House of Commons Hansard #150 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was accused.

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Procedure And House Affairs
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

(Motion agreed to.)

Petitions
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April 7th, 1997 / 3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Janko Peric Cambridge, ON

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I have the privilege to present to the House three petitions.

In the first petition 180 citizens of my riding of Cambridge wish to draw to the attention of the House their concerns for the sanctity of life.

The petitioners pray and request that the Parliament of Canada retain current provisions of the Criminal Code prohibiting assisted suicide and that Parliament not sanction the aiding of suicide or euthanasia.

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Liberal

Janko Peric Cambridge, ON

Madam Speaker, the 400 citizens who signed the second petition firmly believe that our age of consent laws should be designed to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Therefore the petitioners call upon Parliament to amend the Criminal Code to set the age of consent except within a husband and wife relationship at the age of 18.

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Liberal

Janko Peric Cambridge, ON

Madam Speaker, in the third petition 270 citizens of my riding of Cambridge wish to draw to the attention of the House their concerns about the prospect of the provincial government taking over the administration and funding of social housing, including housing co-operatives currently participating in federal housing programs.

For this reason the petitioners pray and request that the negotiation on social housing with the province of Ontario be conducted with the input of co-operative housing stakeholders.

I fully agree with all the petitioners.

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Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Madam Speaker, I have a petition from several hundred people in Peterborough who are concerned about co-operative housing.

Parliament is negotiating with all provinces to assume the administration of social housing. The province of Ontario has not respected its legal operating agreements and has said publicly that it wants to sell off public housing.

The petitioners point out that the co-operative housing sector is a unique and separate entity from all other social housing. Therefore they call upon Parliament to recognize the co-operative housing sector as a unique and separate entity from all other social housing. They ask that Parliament seriously consider the transfer of the administration of co-operative housing to a non-government organization as proposed by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada.

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Reform

Daphne Jennings Mission—Coquitlam, BC

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I am pleased to present more petitions urging the government to demonstrate its commitment to education and literacy by eliminating sales tax on reading materials.

As literacy critic for the Reform Party I must concur with Canadians that they should not have to pay a tax to read.

The petitions are from Prince George, Quesnel, Grand Forks, Vancouver, Whistler, Surrey and many other parts of British Columbia.

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Liberal

Jean Augustine Etobicoke—Lakeshore, ON

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I am pleased to present a number of petitions.

As supporters of literacy the petitioners believe that literacy and reading are critical to Canada's future and that removing the GST from reading material will help promote literacy in Canada.

The petitioners call on Parliament to ensure that reading materials are not taxed under the proposed harmonized sales tax.

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Reform

Chuck Strahl Fraser Valley East, BC

Madam Speaker, I have several petitions to present.

The first one has to do with abortion. It is a sanctity of life petition where people would like to see the Criminal Code amended to extend the same protection enjoyed by born human beings to unborn human beings.

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Reform

Chuck Strahl Fraser Valley East, BC

Madam Speaker, I have three other petitions that are all related to justice issues.

The first one is signed by some 250 people who that want to increase both minimum and maximum penalties for joy riding or auto theft, as I prefer to call it.

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Reform

Chuck Strahl Fraser Valley East, BC

Madam Speaker, the second petition has 1,000 names. It is about the need to protect police dogs. There are only 275 police dogs in Canada and they cost about $40,000 apiece to train. The petitioners would like to see more stringent penalties against those who kill a police dog in order to escape justice. I concur with that.

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Reform

Chuck Strahl Fraser Valley East, BC

Madam Speaker, I have another 2,700 signatures which brings the total to some 33,000 signatures I have received asking that the House of Commons amend the Criminal Code in several ways to allow for post-sentence supervision of sex offenders, for public notification when sex offenders have been released into society, a central registry including fingerprints, to amend the Criminal Records Act to prohibit pardons for those convicted of sex offences involving children and so on. Some 33,000 people have asked that the government move quickly to look after that problem.

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NDP

Nelson Riis Kamloops, BC

Madam Speaker, it is my duty, privilege and honour to rise pursuant to Standing Order 36 to present a petition on behalf of a number of residents of Kamloops who call on the Parliament of Canada to urge the Government of Canada to join with the provincial governments to make a national highway system upgrading program possible. They urge that be commenced in 1997.

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NDP

Nelson Riis Kamloops, BC

Madam Speaker, I have another petition which brings the total to over 19,000 names of people who ask the federal government to revoke the decision to fire 10,000 ad mail workers, to direct Canada Post to stay in the ad mail and courier business so it can improve rural post office service, extend door to door delivery by letter carrier and create jobs at duty post offices.

The petitioners also urge the federal government to keep its promise to create jobs by supporting the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and its actions to expand services and to defend and create more jobs in the postal business.

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NDP

Nelson Riis Kamloops, BC

Madam Speaker, another petition is from the residents of Kamloops and a number of nearby communities pointing out that it is important that the GST be removed from reading material.

The petitioners state that education and literacy are critical to the development of our country and that the existing tax is a regressive tax. They call on the House of Commons to do away with the GST totally but in particular in this case as it refers to reading material.

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NDP

Nelson Riis Kamloops, BC

Madam Speaker, a number of constituents who were very busy over the Easter break call on the Government of Canada to reconsider providing loans to China for buying nuclear reactors and nuclear equipment from Canada. They believe the billion plus dollars in loan guarantees could be better spent by assisting Canadians.