House of Commons Hansard #37 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was farmers.

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Conscientious Objection Act
Routine Proceedings

December 10th, 1999 / 12:05 p.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Douglas, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-399, an act respecting conscientious objection to the use of taxes for military purposes.

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour of presenting this private member's bill known as the conscientious objection act. The purpose of the bill is to permit individuals, who object on conscientious grounds to paying taxes that might be used for military purposes, to direct that an amount equivalent to a prescribed percentage of the income tax they pay in a year be diverted to a special account established by this bill.

The bill would not constrain in any way the ability of the government to spend tax dollars as it sees fit.

In introducing this bill today on International Human Rights Day, I pay special tribute to Conscience Canada, in particular to Kris Manfield, to the Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, the Mennonite Central Committee and the Conference of Mennonites and also Nos Impôts pour la paix.

I urge the Minister of Finance to meet with these groups and I urge all members of parliament to support this important legislation.

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

Federal Public Service Pension Act
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Reform

Gurmant Grewal Surrey Central, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-400, an act to provide defined contribution pensions for the Public Service, the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to be managed and invested by a private sector manager, and to amend the Income Tax Act and certain other acts in consequence thereof.

Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce my private member's bill, an act to provide defined contribution pensions for the Public Service, the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to be managed and invested by a private sector manager. I thank the hon. member for Elk Island for seconding the motion.

The bill will provide a new scheme to commence on January 1, 2001. It will be funded by the employees' contributions at the same rate as before and the employee may elect to contribute more. To this, may be added any amount appropriated by parliament. The funds will be held in a pension account for each employee. The account will be managed by an approved private sector fund manager selected by a committee representing the employees.

On retirement, the employee may take a prescribed part of the account as a lump sum and the balance generates an annuity for the employee. This will place these pension funds on sound financial footings.

I present the bill for the consideration of the House.

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

Federal Public Service Pension Act
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Reform

Gurmant Grewal Surrey Central, BC

Mr. Speaker, if the House gives its consent, I move that the first report of the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations, presented to the House earlier this day, be concurred in.

Federal Public Service Pension Act
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

The Speaker

Does the hon. member have permission to put the motion?

Federal Public Service Pension Act
Routine Proceedings

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Federal Public Service Pension Act
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

No.

Federal Public Service Pension Act
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12:10 p.m.

Reform

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have three motions today. I would like to thank the member for Surrey Central for seconding them and Louise Hayes for helping me with these motions.

The first motion calls on the government to develop and work on the UN registry for conventional arms and the EU code of conduct to include both conventional and small arms to promote transparency in order to curtail both the elicit arms trafficking and the selling of weapons to known human rights abusers, and that the five members of the permanent Security Council be the first to sign.

The second motion calls on the government to—

Federal Public Service Pension Act
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

The Speaker

Excuse me, please, but because we did not have a notice of the motions, they would not be receivable today. I am sure at the next sitting of the House when we go through Routine Proceedings the motions would be acceptable at that time.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour today to present petitions signed by hundreds of residents of my constituency of Burnaby—Douglas who express concern about the failure of leadership by the federal government on the issue of leaky condominiums.

They call upon parliament to provide a significant contribution toward homeowners affected by the residential construction crisis, to ensure that the cost of all qualified repairs are deductible from income retroactively and in the future, to repeal and refund all GST on qualified repairs, and finally, to permit RRSP funds to be used to undertake qualified repairs without penalty and to permit previously withdrawn RRSP funds used to pay repairs special assessments to be income tax rebated.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Reform

Chuck Cadman Surrey North, BC

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I wish to present the second instalment of a petition from Mrs. Nancy Caldwell of Middleton, Nova Scotia. It contains a further 6,200 signatures calling on parliament to enact legislation providing for tougher penalties to be meted out against those who commit sexual assault against our children.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Reform

Peter Goldring Edmonton East, AB

Mr. Speaker, today I take great pride in presenting a petition put forth by 1,780 concerned Canadians, mostly from the province of Quebec.

The petitioners ask our government to affirm that all Canadians are equal under all circumstances and without exception in the province of Quebec and throughout Canada. They wish to remind our government to enact only legislation that affirms the equality of each and every individual under the laws of Canada.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

Bloc

Jean-Guy Chrétien Frontenac—Mégantic, QC

Mr. Speaker, I would like to table a petition, shepherded by Blaise Rivard of Black Lake, requesting the month of November be devoted to increasing awareness about the problem of incontinence. The petitioners ask the government to invest generously in research and home care for people dealing with incontinence.

I join with them in their request.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

Scarborough—Rouge River
Ontario

Liberal

Derek Lee Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

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

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

The Speaker

Is that agreed?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

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Some hon. members

Agreed.