House of Commons Hansard #113 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was amendment.

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National Defence
Oral Question Period

June 6th, 2003 / noon

Canadian Alliance

Leon Benoit Lakeland, AB

Mr. Speaker, the Liberal government ripped the heart out of the Canadian army when it disbanded the Canadian airborne regiment, a proud, well-respected, elite, rapid response unit. In today's world many missions must be spearheaded by a fast moving, hard hitting, elite unit that trains together like the airborne regiment.

Will the government agree to right a terrible wrong and reinstate the Canadian airborne regiment?

National Defence
Oral Question Period

Noon

Markham
Ontario

Liberal

John McCallum Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, while the government is determined to move forward with modernizing and transforming the Canadian Forces, the opposition seems poised to dive back into the past.

Let me remind the hon. member that we have these capacities. We have a battalion ready and on standby for NATO and the UN. We have no less than five parachute capabilities within the Canadian Forces. We committed some years ago to double the capacity of our special forces, JTF2. We are ready and looking forward.

Order in Council Appointments
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Northumberland
Ontario

Liberal

Paul MacKlin Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

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

12:05 p.m.

Northumberland
Ontario

Liberal

Paul MacKlin Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8) I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 46 petitions.

Antarctic Environmental Protection Act
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of the Environment

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-42, an act respecting the protection of the Antarctic environment.

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

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Williams St. Albert, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour of presenting to the House, in both official languages, the sixteenth report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on chapter 1 of the September 2002 report of the Auditor General of Canada, entitled “Human Resources Development Canada—The Integrity of the Social Insurance Number”.

I have the honour of tabling the seventeenth report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on a motion by the committee dated February 12, 2003 to review the 2001-02 Public Accounts of Canada, volume 2, part II, section 3, entitled “Losses of public money and property”.

I am also tabling the eighteenth report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on chapter 4 of the September 2002 report of the Auditor General, entitled “National Defence—NATO Flying Training in Canada”.

Finally, I am tabling the nineteenth report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on chapter 8 of the September 2002 report of the Auditor General, entitled “Public Works and Government Services Canada—Acquisition of Office Space”.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109 of the House of Commons, the committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response to these four reports.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Grant Hill Macleod, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have almost a barricade of petitions to present today, and to add to some 30,000 that were presented on the same issue. These petitioners ask Parliament to give them more freedom in natural health products rather than restricting their access to those products.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Carol Skelton Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, SK

Mr. Speaker, I too have petitions with 30,000 names. The petitioners call upon the government to reconsider the way it regulates and monitors natural health products and treatments.

These Canadians believe natural health products are safe and effective. They believe that decades of safe use should be the primary consideration when determining freedom of access. These Canadians are concerned that the government's new rules and regulations will unnecessarily restrict the access to medications and treatments they have safely used for many years.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Yolande Thibeault Saint-Lambert, QC

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I have the pleasure of introducing two petitions from the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine.

The first petition, which contains about 50 names, calls upon Parliament to freeze the budget of the Department of National Defence pending the public review of military spending priorities and public hearings on the role of the Canadian armed forces.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Yolande Thibeault Saint-Lambert, QC

Mr. Speaker, the second petition, again from the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine, calls upon the government to declare that Canada objects to the United States national missile defence program and that Canada should play a leadership role in banning nuclear weapons and missile flight tests.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present petitions from constituents asking Parliament to reject any request to change the traditional definitions of marriage, family and spouse.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have a second petition commenting on the efficacy of adult stem cell research. The petitioners call upon Parliament to focus its legislative support on adult stem cell research to find cures and therapies.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Mr. Speaker, my last petition calls upon Parliament to repeal section 13(5) of the Canada Post Corporation Act, allowing rural mail couriers to bargain collectively for their wages and conditions of work.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Maurice Vellacott Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from petitioners who have a great concern about the adding of sexual orientation as an explicitly protected category under sections 318 and 319 of the Criminal Code. The petitioners believe that would lead individuals to be unable to exercise their religious freedom and their freedom of speech as protected under the charter.

They call upon Parliament to protect the rights of Canadians to be able to share their deeply held beliefs without fear of persecution and prosecution, and for the full and lawful use of the Criminal Code as it presently stands.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Maurice Vellacott Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition with 800 names urging Parliament to take all legislative measures necessary to preserve the current definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman.