House of Commons Hansard #167 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was offence.

Topics

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Bloc

Jean-Guy Chrétien Frontenac—Mégantic, QC

Mr. Speaker, 12,000 people in my riding of Frontenac—Mégantic have asked me to table this important petition on their behalf, calling for abolition of the Canadian Senate.

They state that the Senate is an undemocratic institution that costs the taxpayer $50 million annually, duplicates efforts to protect minority rights and encroaches upon the role of members of the House, and that our parliamentary institutions need modernizing.

For these reasons, the people of Frontenac—Mégantic are calling for abolition of the Senate.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Rose-Marie Ur Lambton—Kent—Middlesex, ON

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I am honoured to present the a petition signed by residents of London, Lucan and Kitchener.

They urge parliament to ban the gas additive MMT, noting it is not used in Europe and most American States as it fouls emission control devices in vehicles.

Petitions
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3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Rose-Marie Ur Lambton—Kent—Middlesex, ON

Madam Speaker, the second petition, signed by residents in Wallaceburg and Dresden, urges parliament to adapt the principles of Bill C-225 to ensure that marriage is preserved and protected.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Reform

Lee Morrison Cypress Hills—Grasslands, SK

Madam Speaker, I have two petitions to present today.

The first is from constituents of mine primarily in the districts of Fox Valley and Prelate, Saskatchewan, with respect to the MacKay task force recommendations.

The petitioners point out that the MacKay task force recommendations, if implemented, would enable banks to retail property and casualty insurance. They state that this would have a very negative impact on Canada's independent insurance brokers and would cause a loss of thousands of jobs.

Therefore they call upon parliament to totally reject the recommendations of the MacKay task force report pertaining to the entry of banks into the casualty and property insurance markets. Furthermore they urge parliamentarians not to give in to the pressure of the banks on this matter.

Petitions
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3:15 p.m.

Reform

Lee Morrison Cypress Hills—Grasslands, SK

Madam Speaker, the second petition is from 248 petitioners located all over Saskatchewan.

They point out that section 44 of the Constitution Act provides a formula for amending the Constitution of Canada and that such amendments may be made exclusively by parliament.

They go on to describe problems with governmental mismanagement of our fiscal affairs and to list several points. They therefore petition parliament to amend the Constitution Act, 1867, to include provisions modelled after the taxpayer protection amendment as proposed by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Karen Redman Kitchener Centre, ON

Madam Speaker, I rise today to present four petitions on behalf of the my constituents in Kitchener Centre.

The first petition is regarding the sale of Candu reactors. The 42 Canadians who signed the petition call upon parliament to oppose the sale of these reactors to the state of Turkey.

Petitions
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3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Karen Redman Kitchener Centre, ON

Madam Speaker, the second petition was prepared by Canadians of Serbian descent.

They request that parliament take a proactive role in ensuring equal rights for all citizens of Serbia, including Serbs within the boundaries of international and Serbian laws.

Petitions
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3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Karen Redman Kitchener Centre, ON

Madam Speaker, I have two petitions regarding the institution of marriage.

Both petitions call on parliament to enact Bill C-225.

Petitions
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3:15 p.m.

Reform

Rob Anders Calgary West, AB

Madam Speaker, today I am honoured on behalf of citizens of Orleans, in the riding of Glengarry—Prescott—Russell to submit a petition to the House of Commons in parliament assembled.

These citizens of Canada draw the attention of the House to the following. Canadians deserve an accountable Senate and therefore, the petitioners call upon parliament to request that the Prime Minister accept the results of a Senate election.

Once again I present this petition on behalf of constituents in the city of Orleans and in the riding of Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, the riding of the government House leader.

Petitions
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3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Szabo Mississauga South, ON

Madam Speaker, in this year of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Universal Human Rights, I am pleased to present a petition signed by a number of Canadians including from my own riding of Mississauga South.

The petitioners would like to bring to the attention of the House that human rights violations continue to occur in many countries around the world including Indonesia. They also point out that Canada is internationally respected for its defence of universal human rights.

The petitioners therefore call upon the government to continue its efforts to speak out against countries that tolerate violation of human rights and to do whatever is possible to bring to justice those responsible for such abuses.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

December 7th, 1998 / 3:20 p.m.

Peterborough
Ontario

Liberal

Peter Adams Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Madam Speaker, I ask that all questions be allowed to stand.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Reform

Garry Breitkreuz Yorkton—Melville, SK

Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. On March 11, 1998, I placed Question No. 84 on the order paper asking how many violent crimes had been investigated by the RCMP and how many involved the use of registered and unregistered firearms. In accordance with Standing Order 39 I asked for a written answer within 45 days.

My constituents have been waiting for 271 days. The commissioner of the RCMP wrote me a letter on July 6 referring to the answer he had given to Question No. 84. The RCMP gave its response to the government 154 days ago. I raised this point 40 days ago and I was assured at that time that I would get the answer immediately.

When will the government give my constituents and me the RCMP's answer to this very important question?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Madam Speaker, we have answered well over 70% of the questions. The member is right. He has asked before. The response to his question is being finalized. I will continue to work to obtain the answer for him.

Questions On The Order Paper
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3:20 p.m.

Reform

John Cummins Delta—South Richmond, BC

Madam Speaker, Question No. 132 was placed on the order paper on September 31 and Question No. 138 on September 24 and I am still waiting for answers. They are important answers because they have to do with the issue of a veteran's family being denied benefits.

I asked the Library of Parliament to do a study on order paper questions in Great Britain where the majority of questions are answered within a week. The situation we are facing, which my colleague and I have just raised, is absolutely scandalous.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Madam Speaker, I note again Questions Nos. 132 and 138. Some questions may well involve one department, but other questions may literally involve every department in government.

As I have mentioned, we have answered well over 70%. I will continue on the member's behalf to work on Questions Nos. 132 and 138.