Three Saskatchewan Conservative MPs voted in favour of a motion, sponsored by an NDP MP, to include electronic petitions as part of the political process at the federal level.
Their votes, combined with five other government MPs who also supported the motion, were enough for it to pass 142 - 140 in the House of Commons Wednesday.
The Saskatchewan MPs who voted in favour of the motion were:
- Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton - Melville)
- Brad Trost (Saskatoon - Humboldt)
- Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon - Wanuskewin)
The idea is to allow Parliament to accept and debate petitions submitted electronically, so long as the petition has the support of five MPs.
Trost said he supported the move as a way to encourage more people to get involved in the political process.
"Particularly nowadays where people see often issues as more important than their allegiances to political parties, this is a way of updating that specific issue-based interest people have in politics and allowing more people to get involved in a different way," he said.