House of Commons Hansard #145 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

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Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

March 17th, 1997 / 3:05 p.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 three petitions.

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Jim Abbott Kootenay East, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-386, an act to amend the Criminal Code (probation order).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be able to present the bill to the House of Commons, although I am very sad about the conditions which led to my presentation.

Last summer there was a situation where a father beat up his 28-day old son. The judge recommended that there be changes in legislation that would allow judges to attach probation periods to federal sentences.

When sentences are put by a judge where there is full understanding of the situation, the judge at the time of sentencing should be able to set probation standards so that they are not established at some future point in time by people who are unaware of the absolute horror and tragedy of many of these situations.

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

Cultural Grants Acknowledgement Act
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Jim Abbott Kootenay East, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-387, an act to require that in the advertising and at the opening of a cultural project supported by public money a public acknowledgement of the grant be made.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present the bill in light of the amount of discussion at the moment concerning issues like Canada cultural grants and things of that nature.

If there were the ability to be able to understand public involvement in some of the cultural projects with public money, two things would happen. First, the public at large would be able to assess the value it has received from its dollars.

Second, it would give ability to the people of Canada to understand the support for cultural events. This would be particularly applicable in areas where federalism seems to be getting a black eye at the moment.

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

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Mac Harb Ottawa Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by constituents in the national capital region.

They want the House of Commons to call on the federal government to establish an infrastructure program that would help with the establishment of a proper national highway system.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Reform

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have several petitions to present. The first six bear 376 signatures and deal with the following.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to enact two strikes legislation requiring that everyone convicted for the second time of one or more sexual offences against a minor person, as defined under the Criminal Code of Canada, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for life without eligibility for parole or early release whatsoever.

For anyone awaiting trial on the offences mentioned in the petition, the petitioners pray that such a person be held in custody without eligibility for bail or release of any form whatsoever until such time as the matter is fully concluded in a Canadian court of law.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Reform

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition bearing 53 signatures that deals with pedophiles.

They request that sexual offenders be made public through a registry including their date of release and the community into which sexual offenders or pedophiles settle.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Reform

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition bearing 150 signatures.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to deport immediately all refugee and landed immigrants who commit and are convicted of a serious criminal offence in Canada, thereby protecting the Canadian people from these perpetrators.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Reform

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have another petition-

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

I think three in one day is enough.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Audrey McLaughlin Yukon, YT

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by hundreds of Canadians from the east coast to the west coast. Some are from Quebec and Ontario.

The petitioners are very concerned about the 7 per cent GST on reading materials. They feel the GST is an unjust taxation on reading materials, that education and literacy are critical to the development of our country, and that an aggressive tax on reading handicaps this development.

The petitioners call on the government to zero rate books, magazines and newspaper under the GST.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Steckle Huron—Bruce, ON

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I have a petition from a number of petitioners in the Campbell River, B.C., area who are petitioning the Government of Canada.

They believe police and firefighters are often required to place their lives at risk in the execution of their duties on a daily basis. They also believe that employment benefits of police and firefighters often provide insufficient compensation to the families of those killed while on duty.

The petitioners therefore call upon Parliament to establish a fund known as the public safety officers' compensation fund for the benefit of families of public safety officers killed in the line of duty.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Andy Scott Fredericton—York—Sunbury, NB

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by 400 constituents of Fredericton-York-Sunbury.

They call upon the House of Commons to institute the minimum mandatory sentence of five years of incarceration for persons convicted of sexual abuse against children.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Andy Scott Fredericton—York—Sunbury, NB

Mr. Speaker, I have a second petition signed by 600 constituents from New Brunswick.

They urge all levels of government to demonstrate their support for education and literacy by eliminating the sales tax on reading materials.

The petitioners ask Parliament to zero rate books, magazines and newspapers under the GST. In those provinces with the HST they ask that both levels of government consider harmonizing their sales taxes and that reading material be zero rated under the provincial sales tax as well.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Andy Scott Fredericton—York—Sunbury, NB

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by 300 constituents calling upon Parliament to legalize cannabis.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Joe McGuire Egmont, PE

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by people in my riding of Egmont, Malpeque, Dartmouth and Halifax.

The petitioners state that because the national highway policy study identified job creation, economic development, saving lives, avoiding injuries, lower congestion, lower vehicle operating costs and better international competitiveness as benefits, they wish to see the national highway system in Canada being upgraded as it is being upgraded in the United States and Mexico.