House of Commons Hansard #22 of the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was pornography.

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Ways and Means
Oral Question Period

3:15 p.m.

Brome—Missisquoi
Québec

Liberal

Denis Paradis Minister of State (Financial Institutions)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 83(1) I have the honour to table a notice of ways and means motion to amend the Excise Tax Act. I ask that you designate an Order of the Day for the consideration of the said motion.

Order in Council Appointments
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Brossard—La Prairie
Québec

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table, in both official languages, a number of Order in Council appointments made recently by the government.

Pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order 110(1) these are deemed referred to the appropriate standing committees, a list of which is attached.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Steckle Huron—Bruce, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the privilege to present to the House, in both official languages, the first report of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food in accordance with its order of reference of Thursday, February 19, 2004.

The committee has considered votes 1b, 5b, 10b, 30b and 35b under agriculture and agri-food in the supplementary estimates (B) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2004, and reports the same.

Carrie's Guardian Angel Law
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-489, an act to amend the Criminal Code (dangerous child sexual predators).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to reintroduce this private member's bill, entitled Carrie's guardian angel law.

The purpose of the bill is to ensure that the fullest force of the law is brought to bear on violent sexual predators. It carries a minimum sentence of life imprisonment in cases of sexual assault on a child that also involve repeated assaults, multiple victims, repeat offences, more than one offender, an element of confinement or kidnapping for an offender who is in a position of trust with respect to the child.

Under the provisions of the bill, an offender would be ineligible for parole for 20 years and ineligible for day parole or unescorted absence for 17 years.

I urge all members to support the bill.

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

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

March 9th, 2004 / 3:20 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-490, an act to amend the Criminal Code (prohibited sexual acts).

Mr. Speaker, I pleased to reintroduce my private member's bill which seeks to raise the age of sexual consent from age 14 to age 16.

Parents across the country are usually shocked to discover that the legal age of sexual consent in Canada is only 14, which by the way is the lowest in the western world.

In this country a 14 year old is not allowed to vote, drive, consume alcohol or for that matter, smoke, yet the laws allow for that 14 year old to legally consent to sexual relations. The age of consent is too low. I believe that by raising the age of consent to 16, it will help protect our children from sexual exploitation.

I therefore appeal to the member of the House to support the legislation.

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

Injured Military Members Compensation Act
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-491, an act to amend the Injured Military Members Compensation Act.

Mr. Speaker, the bill seeks to amend the short title of the Injured Military Members Compensation Act to add a reference to Major (Retired) Bruce Henwood, who fought tirelessly for changes to the Canadian Forces insurance plan.

Thanks to Major Bruce Henwood's unrelenting efforts, regular and reserve members of the Canadian Forces, regardless of rank, are now covered for accidental dismemberment while in the line of duty.

I believe inserting his name in the short title of the act, would be a fitting tribute to Major Henwood for his work on behalf of all our soldiers.

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

Youth Criminal Justice Act
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Gary Lunn Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-492, an act to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act (home invasion offence).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce my private member's bill to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act. This bill would do a few things.

First, on the first offence of a home invasion for young offenders, subject to all the penalties, they would have to serve mandatory probation for a minimum of one year, until they are 18, and there would also be a mandatory curfew for that time. On a second offence, they would have a minimum sentence in a youth detention centre of 30 days in addition to any other punishment.

The second part of the bill deals with the custodial parents. When they sign an undertaking to supervise those probation terms and if they are aware of a breach, they must report that breach to the authorities. Failure to report that breach would result in a summary offence punishable by $2,000 or six months in jail.

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

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Bloc

Richard Marceau Charlesbourg—Jacques-Cartier, QC

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table two series of petitions that are quite thick.

These signatures of hope are part of the United Church of Canada campaign to do more for AIDS, particularly with respect to education and investing in fighting this terrible disease.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Darrel Stinson Okanagan—Shuswap, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition with signatures collected by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada addressing the issue of marriage. The petitioners state that the best foundation for families in the raising of children is the institution of marriage that is the union of a man and a woman.

They call upon Parliament to uphold the commitment made in June 1999 to ensure that marriage be recognized as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to join my colleague from the Bloc Quebecois in presenting copies of the Signatures of Hope petitions circulated by the United Church of Canada. These petitions contain 18,000 signatures from every part of Canada.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to take action to help in the fight against HIV-AIDS by cancelling bilateral debt and urging the cancellation of multilateral debt, by increasing Canada's overseas development assistance and by doubling our own domestic HIV-AIDS strategy.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

NDP

Alexa McDonough Halifax, NS

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table a petition today signed by thousands of Canadians as part of the United Church of Canada's Beads of Hope Campaign.

Specifically, the petition urges the government to address the global HIV-AIDS pandemic by cancelling the crippling debt burden on impoverished nations, increasing Canada's ODA to .7% GNP, increasing Canada's share of the global fund, enhancing access to essential medicines and doubling federal funding for Canada's domestic AIDS strategy.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Rajotte Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, it is also my pleasure and honour to join with colleagues from all parties to present petitions on behalf of the United Church of Canada and its Beads of Hope Campaign.

The petitioners call upon the Canadian government to cancel the burden of debt owed by developing nations that undermines their capacity to respond to the HIV-AIDS pandemic, to increase foreign aid and support for the UN global fight to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, to ensure that we can allow access by these nations to life preserving drugs and to double funding for the Canadian strategy on HIV-AIDS.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Steckle Huron—Bruce, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions this afternoon which I want to present on behalf of petitioners from my riding.

The first has to do with the issue of marriage. These petitioners believe that marriage is the best foundation for families in the raising of children. They also believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and because it is being challenged, this honourable House should uphold a motion passed in June of 1999 that called for marriage to continue to be recognized as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

They therefore pray that Parliament pass legislation to recognize the institution of marriage in federal law as being a union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Steckle Huron—Bruce, ON

Mr. Speaker, the second petition has to do with an issue which concerned a constituent of mine many years ago. This constituent, as we all know, is Steven Truscott. This man was charged, convicted and sentenced to hang by the neck until dead. Unusual circumstances surrounding the police investigation and the consequent conviction of Mr. Truscott remain today unanswered.

Therefore, the petitioners call upon Parliament to ask the current Minister of Justice to undertake a thorough re-examination of the case within a reasonable time period and to ensure that justice be restored to Mr. Truscott.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Gary Lunn Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions I am honoured to present today. The first petition is endorsed by 1,476 constituents of Saanich--Gulf Islands.

The petitioners request that the Canadian government ensure that the Department of Canadian Heritage and Canada Post renegotiate the library book rate with no increase, to be expanded to include all materials loaned to public libraries.

In my riding there are many gulf islands and this is the only way they can get this information. I therefore would encourage the government to take up the petitioners' request. I also would like to acknowledge all the great work that Jeanette Hughes has done for this cause.