House of Commons Hansard #136 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was federal.

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Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Szabo Mississauga South, ON

Madam Speaker, I have two petitions. The first has to do with the hate law. The petitioners want to draw to the attention of the House that we are all appalled by hate motivated attacks and believe promoting hatred toward a person or group is wrong. The petitioners pray upon Parliament to take all necessary measures to protect the rights of Canadians to freely share their religious and moral beliefs without fear of prosecution.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Szabo Mississauga South, ON

Madam Speaker, the second petition has to do with stem cell research. The petitioners draw to the attention of the House the fact that Canadians support ethical stem cell research, which has widely shown encouraging potential to provide cures and therapies for Canadians. The petitioners therefore call upon Parliament to focus its legislative support on non-embryonic stem cell research to find the cures and therapies necessary to treat the illnesses and diseases of Canadians.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Lunney Nanaimo—Alberni, BC

Madam Speaker, I have three petitions. The first is on the subject of marriage. There are approximately 150 signatures from Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum and Lantzville, all in my riding. The petitioners are calling upon the House to recognize that marriage is the traditional foundation for families and for the raising of children. They are disturbed by recent decisions taken in the House and they call upon Parliament to honour the commitment of June 1999 calling for marriage to continue to be recognized as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Lunney Nanaimo—Alberni, BC

Madam Speaker, the second petition is on the subject of genetically modified foods. Again, this petition originates in my own riding in the communities of Parksville, Qualicum, Port Alberni, Nanoose, Bowser and even in Victoria.

The petitioners are calling on Parliament to recognize that seeds and living organisms are part of our collective biological heritage. They object to commercialization and patenting of life forms. They predict devastating consequences for farmers and have concerns about production costs increasing and seed varieties and production techniques being limited. They are concerned about a very real threat to the rural way of life.

The petitioners are calling on Parliament not to promote policies that heighten poverty or threaten the environment and increase hunger throughout the world.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Lunney Nanaimo—Alberni, BC

The final one, Madam Speaker, is on Bill C-420, natural health products. There are approximately 350 signatures here. They come from my own riding, from the communities of Nanaimo and Parksville, and also from Alberta, Ontario and other communities across the country.

The petitioners are calling upon Parliament to recognize that Canadians deserve freedom of choice in natural health products. They object to the restrictions that Health Canada is currently placing on natural health products by arbitrarily classing them as drugs as soon as a health claim is made.

The petitioners are calling upon Parliament to recognize the weight of modern scientific evidence which confirms the mitigation and prevention of disease, many diseases and disorders, through the judicious use of natural health products and therefore ask that Parliament support Bill C-420 and implement changes that will enhance the availability of natural health products for all Canadians.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Reed Elley Nanaimo—Cowichan, BC

Madam Speaker, I have three petitions from both my riding of Nanaimo--Cowichan and Ontario. The petitioners are calling on the government that in matters of important social policy, such as the definition of marriage, that this not be settled by an unelected judiciary but indeed by Parliament and are asking that Parliament reaffirm the traditional definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Madam Speaker, I am pleased to present four petitions representing approximately 1,500 signatures from constituents and others calling upon Parliament to take all necessary steps within the jurisdiction of the Parliament of Canada to preserve the definition of marriage in Canada as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Chuck Strahl Fraser Valley, BC

Madam Speaker, I have several petitions here today. These petitions are all duly signed off by the Clerk.

One of them has to do with concerns that we maintain the sanctity of life, and the petitioners are urging Parliament to prohibit assisted suicide or euthanasia.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Chuck Strahl Fraser Valley, BC

Madam Speaker, I have two more petitions on the definition of marriage. The petitioners, with a slight variation in the type of petition, ask Parliament to recognize the institution of marriage in federal law as being the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Chuck Strahl Fraser Valley, BC

The last two petitions, Madam Speaker, have to do with the changes to sections 318 and 319 of the Criminal Code. The petitioners are concerned about their freedom to express and to share their religious beliefs without fear of prosecution and they ask Parliament not to change or add individuals or groups to sections 318 and 319 of the code.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

October 8th, 2003 / 3:25 p.m.

Bras D'Or—Cape Breton
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Rodger Cuzner Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister

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

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

Is that agreed?

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Bras D'Or—Cape Breton
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Rodger Cuzner Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister

Madam Speaker, I ask that all Notices of Motions for the Production of Papers be allowed to stand.

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

Is that agreed?