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e-2656 (Public safety)

Initiated by Kurt Eva from Cambridge, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Tear gas (CN, CR or CS gas) is a chemical weapon used by police for crowd control;
  • Tear gas was banned in the use of warfare generally by the 1925 Geneva Protocol, and specifically by the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention;
  • Tear gas can and has caused death, miscarriage, and significant long term health effects to those exposed to it;
  • Tear gas is an indiscriminate weapon which can affect both targeted individuals and bystanders alike;
  • Tear gas in certain forms can contaminate a surface and continue to be harmful for up to two months;
  • Tear gas has been used numerous times in densely populated major cities in Canada;
  • Tear gas was used in Montreal against protestors on May 31, and only served to increase tensions and provoke violence; and
  • Tear gas used during a global pandemic greatly increases the risk of COVID-19 spread, and is made much more dangerous by those conditions.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to ban the use of tear gas in all its forms in Canada, destroy the stocks of tear gas currently owned by the police and armed forces in Canada, investigate the use of tear gas by the police in Montreal on May 31, and encourage the police to prioritize de-escalation tactics over dispersal and arrest tactics in crowd control actions
Open for signature
June 10, 2020, at 9:05 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 8, 2020, at 9:05 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Matthew Green (Hamilton Centre)
October 9, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00110)
Photo - Matthew Green
Hamilton Centre
New Democratic Party Caucus
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