House of Commons Hansard #132 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

Topics

Bosnia
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Jim Hart Okanagan—Similkameen—Merritt, BC

Mr. Speaker, media reports in Europe and Canada are saying that the American CIA has taken the side of the Bosnian Muslims in the war in the former Yugoslavia.

This U.S. position jeopardizes the UNPROFOR mission. Can the Prime Minister tell Canadians if he has communicated with the American government about these reports? What position has the Prime Minister taken with the United States?

Bosnia
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I have always made it very clear to the President of the United States and the American people that the position of Canada and other members of UNPROFOR on the ground that we do not think there should be a lifting of the arms embargo and that no one from the outside should participate in this war.

We always made it clear that if everybody on the outside were to mind their own business and let the troops there handle the search for peace the best they can, it would be much better. It is

exactly what I always said and we said to the President very clearly in June, and it is not only the Canadian position but others, that it is unwise to lift the arms embargo at this time. It will not create peace there, it will just accelerate war.

This indication that the embargo may be lifted has just created the situation of war again. Everybody says that if we maintain the embargo and the UN troops there peace will probably come back faster.

Presence In The Gallery
Oral Question Period

November 28th, 1994 / 3 p.m.

The Speaker

I draw the attention of hon. members to the presence in the gallery of His Excellency Dr. Milan Uhde, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, and five parliamentarians who are with him visiting Canada.

Presence In The Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Presence In The Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I would also like to draw to your attention the presence in the gallery of the Hon. Gary Mar, Minister of Community Development in the province of Alberta.

Presence In The Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3 p.m.

Kingston and the Islands
Ontario

Liberal

Peter Milliken Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 16 petitions.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3 p.m.

Liberal

Charles Caccia Davenport, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is a great honour to present to you today and to Parliament some 4,100 signatures from a petition that has been initiated and expanded at Brockton High School in downtown Toronto near the intersection of Bloor and Dufferin.

This petition was initiated by teachers and students there and then expanded to other schools in the Toronto Board of Education district.

The signatures are very significant because they were collected in a school where the shooting took place of two very dedicated counsellors who were seriously injured but who are now recovering. In essence the petition making reference to illegal weapons and violent incidents is asking Parliament to strengthen existing gun laws, to implement longer and mandatory sentences for people convicted of crimes involving the use of guns, and finally that the flow of illegal weapons coming into Canada be halted.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Rex Crawford Kent, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured once again pursuant to Standing Order 36 to bring you several hundred names of constituents of the riding of Kent who wish to draw to the attention of the House the following.

Whereas the majority of Canadians respect the sanctity of human life, and whereas human life at the preborn stage is not protected in Canadian society, therefore your petitioners pray that Parliament act immediately to extend protection to the unborn child by amending the Criminal Code to extend the same protection enjoyed by born human beings to unborn human beings.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Ronald J. Duhamel St. Boniface, MB

Mr. Speaker, this petition comes from citizens of all walks of life and all ages. They want to ensure that parliamentarians appreciate the fact that seniors have contributed and continue to contribute to the quality of life of Canadians, that there are growing numbers of seniors, that programs such as pensions and health would experience additional growing demand, that seniors need comfortable housing, social and community involvement and affordable medical care, and that when government is considering changes in programs seniors be remembered.

They have contributed much to the quality of life we now enjoy as Canadians.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Bob Ringma Nanaimo—Cowichan, BC

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I have three petitions to present to the House.

The first petition calls on the government to enforce the existing provisions of the Criminal Code prohibiting assisted suicide. It also asks that no changes be made to those provisions which would sanction or allow assisted suicide.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Bob Ringma Nanaimo—Cowichan, BC

Mr. Speaker, the second petition calls on the government to maintain the status quo with regard to same sex relationships.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Bob Ringma Nanaimo—Cowichan, BC

Mr. Speaker, the third petition calls on Parliament to refuse to accept the justice minister's proposed anti-firearms legislation and instead insist that he bring forward legislation to fight violent crime.

On behalf of these concerned constituents I am pleased to table these petitions in the House.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Daphne Jennings Mission—Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I would like to present some petitions from constituents in my riding and throughout all of British Columbia asking that the Canadian government look closely to amend the Divorce Act to allow for standing in the courts by grandparents.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West, ON

Mr. Speaker, I too wish to present petitions in addition to the thousands that have been presented in the House in support of an amendment to legislation to ensure that grandparents have some entitlement to be represented and to have contact with their grandchildren and information about their grandchildren.