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e-1335 (Foreign policy)

Initiated by Carles Roch-Cunill from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • The people of Catalonia elected in 2015 a parliamentary majority that supported the organization of a referendum to ask the Catalan people about their relationship with Spain;
  • Millions of Catalans have pacifically demonstrated for years asking for the right to be heard;
  • Despite the brutal repression by Spanish police, more than 2.3 million voted in the past October 1, 2017 referendum;
  • The Spanish government has rejected any attempt of negotiation, even mediation. Instead, it wants to replace the legally elected Catalan government by a new body appointed by themselves;
  • The Spanish government has flooded Catalonia with police, increase intimidation to citizens and jailed civic organizers, a movement denounced by Amnesty International;
  • Politics and not repression is the key to solve the dispute; and
  • Catalan Parliament democratically elected has declared Catalonia as a new independent state.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and resident of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to condemn the violent attacks of police against defenseless civilians that were only trying to cast their ballots as unfitting to a democratic society, express its concern about any attempt of suppression of the democratically elected Catalan government, advocate that any solution needs to involve all the sides, affirm that laws should not be used as a constrain to democracy, but are the product of a democratic society, support whatever decision the Catalan people will freely choose about their future and recognize Catalonia as new State in the concert of Nations.
Government response tabled on June 18, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-87-04)
Open for signature
November 17, 2017, at 2:27 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 17, 2018, at 2:27 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands)
May 3, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02309)
Government response tabled
June 18, 2018
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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