House of Commons Hansard #43 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was rights.

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Point Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:15 p.m.

Reform

Mike Scott Skeena, BC

Mr. Speaker, I seek permission of the House to table a petition. I recognize this is not the hour for petitions but unfortunately I just received it. It is from a number of my constituents. I just received it from the clerk of petitions. It does deal with the legislation that is before the House.

Point Of Order
Oral Question Period

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The Acting Speaker (Mr. Kilger)

The member and other members who are in possession of petitions regarding the matter which is before the House today have asked if they could present their petitions. Is there unanimous consent to revert to petitions in order that those petitions could be tabled?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Some hon. members

No.

Point Of Order
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An hon. member

It is certified.

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An hon. member

The government whip said no.

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The Acting Speaker (Mr. Kilger)

Order, please. There seems to be some discussion going on across the floor on the matter of whether a petition or petitions are certified. Let me put the proposition this way to the House. If in fact members have in their possession petitions that are certified, would we revert to presenting petitions? The hon. chief government whip.

Point Of Order
Oral Question Period

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Liberal

Don Boudria Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, ON

Mr. Speaker, I wish that whips would negotiate these things ahead of time in the usual manner.

If the hon. member has a duly certified petition, for the benefit of his constituents, yes, we will give consent for one petition. I understand there is also another member who has a similar petition which is also certified. We will agree to table those petitions, given the importance of the issue, providing they are certified.

Point Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:15 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Kilger)

Colleagues, this is a place of honour. I understand that members can also table their petitions by sending them directly to the table. However, in this case a request has been made.

This House is on the honour system. If the petitions are certified, is there unanimous consent that we revert to petitions?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

May 9th, 1996 / 3:15 p.m.

Liberal

John O'Reilly Victoria—Haliburton, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present two petitions from people in Victoria-Haliburton who are calling on Parliament not to pass into law any changes to the Canadian Human Rights Act or the charter of rights and freedoms that would allow spousal benefits to same sex couples.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

John Maloney Erie, ON

Mr. Speaker, I also have a petition to present from constituents in Erie riding. It reads in part:

Whereas a majority of Canadians believe that the privileges which society accords to heterosexual couples should not be extended to same sex relationships;

And whereas societal approval, including the extension of societal privileges, would be given to same sex relationships if any amendment to the Canadian

Human Rights Act were to include the undefined phrase "sexual orientation" as a grounds of discrimination;

Therefore your petitioners pray and request that Parliament not amend the Canadian Human Rights Act or the charter of rights and freedoms in any way which would tend to indicate societal approval of same sex relationships-

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Morris Bodnar Saskatoon—Dundurn, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions. The first petition has 30 signatures and asks that the human rights act not include sexual orientation.

The second petition has 452 signatures and asks that sexual orientation be included in the human rights legislation.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Ovid Jackson Bruce—Grey, ON

Mr. Speaker, petitions are one of the oldest forms for our constituents to tell us about matters which concern them. I am pleased to present this petition on behalf of the people of my riding.

In the petition citizens of Canada draw to the attention of the House the following:

Whereas a majority of Canadians believe that the privileges which society accords to heterosexual couples should not be extended to same sex relationships;

And whereas societal approval, including the extension of societal privileges, would be given-

I would like to table the petition, Mr. Speaker.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

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Bloc

Philippe Paré Louis-Hébert, QC

Mr. Speaker, the people of Quebec are appalled by the Canadian government's inaction in the Tran Trieu Quan case. These 5,000 petitioners are outraged by the incarceration of this-