House of Commons Hansard #85 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was judges.

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Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Liberal

Bob Kilger Stormont—Dundas, ON

Mr. Speaker, I think if you were to seek it you would find that the House would give its unanimous consent to pass the motion, on division, and then we could return to Routine Proceedings.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

Is there unanimous consent?

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

(Motion agreed to)

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

I declare the motion carried. The chief government whip proposes that we now return to Routine Proceedings. Is that also agreed by the House?

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

April 1st, 1998 / 3:40 p.m.

Reform

Val Meredith South Surrey—White Rock—Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to present a petition on behalf of 226 British Columbians. With the indulgence of the Speaker I will read their petition.

It states: “Taxing reading is unfair and wrong. Literacy and reading are crucial to Canada's future. Removing the GST from reading material will help promote literacy in Canada. `Applying tax to books and periodicals discourages reading. The Liberal Party has passed a resolution calling for the removal of the GST on books and periodicals and that's what I will do'. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, September—”

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member knows that she cannot refer to members by name and she knows too that she cannot read from a petition, so she is really treading on very thin ice. That is one of the difficulties with reading from petitions. I invite her to summarize the petition and get to the point of it promptly.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Reform

Val Meredith South Surrey—White Rock—Langley, BC

The petitioners urge Parliament to remove the GST from books, magazines and newspapers and I concur with this request.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member has gone through the ice. She knows that she is not to express her assent or dissent from the opinions expressed in a petition. I invite her to comply with the rules in every respect when she presents petitions.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Liberal

Gurbax Malhi Bramalea—Gore—Malton, ON

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to the Standing Order 36 I have the honour to present the following petition signed by 44 individuals.

The petitioners draw the attention of the House to the fact that they are calling upon parliament to encourage the government to maintain the pension and old age deduction or credit and to ensure that the seniors' benefit is based on individual spouse's income.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Reform

Rick Casson Lethbridge, AB

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I am pleased to present the following petition which comes from concerned citizens in my riding of Lethbridge, Alberta and contains 68 signatures.

My constituents are very concerned that negotiations for the MAI have been conducted behind closed doors and that Canadians have been kept in the dark about the MAI, even though it will have a major impact on many areas of Canadian life.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to impose a moratorium on Canadian participation in the MAI negotiations until a full public debate on the proposed treaty has taken place across this country, so that all Canadians may have an opportunity to express their opinions and decide on the advisability of proceeding with the MAI.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by hundreds of people who live in rural parts of the riding of Peterborough, particularly people of Keene who have recently lost their only bank.

They point out that rural Canada contributes substantially to the national economy. The Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry is the third largest employer in Canada. The tourism industry is also a large employer in many areas of rural Canada. Residents of rural areas often have difficulty in finding any incentive to support local initiatives and businesses due to the lack of banking facilities.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to work toward ensuring that the needs and concerns of residents of rural Canada are addressed and that their access to local banking facilities is maintained, thus encouraging businesses to remain a viable part of rural Canada.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have another in a series of petitions signed by thousands of people in support of the bioartificial kidney research project. They hope that this project will eventually replace dialysis and transplantation as a cure for kidney disease.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to work and support the bioartificial kidney which will eventually eliminate the need for dialysis or transplantation for those suffering from kidney disease.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Reform

Grant McNally Dewdney—Alouette, BC

Mr. Speaker, the first petition is being presented by approximately 50 of my constituents on the MAI, the multilateral agreement on investment. They petition Parliament to impose a moratorium on ratifications and conduct full public hearings so that Canadians can have an opportunity to express their opinions about it.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Reform

Grant McNally Dewdney—Alouette, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have a second petition from approximately 60 of my constituents. They are petitioning 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.