House of Commons Hansard #119 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was spending.

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Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

4:45 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I have had discussions with the whips of all parties and wonder if the House would agree to return to presentation of reports from committees so that I may table a report from the heritage committee.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

4:45 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Marcel Proulx)

Is that agreed?

Committees of the House
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4:45 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Committees of the House
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4:45 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the tenth report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage with respect to a study on the Canadian feature film industry.

This is an interim report, a progress report on what the committee has heard to date. The committee has heard from more than 180 witnesses. In closing, let me note that the committee reaffirms its commitment to complete its study when the House reconvenes in the fall.

I would like to thank all those who participated in this work. It has been a heavy workload.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

4:45 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Szabo Mississauga South, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present another petition which was submitted to me by Reverend Francis Humphrey of the Peoples Church of Montreal. The subject matter is the issue of marriage. The petitioners would like to make two points: first, that marriage is the best foundation for families and the raising of children, and second, that the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman is being challenged.

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

Petitions
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4:45 p.m.

Conservative

Ken Epp Edmonton—Sherwood Park, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have another petition to present, one of 118 pages with 1,704 names on the issue of preserving marriage. This is a very good petition. It is different in wording from some of the others. It mentions the necessity of our government upholding the historical, biological, cultural and religious definition of marriage and states that marriage is between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

The petitioners are asking Parliament to guarantee the freedom of speech for grandparents, parents, teachers, counsellors, ethnic minorities and religious people when they promote the benefits of traditional marriage, and therefore, they are asking the government to protect the children so that they will have the right to be raised by their biological fathers and mothers. I want to say that the names on the petition clearly indicate that it comes from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. I recommend that Parliament start listening to these petitions instead of having them tabled and made to disappear into the backroom.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

4:50 p.m.

Conservative

Bradley Trost Saskatoon—Humboldt, SK

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure on behalf of a group of constituents from the northern part of my riding, particularly around the Birch Hills, Hagen and Domremy districts, to present to the House of Commons a petition on the subject of marriage which states that these citizens of Canada draw the attention of the House to the following: that marriage is defined as a lifelong union between one man and one woman and is the best foundation for families and the raising of children, and that this definition has been changed by the courts, and that it is the exclusive jurisdiction of Parliament to define marriage. Therefore, 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

4:50 p.m.

Conservative

Ed Komarnicki Souris—Moose Mountain, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have a number of petitions dealing with the closure of rural post offices. The petitioners are calling upon this Parliament to keep the Halbrite post office open and retain the moratorium on rural post office closures. There are 170 signatures and a similar petition from the constituents of Manor, Saskatchewan, with 190 signatures also from the constituents of the community of Colgate, Saskatchewan, asking that their post office remain open and that the moratorium be retained.

Petitions
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4:50 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present from people in the Ottawa region, who are calling upon Parliament to enact legislation to redefine marriage as being a lifelong union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

4:50 p.m.

Liberal

Sarmite Bulte Parkdale—High Park, ON

Mr. Speaker, as the member of Parliament for Parkdale--High Park, which is home to the country's largest population of Canadian Tibetans, I am very proud to table a petition on behalf of hundreds of petitioners, many of whom live in my riding.

The petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to make Tibet a central part of our country's policy toward the People's Republic of China and to take all measures to promote a negotiated settlement over the future of Tibet between Beijing and the Dalai Lama or his representative.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

4:50 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of many residents of Winnipeg Centre who have put forward this issue, I would like to present a petition which recognizes that juvenile gang activity in Winnipeg has reached epic, crisis proportions.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to enforce the current provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and to amend the act so that youths of 13 years of age and over may be charged as adults and that parents be held accountable for the criminal activities of their children aged 12 and under. The petitioners draw the attention of Parliament to this issue.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

4:50 p.m.

Conservative

Jay Hill Prince George—Peace River, BC

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour for me to present yet another petition, this time from residents of my riding of Prince George--Peace River from the communities of Tumbler Ridge, Rose Prairie, Hudson's Hope, Charlie Lake, and from the city of Fort St. John.

The petitioners wish to draw to the attention of the House of Commons the fact that the creation and use of child pornography is condemned by a clear majority of Canadians. They believe that Liberal Bill C-2 does not adequately protect our nation's children, and that the Liberal government has not prevented artistic merit from being used as a defence for the production and possession of child pornography. Therefore, the petitioners call upon Parliament to protect our children by taking all necessary steps to ensure that all materials that promote or glorify child pornography are outlawed in our country.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

4:55 p.m.

NDP

Alexa McDonough Halifax, NS

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table a petition from a large number of parents and people concerned about vulnerable children who are suffering from autism. The petitioners call upon the government to amend the Canada Health Act and corresponding regulations to include therapies for children with autism as a medically necessary treatment and require governments to provide or fund this essential treatment.

The petitioners encourage the creation of academic undertakings to address the causal factors and come up with improved capacity to provide every Canadian with autism the best treatment available.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

4:55 p.m.

Beauséjour
New Brunswick

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, Question No. 145 will be answered today.

Question No. 145
Routine Proceedings

June 20th, 2005 / 4:55 p.m.

Conservative

Rob Merrifield Yellowhead, AB

With regard to the Canada Health Act: ( a ) does it permit the delivery of publicly funded, medically necessary health care services by privately owned health care clinics; and ( b ) has a province ever been penalized by the federal government under the act simply for contracting with privately owned clinics for the delivery of publicly funded health care services?