order 35 of the Standing Orders of the National Assembly

The Standing Orders of the National Assembly (S.O. 62–65) and the Rules for the Conduct of Proceedings (R.C.P. 42 and 43) clearly set out the criteria according to which petitions are ruled to be in order and compliant.

Consult the Standing Orders and Other Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly (PDF, 2.7 Mb)

Starting an E-Petition

To be ruled in order, an e-petition must be started and signed on the Assembly’s website. This is to guarantee that the signatures are authentic and that the petition people are signing online is the one that will be presented to the Assembly.

To start an e-petition:

  1. Choose the MNA who will present the petition to the Assembly
  2. Draft a text that complies with the general rules on the content of petitions

The MNA then sends a notice to the Secretary General of the Assembly stating that he or she intends to present an e-petition. Within 7 days after the notice is received, the Speaker rules on whether the petition is in order and compliant.

The notice sent to the Secretary General also states how long the petition will remain on the Assembly’s website for people to sign. The signing period may last anywhere from one week to three months. During that time, no other petition may be started on the same subject.

If the petition is in order, it is posted on the Assembly website and may be signed by going to Signing an E-Petition. The number of signatures collected is automatically updated by the Assembly until the end of the signing period.

The MNA chosen to present the petition must do so at one of the first three Assembly sittings after the date on which the signing period ends.

Starting a Paper Petition

To start a paper petition:

  1. Choose the MNA who will present the petition to the Assembly
  2. Prepare the petition

An easy way to prepare a petition in a format that complies with the rules is to fill out the form to generate a petition in PDF format. Once the petition has been generated, save the PDF file on your computer then print a hard copy and circulate it to collect signatures.

You may also prepare your petition the traditional way. The petition must

  • be an original (not a copy), handwritten, typed or printed on either letter-sized (21.5 cm × 28 cm or 8½ in. × 11 in.) or legal-sized (21.5 cm × 35.5 cm or 8.5 in. × 14 in.) paper
  • include the handwritten signatures of all the petitioners and the name of the group they belong to, if applicable
  • repeat the text of the petition on each page of signatures

There is no time limit for collecting signatures in the case of a paper petition. Once the signatures have been collected, the originator of the petition must send all the pages of signatures to the MNA who agreed to present the petition. The MNA then submits the petition to the Assembly, which will rule on whether the petition is in order.

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Contact the Assembly.

  • Telephone:
    • Québec City area: 418-643-7239
    • Toll-free: 1-866-337-8837
  • Fax: 418-646-4271