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e-4769 (Media and telecommunications)

Initiated by Chris Alemany from Port Alberni, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Members of all parties in the House of Commons, members of the Senate, and all officers of Parliament have a common interest and duty in communicating reliably with the people of Canada in trusted, resilient, and innovative ways;
  • Traditional social media spaces have become sources of considerable controversy, harassment, misinformation, and strife but free, decentralized and federated alternatives are emerging;
  • Parliament already provides a comprehensive suite of technical services such as email and web streaming to connect the people of Canada to their Parliament;
  • Government, academic, corporate and individual entities around the world are creating their own social media presence using these same emerging technologies; and
  • Parliament should own and control its communications infrastructure to ensure the ability of the public servants within its walls to fulfill their mandates and reach every Canadian in an equitable and easy way because as renowned Canadian Media Studies Philosopher Marshall Mcluhan said, the medium is the message.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to enact policy and dedicate budgetary resources to enable the Parliament of Canada to provide an open, trusted, federated, social media presence for use by all members, senators, officers and other employees of Parliament as appropriate for communication to all Canadians.
Open for signature
January 22, 2024, at 10:43 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 21, 2024, at 10:43 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Gord Johns
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia