House of Commons Hansard #35 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was devco.

Topics

Privilege
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

There is no question of privilege.

Divorce Act
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Reform

Jay Hill Prince George—Peace River, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-285, an act to amend the Divorce Act (joint custody).

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to introduce this bill and thank my hon. colleague from Skeena for seconding it.

Sadly, all too often marriages in Canada end in divorce. Unfortunately, children are frequently the casualty of these breaks-ups and they are further hurt when custody is awarded to only one parent. This bill would provide for automatic joint custody unless there is proven neglect or abuse.

Joint custody does not mean children are shuffled back and forth between two homes. It means there is a joint responsibility for decisions made in the best interest of the child and access cannot be denied arbitrarily by one of the parents. Children need the love and support of both parents and our laws should reflect that.

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

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Bob Kilger Stormont—Dundas, ON

moved:

That 10 members of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans be authorized to extend their travel throughout Newfoundland from November 30, 1997 to December 2, 1997, and that the necessary staff do accompany the members of the committee.

I would like to say to my colleagues on both sides of the House that consultations have been held with all parties and agreement has been reached.

(Motion agreed to)

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Mr. Speaker, I move:

That the following member be added to the list of associate members of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs: Mr. Garry Breitkreuz.

(Motion agreed to)

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

November 21st, 1997 / 12:10 p.m.

Reform

Jack Ramsay Crowfoot, AB

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I am pleased to present a number of petitions to the House today.

The first three petitions call for the Prime Minister to declare Canada indivisible. The 82 petitioners ask that federal boundaries be modified only by a free, nationwide vote, or through the amending formula process as stipulated in the Constitution.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Reform

Jack Ramsay Crowfoot, AB

Mr. Speaker, the fourth petition requests that Parliament amend the Criminal Code, the Bail Reform Act of 1972 and the Parole Act to reflect society's abhorrence of violence.

The petitioners ask that the sentencing of violent offenders adequately protect the victims of crime and society as a whole by removing the offender from society without early release.

They also request that agents of the crown be held accountable for their actions in allowing dangerous criminals to walk free and that the criminal justice system finally recognize the rights of victims over those of the criminal.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Hec Clouthier Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition on behalf of the proud citizens of the great riding of Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke.

This petition calls upon the Parliament of Canada to adopt an official pledge of allegiance to the Canadian flag after consulting with Canadians on its wording.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

NDP

Michelle Dockrill Bras D'Or, NS

Mr. Speaker, I am proud today to table a petition requesting this Parliament to support the opening of Donkin Mine as part of the crown-owned, free mine operation under the jurisdiction of the Cape Breton Development Corporation.

This petition consists of over 550 names from various communities on Cape Breton Island, such as Glace Bay, Gabarouse, Sydney River, New Waterford and the community of Donkin.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Rose-Marie Ur Lambton—Kent—Middlesex, ON

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I am pleased to present a petition on behalf of the residents of Strathroy and Grand Bend.

My constituents call upon Parliament to amend section 7 of the charter of rights and freedoms to recognize the rights of individuals to pursue family life free from state interference and recognize the rights of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Simcoe North
Ontario

Liberal

Paul Devillers Parliamentary Secretary to President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Mr. Speaker, today we will answer Question No. 12. .[Text]

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Reform

Ted White North Vancouver, BC

With regard to phase 3 of the Pacific Rim national Park, which was to have been proclaimed a national park in or around 1975, (a) what is the reason or reasons phase 3 has never been proclaimed a national park; and (b) what is the target date now for proclaiming phase 3 of the national park a national park?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Liberal

Andy Mitchell Secretary of State (Parks)

(a) The proposed Pacific Rim national park lies within areas currently subject to comprehensive land claim, or treaty settlement, negotiations. Where proposed national parks are affected by aboriginal claims, government policy precludes proclamation of these parks until the claims are settled. Pending settlement of these claims, however, such parks may be proclaimed as national park reserves. This allows the proposed park area to be administered in the interim pursuant to the National Parks Act.

(b) The treaty claims affecting Pacific Rim are currently in negotiation and have no specific timeframe for conclusion. When settlements have been reached, the goverment will move expeditiously to proclaim all three components of the proposed Pacific Rim national park, not just phase 3, as a national park.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Devillers Simcoe North, ON

Mr. Speaker, I move that the other questions stand.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

Is that agreed?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.