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e-1595 (National parks)

Initiated by Leslie Dolan from Jasper, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The current definition of 'eligible resident' as contained in the National Parks Act is outdated and limiting. It denies many people who can demonstrate connection and commitment to communities that lie within the National Parks the right to reside in places they call home; and
  • The limitations contained in the definition of 'eligible resident’ and the enforcement of this clause is creating hardship and heartache for Canadian citizens who live in the community of Jasper and elsewhere.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1) Review and revise the definition of subsection (g) "eligible resident" in the National Parks of Canada Lease and License of Occupation Regulations (SOR/92-25) to include more diverse and inclusive relationships that would provide eligibility; to make a provision for people who were raised in communities within national parks to remain eligible to live in their home community regardless of their employment or relationship status; and to provide more clear definitions to reduce ambiguity in understanding and application of the criteria as found in ‘Interpretation 2 (1)’; and
2) Establish an appeal panel (comprised of representatives from Parks Canada Agency, Municipal government, and community members) and a process for considering appeals when eligible resident status has been denied to a person.
Government response tabled on October 25, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-61-07)
Open for signature
March 21, 2018, at 1:08 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 19, 2018, at 1:08 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Jim Eglinski (Yellowhead)
September 18, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02590)
Government response tabled
October 25, 2018
Photo - Jim Eglinski
Conservative Caucus
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