House of Commons Hansard #173 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was legislation.

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Privilege
Oral Question Period

5:05 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

The question is on the amendment. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the amendment?

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5:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

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5:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

No.

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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

All those in favour of the amendment will please say yea.

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5:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Yea.

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5:05 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

All those opposed will please say nay.

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Some hon. members

Nay.

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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

In my opinion the nays have it.

And more than five members having risen:

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5:05 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

Call in the members.

And the bells having rung:

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5:10 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Madam Speaker, I believe you would find unanimous consent to defer the taking of the recorded division.

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5:10 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

Is it agreed?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Youth Criminal Justice Act
Routine Proceedings

5:10 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Gary Lunn Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-444, an act to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Madam Speaker, I am pleased to introduce a private member's bill to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Property crime is one of the most invasive acts in our society. My bill would seek to balance the need to punish youth who commit these crimes with the understanding that many young offenders never reoffend if they get the help they need.

If passed my bill would do the following: first, impose mandatory curfews for all young offenders convicted of a break and enter or a home invasion, until the age of 18, for one year to a maximum of three years; second, impose mandatory jail terms for repeat offenders of these crimes with a minimum sentence of 30 years; and third, when a young offender breaches a probation, the parent or guardian would be responsible. That parent or guardian must report it to the authorities. If the parent or guardian were to fail to report a breach to the authorities, then they would be subject to a criminal offence.

My bill recognizes that without enforcement mechanisms many probation breaches go unreported. Without reporting, youth do not get the guidance they need. This bill would seek a fair balance between punishment and rehabilitation. I encourage all members to support it and to contact me with any questions or concerns.

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

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

5:10 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-445, an act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of child before birth)

Madam Speaker, fetal alcohol syndrome is one of the most devastating problems in our country today. Tens of thousands of children are born with this preventable problem. In fact fetal alcohol syndrome is the leading cause of preventable brain damage in children.

The bill seeks to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome by ensuring that a woman who is pregnant and who consumes harmful substances that are injurious to her fetus but refuses all forms of treatment can be put into a treatment facility against her wishes for the protection of herself and more important, for the protection of the fetus. This is only for a woman who has chosen to carry the fetus to term and clearly has nothing to do with the issue of abortion.

This law has its roots in the ability of physicians to put people who are injurious to themselves or others and cannot take care of themselves in a treatment facility against their wishes if necessary. The bill would give caregivers and medical personnel, specifically physicians, the ability to do that for the protection of the woman and to ensure that no more children are born with the devastating problem of fetal alcohol syndrome.

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

Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act
Routine Proceedings

April 22nd, 2002 / 5:15 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-446, an act to amend the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act.

Madam Speaker, Canada is known as a major trafficking conduit for endangered species from all over the world. In fact Canadians would be shocked to know that this situation exists. By allowing it to exist we become part of the problem in the decimation of endangered species from all over the world, such as Siberian tigers, Bengal tigers, Javan rhinos and a wide array of species.

The bill deals with the control of the international trade in wildlife. It calls for import and export permits to ensure that there are permits from the country authorizing the trade in these animals. It adds protection for wildlife in transit and ensures that proper care is available for them. It requires full records to be maintained by law, which goes to our obligations under CITES. It requires the mandatory marking of specimens to be imported and exported. It also requires that there be an organization within the Department of the Environment to ensure that our obligations under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species be fulfilled.

The bill would go a long way in ensuring that our obligations under CITES are respected. It would go a long way in ending the debacle in our country that allows us to continue to be part of the problem in the trafficking of endangered species.

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