House of Commons Hansard #148 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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Excise Tax Act
Government Orders

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Some hon. members

Nay.

Excise Tax Act
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The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Ringuette-Maltais)

In my opinion the nays have it.

And more than five members having risen:

Excise Tax Act
Government Orders

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The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Ringuette-Maltais)

Call in the members.

Excise Tax Act
Government Orders

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The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Ringuette-Maltais)

The recorded division stands deferred until 5 p.m. this afternoon.

Excise Tax Act
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Liberal

Bob Kilger Stormont—Dundas, ON

Madam Speaker, would seek unanimous consent of the House to suspend until the call of the Chair at 2 p.m.?

Excise Tax Act
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The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Ringuette-Maltais)

Is it agreed?

Excise Tax Act
Government Orders

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

(The sitting of the House was suspended at 1.56 p.m.)

(The House resumed at 2 p.m.)

Health
Statements By Members

March 20th, 1997 / 1:50 p.m.

Reform

Grant Hill Macleod, AB

Mr. Speaker, preventive medicine is very popular in Canada these days. With many acute care facilities closing it makes only good sense to do what we can to stop disease before it starts. Health foods, vitamins, nutritional supplements and alternative medical practices are tools to prevent disease. These are employed by many thoughtful citizens.

The health protection branch and international Codex proposals threaten those choices in Canada. For example, melatonin has now been banned. Is there any proven harm? No. Is there any proven side effect? No. Is there any proven impurity? No.

Reform's position on this issue is clear. An informed consumer is a far better judge of their health care needs than some distant bureaucrat in Ottawa. Our message is also clear to the health protection branch and to Codex. Get out of our faces.

Stephan Zbikowski
Statements By Members

1:50 p.m.

Bloc

Stéphane Bergeron Verchères, QC

Mr. Speaker, in December 1994, Stephan Zbikowski, a Canadian citizen, was arrested for drug trafficking and is still in jail, in Tocyito, Venezuela. This maximum security penitentiary houses the country's most dangerous criminals, which raises concerns about the personal safety of Mr. Zbikowski, who has no criminal record in Canada. Moreover, no guilty verdict has yet been rendered in Venezuela.

Close to 2,500 people signed a petition asking the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs to make representations to Venezuelan authorities, so as to bring this most preoccupying situation to a positive conclusion. At the request of Mr. Zbikowski's mother, I sent the petition to the Prime Minister's office.

We do hope that, given the concrete support shown by all these signatures, the Prime Minister will give this issue all the attention it deserves.

Middle Class
Statements By Members

1:50 p.m.

NDP

Chris Axworthy Saskatoon—Clark's Crossing, SK

Mr. Speaker, the endangered species legislation is currently being studied by Parliament but there is one endangered species that is being ignored, the Canadian middle class.

First, more and more Canadian families are slipping into poverty and more families cannot escape poverty.

Second, wages have stagnated or declined in Canada over the last two decades at the same time as taxes have been consistently raised. Wealth and income in Canada has become increasingly concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people and the gap between rich and poor is at 19th century levels. In other words, the middle class has all but disappeared.

I urge the government to include the Canadian middle class as an endangered species in the legislation currently before Parliament. Maybe if we can do that we can save the middle class from going the way of the dodo bird.

Peel Regional Police
Statements By Members

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Liberal

Gurbax Malhi Bramalea—Gore—Malton, ON

Mr. Speaker, on March 7, I had the pleasure of participating in the official opening of the Peel Regional Police community station in the Westwood mall in Malton.

The opening ceremony was organized by the regional municipality of Peel, the Police Services Board and the Peel Regional Police. The community station concept, which was first developed in Japan, allows for more accessible, less intimidating interaction between police officers and the general public. Not only will this station increase citizens' sense of safety and security, it will also enhance the current level of police enforcement in the region.

I encourage the community of Malton to lend its full support and cooperation to officers working at the new station. Only by working together can we continue to maintain good law and order in this country.

Automobile Industry
Statements By Members

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Liberal

Nick Discepola Vaudreuil, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to announce that Richard Gauthier was recently named president of the Federation of Automobile Dealer Associations. He replaces Ken Graydon, who decided to retire after 25 years of loyal service.

Mr. Gauthier brings to FADA over 27 years of experience in the automobile industry, including 14 years as president of Gauthier Pontiac Buick, in Montreal. In 1993, Time Magazine named Mr. Gauthier top dealer in the Montreal region.

FADA represents over 3,000 automobile dealers across Canada, 10 of whom are in my riding of Vaudreuil. As small businesses, they provide jobs for over 100,000 Canadians.

On behalf of all members, congratulations and good luck to Mr. Gauthier.

Greek Independence Day
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

John Cannis Scarborough Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, on March 25 Canadians of Hellenic descent will be celebrating the anniversary of the liberation of their former homeland from the Ottoman Empire. In 1821, after 400 years of oppression from the Turkish regime, the Hellenes, with the help of heroes such as Lord Byron of England, helped restore freedom to Greece, the birthplace of democracy.

It is my hope that as we enter the next millennium the current provocations and tensions in this region will be completely eliminated. It is my suggestion that both nations should now concentrate on infrastructure and economic development.

The energies of their people, particularly their youth, should be focused on creating a peaceful environment which, in turn, will lead to a prosperous future.

As John Lennon of the Beatles once said, please give peace a chance.

176Th Anniversary Of Greek Independence
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Eleni Bakopanos Saint-Denis, QC

Mr. Speaker, next week, Canadians of Greek origin will be celebrating a very special event, the 176th anniversary of Greek independence, and the establishment of modern-day Greece.

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Canada has recognized the importance Canadians of other origins place on their cultures and traditions and has encouraged all Canadians to take pride in their heritage.

In Montreal, where Greek immigrants began settling at the turn of the century, 1997 marks the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Hellenic Community of Montreal.

Tens of thousands of Canadians of Hellenic origin as well as other Montrealers will converge in Saint-Denis on Sunday, March 30, in a show of ethnic pride. It will be my honour this year to serve as a co-grand marshall of the independence day parade along with the Mayor of Athens who will be in Canada to finalize plans for the twinning of Montreal and Athens.

On March 25, I invite all members of the House to wish Canadians of Greek origin: Zito i Ellas! Zito o Kanadas!

Racial Discrimination
Statements By Members

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Bloc

Osvaldo Nunez Bourassa, QC

Mr. Speaker, tomorrow, March 21, is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Proclaimed in 1966 by the UN, this day commemorates the massacre in South Africa of a group of black demonstrators during a non-violent anti-apartheid protest.

I hope that Quebecers and Canadians will take part in this day to combat racism by developing the values of equity, justice and mutual understanding.

I would like to underscore the exceptional contribution made by ethnocultural communities to Quebec and Canadian society. The riding of Bourassa, which I am proud to represent in the House of Commons, is a good reflection of the pluralistic nature of Quebec.

This day should be an incentive to us to show greater tolerance, open-mindedness and respect for differences.