House of Commons Hansard #155 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was following.

Topics

Presence In The Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Credit Card Interest Limitation Act
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Bloc

Pierre De Savoye Portneuf, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-402, an act to provide for the limitation of interest rates in relation to credit cards issued by financial institutions, companies engaged in retail trade and petroleum companies.

Mr. Speaker, I would remind you that, on numerous occasions, the hon. members of this House have proposed, along the lines of this bill I am introducing today, that there be limits set on the interest rates that major companies, banks and petroleum companies can charge on the credit cards they issue for the convenience of cardholders.

This bill is in the same vein. You will recall that I had made a commitment to my colleagues and to the public to introduce such a bill if the banks did not bring their interest rates down to a more acceptable and reasonable level. I have now done so.

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

Criminal Code
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Reform

Randy White Fraser Valley West, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-403, an act to amend the Criminal Code (prohibiting certain offenders from changing their name).

Mr. Speaker, a victim of a terrible crime, Rosemary Eaton of Windsor, Ontario, provided me the motivation to forge ahead with this bill. Since my initial contact with Rosie, I have learned that many serious offenders are changing their names in prison under provincial law, getting out and under a new name they are able to begin another life of crime without our knowing it.

Somewhere, somehow, we must get the government to understand that those in prison should not have the same rights as those outside. In this case, the safety of Canadians is at stake.

This bill would apply when an offender is convicted of first or second degree murder or sexual assault. These offenders would not be able to change their names for life or for another period determined by the court. Every person bound by this prohibition order would be guilty of an indictable offence should they not comply.

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

Petitions
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Andy Scott Fredericton—York—Sunbury, NB

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I have the honour to present a petition.

It brings to the attention of the House that Bill C-17 adds a clause to the Criminal Code which allows police to seek a warrant to take a bodily imprint, even if the suspect refuses. Specifically, the bill authorizes a court to grant permission to police to obtain handprints, fingerprints, footprints, teeth impressions or any other print or impression of the body.

The petition, signed by approximately 1,000 residents of my constituency, calls on Parliament to enact Bill C-17 so that the police may obtain teeth impressions from a suspect in a new trial.

Petitions
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Bob Mills Red Deer, AB

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present a petition signed by 870 people in my riding of Red Deer.

Parliament's recent amendments to the Criminal Code in response to the Daviault and Seaboyer cases, as well as amendments to deal with stalking and harassing conduct, reflect public policy

underlying the law which requires males to take responsibility for their violent behaviour toward women.

Therefore, the petitioners request that Parliament review and change relevant provisions of the Criminal Code to ensure that men take responsibility for their violent behaviour. I support the request which is made by the petitioners.

Petitions
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Gilbert Fillion Chicoutimi, QC

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I am pleased to table a petition on behalf of the residents of the riding of Chicoutimi on the prime rate charged by banking institutions, which is currently at 4.5 per cent. These same institutions charge some 18 per cent on their credit cards, while department stores have charged some 28 per cent on their credit cards, since 1981.

The residents of the riding of Chicoutimi call on the Government of Canada to legislate as quickly as possible and establish standards on the rates of interest applicable to credit cards issued by banks and major department stores.

Petitions
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

NDP

Audrey McLaughlin Yukon, YT

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present over 300 petitions from the province of Alberta which add to about 10,000 petitions received on this subject from across Canada.

The petitioners are looking for amendments to the Criminal Code which would ensure that men take responsibility for their violent behaviour toward women.

This is a major issue across Canada. The petitioners call on Parliament to deal seriously with the issue.

Petitions
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Harold Culbert Carleton—Charlotte, NB

Mr. Speaker, we are always saddened when a firefighter or a police officer loses his life in the line of duty.

I have a petition to present which calls on 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
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Randy White Fraser Valley West, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am submitting a petition which has in excess of 13,000 names of people from all over Canada expressing outrage that a rapist in my riding has served no jail time.

It says: "We the undersigned citizens of Canada draw the attention of the House to the following: That on November 12, 1996 in British Columbia, the Hon. Judge Harry Boyle sentenced Darren Adam Ursel to two years less a day to be served in the community under section 742 of the Criminal Code. Mr. Ursel was convicted of a very violent sexual assault.

"Therefore, your petitioners request that Parliament exempt all physical and sexual offenders from the provisions of section 742 of the Criminal Code".

Miss Gertie Pool and all citizens of the Fraser Valley are to be commended for the courage of their convictions.

Petitions
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Nelson Riis Kamloops, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have a number of petitions that were collected over the last few weeks.

The first petition was submitted by residents of Blue River, Avola, Birch Island, Vavenby, Darfield, Little Fort and Clearwater and has to do with the GST.

The petitioners point out that although it was a promise in the last election campaign to abolish the GST, the GST still remains. It is taking a lot of money out of people's pockets and they want the government to reconsider proceeding with the GST, whether it is harmonized or not.

Mr. Speaker, another petition, primarily from the residents of Kamloops, points out the problems with the GST as it applies to reading and the literacy levels in Canada.

The petitioners ask Parliament to zero rate books, magazines and newspapers under the GST. They ask provincial and federal governments to zero rate reading materials under the proposed harmonized sales tax.

The petitioners point out that a tax on reading is something that should be avoided.

Petitions
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Nelson Riis Kamloops, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition on another issue. The residents are from Black Pool, Vinsulla, Aspen Park, Lewis Creek, East Barriere Lake, Barriere Black Pines and Red Lake.

The petitioners point out concern about the high cost of gasoline, propane and diesel fuel and are suggesting that the federal government consider regulating these fuels as a utility because of the importance they play in transportation costs and, therefore, the cost of living for all Canadians.

Petitions
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Nelson Riis Kamloops, BC

Mr. Speaker, this petition is on another issue. It is submitted by residents primarily of the South Thompson valley between Chase and Kamloops.

The petitioners point out the need for a national highway system program to upgrade highways throughout Canada and for more of

the federal excise tax on gasoline be allocated to improving Canada's highway system.

The petition recognizes that Canada, being the second largest country geographically in the world that transportation costs are crucial to the cost of living.

Petitions
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Nelson Riis Kamloops, BC

Mr. Speaker, this petition is on another matter.

The petitioners are concerned about the fact that the government is providing loan guarantees in excess of a billion dollars to China in order to sell reactors. They feel Canada should not even be trading with a country where the human rights are so abysmal and certainly should not be using taxpayers' money to finance the sale of reactors to countries like communist China.

Petitions
Oral Question Period

April 14th, 1997 / 3:10 p.m.

Reform

Jack Frazer Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, it is my duty and honour to rise in the House to present two petitions duly certified by the clerk of petitions on behalf of 92 individuals residing across Canada.

The petitioners call on Parliament to urge the federal government to join with provincial governments to make the upgrading of the national highway system possible.

Petitions
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Bill Graham Rosedale, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition with signatures gathered from across Canada. It requests members of Parliament to support the immediate initiation and conclusion by the year 2000 of an international convention which will set out a binding timetable for the abolition of all nuclear weapons.