House of Commons Hansard #129 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was firefighters.

Topics

Hazardous Products Act
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

John McKay Scarborough East, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-506, an act to amend the Hazardous Products Act (fire-safe cigarettes).

Mr. Speaker, this bill, if accepted, will be an opportunity to reduce the hazardous effects of cigarettes and introduce fire-safe cigarettes.

This issue was brought to my attention by Mr. Doug Lennox, a lawyer representing a Brampton family who tragically lost a three year old child and two teenagers in a fire that was attributable to careless smoking.

Like many Canadians, I had no idea that the tobacco industry for years has known how to make fire-safe cigarettes. This is what the bill is designed to do: it will bring to Canadians' attention the fact that fire-safe cigarettes can be manufactured. Literally thousands of Canadians lose their lives and there is literally millions of dollars worth of property damage to Canadian property on an annual basis as a result of careless smoking. Much of this can be reduced if not eliminated by having fire-safe cigarettes. That is the thrust of my bill.

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

Defence Production Act
Routine Proceedings

October 16th, 2000 / 3:05 p.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette for the Minister of Public Works and Government Services

moved that Bill S-25, an act to amend the Defence Production Act, be read the first time.

(Motion agreed to and bill read the first time)

An Act To Incorporate The Western Canada Telephone Company
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette for the Minister of Industry

moved that Bill S-26, an act to repeal an act to incorporate the Western Canada Telephone Company, be read the first time.

(Motion agreed to and bill read the first time)

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present three petitions on the same topic. I will present them all together. The petitions deal with bioartificial kidney research.

The kidney was the first human organ to be replicated by a machine. Dialysis is the result of that replication. Research is now in progress to develop a bioartificial kidney which will one day be placed inside the human body. The researchers hope that just as the kidney was the first organ to be approximated by machine, the bioartificial kidney will be the first case of a fully functioning artificial replacement.

I am glad to present these three petitions on behalf of the citizens of Peterborough who call upon parliament to work in support of the bioartifical kidney, which will one day eventually eliminate the need for both dialysis and transplantation for those suffering from kidney disease.

I thank Ken Sharp of Peterborough for his work on these petitions.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a petition which calls on the Parliament of Canada and the House of Commons to save the Canadian public health care system.

The petition is signed by hundreds of residents of my own constituency of Burnaby—Douglas and by other residents of British Columbia. It notes that the federal Liberals ignored the top priority of Canadians in the 2000 budget by giving only 2 cents for health care for every dollar spent on tax cuts.

It decries the small amount that the government has spent on health care, which has led to a shortage of nurses, hospital beds and emergency room spaces. It points out the concern about two tier American style health care and privatization being introduced by way of Alberta's bill 11. Finally, it notes that Canadians want immediate action to save public health care in Canada and to stop two tier American style health care cuts from coming to Canada.

I am tabling this on behalf of these petitioners who also call for a national home care program and a national program for prescription drugs.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

John Harvard Charleswood—Assiniboine, MB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour and pleasure to present a petition signed by hundreds of Manitobans who seek abolition of the $975 right of landing fee for family class sponsorships.

These petitioners point out that immigrants contribute greatly to Canada's economy, that the right of landing fee is a burden to many families and that the fee is no longer applied against refugees.

Therefore, these petitioners call upon parliament to eliminate the landing fee for family class sponsorships.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Bloc

Hélène Alarie Louis-Hébert, QC

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table four petitions today.

The first concerns the price of gas.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Bloc

Hélène Alarie Louis-Hébert, QC

Mr. Speaker, I also wish to table three other petitions containing 2,800 signatures. The petitioners call upon the government to make labelling of transgenic foods mandatory.

GMOs continue to be a hot topic and people are increasingly interested in knowing what they have on their plate.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Nelson Riis Kamloops, BC

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to stand and present some petitions pursuant to Standing Order 36.

The first petition is from people from the Kamloops and North Thompson Valleys. They point out their concerns with the existing health care system and are calling on parliament to do whatever is possible to stop for profit hospitals and restore proper federal funding for health care. They are particularly concerned about the necessary funding for home care and a national program for prescription drugs.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Nelson Riis Kamloops, BC

Mr. Speaker, on another topic, petitioners are concerned about the high price of fuels and are calling upon the Government of Canada to institute immediately a national highway priority whereby moneys from gas excise tax would go into the development and improvement of Canada's highway system.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Nelson Riis Kamloops, BC

Mr. Speaker, the next petition from Kamloops is very lengthy. The petitioners are concerned about the unacceptable level of child poverty in Canada. They are urging parliament to fulfil the promise of the 1989 House of Commons resolution to end child poverty by the year 2000.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Gar Knutson Elgin—Middlesex—London, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition to present on behalf of rural route mail couriers asking for the repeal of subsection 13(5). Such a repeal would allow the rural route mail couriers to unionize.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Peter Mancini Sydney—Victoria, NS

Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to rise, like my colleagues from Burnaby—Douglas and Kamloops, only from the other side of the country, from the citizens of Sydney—Victoria, and present to the House six petitions all dealing with the issue of health care and calling upon parliament to stop for profit hospitals and restore federal funding for health care.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

NDP

John Solomon Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre, SK

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I am pleased to present a petition on behalf of many Canadians who are very concerned about the broken Liberal promises. The Liberals in the last couple of elections promised national programs for home care and prescription drugs. They promised to adequately fund health care.

The petitioners are very unhappy with the Liberals for having choked health care to the point where they are asking parliament to stop now the fourth plank of the Liberal platform to privatize hospitals and to set up a two tier health care system.

They are asking for a restoration of federal funding. They are asking the federal government to immediately implement a national home care program and a national program for prescription drugs.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

NDP

John Solomon Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre, SK

Mr. Speaker, my second and final petition is related to crime.

The criminal code has not been amended by the Liberal government to defend our defenceless citizens from crime. They are asking the House of Commons to amend the criminal code to prevent persons convicted of serious crimes from being released from custody pending the hearing of their appeal, except in exceptional circumstances. This is in response to the fact that they believe it is too easy for convicted people to get out of their five year sentences and so on.