House of Commons Hansard #100 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

10:10 a.m.

Conservative

Stockwell Day Okanagan—Coquihalla, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have a number of petitions. The first is from several hundred parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Westbank stating that the institution of marriage is between a man and a woman reflecting on the constitutional legal challenge and ask that it remain defined as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

The petitioners from Penticton and Peachland are making the same request.

I have another petition from several hundred individuals from different parts of British Columbia and Alberta who are also asking that marriage be continued to be defined as between a man and a woman. The only difference in this petition is that they are asking that Parliament use all possible legislative and administrative measures, including invoking section 33 of the charter, the notwithstanding clause, if necessary to preserve and protect the current definition of marriage.

Petitions
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Conservative

Stockwell Day Okanagan—Coquihalla, BC

Mr. Speaker, the final petition of several hundred people ask that the appointment of Yvon Charbonneau as Canada's Ambassador to UNESCO be rescinded because he has expressed, in their view, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-American views. They ask that this appointment be rescinded so it cannot be seen as reflecting the policies of the Government of Canada in terms of being anti-Semitic, anti-Israel or anti-American.

Petitions
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Conservative

Tom Lukiwski Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre, SK

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a petition on behalf of the good people from Bethune, Saskatchewan, who are very concerned about the possibility of closure of rural post offices.

The petition is signed by many members of the Bethune and area communities who wish that not only in Bethune but that all rural post offices remain open.

Petitions
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Conservative

Gord Brown Leeds—Grenville, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to submit a petition signed by many members of my riding of Leeds--Grenville who suffer from diabetes, a disease that affects one in every three Canadians.

This disease requires a tremendous amount of non-tax deductible spending and many of the sufferers are low income Canadians.

The petition calls upon Parliament to change legislation so that those living with this disease may deduct all diabetic supplies from their tax returns.

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
Routine Proceedings

May 17th, 2005 / 10:15 a.m.

Beauséjour
New Brunswick

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, if Question No. 133 could be made an order for return, the return would be tabled immediately.

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
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The Speaker

Is that agreed?

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Question No. 133
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NDP

Bev Desjarlais Churchill, MB

With regard to the budget plan for the Canadian International Development Agency and the Official Development Assistance Program: ( a ) does the government plan to introduce legislation that would give clarity of purpose to Official Development Assistance Program spending; ( b ) is there a review on expenditure being conducted at the Canadian International Development Agency and, if so, is it causing cuts to programs that do not meet policy priorities rather to programs that do not meet an administrative spending formula; ( c ) what impact will this expenditure review, if any, have on non-governmental organization (NGO) partnering programs; ( d ) has the expenditure review process, if any, caused the cancellation of the NGO project facility; ( e ) what effect will the expenditure review, if any, have on programs for Africa; ( f ) does the $223,000,000 for tsunami relief and the $185,320,000 for humanitarian relief laid out on page 129 of Supplementary Estimates (B), 2004-2005 come exclusively from the government surplus; and ( g ) does the government intend to reach 0.7% of gross national income going to official development assistance, and, if so, when?

(Return tabled)

Question No. 133
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Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc Beauséjour, NB

Mr. Speaker, I ask that the remaining questions be allowed to stand.

Question No. 133
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The Speaker

Is that agreed?

Question No. 133
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Request for Emergency Debate
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10:15 a.m.

The Speaker

The Chair has received notice of a request for an emergency debate from the hon. member for Hochelaga. Does the hon. member wish to address the Chair?

Request for Emergency Debate
Routine Proceedings

10:15 a.m.

Bloc

Réal Ménard Hochelaga, QC

Mr. Speaker, in all likelihood, within the next few days, the American Congress will pass legislation allowing drug imports. I know that all parliamentarians have heard arguments from individuals and pharmaceutical companies about the potential depletion of Canada's supply, leading to drug shortages.

In my opinion, it is important that the House provide clear guidelines to the Minister of Health on what our plan of action should be, under such circumstances.

Request for Emergency Debate
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The Speaker

Despite the letter and argument presented by the hon. member, the Chair is of the opinion, at this time, that this request fails to meet the requirements of the Standing Orders in this regard. Consequently, I cannot approve the request at this time.

Request for Emergency Debate
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10:15 a.m.

Bloc

Réal Ménard Hochelaga, QC

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Perhaps the Chair could seek the consent of the House to debate this issue this evening, as if it were an emergency debate. I know that the Minister of Health is very concerned about this matter, as are our NDP and Conservative colleagues. I think the House may consent to taking the time to determine our plan of action and express our opinion on this issue.