House of Commons Hansard #13 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was board.

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Interparliamentary Delegations
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Liberal

Clifford Lincoln Lac-Saint-Louis, QC

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1) I have the honour of presenting to the House, in both official languages, the report of the delegation of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association to the fifth Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region held in Tromsø, Norway from August 11 to August 13, 2002.

I should mention in passing, if I may be allowed to do so, that parliamentarians were extremely pleased that the Speaker of the House agreed to attend the meeting.

Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
Routine Proceedings

October 23rd, 2002 / 3:40 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Gary Lunn Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-237, an act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce my private member's bill designed to bring some simple but long-needed reforms to our immigration system with respect to refugees.

Currently the senior immigration officers' standards call for them to review each file. However, the SIOs' findings are not binding and all claimants go through a regular process regardless of the legitimacy of their claims. This can take anywhere from two to five years. My bill simply would give the senior immigration officers the authority to determine if a refugee has made a prima facie case. If not, they would be sent home rather quickly.

Canada has been a place of safety for refugees in the past and must remain so. My bill seeks to fulfill a need for SIOs to speedily remove obvious abusers of the system while still providing for genuine refugees that need our help.

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

Patients' Bill of Rights
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson New Brunswick Southwest, NB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-238, an act to establish the rights of patients in relation to health, treatment and records.

Mr. Speaker, this bill would be commonly referred to as the patients' bill of rights, what rights patients are entitled to in Canada and the corresponding responsibilities of patients themselves in dealing with health care professionals.

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

Food and Drugs Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson New Brunswick Southwest, NB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-239, an act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (process for approval of new drugs)

Mr. Speaker, this bill would effectively improve the process of drug approval in Canada. It would speed up the process.

The model that I am looking at in this bill would correspond very closely to the one in the European Community.

There would be an absolute benefit to Canada. The sooner that drugs get on the market and become available to Canadians, the sooner that diseases will be cured and people will not be hospitalized for as long a time. There would be real benefits to Canadians if this bill were passed by the House of Commons.

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

A Day for Hearts: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson New Brunswick Southwest, NB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-240, an act establishing A Day for Hearts: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day

Mr. Speaker, congenital heart disease affects approximately 4,600 newborn babies every year in Canada. In fact in one birth out of every 100 births in Canada, the baby suffers congenital heart disease.

This bill would be a recognition and awareness of that medical phenomenon. With this bill we would set aside February 14 as congenital heart disease day in Canada.

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

Public Service Whistleblowing Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson New Brunswick Southwest, NB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-241, an act to assist in the prevention of wrongdoing in the Public Service by establishing a framework for education on ethical practices in the workplace, for dealing with allegations of wrongdoing and for protecting whistleblowers

Mr. Speaker, this is a very appropriate day to introduce this bill, given the fact that an ethics package was introduced today by the Prime Minister.

The bill would effectively establish a framework for education on ethical practices in the workplace and for dealing with allegations of wrongdoing and for protecting whistle-blowers.

We know that if there is wrongdoing in any government department, there is always a reluctance by the people who know of that wrongdoing to come forward. Obviously they have been punished from time to time by the government. There are many examples of that today in the country.

The bill would free people up from sitting back and not coming forward. We want openness and transparency in government and a sense of public servants working on behalf of Canadians.

The bill is commonly referred to as the whistle-blowers bill. I am looking forward to a debate in the House on the bill.

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

Medically Unnecessary Abortion Referendum Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Jim Pankiw Saskatoon—Humboldt, SK

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-242, an act to provide for a referendum to determine whether Canadians wish medically unnecessary abortions to be insured services under the Canada Health Act and to amend the Referendum Act

Mr. Speaker, this bill would provide for a referendum to be held on the question of whether public funds should be used for medically unnecessary abortions. If electors agreed that this should not be the case, an amendment to the Canada Health Act would be brought into force which would allow a reduction in fiscal transfers to provinces that allow such funding.

I note for the record that prior to prorogation the bill was numbered Bill C-452. I request the consent of the House that that designation remain unchanged.

Medically Unnecessary Abortion Referendum Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

The Speaker

We will get the bill read the first time, if that is satisfactory with the hon. member, and then we will put that question.

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

Medically Unnecessary Abortion Referendum Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member has asked for unanimous consent that his bill be labelled Bill C-452. Is there unanimous consent to have the bill named this way?

Medically Unnecessary Abortion Referendum Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Medically Unnecessary Abortion Referendum Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Some hon. members

No.

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Chuck Cadman Surrey North, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-243, an act to amend the Criminal Code (abduction).

Mr. Speaker, I am reintroducing this legislation to amend the Criminal Code, specifically the section concerning the offence of the abduction of young persons.

Section 281 currently provides for the offence of abduction of persons under the age of 14 by a person other than the young person's parent or guardian. I am proposing to change the offence so that it applies to the abduction of all persons under the age of 16. My intent with this change is to provide law enforcement and the courts with just another tool to combat the sexual exploitation and the abuse of young people by those involved in the sex trade.

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

Remembrance Day National Flag Act
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Roy H. Bailey Souris—Moose Mountain, SK

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-244, an act requiring the national flag of Canada to be flown at half-mast on Remembrance Day.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to reintroduce this bill. If the bill were to come before the House, I am sure there would be unanimous consent to it.

It will be November 11 in a few short days and we will meet across Canada. Up until now the only flag that flies at half-mast on a government building on that day is the one on the Peace Tower. This bill would require all government buildings from coast to coast to fly their flags at half-mast on November 11.

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

Remembrance Day National Flag Act
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Williams St. Albert, AB

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order.

My colleague asked for unanimous consent of the bill in order for it to be effective by November 11, which is just around the corner. Therefore, I ask for unanimous consent of the House to approve the bill just introduced by the member.

Remembrance Day National Flag Act
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

The Speaker

Is there unanimous consent?