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e-4462 (Culture and heritage)

Initiated by Josh Leslie from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • Poutine can be found in restaurants of all sizes and genres from coast-to-coast-to-coast within Canada;
  • No matter what gender, ethnic origin, creed, geographic region, community, culture, linguistic community, political party or ideology Canadians identify with, there are lovers of poutine in their midst;
  • Poutine can serve as a vehicle to bridge differences between us and unite Canadians in conversation over a dish we can generally agree is delicious;
  • Maple syrup is not a dish (but is an ingredient that can be used in gravy, or a topping in some other variations of poutine that have come to exist over the past 7 decades);
  • Poutine was served at the March 10, 2016, state dinner when the U.S. president hosted Canada's Prime Minister for the first time in 19 years;
  • Poutine is a quintessential Canadian comfort food that has even been integrated into large U.S. chain restaurant locations in Canada, or other U.S.-based businesses such as wholesale retailers that also serve hot food; and
  • There are numerous annual poutine festivals and events that serve to bring Canadians of all backgrounds together with one another.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada who also self-identify as poutine enthusiasts and/or lovers of poutine, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to ensure, through an Act of Parliament, that the dish commonly known as poutine is hereby recognized and declared to be the national dish of Canada while simultaneously honouring its origins in the Province of Québec.
Open for signature
June 1, 2023, at 12:18 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 29, 2023, at 12:18 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Kevin Vuong
Spadina—Fort York