House of Commons Hansard #26 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was c-17.

Topics

Order in Council Appointments
Routine Proceedings

3 p.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table, in both official languages, a number of order in council appointments made recently by the government.

Government Response to Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3 p.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Parliamentary Secretary to the 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 114 petitions.

Access to Information Act
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Rick Borotsik Brandon—Souris, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-302, an act to amend the Access to Information Act (crown corporations and Canadian Wheat Board).

Mr. Speaker, the bill is to have transparency and accountability in the Canadian Wheat Board. We would like it to be subject to the Access to Information Act.

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

Income Tax 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-303, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (travel expenses for a motor vehicle used by a forestry worker).

Mr. Speaker, this bill will make it possible for a forestry worker, under certain conditions, to deduct motor vehicle travel expenses from income, where he was required under a contract of employment to use the motor vehicle to travel to and from his ordinary place of residence and his workplace or the employer's place of business.

Forestry workers work far away from their homes, hundreds of kilometres distant in fact. I would like to see them able to deduct their expenses and thus encouraged to work. The current situation is a disincentive to work, or forces them to move away.

I believe it is important for the Minister of Finance to examine this matter and for the consent of the House to be obtained as soon as possible.

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

Ukrainian Canadian Restitution Act
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Inky Mark Dauphin—Swan River, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-331, an act to recognize the injustice that was done to persons of Ukrainian descent and other Europeans who were interned at the time of the First World War and to provide for public commemoration and for restitution which is to be devoted to education and the promotion of tolerance.

Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Brandon—Souris for seconding the bill.

I have the honour to table the bill on behalf of the one million Canadians of Ukrainian descent. The bill was previously tabled under Bill C-331. It is long overdue that the Ukrainian community in this country receive justice after seeking justice for over 20 years.

I ask for unanimous consent to have the same number remain on the bill as the previous tabling of Bill C-331.

Ukrainian Canadian Restitution Act
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Is it agreed that the bill be numbered Bill C-331?

Ukrainian Canadian Restitution Act
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

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

National Agriculture Industry Relief Coordination Act
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Rick Borotsik Brandon—Souris, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-304, an act to ensure coordination in the delivery of programs by governments in the case of agricultural losses or disasters.

Mr. Speaker, the bill is a pet of mine. With what we have seen in the agricultural community recently with respect to all of the natural disasters, it is extremely important that we strike this committee and that this committee be allowed to put forward recommendations with a natural disaster program that comes forward with agriculture where in fact we do have consistency between all provinces and all producers.

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

Income Tax Act
Routine Proceedings

November 18th, 2002 / 3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Tom Wappel Scarborough Southwest, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-305, an act to amend the Income Tax Act (health club membership fees).

Mr. Speaker, this is a very simple bill with the intent to encourage people to become physically fit and thereby ensure that by being physically fit they will be less of a burden on the health care system as it becomes more and more expensive.

I am using the Income Tax Act to attempt to encourage behaviour that allows people to become physically fit by joining health clubs and making sure they look after themselves. This would permit a deduction of the health club membership prior to the calculation of taxable income.

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

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Tom Wappel Scarborough Southwest, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have four petitions. Two of them are on the subject matter of adult stem cell research. The petitions are primarily from people in my riding, totalling about 125 people.

They call upon Parliament to focus its legislative support on adult stem cell research to find the cures and therapies necessary to treat the illnesses and diseases of suffering Canadians.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Tom Wappel Scarborough Southwest, ON

Mr. Speaker, the next petition is primarily from people in my riding calling upon Parliament to request that the Government of Canada undertake a review of the foreign aid it provides to the Bangladesh government in view of that government's record of re-current violations of human rights with respect to the persecution of Hindus and other minorities; and that the Government of Canada consult with the government of India to ensure that refugees belonging to Hinduism and other religious minorities in Bangladesh are given all possible assistance in India on humanitarian grounds as outlined in the Geneva convention and in conformity with the practice of the Indian government in the past.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Tom Wappel Scarborough Southwest, ON

Mr. Speaker, the final petition, which is primarily from people in Ontario, calls upon Parliament to protect our children by taking all necessary steps to ensure that all materials which promote or glorify pedophilia or sado-masochistic activities involving children are outlawed.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Duncan Vancouver Island North, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition containing 142 signatures of people from Calgary, the Gulf Islands, Victoria and the lower mainland.

The petitioners are saying that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans no longer provides sufficient resources for the Coast Guard to effectively perform rescue operations; that the lack of resources has led to several people, who potentially could have been saved but who drowned on the west coast this year; that the Coast Guard is in desperate need of a new hovercraft; and that it appears that the current government does not have as a priority a search and rescue service that has the ability to save lives.

Therefore, the petitioners want to make the Coast Guard an independent body, whose priority would be to save lives, separate from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and with all the necessary resources for staffing and equipment.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour of tabling two petitions today.

The first petition is on the subject of child pornography and has been signed by residents of my constituency of Burnaby--Douglas, in particular, Mrs. Sien Wan-Lim and Armanda Calaciura of Burnaby.

The petitioners draw to the attention of the House their concern that the creation and use of child pornography is condemned by the clear majority of Canadians. They point out that the courts have not applied, in their view, the current child pornography law in a way which makes it clear that such exploitation of children will always be met with swift punishment.

Therefore, the petitioners call upon Parliament to protect our children by taking all necessary steps to ensure that all materials which promote or glorify pedophilia or sado-masochistic activities involving children are outlawed.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have a second petition, which again is signed by residents of Burnaby, and in particular I want to note the name of Rosina Mamullo of Burnaby. The subject is stem cell research.

The petitioners point out that hundreds of thousands of Canadians suffer from debilitating illnesses and diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, diabetes, cancer, muscular dystrophy and spinal cord injury. They note that Canadians support ethical stem cell research, which has shown encouraging potential to provide cures and therapies for these illnesses and diseases. The petitioners note that non-embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells, have shown significant research progress without immune rejection or the ethical problems associated with embryonic stem cells.

The petitioners therefore call upon Parliament to focus its legislative support on adult stem cell research to find the cures and therapies necessary to treat the illnesses and diseases of suffering Canadians.