House of Commons Hansard #5 of the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was food.

Topics

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

Noon

Bloc

Monique Guay Laurentides, QC

Mr. Speaker, the softwood lumber crisis has affected more than 10,000 jobs in Quebec alone, and clearly the measures adopted so far are not helping either the industry or the workers to get through the crisis.

Will the federal government decide at last to announce phase two of its plan to assist the softwood lumber industry, making improvements to the employment insurance program and providing loan guarantees to companies?

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

Noon

Eglinton—Lawrence
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Volpe Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is raising an issue that has been with us a long time. We have been seeking solutions to that problem for a long time. The hon. member is well aware that the Prime Minister has already indicated his desire to strike a task force to find solutions to the problems of all these seasonal workers.

Research and Development
Oral Question Period

Noon

Canadian Alliance

Cheryl Gallant Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, ON

Mr. Speaker, the decision to distribute funding for science research and development through foundations has been identified by the Auditor General as an abuse of parliamentary authority. The new Prime Minister was the architect of this scheme to keep the end use of the research dollars out of the public eye.

Why will the Prime Minister not commit to removing the cloak of secrecy from these foundations so that Canadians know what the money is really being used for?

Research and Development
Oral Question Period

Noon

Westmount—Ville-Marie
Québec

Liberal

Lucienne Robillard Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

Mr. Speaker, I do not understand what the member is talking about. The CFI representative came to a parliamentary committee and answered questions. Is this secrecy, to come to a parliamentary committee and answer all the questions?

I think the member should ask, in her own riding or in a different riding, how CFI has helped researchers in this country, and not only the researchers of our country, but Canadians who were abroad and returned to do their research in Canada. We are all proud of them.

Interparliamentary Delegations
Oral Question Period

February 6th, 2004 / noon

The Speaker

I have the honour to lay upon the table the report of the Canadian parliamentary delegation to Sri Lanka, from October 12 to October 17, 2003.

Question No. 37
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Brossard—La Prairie
Québec

Liberal

Jacques Saada Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister responsible for Democratic Reform

Mr. Speaker, in response to your request earlier this week, I have the pleasure of tabling in the House the documents related to Question No. 37 that were sent to the hon. member for Edmonton Southwest, the Speaker, and the House leaders on January 28 of this year.

At the same time, I am tabling a modified version of two of the attachments. The change has been made to correct the amount of the contribution to Canarctic Shipping Company Ltd. Instead of the amount originally indicated, the tables now show the correct contribution of $1,187,360, some $20,000 higher.

In closing, I would like to add that the correction was made to the website on which all the documents I am tabling today can be found as soon as the error was discovered, which was January 30, in other words three days before the question was even asked in the House.

Report on Canadian Multiculturalism
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Etobicoke—Lakeshore
Ontario

Liberal

Jean Augustine Minister of State (Multiculturalism and Status of Women)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2) I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the annual report of the operations of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, 2002-3.

Food and Drugs Act
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-473, an act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (trans fatty acids).

Mr. Speaker, I thank the House for this opportunity to introduce and give first reading to this private member's bill to amend the Food and Drugs Act so that for all intents and purposes trans fatty acids would be banned.

I should point out that this bill is not an outright ban. It would lower the allowable limit of trans fatty acids to no more than 2% of all the fats found in any product. Therefore, any food product sold in Canada in restaurant food or store bought processed food would virtually have no trans fatty acids for the general health and well-being of Canadians.

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

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis Winnipeg North Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table three different petitions. The first pertains to a matter that I have been working on for some time and it has received the support of many Canadians across the country. The petition calls on the government to ensure that we have labelling on all alcohol beverage containers warning that drinking when pregnant can cause serious problems to the fetus.

The petitioners urge the government to act on the motion passed almost unanimously by the House.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis Winnipeg North Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, I have a second petition signed by many constituents concerned about the issue of child pornography. They call upon Parliament to protect our children by taking all necessary steps to ensure materials that promote or glorify pedophilia or sado-masochistic activities involving children are outlawed.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis Winnipeg North Centre, MB

Finally, Mr. Speaker, another important issue that has been dealt with in the House over and over again is the question of health care in Canada. Many Canadians have written to us and I have petitions here today on the subject calling on Parliament to move on the Romanow Commission which made recommendations to ensure the future of medicare in Canada.

The petitioners call upon the government to do so, as well as to ensure that investor-owned for profit systems of delivery in Canada are eliminated and that we absolutely entrench the idea of not-for-profit public administered health care for the sake of the future of medicare and as a defining aspect of Canadian citizenship.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, I too have a petition to table in the House today signed by literally thousands of Canadians who feel very strongly that the government should take steps immediately to eliminate trans fats from Canada's food supply.

They point out that these trans fatty acids are deadly manufactured fats that cause heart disease, diabetes and obesity, all of which are on the rise in Canada. They point out further that the recommended daily intake of trans fats is zero, that most Canadians eat 10 to 30 grams per day and that many baby foods contain trans fats.

They call upon Parliament to take immediate concrete steps to eliminate trans fats from our diet at the earliest possible time.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Deborah Grey Edmonton North, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have another intervention. We have an enormous number of signatures here. Actually there are 4,442 signatures from people all across Canada. I have presented approximately 20,000 of these petitions and signatures already.

The petition is from Canadian citizens who use alternative medicines, such as vitamins and supplements, for preventive health care and, according to what we are looking at today, which is most important, these are out of pocket expenses. These Canadians should obtain tax relief on personal income tax returns by means of using receipts from licensed health food stores and not only “as recorded by a pharmacist”, as is quoted in section 118.2(2)(n) of the Income Tax Act.

These petitioners are calling on Parliament by the thousands that the government take necessary steps to change section 118.2(2)(n) of the Income Tax Act to allow receipts for vitamins and supplements to be used as a medical expense on personal income tax returns and be GST exempt. I thank the people who have sent these in and to Stella Melnychuk who has done a great job getting these to me.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Leeds—Grenville
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Jordan Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board

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

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

The Speaker

Is that agreed?