House of Commons Hansard #32 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was pay.

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Employment Insurance Act
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Reform

Bob Ringma Nanaimo—Cowichan, BC

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. It was my understanding that when the minister made the motion for closure of debate on Bill C-12-

Employment Insurance Act
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

An hon. member

It was a notice of motion.

Employment Insurance Act
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Kilger)

The Minister of Human Resources Development, under the provisions of Standing Order 78(3), gave notice of his intention to propose at the next sitting of the House a motion.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Reform

Lee Morrison Swift Current—Maple Creek—Assiniboia, SK

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I present two petitions duly certified by the clerk of petitions.

The first one is unfortunately redundant. It deals with budgetary matters, but I will table it anyway and count on it for next year.

The petitioners beg Parliament that there be no further increases in the tax on gasoline. These are signatures primarily from the community of Frontier in my riding.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Reform

Lee Morrison Swift Current—Maple Creek—Assiniboia, SK

Mr. Speaker, the second petition deals with the Canadian Wheat Board.

The petitioners respectfully call on Parliament to maintain the single desk selling monopoly of the Canadian Wheat Board and request that steps be taken to expand the powers of the Canadian Wheat Board so that more grains and oilseeds will be placed under the monopoly control of the wheat board.

This is also signed by residents of my constituency.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Reform

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of constituents of Wild Rose, from the communities of Hussar, Standard, Rockyford, Gleichen and Cluny, I am pleased to present this petition today. The petitioners are asking Parliament not to increase the federal excise tax on gasoline at any time, as they recognize it can be done any day.

I am pleased to offer that on their behalf.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Elsie Wayne Saint John, NB

Mr. Speaker, I rise pursuant to Standing Order 36 to present a petition signed by people from Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

The undersigned residents of Canada draw to attention of the House that whereas this nation is in danger of being torn apart by regional factions, they pray that the Prime Minister and the Parliament of Canada declare and confirm immediately that Canada is indivisible, and that the boundaries of Canada, its provinces, territories and territorial waters may be modified only by a free vote of all Canadian citizens, as guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and through the amending formula as stipulated in the Canadian Constitution.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Reform

Bob Ringma Nanaimo—Cowichan, BC

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a similar petition from constituents of Nanaimo-Cowichan and from constituents from all parts of Canada asking that Parliament declare and confirm immediately that Canada is indivisible and that the boundaries of Canada, its provinces and territories may be modified only by a free vote of all Canadian citizens and/or the amending formula as stipulated in the Canadian Constitution.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Bloc

Philippe Paré Louis-Hébert, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour of presenting a petition concerning the sad fate of a constituent of mine, Tran Trieu Quan, who has been imprisoned in Vietnam for over two years now.

Mr. Tran's fate generates a great deal of sympathy in the Quebec City region, and also throughout the province. The 5,200 petitioners are asking Parliament to ensure the safety and release of Mr. Tran at the earliest opportunity.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Liberal

Roseanne Skoke Central Nova, NS

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, the petitioners call on Parliament to refrain from implementing a tax on health and dental benefits and to put on hold any future consideration of such a tax until a

complete review of the tax system and how it impacts on the health of Canadians has been undertaken.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Liberal

John Murphy Annapolis Valley—Hants, NS

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour of presenting a petition that has been signed by 2,000 constituents of Annapolis Valley-Hants.

The petitioners call on Parliament to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to ensure that the sentence given to anyone convicted of driving while impaired or causing death or injury while impaired reflects the severity of that crime.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

April 24th, 1996 / 3:45 p.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, Question No. 15 will be answered today.

Question No. 15-

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Reform

Herb Grubel Capilano—Howe Sound, BC

How does the Minister of Human Resources Development explain the increases in the value of fraudulent claims between 1993/94 and 1994/95 for old age security, from $256,140 to $1,076,882, and CPP, from $244,571 to $554,947, as reported in the Public Accounts of Canada, Volume ll, Part ll for these two years?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Kenora—Rainy River
Ontario

Liberal

Bob Nault Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources Development

The figures quoted from public accounts represent the value of overpayments established during the reporting year related to suspected offenses. The reported increases from 1993/94 to 1994/95 for both old age security and the Canada pension plan are due to the following factors:

Increased awareness of the potential for fraud and its subsequent detection by regional and headquarters program integrity officers-there were 11 more cases of suspected fraud found in each program in 1994/95 than had been found in 1993/94, a total of 22 more cases than were found the previous year; detection of some older cases, which tend to have higher values because benefits have been in pay for an extended period; detailed review of benefit files in preparation for the conversion to income security program, ISP, redesign system, which revealed eight cases of suspected fraud with an associated value of $154,000; enhanced reassessment activities related to CPP disability which resulted in an increase in the number of cases detected in which fraud was suspected.

To maintain the integrity of the OAS and CPP programs, many methods are used for the detection of abuse: quarterly fraud profiles, random and directed samples, disability reassessment, third party complaints, computer matching with Revenue Canada and with the unemployment insurance program, and the vigilance of income security programs staff. Increases in the value of overpayments related to suspected offenses reflect enhanced detection, not necessarily an increase in the overall incidence of fraud.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Kilger)

The question as enumerated by the parliamentary secretary has been answered.