House of Commons Hansard #12 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was nisga'a.

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Point Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Ted White North Vancouver, BC

Mr. Speaker, at the end of question period you mentioned a presence in the gallery from the Australian Senate. I would like to bring to the attention of the House the fact that the Australian Senate is elected.

Point Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

That is not a point of order, but I am sure it is a point of interest.

Municipal Grants Act
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano Minister of Public Works and Government Services

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-10, an act to amend the Municipal Grants Act.

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

Cape Breton Development Corporation Divestiture Authorization And Dissolution Act
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-11, an act to authorize the divestiture of the assets of, and to dissolve, the Cape Breton Development Corporation, to amend the Cape Breton Development Corporation Act and to make consequential amendments to other acts.

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

Employment Insurance Act
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Kamouraska—Rivière-Du-Loup—Témiscouata—Les Basques, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-271, an act to amend that the Employment Insurance Act (self-employed persons).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be able to introduce this bill, which would allow self-employed persons to become eligible for employment insurance on a voluntary basis.

There have been a lot of changes in our society, in the labour market, and there are now a lot of self-employed workers, particularly women, who are living in difficult financial situations.

By making them eligible for employment insurance, the government would be contributing to stabilizing their level of income to enable them to take advantage of the economic growth in our society and, finally, to permit better distribution of wealth.

This is why I consider it important for self-employed people to be eligible for employment insurance on a voluntary basis.

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

Employment Insurance Act
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Kamouraska—Rivière-Du-Loup—Témiscouata—Les Basques, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-272, an act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (waiting period).

Mr. Speaker, in the present context with a surplus in the employment insurance fund of some $21 billion, this outmoded rule must be eliminated. It requires that an individual in the first weeks of unemployment have no income.

I believe the government is capable, with the plan we have and especially if it were to be managed independently by employers and employees, to ensure that people have benefits from their first day of unemployment. This is the purpose of this bill.

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

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-273, an act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children).

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to reintroduce my bill to repeal section 43 of the criminal code. This is the only section of the criminal code that is permissive in that it condones the use of force toward a child as a means of correction or discipline. The repeal of section 43 would make it clear that the use of physical force as a means of discipline is totally unacceptable and inappropriate for children and should not be sanctioned by law.

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

Bankruptcy And Insolvency Act
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-274, an act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (student Loan).

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to present this bill in the House today. Its purpose is to reverse and stop the discrimination facing students who are now required to wait 10 years before they can declare bankruptcy. This new 10 year rule means that unlike other consumers who must wait two years to declare bankruptcy, students must face additional hardship and discrimination. The overwhelming majority of students do everything they can to repay student loans, but when bankruptcy becomes the only option the bill I am presenting today would ensure that students would get a fair deal and would not be discriminated against.

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

Employment Insurance Act
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Bloc

Jean-Guy Chrétien Frontenac—Mégantic, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-275, an act to amend the Employment Insurance Act, 1999 (rate of benefits).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce a bill to amend the manner in which EI benefits are calculated.

If passed, this bill will eliminate from the calculation of benefits the many rules that decrease the amount to which claimants are entitled.

The purpose of the bill is to ensure that benefits truly represent 55% of income earned. In this way, we will be showing a little more compassion for workers who find themselves unemployed.

Since the EI fund surplus is now up to $21 billion, I hope that we will have the support of all parties in the House for this bill.

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

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

October 27th, 1999 / 3:10 p.m.

Reform

Leon Benoit Lakeland, AB

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of my constituents and others I am happy to present a petition which expresses concern over the court decision in British Columbia which has made the possession of child pornography legal and concern that it is spreading across Canada. The petitioners are calling for the notwithstanding clause of the charter to be invoked. As the notwithstanding clause exists, it should be used to strike down this decision until the issue can be dealt with by the Parliament of Canada.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Sarkis Assadourian Brampton Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 it is my pleasure to present to the House a petition duly certified by the clerk of petitions and signed by over 2,250 Canadians from many provinces.

Whereas Canadians from many diverse backgrounds have been affected by crimes against humanity throughout the 20th century, the petitioners pray that parliament will support the Recognition of Crimes Against Humanity Act, Bill C-224.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

NDP

Lorne Nystrom Qu'Appelle, SK

Mr. Speaker, I am sure I will surprise you. I have a petition to abolish the Senate, signed by a number of residents of the city of Saskatoon.

The petitioners are saying that the Senate is unelected, undemocratic and unaccountable, that it costs the country about $50 million per year and that it undermines the elected role of members of parliament of the House of Commons. Therefore they call upon parliament to undertake measures aimed at the abolition of the Senate.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Janko Peric Cambridge, ON

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I have the privilege to present to the House a petition with some 130 signatures of concerned citizens of my riding of Cambridge.

The petitioners are appalled at the existence of child pornography and are astounded by the legal determination that possession of such pornography is not criminal.

For this reason they call upon the Parliament of Canada to take measures to ensure that possession of child pornography remains a criminal offence and that police forces be directed to enforce this law for the protection of children.

I am fully supportive and on the side of the petitioners in my riding of Cambridge.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member knows that it is out of order to indicate support or opposition to a petition being presented in the House. I know that the hon. member for Cambridge would want to set a good example for all hon. members in that regard.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Reform

Gary Lunn Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Mr. Speaker, I present a petition on behalf of 226 constituents of Saanich—Gulf Islands, which brings the total number of signatures to over 15,000 so far.

The petitioners request that parliament support private member's Bill C-237, known as Bill C-304, proposed by the member for Yorkton—Melville concerning the strengthening of property rights.

The protection of property rights is in the Canadian bill of rights. It specifically guarantees that every person has the right to the enjoyment of their property; the right not to be deprived of their property unless they are given a fair hearing, paid fairly, timely and impartially fixed compensation; and the right to appeal to the courts if their property rights have been infringed upon.