House of Commons Hansard #9 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was equality.

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International Women's Week
Routine Proceedings

12:35 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

International Women's Week
Routine Proceedings

12:35 p.m.

NDP

Audrey McLaughlin Yukon, YT

Mr. Speaker, on International Women's Day I would like to thank and congratulate the new Secretary of State for the Status of Women for her comments. Especially, as this is a day of celebration, I would like to congratulate all of those women, in all walks of life, who

contribute so much to every community and who bind the country together through the kind of work which they do in the family, in the community, in the business world, in the political world, as homemakers, as truck drivers, whatever profession or work the women are doing. I want to congratulate every woman who has made a substantial contribution historically to the country.

In terms of the federal government's commitment to women, about which the minister spoke, I have no doubt that in a rhetorical sense the government is committed to the advancement of women. However, the proof of what one says is really in what one does.

In relation to the budget, which the secretary of state presented in such favourable terms, I would like to know how the ending of a national child care program and reducing grants to women's organizations by 5 per cent, which already work on very limited funds without core funding, contributes to the equality of women. How does a reduction in provincial and territorial federal transfers, which means a reduction in social programs, contribute to the advancement of women? How does the federal government's refusal to pay the outstanding amount of pay equity that is due to women working for the federal public service-some 80,000 women are owed $1.5 billion, as has been directed by the human rights commission-contribute to the advancement of women. Finally, how in this budget, with a lack of focus on jobs, can this government be seen to be furthering the equality of women?

Similarly, I would like to know how the changes to the unemployment insurance system and the lack of benefits for women in many areas of this country, such as seasonal workers and part time workers, can in any way further the equality of women.

With respect to the budget the government certainly deserves to receive a D minus on furthering equality for women. The Secretary of State for the Status of Women must deal openly and honestly with women when she is talking about her general commitment.

We still, because of the economic policies of this and prior governments, are dealing with an increasing gap between the rich and the poor. One in five children in this country live in poverty. We have a long way to go.

On this International Women's Day I would challenge the secretary of state responsible for women to seriously address the issues which I have raised with respect to child care and facilitating independence for women and families. I would seriously challenge her to deal with the issue of violence against women, pornography and the inequities which still remain with the huge wage gaps between women and men in most non-unionized sectors.

Finally, I hope that on International Women's Day the government and all members of the House will join me in celebrating the women of this country and their work and will commit to working for equality, in all fields, for women in Canada and abroad.

Witness Protection Program Act
Routine Proceedings

12:40 p.m.

Saint-Léonard
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano for Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Solicitor General of Canada

moved for leave to introduce a Bill C-13, an act to provide for the establishment and operation of a program to enable certain persons to receive protection in relation to certain inquiries, investigations or prosecutions.

Mr. Speaker, I wish to state that this bill is in the same form as Bill C-78 of the first session of the 35th Parliament at the time of prorogation. I therefore request that it be reinstated as provided in the special order adopted on March 4, 1996.

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

Witness Protection Program Act
Routine Proceedings

12:40 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Kilger)

The Chair is satisfied that this bill is in the same form as Bill C-78 was at the time of prorogation of the first session of the 35th Parliament.

Canada Transportation Act
Routine Proceedings

12:40 p.m.

Saint-Léonard
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano for Minister of Transport

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-14, an act to continue the National Transportation Agency as the Canadian Transportation Agency, to consolidate and revise the National Transportation Act 1987 and the Railway Act, and to amend or repeal other acts as a consequence thereof.

Mr. Speaker, I wish to state that this bill is in the same form as Bill C-101 of the first session of the 35th Parliament at the time of prorogation. I therefore request that it be reinstated as provided in the special order adopted on March 4, 1996.

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

Canada Transportation Act
Routine Proceedings

12:40 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Kilger)

The Chair is satisfied that this bill is in the same form as Bill C-101 was at the time of prorogation of the first session of the 35th legislature.

Therefore, in accordance with the motion passed Monday, March 4, 1996, the bill is deemed to have been studied by the Standing Committee on Transport and reported with amendments.

Bank Act
Routine Proceedings

March 8th, 1996 / 12:40 p.m.

Scarborough East
Ontario

Liberal

Doug Peters for the (Minister of Finance

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-15, an act to amend, enact and repeal certain laws relating to financial institutions.

Mr. Speaker, I wish to state that this bill is in the same form as Bill C-100 of the first session of 35th Parliament at the time of prorogation. I therefore request that it be reinstated as provided in the special order adopted on March 4, 1996.

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

Bank Act
Routine Proceedings

12:40 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Kilger)

The Chair is satisfied that this bill is in the same form as Bill C-100 was at the time of prorogation of the first session of the 35th Parliament.

Accordingly pursuant to an order made Monday, March 4, 1996 the bill is deemed to have been read the second time, considered by the Standing Committee on Finance and reported with amendments.

Contraventions Act
Routine Proceedings

12:45 p.m.

Saint-Léonard
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano Minister of Labour and Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

moved for leave to introduce a bill entitled an act to amend the Contraventions Act and to make consequential amendments to other acts.

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

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

12:45 p.m.

Saint-Léonard
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano for Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-17, an act to amend the Criminal Code and certain other acts.

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

Department Of Health Act
Routine Proceedings

12:45 p.m.

Saint-Léonard
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano for Minister of Health

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-18, an act to establish a Department of Health and to amend and repeal certain acts.

Mr. Speaker, this bill is in the same form as Bill C-95 of the first session of the 35th Parliament at the time of prorogation. I therefore request that it be reinstated as provided in the special order adopted on March 4.

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

Department Of Health Act
Routine Proceedings

12:45 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Kilger)

The Chair is satisfied that this bill is in the same form as Bill C-95 at the time of prorogation of the first session of the 35th Parliament.

Accordingly, pursuant to order made Monday, March 4, the bill is deemed to have been read the second time, considered by the Standing Committee on Health and reported with amendments.

Intervenor Funding Act
Routine Proceedings

12:45 p.m.

Liberal

John Finlay Oxford, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-229, an act to provide for funding for intervenors in hearings before certain boards and agencies.

Mr. Speaker, this bill is in the same form as Bill C-339 at the time of prorogation of the first session of the 35th Parliament. I request that it be reinstated pursuant to special order of March 4.

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

Intervenor Funding Act
Routine Proceedings

12:45 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Kilger)

The Chair is satisfied that this bill is in the same form as Bill C-339 at the time of prorogation of the first session of the 35th Parliament.

Accordingly, pursuant to order made Monday, March 4, the bill is deemed to have been read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

Negotiation Terms Of Separation Act
Routine Proceedings

12:45 p.m.

Reform

Darrel Stinson Okanagan—Shuswap, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-230, an act to provide for a national referendum to authorize the government to negotiate terms of separation with a province that has voted for separation from Canada.

Mr. Speaker, today I am tabling an act to provide for a national referendum. It would set conditions which must be met before the federal government can negotiate terms of separation with a province that has voted to leave Canada.

Democratically, the first condition must be to ensure that separation really is the will of the majority. Therefore my bill requires Parliament to determine whether advanced advertisement for a provincial separation referendum, as well as the ballots themselves, stated in both official languages that a yes vote means becoming a foreign state, losing representation in Parliament,

losing Canadian citizenship and passport and losing the unrestricted right to enter, travel and work in Canada.

My bill challenges the separatists to follow some rules. If they do, my bill requires Canada to hold a binding national referendum authorizing Canada to negotiate. This bill would establish a framework in which both the people of Quebec and all Canadians would have their say on the future of our country.

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

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