House of Commons Hansard #148 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was liberal.

Topics

Hazardous Products Act
Routine Proceedings

November 4th, 2005 / 12:05 p.m.

NDP

Alexa McDonough Halifax, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-436, An Act to amend the Hazardous Products Act (prohibited product—hooks).

Mr. Speaker, I am privileged to introduce this bill which is an act to amend the Hazardous Products Act.

The purpose of the bill is to prohibit the advertising, sale and import of elongated display hooks that can cause a threat to the safety and health of persons.

Together with the unsafe products act introduced by my colleague the member for Halifax--Needham in the Nova Scotia legislature, these measures are designed to remove dangerous display hooks from the marketplace that have caused blindness, sight impairment and brain injury to countless children and some adults. The continued use of these deadly hooks should be illegal, period. I hope all members will see fit to support this simple effective measure.

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

Employment Insurance Act
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

Gerry Ritz Battlefords—Lloydminster, SK

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-437, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and the Canada Labour Code.

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to table this bill today. It is a short piece of legislation that would open the definition of family member within the HRD code to include siblings and in-laws, something which was certainly an oversight by the government.

There has been a lot of talk about it. The government is paying some lip service. There have been motions by other members in the House. I am certain that this is the type of bill someone will grab and run with and that it will receive unanimous consent when we finally speak to it.

The Liberals originally announced $200 million to address this shortfall. They were not able to spend any more than close to $8 million, so there is certainly room to expand that definition.

We look forward to debate on the bill. The genesis of the bill is from a woman named Heather Chisholm in my riding. She is a seniors worker and understands the need for this type of legislation.

I look forward to speaking to the bill in the future.

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

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

Peter MacKay Central Nova, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-438, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (murder of parole officer or firefighter).

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague from Fort McMurray for seconding the motion. My colleague from Calgary Centre also vehemently supports this bill.

The bill, if adopted, would amend the Criminal Code. The bill is aimed at basically bringing parity to Criminal Code section 231(4) which I believe is just an oversight. Reference to a parole officer or firefighter has been left out of the listed individuals where a murder occurs and it would be considered first degree murder.

The bill itself is introduced in memory of the horrible murder of Louise Pargeter and out of respect to her parents, Mike and Judy and her partner, Anne Lynagh. The murder occurred in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories when Louise Pargeter was working as a parole officer. In a letter to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the family asked that this type of legislation be tabled.

Currently, parole officers and firefighters are not specifically mentioned. The distinction is very important. Police officers, wardens and jail guards are currently listed in the section. It would make perfect sense to include parole officers as well.

An automatic first degree murder charge would create a significant deterrent and would minimize similar offences being committed against parole officers in the future.

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

National Appreciation Day Act
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

Daryl Kramp Prince Edward—Hastings, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-439, An Act respecting a National Appreciation Day.

Mr. Speaker, I would certainly like to thank my colleague from Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre for kindly gracing me with seconding the motion. It is a national issue and a national concern.

Today I am pleased to introduce a bill entitled the national appreciation day act . This enactment designates the third day of March in each and every year as the day for the people of Canada to express appreciation for the heroic work of members of the Canadian Forces and emergency response professionals, including police officers, firefighters and paramedics.

I believe all members of all parties in the House of Commons would agree to support a very speedy passage of this bill.

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

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

Liberal

Bonnie Brown Oakville, ON

Mr. Speaker, if the House gives its consent, I move that the 16th report of the Standing Committee on Health, presented to the House earlier this day, be concurred in.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

The Speaker

Is there unanimous consent?

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

(Motion agreed to)

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

Conservative

Dave MacKenzie Oxford, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am presenting a petition from the congregation of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Tavistock, Ontario, most of whom are constituents of mine.

They call upon Parliament to ban the production, promotion and distribution of a film based on the murders of Tammy Homolka, Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy by Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

Conservative

Colin Carrie Oshawa, ON

Mr. Speaker, children suffering from autism spectrum disorder, ASD, are among the most vulnerable sector of Canadian society. Diagnosis of ASD is increasing at an alarming rate. Currently, it is one child in 195. Therefore, I would like to thank my young friend, Josh Bortolotti, for taking the lead on this issue.

In this petition, the petitioners are requesting funding for intensive behavioural intervention and applied behavioural analysis for children with ASD and to provide teaching of these therapies at the Canadian university and college levels.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

NDP

Brian Masse Windsor West, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to introduce three petitions today, the first of which deals with the issue of autism spectrum disorder.

The petitioners call for a national strategy for autism and specifically want the amendment of the Canada Health Act and corresponding regulations to include IBI and ABA therapy for children with autism. As well, they are calling for research to happen through the university chairs in each province to teach the proper treatments necessary to assist persons with autism in Canadian society.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

NDP

Brian Masse Windsor West, ON

Mr. Speaker, my second set of petitions relates to the issue of employment insurance.

There are several hundred petitioners who are calling upon the government to make it 360 hours to qualify for the entry level of employment insurance benefits anywhere in Canada. They call for a benefit rate of 60% of normal earnings based on the worker's 12 best weeks. They also call for an increase in maximum benefits during the duration of 50 weeks as employment insurance is a backstop to many different problems.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

NDP

Brian Masse Windsor West, ON

Mr. Speaker, this petition is regarding a very serious issue. The member for Windsor—Tecumseh as well as hundreds of petitioners across Windsor-Essex County are calling upon the government to assist the minister of immigration to enact his ministerial powers by granting Mr. Ahmad Abou Ramadan a ministerial permit on humanitarian and compassionate grounds before his removal date of December 22, thus allowing Mr. Ramadan to remain in Canada.

This is a very important issue. I hope the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration will take this issue very seriously.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

Liberal

Michael John Savage Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, NS

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a petition from residents in my constituency and the surrounding area on the issue of autism.

The petitioners recognize the tremendous burden that is placed on families who have children with autism. They are calling upon Parliament to amend the Canada Health Act to include IBA and ABA therapy for children with autism and to contribute to the creation of academic chairs at universities to teach IBA and ABA treatment. It is my pleasure to present this petition.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, before presenting the petition, I would like to thank the Speaker for hosting a lunch yesterday for the Governor General's performing arts awards. It was very much appreciated.

This petition is from residents in Langley, British Columbia. They are saying that charging GST on the federal tax and other taxes is double taxation and they would like to see that eliminated.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Beauséjour
New Brunswick

Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, the following questions will be answered today: Nos. 181, 185, 190, 192, 205 and 211.