The environmental petitions process under the Auditor General Act provides a formal means for Canadians to bring their concerns about environmental issues to the attention of federal ministers and departments and to obtain a response to their concerns. The Office of the Auditor General of Canada has created a guide to help people better understand the environmental petitions process and to provide some suggestions to prepare well-crafted and concise petitions.
The environmental petitions process can play a key role in ensuring good federal management of environmental and sustainable development issues. The petitions process contributes to government accountability and transparency by raising these issues to the ministerial level within departments and creating a public record of the government's response to the issues.
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