House of Commons Hansard #33 of the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

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National Security
Routine Proceedings

4:50 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Bélair)

The hon. chief government whip on a point of order.

National Security
Routine Proceedings

4:50 p.m.

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Ottawa—Vanier, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I would seek the consent of the House to revert back to tabling of documents in order to table on behalf of the government the documents we have been talking about for the last few minutes?

National Security
Routine Proceedings

4:55 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Bélair)

Does the hon. member have unanimous consent to revert to tabling of documents?

National Security
Routine Proceedings

4:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

National Security
Routine Proceedings

4:55 p.m.

Ottawa—Vanier
Ontario

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table in the House, in both official languages, documents to help form the creation of a committee of parliamentarians to review national security.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

4:55 p.m.

Liberal

Bernard Patry Pierrefonds—Dollard, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the first report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

The committee has studied the issue of Canada's relations with the Muslim world. This report is the result of a year of work by the committee members, including meetings in 15 countries in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

I would like to thank Canada's embassies in the countries we visited for their assistance, and my fellow members of the committee and the committee staff for their excellent work.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

4:55 p.m.

Liberal

Roy Cullen Etobicoke North, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have honour to present, in both official languages, the fourth report of the Standing Committee on Finance entitled “Duty Remission and the Zero-Rating of Tariffs on Textile Inputs: The Canadian Apparel Industry”.

In addition, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response to the report.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

4:55 p.m.

Liberal

Rick Laliberte Churchill River, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the second report of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources on the main estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2005.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

4:55 p.m.

Liberal

Judi Longfield Whitby—Ajax, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 15th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the associate membership of some standing committees.

If the House gives its consent, I intend to move concurrence in the 15th report later this day.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

4:55 p.m.

Liberal

Tom Wappel Scarborough Southwest, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the first report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans entitled “Safe, Secure, Sovereign: Reinventing the Canadian Coast Guard” . This report is a unanimous report of our committee.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response within 150 days of the tabling of the report.

Housing Bill of Rights
Routine Proceedings

4:55 p.m.

NDP

Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-509, an act to provide for secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians.

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague, the member for Winnipeg Centre, because I know he has been a very strong advocate for housing rights in the country and in his riding.

I am very proud to present the bill today because it is a bill about respecting the dignity and worth of all people in Canada by protecting their human rights; for the provision of secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing and security in its enjoyment.

The bill would ensure that housing reflects the needs of local communities, including aboriginal communities; that people are not paying more than 30% of their income for rent; that there is appropriate housing for different needs and provides reasonable design options, including access for the elderly and the disabled; and that there is adequate housing for people who are homeless, as specified in a section of the bill.

I thank all the groups that assisted in my bringing the bill to light in the House. It has strong support across the country.

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

Public Service Employment Act
Routine Proceedings

5 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Bill Casey Cumberland—Colchester, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-510, an act to amend the Public Service Employment Act and the Public Service Employment Act, enacted by section 12 of chapter 22 of the Statutes of Canada, 2003 (area of selection).

Mr. Speaker, the bill would stop the government from using geographic criteria to determine a person's eligibility to have a job in the national capital region.

It affects almost all of us, including you, Mr. Speaker. Just today I took seven jobs off the Internet. These are seven jobs, with a wide variety of qualifications, for seven different departments. Only those people who live in the national capital region can apply for them. The people in Timmins—James Bay cannot apply. The people in Red Deer and the people in Cumberland—Colchester cannot apply. Even you, Mr. Speaker, cannot apply.

It is an offensive practice and I want to stop this discrimination by postal code and I want to stop it now with the bill.

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

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

5 p.m.

Liberal

Judi Longfield Whitby—Ajax, ON

Mr. Speaker, if the House gives its consent, I move that the 15th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs presented to the House earlier this day be concurred in.

(Motion agreed to)

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

March 31st, 2004 / 5 p.m.

Liberal

Carole-Marie Allard Laval East, QC

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I have the honour to present to the House a petition asking the government for regulations banning children's programs that show violence as a normal means of conflict resolution and prohibiting the broadcasting of extremely violent films until after 10 p.m.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

5 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Elsie Wayne Saint John, NB

Mr. Speaker, I have five petitions to present today with regard to the definition of marriage as being the lasting union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others and that it cannot and should not be modified by a legislative act or a court of law.

The first petition is signed by 116 residents of Saskatchewan.

The second petition is signed by 326 residents of Calgary, Alberta, and it is also in favour of marriage as being between one man and one woman.

The third petition, which contains 313 signatures of residents of Saskatchewan, once again is asking that we do not change the definition of marriage.

The fourth petition is signed by 228 residents of Pictou, Nova Scotia, who state that marriage is the lasting union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others and cannot and should not be modified by a legislative act or a court of law.

The fifth petition has 314 signatures of residents of Ontario, who are also asking that marriage be the union between one man and one woman.