E-petitions in Quebec: Between transfer and resistance

Online petitioning
By Eric Montigny, Audrey Brennan

In 2009, the National Assembly of Quebec introduced e-petitions. Has this reform changed the parliamentary agenda and contributed to more citizen participation? In fact, parliamentarians have not fully adopted these new mechanisms for monitoring petitions. Only issues that transcend partisan divides have been studied in depth by parliamentary committees. To attack the government and collect personal data, parties opt instead for their own platforms. Ultimately, we see an increase in the number of petitions, but without an increase in the number of signatories.

  • e-petitions
  • Quebec
  • citizen participation
  • parliamentary agenda
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