A petition is a request made by citizens seeking the assistance of the House of Assembly in addressing a matter of concern.
Petitions must follow certain form and content requirements to be received by the House of Assembly. Guidelines are provided below or citizens may use the template as a guide for developing a petition. Citizens may contact the Office of the Clerk of the House of Assembly if they require further clarification with respect to petitions.
Guidelines for Petitions
All petitions must:
relate to matters within provincial jurisdiction
be written in English, or be accompanied by an English translation
include a heading which identifies it as a petition and indicates that it is addressed to the House of Assembly of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador
include a statement which identifies the reason(s) for the petition or the statement of grievance and a request, called the "prayer".
include a statement which identifies the petitioners – those who have signed the document – and include the signatures and addresses of the individual petitioners. At least three signatures must be included on the page containing the prayer of the petition
Prayer of Petition
The prayer outlines the action petitioners wish to see taken in response to the matter of concern. All petitions presented to the House of Assembly must contain a prayer that is clear, temperate and respectful.
The prayer must:
request action that is within the powers of the House of Assembly
be addressed to the House of Assembly, and call upon the House to take specific action: For example: "The undersigned, your Petitioners, humbly pray and call upon the House of Assembly to …."
not be addressed to government directly, but can urge the House to request government to address the matter to which the petition relates. For example: "We the undersigned, your Petitioners, humbly pray and call upon the House of Assembly to urge government to …."
appear on each page when the petition consists of more than one sheet of signatures and addresses, so that petitioners are made fully aware of the nature of the document they are supporting
not include an impertinent or improper matter
Presentation of Petitions
be reviewed for form by a Table Officer prior to being presented in the House of Assembly.
be presented by a Member. Note that Members are not obliged to present petitions and cannot be forced to do so. To contact your Member, refer to the Members' contact page.