Craig Scott speaks in the House of Commons. (Photo: The Canadian Press)Under the new system, e-petitions that get at least 500 signatures and are sponsored by a sitting MP are formally tabled in the Commons. If that happens, the government is obliged to provide a written response, posted online, within 45 days. Earlier this fall, the Rideau Institute released a report that thoroughly chronicled the legal, political and moral controversy over Afghanistan that gripped Stephen Harper's government for the better part of three years. Although the report contained no new information, the think-tank also called for a public inquiry, describing the mistreatment allegations as serious, unfinished national business.
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