House of Commons Hansard #45 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was budget.

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Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

Liberal

Francis Leblanc Cape Breton Highlands—Canso, NS

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the first report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development.

Pursuant to the order of reference of February 8, 1994, your committee has considered the modernization and restructuring of Canada's social security system.

This interim report represents the first phase of your committee's consultation with Canadians on the modernization of Canada's social security system.

Your committee is already preparing its second phase of consultation in anticipation of the release by the Minister of Human Resources Development of the government's action plan and proposed changes.

In conformity with the House's reference on February 8, it is your committee's intention to table its final report with recommendations on or before September 30.

I want to thank most sincerely all members and staff of the committee as well as the hundreds of Canadians who have contributed to that phase of our work.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

Bloc

Francine Lalonde Mercier, QC

Mr. Speaker, I would like to say that the Bloc Quebecois, the Official Opposition, is tabling a dissenting report that the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development has agreed to append to the majority report.

I would like to point out that the time frame set by the House in the committee's terms of reference is much too short to fulfil the obligation to consult all Canadians, in spite of outstanding and strenuous efforts on the part of the entire committee.

There is one major flaw in the report and it pertains to the respective responsibilities of Canada and the provinces. You will understand that this is a fundamental question, for Quebec in particular. In our view, this matter was dealt with much too quickly in the relevant section of the report for it to be acceptable. In the second phase of our work, we will give this matter all the consideration and attention it warrants.

Railway Safety Act
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Scarborough East
Ontario

Liberal

Doug Peters for the Minister of Transport

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-21, an act to amend the Railway Safety Act.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Divorce Act
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Reform

Daphne Jennings Mission—Coquitlam, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-232, an act to amend the Divorce Act (granting of access to, or custody of, a child to a grandparent).

Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by my hon. friend from Nepean, for leave to introduce a private member's bill, an act to amend the Divorce Act, by granting access to, or custody of, a child to a grandparent.

In this year of the family it seems appropriate to recognize in statute the rights of grandparents to have access to their grandchildren or to be able to be informed of their well-being should the parents of the grandchild divorce.

At present the Divorce Act overlooks the rights of grandparents and this bill, should it become law, would put these rights squarely before the judge in the divorce matter so they will be taken into consideration when a divorce decree is granted.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Kingston and the Islands
Ontario

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I move:

That the fourteenth report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs presented to the House today be concurred in.

(Motion agreed to.)

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Reform

Elwin Hermanson Kindersley—Lloydminster, SK

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Which report is that?

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The 14th report.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Kingston and the Islands
Ontario

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I would also move:

That up to 10 members of the Standing Committee on Finance and up to 10 staff be authorized to travel to Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton and Vancouver between April 10 and 16, 1994 and up to 10 members of the said committee and up to 10 staff be authorized to travel to Quebec, Fredericton, Halifax, St. John's and Charlottetown between April 17 and 22, 1994.

(Motion agreed to.)

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

March 25th, 1994 / 12:25 p.m.

Liberal

Ronald J. Duhamel St. Boniface, MB

Mr. Speaker, these petitioners ask for an overhaul of the Canadian tax system. They would like special attention to be given to spouses. Often wives stay at home to raise their family, so that those who have children with special problems, often called handicaped, face significant challenges.

The petitioners would like the government to look at the system of taxation in Canada and pay particular attention to people who stay at home, very often without choice, to raise their children.

They feel the system is not as sensitive as it should be to that situation, particularly when there are children with special difficulties that need to be retained in the home or go to special facilities.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Liberal

Beth Phinney Hamilton Mountain, ON

Mr. Speaker, I would like to add these petitions and the thousands of signatures to the over 2.5 million signatures that I have already presented in the House in the last two years.

The petitioners feel there are serious deficiencies in the criminal justice system, that there are many vulnerable persons who have little protection under the current system; women, children and disabled persons are at particular risk.

The petitioners request that Parliament recognize that crimes of violence against the person are serious and abhorrent to society and amend the Criminal Code of Canada, the Bail Reform Act of 1972 and the Parole Act accordingly.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Liberal

George S. Rideout Moncton, NB

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, it is my pleasure to introduce a petition dealing with the prayer in this House.

I realize that we have already dealt with it but it is my obligation to present all petitions which are in proper form. I believe as well the response may correct some of the misinformation being distributed by the member for Saint John.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Kingston and the Islands
Ontario

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I would ask that all questions be allowed to stand.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

Shall all questions stand?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

I wish to inform the House that in view of the ministerial statement, the time allotted to government orders will be extended 16 minutes, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2)(b).