House of Commons Hansard #164 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was telemarketing.

Topics

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Reform

Ian McClelland Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, the other two petitions of over 600 signatories from primarily in the Edmonton area ask that the Parliament of Canada ensure that those who would murder their spouse and then claim provocation as a defence be denied the right to use provocation as a defence in the case of family violence and family murder.

This is of significance to the whole country but is of particular importance to the Edmonton area as a result of a particularly egregious situation there.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Reform

Dave Chatters Athabasca, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions to present today.

The first is from residents of my riding of Athabasca. The petitioners ask Parliament to reconsider and repeal the provocation defence in the Criminal Code. My constituents do not feel that any provocation is sufficient provocation to take another person's life.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Reform

Dave Chatters Athabasca, AB

The other two petitions, Mr. Speaker, I present on behalf of my colleague and seat mate from Yorkton-Melville.

The petitioners urge Parliament to remove the GST from books, including the Bible, magazines and newspapers.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Reform

Dave Chatters Athabasca, AB

The other petition, Mr. Speaker, is signed by Canadians who are concerned that the government has used the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to create legislation, programs and bureaucracy which undermine the fundamental rights and freedoms of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Liberal

Mac Harb Ottawa Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, this is a petition that has been signed by over 2,000 residents who are calling on the House of Commons to ask the government not to proceed with the site for radioactive disposal at Chalk River.

Most of these residents are in or around Renfrew county. They are asking that this petition be presented on their behalf.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Reform

Lee Morrison Swift Current—Maple Creek—Assiniboia, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions. The first one is signed by 113 residents of my riding.

Whereas freedom of choice in health care is becoming increasingly curtailed and further threatened by legislation and statutory regulations of the Government of Canada, the undersigned request that Canada's Food and Drugs Act be revised.

They list several ways but the principal one is that the definition of food should include dietary supplements and foods for special health uses and that the definition of drug be amended to include any substance other than food.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Reform

Lee Morrison Swift Current—Maple Creek—Assiniboia, SK

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is signed by 369 Canadians, mostly residents of Swift Current and some from the immediate area.

Whereas Canadians with disabilities have soundly demonstrated their skill and competence in many sectors of business and the labour force, whereas 58 per cent of working age Canadians with disabilities are either unemployed or not in the labour force, and whereas the planning and methods of supported employment programs have proven successful in increasing business and labour opportunities for people with disabilities, the petitioners humbly petition Parliament to promote and maintain supported employment, community placement, training and access projects. I heartily endorse this petition.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Reform

Margaret Bridgman Surrey North, BC

Mr. Speaker, I present three petitions on behalf of my colleague from Calgary North. Two of the petitions involve citizens from several provinces.

The petitioners are calling on Parliament to remove the GST from reading material.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Reform

Margaret Bridgman Surrey North, BC

Mr. Speaker, the other petition is from Calgarians.

These petitioners are calling on Parliament to upgrade the national highway system.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Reform

John Duncan North Island—Powell River, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present.

The first is signed by 100 individuals from my constituency calling on Parliament not to increase the federal excise tax on gasoline and to consider reallocating its current revenues from excise taxes to rebuilding Canada's crumbling national highways.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Reform

John Duncan North Island—Powell River, BC

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is signed by 225 of my constituents and calls on Parliament to establish a DNA data bank on convicted sex offenders and murderers.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Winnipeg North
Manitoba

Liberal

Rey D. Pagtakhan Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the following questions will be answered today: Nos. 62, 63, 64, 65, 67 and 97.

Question No. 62-

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Reform

Deborah Grey Beaver River, AB

Can the Minister of Justice indicate the number of lawyers defending the federal government in the lawsuit initiated by former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the daily cost of the court case to the federal government?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

April 25th, 1997 / 12:25 p.m.

Prince Albert—Churchill River
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Gordon Kirkby Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

During the course of the litigation, the government retained five agents to represent the interests of the defendants: Messrs. Claude-Armand Sheppard, Yvan Bolduc, Vincent O'Donnell, Bruno Pateras, and Harvey Strosberg.

The agents were assisted as required by members of their respective firms. The government negotiated substantial reductions from the agents'normal hourly rates.

As of January 17, 1997 the Crown had paid out $935,732.60 in lawyers fees.

In addition to the agents, lawyers with the Department of Justice in Montreal and Ottawa have worked on the Airbus litigation as required.

Question No. 63-

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Reform

Deborah Grey Beaver River, AB

Can the Solicitor General indicate the precise date for the commencement of the current RCMP investigation into former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, the number of individuals devoted to the investigation and the daily cost of the investigation to the federal government?