House of Commons Hansard #25 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was debt.

Topics

Order In Council Appointments
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

Paul Zed Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Madam Speaker, I am pleased to table, in both official languages, a number of order in council appointments which were made by the government. Pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order 110(1), these are deemed referred to the standing committees, a list of which is attached.

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

Paul Zed Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's responses to nine petitions presented during the first session.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

Paul Zed Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Madam Speaker, I have the honour to present the 12th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, the membership and associate memberships of various standing committees. If the House gives its consent, I intend to move concurrence in the 12th report at this time.

(Motion agreed to.)

Income Tax Act
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Szabo Mississauga South, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-260, an act to amend the Income Tax Act and the Canada pension plan (transfer of income to spouse).

Madam Speaker, managing the family home and caring for preschool children is an honourable profession which has not been recognized for its value to our society.

The Tax Act and other legislation discriminates against families, particularly those that choose to provide direct parental care to preschool children. One aspect of this has to do with the extension of Canada pension benefits or service credits for those who choose to provide care in the home to their preschool children.

This bill therefore seeks to promote changes which would have the intent of extending Canada pension plan benefits or service credits to those who choose to provide care in the home to their preschool children.

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

Restoration Of Death Penalty Act
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Reform

Bob Ringma Nanaimo—Cowichan, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-261, an act to require a referendum on the restoration of the death penalty and to amend the Referendum Act.

Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House today to introduce a private member's bill calling for a binding national referendum on reinstatement of capital punishment.

For too long, in fact forever, Canadians have been shut out of the debate process where this issue is concerned. Through the use of a referendum this bill would allow Canadians a say on whether the Criminal Code should be amended to include the death penalty as a sentencing option for persons who are convicted of first degree murder.

Critics will note on reading the bill that it does not ask them to vote for or against reinstatement of capital punishment. Instead it asks simply that MPs allow Canadians to make the final determination in this respect.

I also want to thank my constituents of Nanaimo-Cowichan. It was they who voted overwhelmingly by a margin of 919 to 104 for this initiative to be brought before the House which it is today. I believe this sentiment to be an accurate reflection of the support in rest of Canada for the bill. As such, and in closing, I ask colleagues on both sides of the House to support the bill when it comes before them. More important, I urge members of the subcommittee-

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

Charitable And Non-Profit Organization Director Remuneration Disclosure Act
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

John Bryden Hamilton—Wentworth, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-262, an act to require charitable and non-profit organizations that receive public funds to declare the remuneration of the directors and senior officers.

Madam Speaker, this private member's bill would provide penalty for those not for profit organizations which fail to disclose the salary and benefits of their executive officers. This includes non-profit organizations as well as charities.

This is the type of accountability that the public is now demanding of those organizations which directly or indirectly receive taxpayers' funds.

This bill is in the same form that Bill C-224 was at the time of prorogation of the first session of the 35th Parliament.

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

Charitable And Non-Profit Organization Director Remuneration Disclosure Act
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Ringuette-Maltais)

The Chair is satisfied that this bill is in the same form as Bill C-224 was at the time of prorogation of the first session of the 35th Parliament.

Accordingly, pursuant to order made Monday, March 4, 1996, the bill is deemed to have been read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Szabo Mississauga South, ON

Madam Speaker, I have two petitions pursuant to Standing Order 36. The first is from Delta, B.C.

The petitioners draw to the attention of the House that managing the family home and caring for preschool children is an honourable profession which has not been recognized for its value to our society. They also state that the Income Tax Act discriminates against families who make the choice to provide care in the home for preschool children, the disabled, the chronically ill or the aged. The petitioners therefore pray and call on Parliament to pursue initiatives to eliminate tax discrimination against families who decide to provide care in the home for preschool children, the disabled, the chronically ill or the aged.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Szabo Mississauga South, ON

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is from Sarnia, Ontario.

The petitioners bring to the attention of the House that the consumption of alcoholic beverages may cause health problems or impair one's ability and that, specifically, fetal alcohol syndrome and other alcohol related birth defects are 100 per cent preventable by avoiding alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

The petitioners therefore pray and call on Parliament to enact legislation to require health warning labels to be placed on the containers of all alcoholic beverages.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

April 15th, 1996 / 3:20 p.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

Paul Zed Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Madam Speaker, Question No. 11 will be answered today.

Question No. 11-

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Elsie Wayne Saint John, NB

Did the Minister of International Cooperation speak to the employees of the Canadian International Development Agency on January 31, 1996, in the Palais des Congrès in Hull, and if so: ( a ) what was the total cost to the taxpayer, including: ( i ) rental of the facility; ( ii ) translation; ( iii ) audio visual expenses; and ( iv ) other costs; ( b ) where these costs charged to the office budget of the Minister, and if not, to which budget were these costs charged; ( c ) did a camera crew film the Minister's address, and if so: ( i ) for what reason was the Minister filmed; ( ii ) what was the name of the firm contracted to film the Minister's address; ( iii ) how many copies of the tape were made, and to whom were they given; and ( iv ) what was the total cost to the taxpayer, including production, editing and distribution?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Papineau—Saint-Michel
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister for International Cooperation and Minister responsible for Francophonie

In so far as the Canadian International Development Agency is concerned, on January 31, 1996 an agency forum was convened by the president of CIDA with CIDA headquarters staff to introduce the Minister for International Cooperation with responsibility for CIDA, the Honourable Pierre S. Pettigrew. As is the common practice when a new minister is appointed to any federal public service department, staff members were given the opportunity to hear the minister's views on pertinent issues and to meet with him afterwards.

The cost of this agency forum was $1,670, broken down as follows: room rental, $750; coffee, tea, juice and muffins, $920. There was no translation provided, as these staff meetings are conducted in both official languages.

The costs were charged to CIDA's communications branch, as the event supported internal communications.

The agency forum was videotaped so that CIDA staff members posted to Canadian missions overseas could view the forum on videotape. This is the usual practice for departments with employees posted abroad. The taping was carried out by Productions André R. Lavoie Inc., and 60 copies were made for CIDA staff abroad. All work was done in-house, with the exception of the taping which cost $400. Tape stock was purchased for $410.73 and the ADCOM Presentation Group provided technical equipment for $56.71. The total videotape cost was $867.44.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Zed Fundy Royal, NB

I ask, Mr. Speaker, that the remaining questions be allowed to stand.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Ringuette-Maltais)

Is that agreed?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.