House of Commons Hansard #151 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was driving.

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Petitions
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Liberal

Judy Sgro York West, ON

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I would like to present several bundles of petitions on behalf of the constituents of my riding of York West and from the greater Toronto area.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to pass legislation to recognize the institution of marriage as a union between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

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Canadian Alliance

James Moore Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition signed by a number of Canadians, including from my riding of Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam. The petition recognizes date rape drugs GHB and rohypnol as weapons and should be recognized as such in the Criminal Code.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to amend the Criminal Code to treat these drugs as weapons, establish a national initiative to educate women on the dangers of date rape drugs and establish a national task force to develop new guidelines on the collection and documentation of evidence with regard to sexual assault investigations.

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Canadian Alliance

Garry Breitkreuz Yorkton—Melville, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have quite a large number of petitions to present today and I have put them into two groups.

The first group of petitions comes mainly from Alberta and British Columbia and contains hundreds of names.

The petitioners draw the attention of the House to private member's Motion No. M-83 and request that the Standing Committee on Health fully examine, study, and report to Parliament on whether or not abortions are medically necessary for the purpose of maintaining health, preventing disease, or diagnosing or treating an injury, illness, or disability in accordance with the Canada Health Act, and on the health risks for women undergoing abortions compared to women carrying their babies to full term.

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Canadian Alliance

Garry Breitkreuz Yorkton—Melville, SK

Mr. Speaker, the second group of petitions comes mainly from Saskatchewan and again contain hundreds of names.

The petitioners point out that Parliament voted in 1999 to preserve the traditional definition of marriage. Because of recent court decisions that have redefined it, they are calling upon Parliament to immediately hold a renewed debate on the definition of marriage and to reaffirm as it did in 1999 its commitment to take all necessary steps to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

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Liberal

Joe Comuzzi Thunder Bay—Superior North, ON

Mr. Speaker, I also have the honour to present a petition signed by many people from northwest Ontario, from Kenora to as far as Manitouwadge, and particularly Thunder Bay.

It states that it is necessary, in light of public debate around recent court decisions, that marriage is and should remain the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others and that Parliament take the necessary steps within its jurisdiction, which is the proper jurisdiction of the Parliament of Canada, to preserve the definition of marriage in Canada.

I heartily endorse the petition.

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The Speaker

The hon. member knows that the expression of his views in respect of a petition is contrary to the rules and practices of the House. He would not want to set a bad example for any other hon. member in that regard.

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Canadian Alliance

Rick Casson Lethbridge, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions to present, all of which deal with the same issue. One of them has 48 signatures, another has 150 signatures and the other has 443 signatures. All of them come from the good citizens of southern Alberta.

They petition Parliament to immediately hold a renewed debate on the definition of marriage and to reaffirm as it did in 1999 its commitment to take all necessary steps to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

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Canadian Alliance

Gurmant Grewal Surrey Central, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise on behalf of the constituents of Surrey Central to present 14 petitions signed by hundreds of people residing in the lower mainland of British Columbia.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to immediately hold a renewed debate on the definition of marriage and to reaffirm as it did in June 1999 its commitment to take all necessary steps to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

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Progressive Conservative

Norman E. Doyle St. John's East, NL

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition to present on behalf of 200 people in St. John's East. They call upon Parliament to use all possible legislative and administrative measures, including invoking section 33 of the charter if necessary, to preserve and protect the current definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.

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Liberal

Bob Wood Nipissing, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a number of petitions pursuant to Standing Order 36 signed by hundreds of residents of northern Ontario.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to take all necessary means to maintain and support the definition of marriage in Canada as affirmed on June 8, 1999.

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Canadian Alliance

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have several petitions to present and I have grouped them into series.

In the first series of petitions, 1,538 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.

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Canadian Alliance

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

The second series of petitions deals with the protection of children from all sexual predators. The petitioners ask that Parliament pass legislation that would incarcerate indefinitely those offenders designated as dangerous sexual child predators and child rapists who have committed more than one violent offence against a child or children, also known as a Carrie's guardian angel initiative.

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Canadian Alliance

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, the third series of petitions deals with raising the age of sexual consent from 14 to the age of 16. The petitioners call upon the government and Parliament to immediately raise the age from 14 to 16.

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Canadian Alliance

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, the fourth series of petitions deals with marriage.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to immediately hold a renewed debate on the definition of marriage and to reaffirm as it did in 1999 its commitment to take all necessary steps to preserve marriage as a union between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Three hundred and seventy-eight petitioners signed this series of petitions.