House of Commons Hansard #138 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was cpp.

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Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Liberal

John Nunziata York South—Weston, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. During his submissions the hon. member said that this report represented the beginning of a harmonized GST across the country.

That is a misstatement of fact, given that several provinces have made it very clear they do not intend to harmonize their provincial tax with the GST.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member knows that is debate.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Bloc

Richard Bélisle La Prairie, QC

Mr. Speaker, further to the comments by the chair of the Standing Committee on Finance, I would like to add a few comments on the Bloc Quebecois' dissenting opinion.

I would like to add that the Bloc Quebecois supports the concept of harmonizing sales taxes, but cannot support the Liberal government's wasting everybody's time and energy with a half-baked and unfair scheme.

In the current state of affairs, there is no proof that Bill C-70 simplifies and improves things. On the contrary, as regards the rules governing the display of prices, consumers may find an item bearing four different prices in a catalogue or on a retailer's shelves.

Bill C-70 will considerably complicate the lives of individuals and businesses. So the big questions remained unanswered, because the Liberals are putting their electoral interests before the interests of the taxpayers. We also think that the government should redo its homework and go over Bill C-70.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Liberal

Paddy Torsney Burlington, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the ninth report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs.

Pursuant to the order of reference on Monday, October 7, 1996 the committee has considered Bill C-55, an act to amend the Criminal Code (high risk offenders), the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, the Criminal Records Act, the Prisons and Reformatories Act and the Department of the Solicitor General Act. The committee has agreed to report it with amendments.

Thanks to all the witnesses who provided some excellent testimony that enabled us to make these terrific amendments.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

Colleagues, I wonder if we could revert to tabling of documents. I would like to file a report on behalf of the Speaker.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Report Of Commissioner Of Environment And Sustainable Development
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

I have the honour to table, pursuant to the Standing Orders concerning the auditor general, the report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development to the House of Commons for the year 1997.

The report is permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.

Immigration Act
Routine Proceedings

March 5th, 1997 / 3:25 p.m.

Liberal

Jag Bhaduria Markham—Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-378, an act to amend the Immigration Act (permanent resident status).

Mr. Speaker, I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity today to introduce my private member's bill. I want to thank the hon. member for York South-Weston for seconding this bill.

The intent of the bill is to amend section 24 of the Immigration Act, which would allow a person seeking to come into and remain permanently in Canada to be deemed a permanent resident if he or she lived in Canada for 25 years or more prior to 1970 before leaving Canada.

This amendment would address the concerns of many Canadians who have reallocated outside Canada for a period of time and are now faced with having to reapply for permanent resident status with of course the appropriate security checks. This has resulted in numerous bureaucratic delays and in many cases the process can be quite cumbersome.

My bill would eliminate a time consuming delay and also allow an immigration officer to make the decision to grant automatic permanent resident status if they are satisfied with the individual's prior resident status.

I look forward to the unanimous consent of the House on this.

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

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Reform

Randy White Fraser Valley West, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-379, an act to amend the Criminal Code (arrest of those in breach of condition of parole or statutory or temporary release).

Mr. Speaker, I am privileged to table in this House a private member's bill which will amend the Criminal Code to provide for the arrest of those in breach of condition of parole or statutory or temporary release.

I must acknowledge the dedication and commitment of the Abbotsford city police, particularly Constable Mike Novakowski who provided the incentive and foresight to put this bill in force. Because of police officers like Mike Novakowski throughout Canada we will eventually have safer streets in our community.

This enactment makes a breach of a condition of parole or statutory or temporary release an indictable or summary condition offence, as is the case for breach of a probation order.

Paragraph 495.(1)(a) of the Criminal Code allows a peace officer to arrest a person who has committed an indictable offence or whom he finds committing a criminal offence. Therefore this amendment enables a peace officer to arrest a person who is in breach of a condition of parole or release.

The amendment to section 497 provides for such a person to be held to give the board that granted the parole or release, if the board considers it advisable, an opportunity to apply to keep the person in custody until it is able to issue a warrant of apprehension to facilitate a review of the parole or release under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act.

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

Louis Riel Commemoration Act
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Bloc

Suzanne Tremblay Rimouski—Témiscouata, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-380, entitled an act respecting the designation of a Louis Riel Day and revoking his conviction of August 1, 1885.

Mr. Speaker, I am very honoured to table once again a bill to quash the conviction of Louis Riel and to try to honour his memory.

If this bill had a chance of passing second and third reading and being voted on by this House, we could honour the memory of Louis Riel annually on November 16, because this bill would create a Louis Riel Day for all of Canada.

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

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Prince Edward—Hastings, ON

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

In the first the petitioners call on Parliament to urge the government to join with the provincial governments to make the national highway system upgrading possible beginning in 1997.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Prince Edward—Hastings, ON

Mr. Speaker, the second calls on Parliament to demonstrate the government's sincere regard for the public good and enact and bring into law the tobacco control legislation as promised, such legislation to include, in so far as possible, measures outlined in the blueprints.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Kamouraska—Rivière-Du-Loup, QC

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table a petition signed by 500 people in my riding calling on Parliament to pass legislation imposing a ceiling on interest rates on credit cards issued to consumers by banks and major retailers that would be tied to the Bank of Canada rate.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Liberal

David Iftody Provencher, MB

Mr. Speaker, I have three brief petitions which I will summarize with your permission.

The first petition is signed by a number of constituents from the community of Lac Brochet. Very briefly, the petitioners pray and request that the House not amend the Criminal Code or the charter of rights and freedoms to in any way indicate societal approval of same sex marriages.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Liberal

David Iftody Provencher, MB

Mr. Speaker, the second petition I would like to present today is signed by a number of constituents from the Blumenort, Morris and Rosenort area of Provencher. The petitioners draw to the attention of the House the negative impact of pornography on men, women and children. They pray that the current laws are protected and upheld for all Canadians.