House of Commons Hansard #197 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was justice.

Topics

Ways And Means
Routine Proceedings

10 a.m.

Edmonton Southeast
Alberta

Liberal

David Kilgour Secretary of State (Latin America and Africa)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 83(1) I wish to table the notice of ways and means motion to amend the Excise Tax Act, and I ask that an order of the day be designated for consideration of the motion.

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10 a.m.

Peterborough
Ontario

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 12 petitions.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

Reform

John Williams St. Albert, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 24th report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on chapter 27 of the December 1998 report by the Auditor General of Canada, on subsidies and contributions and certain programs of Industry Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109 of the House of Commons, the committee requests the government to table a comprehensive response to this report.

National Parks Act
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Liberal

Andy Mitchell for the Minister of Canadian Heritage

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-70, an act respecting national parks.

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table today on behalf of the Minister of Canadian Heritage a bill entitled an act respecting national parks. It will strengthen the protection of nationally significant heritage resources, facilitate the completion of the national parks system and control commercial development in park communities.

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

Budget Implementation Act, 1999
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

Edmonton Southeast
Alberta

Liberal

David Kilgour for the Minister of Finance

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-71, an act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in parliament on February 16, 1999.

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

Income Tax Act
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

Edmonton Southeast
Alberta

Liberal

David Kilgour for the Minister of Finance

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-72, an act to amend the Income Tax Act, to implement measures that are consequential on changes to the Canada-U.S. Tax Convention (1980) and to amend the Income Tax Conventions Interpretation Act, the Old Age Security Act, the War Veterans Allowance Act and certain acts related to the Income Tax Act.

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

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a petition from people in Peterborough who are concerned about the people of Iraq.

Whereas ongoing UN sanctions against Iraq regarded as the most stringent ever imposed by the United Nations have devastated the Iraq economy and resulted in the deaths of over one million civilians, many of them children, and whereas article 2 of the United Nations charter states that “all member states shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace, security, and justice, are not endangered”, the petitioners call upon the Parliament of Canada to strongly appeal to the United Nations, to the United States and to Britain for a rejection of any further military action against Iraq.

They call for a serious attempt at peace negotiation with Iraq and its neighbours. Further, in order to build a stable and sustainable society in Iraq, excluding an embargo on military materials, they request that all other sanctions be lifted.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Liberal

Paul Szabo Mississauga South, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present under Standing Order 36 a petition signed by a number of Canadians including some from my own riding of Mississauga South on the subject of human rights. The petitioners would like to draw to the attention of the House that human rights abuses continue around the world in countries such as Indonesia.

The petitioners also point out that Canada continues to enjoy the recognition internationally as being the champion of internationally recognized human rights. They therefore call upon parliament and indeed the Government of Canada to continue to condemn those who perpetrate human rights abuses and to seek to bring to justice those responsible for such abuses.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

NDP

Nelson Riis Kamloops, BC

Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to present a petition pursuant to Standing Order 36 on behalf of a number of constituents from the great city of Kamloops.

They point out a number of concerns they have with the fact that the Government of Canada signs international trade agreements which lock the hands of future governments in terms of making decisions on behalf of a variety of issues.

I will not elaborate but the petition goes on at some length in terms of what these concerns are. Essentially they are asking parliament to look into the matter.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Peterborough
Ontario

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, we will respond today to Questions Nos. 170 and 172. .[Text]

Question No. 170—

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Liberal

Guy St-Julien Abitibi, QC

Concerning children who have contracted the hepatitis C virus from blood transfusions at birth, what provisions does the federal government intend to make in order to: ( a ) ensure a decent future for these children; ( b ) ensure that required medical services can be obtained in a province other than the child's province of residence; and ( c ) reimburse travel expenditures incurred to obtain these medical services since the blood transfusion?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Canada's health system provides high quality health care services in every jurisdiction to adults and children alike. Children who were infected with hepatitis C through the blood system will continue to have access to these services no matter where they live in Canada.

On September 18, 1998, the federal Minister of Health proposed to provinces and territories, a comprehensive set of hepatitis C initiatives. Recognizing that the provision of health care, including travel arrangements, falls within the jusrisdiction of provinces and territories, this proposal included an offer of up to $300 million in transfers over 20 years to help provinces and territories pay for needed medical care so that people who were infected with hepatitis C through the blood system are ensured access to the treatments they need.

Question No. 172—

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Reform

Howard Hilstrom Selkirk—Interlake, MB

With respect to the Canadian Lama and Alpaca Association, which has been incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act in respect of a distinct breed, entitling it to issue certificates of registration: what actions, if any, has the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food taken to ensure that the association is not issuing, and has not issued, certificates of identification, which can only be issued by an association incorporated in respect of an evolving breed?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

The Canadian Lama and Alpaca Association, CLAA, was incorporated in 1989 under the Animal Pedigree Act in respect of lama and alpaca as distinct breeds. The act establishes that a certificate of registration is the correct document to be issued for distinct breeds.

As a result of questions raised by a member of the CLAA, the animal registration officer looked into which types of certificates were being issued. The association was notified in writing on December 17, 1997 that they should be issuing certificates of registration on all future animals registered with the association.

The department was informed in a letter dated April 6, 1998 that the CLAA board of directors had agreed to change the certificates and was proceeding with redesigning them.

The animal registration officer met with the CLAA president and general manager in Calgary on June 30, 1998 to discuss this and related matters.

The animal registration officer obtained a draft version of the new certificate on December 9, 1998. The registration officer has noted that changes to the draft are required and is following up the association.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

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