House of Commons Hansard #59 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was card.

Topics

National Civil Defence Force Act
Routine Proceedings

10:25 a.m.

Liberal

Mac Harb Ottawa Centre, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-391, an act to establish a National Civil Defence Force.

Mr. Speaker, all we have to do is go back to the ice storm, which hit most of eastern Canada, to realize how important it is for us to establish a national mechanism to deal with crises, whether it be provincial or interprovincial.

The purpose of the bill is to establish a national institution that would coordinate efforts to deal with issues affecting crises from time to time, whether it be a flood, a natural disaster or something else.The organization would be manned and supported by volunteers from across the nation. Those volunteers would be trained and coordinated through some sort of a mechanism.

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

Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
Routine Proceedings

February 13th, 2003 / 10:25 a.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Douglas, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-392, an act to amend the Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act and the Modernization of Benefits and Obligations Act.

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour of tabling this bill once again in the House, the purpose of which is to modernize the definition of marriage to include same sex spouses, in other words, to allow those gay and lesbian people who choose to marry their partner, to have the option of doing so.

The purpose of the bill is to reflect recent decisions of both the Ontario and Quebec courts that have extended marriage to include same sex couples. They have recognized that, under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, freedom from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation includes the right of gay and lesbian people to marry.

I want to point out very briefly that this will not in any way weaken the institution of marriage, but rather it will strengthen marriage by making it more inclusive and more reflective of the diversity of Canadian families.

I want to thank the member for Vancouver East for seconding this important bill today on the eve of Valentine's Day, a bill which will ensure that all couples, gay, lesbian and straight, have the opportunity to celebrate their committed, loving relationships through marriage.

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

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

10:30 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-393, an act to amend the Criminal Code (breaking and entering).

Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to introduce the bill. This is the third time I have introduced it.

The purpose of the bill is to provide for the imposition of a minimum mandatory period of imprisonment of two years upon a second and subsequent conviction for the offence of break and enter where the offence was committed in relation to a dwelling house.

A break and enter crime is much more than a property offence. It is a crime against a person. It is a psychologically damaging crime, leaving victims feeling personally violated and traumatized.

Our courts have given judgments and the average judgment has been around six to eight months. Most break and enters are repeat offenders. The minimum two year sentence will ensure that repeat offenders are taken off the streets and given the necessary rehabilitation to l break the cycle of crime. That is why it is my pleasure to introduce the bill.

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

Bank Act
Routine Proceedings

10:30 a.m.

NDP

Lorne Nystrom Regina—Qu'Appelle, SK

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-394, an act to amend the Bank Act (bank mergers).

Mr. Speaker, the purpose of the bill before the House todayis to prevent the merger of banks with each other or federally incorporated bodies to create one bank unless the Superintendent of Financial Institutions advises the Minister of Finance that the merger is necessary to prevent an insolvency or informs the minister that none of the applicants wishing to merge are about to be insolvent. In such a case, the merger would have to be approved by a resolution of the Senate and the House of Commons. Today mergers are approved by the Minister of Finance.

This is a bill to democratize the process where if it happens, it happens by a vote of the House of Commons.

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

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:30 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Roy H. Bailey Souris—Moose Mountain, SK

Mr. Speaker, once again, from across my constituency and across the province, and pursuant to Standing Order 36, I am pleased to present to Parliament another petition in which the petitioners severely condemn the government's position on pornography.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:30 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Bob Mills Red Deer, AB

Mr. Speaker, today I have four separate petitions, all from my riding of Red Deer.

The first two petitions have been signed by 128 people who do not want Bill C-250 to be passed in any form into federal law.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:30 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Bob Mills Red Deer, AB

Mr. Speaker, the third petition has been signed by 27 people who call upon Parliament to focus its legislative support on adult stem cell research to find the cures and therapies necessary to treat suffering Canadians.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:30 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Bob Mills Red Deer, AB

Mr. Speaker, the fourth petition has been signed by 209 individuals who pray that Parliament will take all necessary measures to ensure that materials which promote pedophilia involving children are outlawed.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:30 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

John M. Cummins Delta—South Richmond, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions to present this morning.

The first petition is directed to the House from shrimp fishermen on the west coast. They are concerned about the government's plan to impose exorbitant management fees directly on active shrimp fishermen. They claim that the fees will essentially put them out of business. It will increase their costs by a factor of four.

I do understand that the minister may be addressing this issue, and appreciate it, but this is certainly encouragement for him to continue his efforts in that direction.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:30 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

John M. Cummins Delta—South Richmond, BC

Mr. Speaker, the second petition I have concerns child pornography.

The petitioners note that Parliament is not expressing the wishes of people on this matter. They call upon Parliament to protect our children and to put laws in place that will do just that.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:30 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

John M. Cummins Delta—South Richmond, BC

Mr. Speaker, the third petition concerns the coast guard.

The petitioners note that the coast guard no longer has sufficient resources to do the job that we expect of it. It is short of hovercraft on the west coast. Certainly the non-financing of the newly reinstated dive team is a concern as well.

The petitioners call upon the House to direct the minister to put in place more funding for the coast guard.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:35 a.m.

Bloc

Suzanne Tremblay Rimouski-Neigette-Et-La Mitis, QC

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the member for Laval Centre, who is the Bloc Quebecois critic on disability issues, I am pleased to table a petition signed by almost 6,000 people, who ask that Parliament object to any plans to restrict access to the disability tax credit and to ensure that the government hold off on passing any measures in the House without prior discussions and consultations with disability organizations and health care professionals.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:35 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Grant McNally Dewdney—Alouette, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure to present two petitions on behalf of my constituents, the first one being signed by 66 individuals who are against the slaughter of horses and the sale of horse meat for human consumption.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:35 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Grant McNally Dewdney—Alouette, BC

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is signed by several thousand people from my riding who are opposed to child pornography and who would like Parliament to protect our children by taking all necessary steps to ensure that all materials which promote or glorify pedophilia and sado-masochistic activities involving children are outlawed.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:35 a.m.

Liberal

Gurbax Malhi Bramalea—Gore—Malton—Springdale, ON

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I have the honour to present a petition signed by many constituents from the greater Toronto area.

The petitioners are concerned that rural route mail couriers often earn less than minimum wage and have no collective bargaining guides under section 13(5) of the Canada Post Corporation Act. They are calling upon Parliament to repeal this section of the act and ensure that these basic rights are available to all rural route mail couriers.