House of Commons Hansard #132 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was board.

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Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10 a.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 10 petitions.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10 a.m.

Liberal

Joe McGuire Egmont, PE

Mr. Speaker, today I have two petitions to present to the House.

The first is with regard to the Community Action Program for Children. It is signed by people right across Prince Edward Island. The petitioners ask the government to forgo the cuts that are being proposed to the program. Possibly there is good news in today's budget with regard to this petition. I look forward to this evening verifying that it will be enhanced and not cut.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10 a.m.

Liberal

Joe McGuire Egmont, PE

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is with regard to the national highway system. The petitioners are citing that 38 per cent of the national highway system has fallen below accepted standards and they are looking for a directed tax in order to build up our trans-Canada system.

These petitioners are from right across Prince Edward Island, from the western end of Prince Edward Island to the riding of Egmont.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10 a.m.

NDP

Len Taylor The Battlefords—Meadow Lake, SK

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to present a petition pursuant to Standing Order 36 concerning our national highway system. I think this is the fourth such petition I have presented from residents of my constituency. The residents signing this petition come from the city of North Battleford, the town of Cochin, Unity, Gallivan, Wilkie, and Meota.

The undersigned petitioners note that 38 per cent of the national highway system in Canada is substandard and that the national highway policy study identified a number of matters including job creation, economic development, national unity, saving lives and avoiding injuries, lower congestion, lower vehicle operating costs and better international competitiveness as benefits of the proposed national highway program.

The petitioners urge the federal government to join the provincial governments to make the national highway system upgrading possible.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10 a.m.

Reform

John Williams St. Albert, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from people in and around Edmonton, some of whom live in my riding of St. Albert.

These petitioners draw to the attention of the House that 38 per cent of the national highway system is substandard, that Mexico and the United States are upgrading their national highway systems and that the national highway policy study identified job creation, economic development, national unity, saving lives, avoiding injuries, lower congestion, lower vehicle operating costs and better international competitiveness as benefits of the proposed national highway system.

They have petitioned Parliament to urge the federal government to join with provincial governments to make the national highway system upgrading possible.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10 a.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from some scores of people in the Peterborough riding who are concerned about literacy and the taxation of reading materials. The petitioners urge all levels of government to demonstrate their support of education and literacy by eliminating sales tax on reading materials. They ask Parliament to zero rate books, magazines and newspapers under GST.

As the provinces and Ottawa consider harmonizing their sales taxes, reading materials must be zero rated under provincial sales taxes as well as GST.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10 a.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have another petition from people of the Peterborough area who are concerned about people living in the Moosonee-Moose Factory area of James Bay. They point out that there is no road going from Cochrane to Moosonee, which of course is the route taken by the

Ontario Northlands Polar Bear Express. There is no road and that isolates the people in the Moosonee area.

These petitioners call on Parliament to allocate funds for a highway to be built from Cochrane to Moosonee to end the isolation of the people of that region.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure to present a petition from a number of people in the national capital region.

The petition draws to Parliament's attention the economic benefits of the national highway system as well as the improved safety and contribution to national unity of a national highway system in good shape. It also calls on Parliament to work with the provinces to make the national highway system as good as it can be.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Liberal

John O'Reilly Victoria—Haliburton, ON

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I have a petition from people from Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon, Omemee and Lindsay asking Parliament to enact legislation to ensure that Canada remains one country, undivided from coast to coast to coast.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Reform

Ed Harper Simcoe Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 it is my pleasure to present a petition on behalf of the constituents of Simcoe Centre.

The petition concerns the age of consent laws. The petitioners ask that Parliament set the age of consent at 18 years to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Kingsway, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present petitions signed by over 3,000 residents of British Columbia concerning the mandate review of Canada Post, co-ordinated by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Pacific region.

The petitioners note that the Liberal government has ordered Canada Post Corporation to withdraw from the delivery of economy unaddressed ad mail, that this withdrawal reduces the options of companies that wish to advertise their products and services at an economical rate.

Therefore the petitioners wish to have economy ad mail delivered to their homes by Canada Post ad mail employees. They believe that Canada Post Corporation has been providing an excellent and reliable service through the delivery of economy ad mail, which they wish to see continued.

They call on the government to reverse its decision with respect to economy ad mail and allow Canada Post Corporation to continue to provide this economical and reliable service to citizens of Canada. I certainly concur with this petition.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Kingsway, BC

Mr. Speaker, the second petition deals with the question of the Canada's decaying national infrastructure. It calls on Parliament to not increase the federal excise tax on gasoline and to strongly consider reallocating its current revenues to rehabilitate Canada's crumbling national highways.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Kingsway, BC

Mr. Speaker, the third and final petition deals with the issue of Canada's proposed sale of CANDU nuclear power reactors to China and notes that the export of CANDU reactors to China places the Government of Canada in an indefensible economic, political and environmental position.

Therefore the petitioners call on Parliament to cancel the planned sale of CANDU reactors to China and to immediately withdraw from all arrangements concerning financial and technical assistance to China for nuclear reactor technology.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

February 18th, 1997 / 10:10 a.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

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

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

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

Is that agreed?