World Bulletin / News Desk
The Canadian government is expected to officially respond within around 40 days to a petition tabled in parliament asking for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group to be labeled a "terrorist" organization.
"The petition has been submitted to the government and now awaits a formal response," the office of MP Brad Butt, who had tabled the petition in parliament, said in e-mailed comments to Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.
Butt, a member of the Conservative Party who represents suburban Toronto's Mississauga-Streetsville electoral district, presented a public petition in the House of Commons on April 3.
The petition, signed by an undisclosed number of Canadian citizens, calls for the Muslim Brotherhood to be labeled a "terrorist" organization.
In Canada, a public petition is a means by which citizens can communicate with parliament.
Any Canadian citizen can ask an MP to submit a petition to the national legislature.
Once a petition is presented by a lawmaker in the House of Commons, it is given to the relevant government department for a response.
"A formal government response from the correct government department in response to the petition will be issued within 45 days," Butt's office explained.
When asked whether the government – in the event the petition is endorsed – would issue an executive order designating the Brotherhood a terrorist organization or propose legislation to this effect, Butt's office said: "I am not sure; we have to wait for the response."
Founded in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood has long been described as Egypt's best-organized movement.
The group propelled Mohamed Morsi to victory in Egypt's first free presidential election in 2012, following a popular revolt that ousted autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.
Morsi was ousted by the army last July after only one year in office following mass protests against his presidency.
Egyptian authorities have since launched a massive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, with hundreds of the group's top leaders and members rounded up on violence-related charges – charges they insist are politically motivated.
In December, Egypt's army-backed authorities designated the Brotherhood as a "terrorist" group.
In March, Saudi Arabia followed suit, labeling the movement – along with eight other groups – as "terrorist" organization.
The U.K., meanwhile, recently ordered a review into the "ideology and activities" of the Muslim Brotherhood in Britain with the ostensible aim of "understanding" the movement and its impact on British national security.Last Mod: 09 Nisan 2014, 10:06