House of Commons Hansard #63 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was budget.

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Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Conservative

Randy Kamp Dewdney—Alouette, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to present a petition pursuant to Standing Order 36 signed by 271 British Columbians, mostly from my riding. The petitioners call upon Parliament to amend the Canada Health Act and corresponding regulations to include IBI and ABA therapy for children with autism as a medically necessary treatment, to require that all provinces provide for this treatment and to contribute to the creation of academic chairs at universities in each province to teach this treatment and therapy.

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3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Navdeep Bains Mississauga—Brampton South, ON

Mr. Speaker, I would like to present a petition to the House from the constituents of the riding of Mississauga--Brampton South and other concerned Canadians with respect to parental sponsorship applications.

The petition outlines a few concerns that have been addressed. The first is that processing times of parental applications have increased from approximately five to six months to approximately eighteen to twenty months. Second, the admission quotas for parents have been reduced over the past few years.

I would like to submit this petition as well as give recognition to the 870 individuals who signed the petition on the Internet as well.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Nepean—Carleton, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to rise and present two petitions before the House. The first petition deals with juvenile type 1 diabetes research which was presented to me by a number of students in my constituency who have identified this critical ailment as being a problem that friends and neighbours of theirs have experienced at a very young age.

These youngsters have put together a splendid petition which calls upon the federal government in the 2005 budget to invest $25 million per year for the next five years in research targeted specifically for juvenile type 1 diabetes.

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3:20 p.m.

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Nepean—Carleton, ON

Second, Mr. Speaker, it is an honour, as a friend of democracies of the world to introduce a petition, which calls upon the government to note the following. The appointment of Yvon Charbonneau as Canada's Ambassador to UNESCO has caused great concerns to Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Mr. Charbonneau has made numerous comments and statements publicly against Jewish Canadians and the state of Israel and has never recanted these anti-Semitic statements or beliefs. The appointment of Yvon Charbonneau as Ambassador of Canada, a man who has expressed anti-Semitic and anti-Israel and even anti-American views, sends a message to Canadians and the global community that such views reflect the policies of the Government of Canada. They state that these views are not acceptable to Canadians.

It is an honour indeed to present both of these petitions.

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3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Szabo Mississauga South, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition today with respect to the definition of marriage.

The petitioners would like to draw to the attention of the House that the majority of Canadians believe that fundamental matters of social policy should be decided by elected parliamentarians and not by unelected judges and that the majority of Canadians support the definition of marriage as being a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to use all legislative and administrative measures, including invocation of the notwithstanding clause, to preserve and protect the current definition of marriage as between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

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3:20 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Rivière-Du-Loup—Montmagny, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a petition on behalf of 200 persons in my riding who state that partial or total participation by Canada in the missile defence program would be contrary to our interests and values.

These petitioners call upon Parliament to take the necessary steps to oppose Canadian participation in the American missile defence program, thereby reflecting the wishes of the vast majority of Quebeckers.

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3:20 p.m.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to represent the wonderful citizens of Langley, British Columbia. I have two groups of petitions to present today, the first being three petitions on the tradition of marriage.

The petitioners state that the tradition of marriage between a man and a woman is the God ordained building block of the family and the bedrock of a civil society. They therefore urge the House of Commons to protect the traditional definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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3:20 p.m.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, the second set of petitions I wish to present to the House are with respect to autism.

The petitioners request that autism treatment be considered an essential treatment under the Canada Health Act and that each province have a university with an appointed chair to deal with autism training.

Petitions
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3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Zed Saint John, NB

Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure to present to the House a petition signed by over 3,000 people of Saint John, New Brunswick requesting the government to stop the closure of Postal Station “B” in Saint John.

The residents and business communities of West Saint John have been serviced by Canada Post for over 40 years by this postal station. Last year the postal station exceeded $350,000 in revenue, over a 14% increase in the previous year.

The petitioners call upon Canada Post and the Government of Canada to immediately cease all actions directed at the closure of Postal Station “B” and invest the profits in their community post office.

The petitioners were somewhat enlightened to hear the minister talk positively about post office closures today, but it would be nice to hear that post office closures in Canada were preserved as a moratorium.

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3:25 p.m.

Conservative

Ken Epp Edmonton—Sherwood Park, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour today to present another 604 names on petitions dealing with the definition of marriage. Most of the petitioners are from my riding but there are some from the previous riding of Elk Island. Many of them still think I am their MP even though I am not any longer due to the boundary changes.

Due to the vote in 1999 and because they take exception to an unelected judiciary making important social changes, the petitioners urge Parliament to take every measure necessary to preserve the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

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3:25 p.m.

Conservative

Maurice Vellacott Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure to table a petition today from people in Prince Edward Island who call upon the government to return to its previous policy of allowing holy books to be made available to new citizens at citizenship ceremonies around the country.

The petitioners draw attention to the fact that a citizenship judge terminated this policy alleging that the policy discriminated against non-religious immigrants. Up until last year holy books were simply displayed on tables at the back of the hall, free for new citizens to take. The new citizens were not handed the books. They were not forced on them. The judge produced no evidence to justify his inappropriate decision to ban the availability of holy books.

The petitioners ask for the citizenship commission to return to the previous policy which has served our multicultural nation so very well.

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3:25 p.m.

Conservative

Maurice Vellacott Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, SK

Mr. Speaker, the second petition I wish to present is from 124 individuals who call on Parliament to use all possible legislative and administrative measures, including invoking the notwithstanding clause if necessary, to preserve the correct definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.

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February 23rd, 2005 / 3:25 p.m.

Conservative

Darrel Stinson North Okanagan—Shuswap, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present two petitions today.

The first petition is signed by over 170 residents of Vernon in my riding of Okanagan—Shuswap. They are concerned about serious violent crimes by repeat offenders living at the Vernon halfway house.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to require that the Correctional Service of Canada take stronger steps to protect law abiding citizens by ending statutory release, informing the public immediately when a violent offender does not report back on time from day parole or other release into the community, and immediately investigate why the Vernon halfway house has the worst record in Canada for its inmates committing violent crimes.

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3:25 p.m.

Conservative

Darrel Stinson North Okanagan—Shuswap, BC

Mr. Speaker, the second petition, also from constituents of Okanagan—Shuswap, with a total of 120 signatures, asks that the Canada Health Act be amended to include intensive behavioural intervention therapy treatment based on the principles of applied behavioural analysis as an essential treatment for autism. The petitioners ask that university academic chairs be appointed at each university to teach autism treatment. They also request that all provinces be required to help people with autism by providing funding for this essential treatment.

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3:25 p.m.

Conservative

Andrew Scheer Regina—Qu'Appelle, SK

Mr. Speaker, I would like to present petitions from hundreds of constituents in my riding of Regina—Qu'Appelle, and also several people from as far away as Sidney, Manitoba. The petitioners want their voices added to the huge outcry of concerned Canadians against the government's attempt to change the traditional definition of marriage.

The petitioners call upon the House to protect the traditional definition of marriage as one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others as recognized by centuries of tradition.