House of Commons Hansard #150 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was public.

Topics

Mps' Pensions
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

York Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Art Eggleton President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Infrastructure

Mr. Speaker, as I understand it, the hon. member has also had lively discussions on pension reform matters in the past. Certainly we are going through a discussion of the matter. As the Prime Minister indicated yesterday, there will be an announcement either during the budget or before the budget.

We will live up to our red book commitments with respect to pension reforms.

Gun Control
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Liberal

Warren Allmand Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Justice.

Two new hyperdestructive handgun bullets were recently developed in the United States. One is designed to do maximum damage to human tissue while the second can penetrate body armour. This rhino ammunition is designed to break into thousands of razor-like fragments when it hits flesh and death is almost instantaneous.

I want to ask the minister whether the import and sale of these bullets will be prohibited in Canada and whether the sale of all ammunition will be subject to control under his new legislation to be tabled next week?

Gun Control
Oral Question Period

Noon

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, Canadians were horrified to read of the production and potential sale of these bullets in the United States.

That news story has seemed to solidify the vast majority opinion in this country that steps must be taken to ensure that in relation to firearms we do not go the way of the United States.

Ammunition of that description has already been prohibited. Order No. 10 of 1992 makes the import or sale of that ammunition unlawful.

The new registration system which the government proposes will permit the tracking of any such prohibited items and ensure that they do not come into Canada.

Labour
Oral Question Period

Noon

Reform

Ian McClelland Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Deputy Prime Minister.

The right of management to employ replacement workers balances the right of employees to withdraw their labour. The effect of tipping this balance through legislation in favour of employees will destroy the balance between management and labour.

Is it the intention of this government to drive business and investment out of Canada to jurisdictions without such legislation?

Labour
Oral Question Period

Noon

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, absolutely not.

Public Service
Oral Question Period

Noon

Bloc

René Laurin Joliette, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister responsible for Public Service Renewal. A week ago during a public debate, the minister admitted that between 10,000 and 12,000 federal public servants would lose their jobs in the Ottawa-Hull region, including 4,000 in the Outaouais, which represents more than one-third of the total cuts.

Could the minister explain why, as he was reported to have said in Le Droit , more than 33 per cent of these cuts will affect the Outaouais, which provides only 25 per cent of the federal public servants in the Ottawa-Hull region?

Public Service
Oral Question Period

Noon

Hull—Aylmer
Québec

Liberal

Marcel Massé President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada

Mr. Speaker, all the issues concerning the budget's impact on the public service have been dealt with from the outset by the President of the Treasury Board. I believe we have said many times that we will treat our public servants fairly.

That is exactly what transpires from the proposals released last week by the President of the Treasury Board. Both sides of the river will be treated fairly, there is no question about that.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the 59th report of the Standing Committee on Procedures and House Affairs regarding the membership of the joint committee on the Library of Parliament.

With leave of the House, I intend to move for concurrence in the fifty-ninth report later this day.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Liberal

Gordon Kirkby Prince Albert—Churchill River, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present in both official languages the ninth report of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development regarding Bill C-60, an act respecting the agreement between Her Majesty in right of Canada and the Pictou Landing Indian Band, without amendments.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Bloc

Richard Bélisle La Prairie, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the seventh report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

This report deals with tax revenue and the resource companies allowance, following a dispute between the Department of National Revenue and Gulf with respect to the interpretation of certain tax deductions for the 1974 and 1975 taxation years. The Department of National Revenue issued a reassessment, which Gulf appealed. The court ruled in favour of Gulf. The government appealed the decision and lost in 1992. The government then sought leave to appeal, which the Supreme Court of Canada refused, and has continued to refuse since 1992.

Following the court decisions, 40 other companies in the resource sector sought a refund based on their tax returns since 1974. Negotiations are continuing between the government and these companies. The final amount of the refund, including accumulated interest, could reach two billion dollars. In order to offset this substantial risk of erosion of the tax base, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts is recommending a series of measures designed to avoid a repetition of the Gulf affair and to make possible a judicious assessment and management of the risks to the federal government.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response to this report.

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

February 10th, 1995 / 12:05 p.m.

Reform

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-301, an act to amend the Criminal Code (violent crimes).

Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege to put forth this private member's bill to serve notice to those individuals in society who choose to continually victimize society; for those who wish to continue to commit violent offences on those who are innocent civilians.

This is a three strikes and you are out bill, which gives notice to those individuals who wish to do these things that if they commit three violent offences they are in for 25 years.

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

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West, ON

Mr. Speaker, I move that the 59th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs presented to the House earlier this day be concurred in.

(Motion agreed to.)

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Warren Allmand Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by 33 residents from London, Ontario, whom I met recently. The petitioners point out that acts of discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual Canadians are an every day reality in all regions of Canada. This kind of discrimination is unacceptable in a country known for its commitment to human rights, equality and dignity for all citizens. Therefore the petitioners call upon Parliament to act quickly to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Rex Crawford Kent, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise in the House pursuant to Standing Order 36 to present a petition with several hundred names on it.

The undersigned citizens of Canada draw the attention of the House to the following: that because the inclusion of sexual orientation in the Canadian Human Rights Act will provide certain groups with special status, rights and privileges; that because these special rights and privileges would be granted solely on the basis of sexual behaviour; that because inclusion will infringe on the historic rights of Canadians such as freedom of religion, conscience, expression and association; therefore the petitioners call upon Parliament to oppose any amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which provide for the inclusion of the phrase sexual orientation.

I support the petition.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Bloc

Jean-Guy Chrétien Frontenac, QC

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to present a petition, pursuant to Standing Order 36, from the Plessisville seniors club, one of the largest seniors clubs in my riding.

The vast majority of members of this club pray that Parliament will defer its intention to install voice mail systems to reply to inquiries from senior citizens. I myself did a test run this week, and it is very difficult for seniors.

I support totally the petitioners from the Plessisville seniors club.