House of Commons Hansard #98 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was vote.

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Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:30 p.m.

Conservative

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, I am tabling 13 petitions totalling 1,266 names dealing with the marriage issue.

The petitioners feel that it is the exclusive jurisdiction of Parliament to define marriage. The petitioners pray that Parliament define marriage in federal law as being a lifelong union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:30 p.m.

Conservative

David Tilson Dufferin—Caledon, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from residents of my riding who ask 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

12:30 p.m.

Conservative

Kevin Sorenson Crowfoot, AB

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to present three petitions on behalf of constituents from Three Hills, Drumheller and Trochu. Hundreds of petitioners are asking Parliament to pass legislation to recognize the institution of marriage in federal law as being the lifelong union of one man and one women to the exclusion of all others.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:35 p.m.

Conservative

Brian Fitzpatrick Prince Albert, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions, mainly from people in small rural communities in Saskatchewan: Kinistino, Aylsham and Meath Park.

They want the government to cease closing rural post offices, especially their own post offices, and they want the government to return to its moratorium on closing rural post offices and attacking their way of life in rural Canada.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:35 p.m.

Conservative

David Anderson Cypress Hills—Grasslands, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have several petitions.

The first petition deals with the marriage issue. The petitioners call upon Parliament to define marriage in federal law as being the lifelong union of one man and one woman.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:35 p.m.

Conservative

David Anderson Cypress Hills—Grasslands, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have several petitions dealing with the post office issue, where people call upon Parliament to take their side and prohibit the closure of rural post offices.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:35 p.m.

Conservative

David Anderson Cypress Hills—Grasslands, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition dealing with health products. The petitioners call upon the government to provide Canadians with greater access to natural health products.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:35 p.m.

Conservative

David Anderson Cypress Hills—Grasslands, SK

Mr. Speaker, my final petition calls upon Parliament to pass legislation to provide a deduction for expenses related to the adoption of a child.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:35 p.m.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present another petition also dealing with marriage.

It says that marriage is the best foundation for families and for raising children and that marriage is the exclusive jurisdiction of Parliament to decide. The petitioners ask 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

12:35 p.m.

Conservative

Leon Benoit Vegreville—Wainwright, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have several petitions today dealing with the issue of marriage.

These petitioners call upon Parliament to maintain the definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others and call upon Parliament to do everything within its mandate to put that definition into law and to protect it.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

May 13th, 2005 / 12:35 p.m.

Saint Boniface
Manitoba

Liberal

Raymond Simard Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, Question No. 130 will be answered today.

Question No. 130
Routine Proceedings

12:35 p.m.

Conservative

Carol Skelton Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, SK

With regard to phage, bacteriophage and antibiotic therapies, what, if any, research has been conducted, programs implemented or funding provided by the government?

Question No. 130
Routine Proceedings

12:35 p.m.

Vancouver South
B.C.

Liberal

Ujjal Dosanjh Minister of Health

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, CIHR, is the Government of Canada's health research funding agency. Currently CIHR does not fund any research in the areas of phage, bacteriophage and antibiotic therapies. However, CIHR's Institute of Infection and Immunity held a workshop in March 2005 that brought together experts from across Canada to discuss alternative methods to combat the problem of increasing antibiotic resistance.

The Public Health Agency of Canada, PHAC, has been conducting research on the potential use of bacteriophage therapy to control E.Coli 0157:H7 and salmonella bacteria in cattle, a natural animal reservoir of these important pathogenic microorganisms transmitted from animals to humans. The PHAC has contributed operating funds of $8,000 to this research.

The focus of research and surveillance is on the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance related to animal and human uses of antimicrobials. The agency collaborates with other federal and provincial partners to coordinate the Canadian integrated program on antimicrobial resistance surveillance, CIPARS. PHAC contributes approximately 1.27 million operating dollars yearly to this initiative. More information on CIPARS is available on the PHAC website at http:www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/cipars-picra/index.html

The agency does not conduct research related to the development of antibiotic therapy. However, the agency collaborates with federal partners and non-government organizations to respond to the emergence of antibiotic resistance in the health care setting. The agency contributes approximately $450,000 yearly to this initiative, of which $300,000 supports a service contract with the Canadian Committee on Antibiotic Resistance, CCAR.

The agency's microbiology laboratory provides support for existing surveillance programs related to antimicrobial resistance in nosocomial infections, human enteric pathogens, and Neisseria gonorrhea. The agency's microbiology laboratory also provides reference services to hospitals and provincial laboratories to aid in outbreak investigation. The agency contributes approximately $225,000 in yearly operating dollars to these initiatives.

The Government of Canada also recognizes the emerging health implications of overuse of antibiotics in both human and veterinary medicine and is taking a number of steps to address this important health issue.

Detailed information on Health Canada's antimicrobial resistance activities can be found on the Health Products and Food Branch, HPFB, Veterinary Drugs Directorate's, VDD, website at http//:www.hc-sc.gc.ca/vetdrugs-medsvet/amr_policy_dev_e.html

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
Routine Proceedings

12:35 p.m.

Saint Boniface
Manitoba

Liberal

Raymond Simard Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, if Question No. 128 could be made an order for return, this return would be tabled immediately.

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
Routine Proceedings

12:35 p.m.

The Speaker

Is that agreed?