House of Commons Hansard #93 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

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Budget Implementation Act, 2006, No. 2
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

(Motion agreed to, bill, as amended, concurred in)

Volunteerism
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

December 7th, 2006 / 10:10 a.m.

Conservative

Kevin Sorenson Crowfoot, AB

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present a petition on behalf of hundreds of Canadians who are in support of young Canadians volunteering in communities in Canada and all over the world.

We appreciate their efforts as Canada's new government is committed to working with the voluntary sector to promote citizen participation and engagement in Canadian society.

In budget 2006, Canada's new government ensured that we focus our support to front line volunteer organizations. We exempted donations by publicly listed securities to public charities from capital gains tax. Volunteer organizations will continue to receive funding from a broad range of government programs.

The petitioners want young Canadians to have the benefits and rewards from the experience that volunteer community work provides. They support Canada's new government taking legislative measures to assist in this effort.

Volunteerism
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

NDP

Dawn Black New Westminster—Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a petition signed by thousands of Canadians from every area of the country who say that there are many young Canadians who desire to serve their society as volunteers in Canada and abroad but that the majority of them are denied this opportunity because the government funds are not there for respective NGOs to continue this kind of work.

Thousands of communities in Canada and abroad are therefore denied the stimulating presence of young, enthusiastic and dynamic volunteers, not to mention the substantial economic spinoff that comes from this kind of activity.

The petitioners are calling upon Parliament to enact legislation that will allow young Canadians, who wish to do so, to serve their community here in Canada and abroad in this way.

Marriage
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:15 a.m.

Liberal

Gurbax Malhi Bramalea—Gore—Malton, ON

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I have the honour to present the following petition to the House.

The petitioners of the riding of Bramalea—Gore—Malton call upon the government to reopen the debate on same sex marriage and restore the traditional definition of marriage.

I respectfully submit the petition and have signed my name to it.

Marriage
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:15 a.m.

Bloc

Roger Gaudet Montcalm, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present to you. The first is a petition from the citizens of my riding regarding the Civil Marriage Act.

Volunteerism
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:15 a.m.

Bloc

Roger Gaudet Montcalm, QC

Mr. Speaker, I also present a second petition requesting that Parliament take measures that will allow all young Canadians, who wish to do so, to serve in communities as volunteers at the national or international levels.

Volunteerism
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:15 a.m.

NDP

Alexa McDonough Halifax, NS

Mr. Speaker, I take pleasure in tabling a petition signed by literally thousands of Canadians recognizing the enormous contribution of young people who devote their energies and talents as volunteers to the cause of building a more equitable and peaceful world, both here at home and abroad.

The petitioners urge Parliament to adopt legislative and other measures to support this valuable work of the volunteers and of the NGOs, like Crossroads International, Katimavik Canada World Youth and countless other agencies that facilitate and coordinate this tremendous contribution to building a better world, both here at home and abroad.

Automotive Industry
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:15 a.m.

Liberal

Massimo Pacetti Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table a petition from Canadians mainly from Ontario but not necessarily from my riding.

The petitioners are asking the Government of Canada for a new automotive trade policy. This is the last of a series of petitions that I have tabled in the House. It basically calls upon the Government of Canada to cancel negotiations for a free trade agreement with Korea which would worsen the one way flow of automotive products into our market and to develop a new automotive trade policy that would require Korea and other offshore markets to purchase equivalent volumes of finished vehicles and auto parts from North America as a condition of their continued access to our market.

Immigration
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:15 a.m.

Bloc

Maria Mourani Ahuntsic, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to table in this House. The first calls on the Government of Canada to create an immigration service at the Canadian embassy in Beirut to deal with visa applications by persons who wish to come to Canada as permanent residents. At present, they must go to the Canadian embassy in Damascus. This petition was signed by 1,559 individuals who are asking that immigration issues be dealt with at the existing Canadian embassy in Beirut.

Transport
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:15 a.m.

Bloc

Maria Mourani Ahuntsic, QC

Mr. Speaker, the second petition urges the Canadian government to authorize a direct air route between Montreal and Beirut. Most individuals are currently forced to travel by air routes with several stops in different countries. It costs a fortune for these individuals to visit their families. This petition was signed by 1,793 people.

These two petitions were signed by Quebeckers and Canadians from all parts of Canada and Quebec, and not just individuals in my riding.

Afghanistan
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:15 a.m.

NDP

Wayne Marston Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, ON

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I have two petitions to table today.

The first petition states that the Government of Canada has committed Canadian Forces to an unbalanced counter-insurgency mission in southern Afghanistan. The petitioners support the brave men and women of the Canadian Forces and, therefore, call upon the Government of Canada to begin with the withdrawal of Canadian Forces from the counter-insurgency mission in southern Afghanistan. This is very important to the people of Hamilton.

Iraq
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:20 a.m.

NDP

Wayne Marston Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, ON

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is a weighty petition with thousands of signatures. It is regarding war resisters.

During the period of 1965 to 1973 more than 50,000 draft age Americans made their way to Canada because they refused to conscientiously participate in what they saw as an immoral war. Thirty years later we are facing the same choices in Canada. The petitioners call upon the Canadian government to demonstrate its commitment to international law and treaties to which it is a signatory by making provisions for U.S. war objectors to have sanctuary in this country.

Iraq
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:20 a.m.

NDP

Olivia Chow Trinity—Spadina, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions.

The first petition is from thousands of Canadians who are asking that Parliament allow the American-Iraq war resisters stay in Canada. The petitioners believe there is a moral choice for Canada, which is to give refuge to those who refuse to be accomplices in a U.S. led war in Iraq. If we were to reject war resisters, they would be returned to the United States, face incarceration, and possibly even the death penalty. Therefore, Canada should not facilitate the persecution of American war objectors by returning them to the United States.

Volunteerism
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:20 a.m.

NDP

Olivia Chow Trinity—Spadina, ON

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is also from over 1,000 young people who call on Parliament to allow them to participate overseas as volunteers.

They point out that over 40 countries worldwide rely on young people to assist them. By going overseas these young people acquire another language to better appreciate Canada's rich cultural diversity. They would also learn different cultures and respect different values. This is a very important experience that young people should have, and Parliament should ensure there is legislation and funding to allow them to participate as volunteers in Canada and overseas.

Iraq
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:20 a.m.

NDP

Peggy Nash Parkdale—High Park, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am tabling a petition in the House today with thousands of signatures from Canadians who are calling on the Canadian government to demonstrate its commitment to international law and the treaties to which it is a signatory by making provision for U.S. war objectors to have sanctuary in this country.

They point out that there are many legal opinions that have deemed that the U.S. invasion and war in Iraq is illegal, and recognize that there are a growing number of American soldiers and their families who have made the decision to seek sanctuary in Canada. However, Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board has asserted that the legality of the war has had no relevance in deciding their claims.

The petitioners are saying that Canada should not be punishing U.S. war objectors for exercising their conscience and refusing to fight, given that they would face severe punishment if they were returned to the U.S.