House of Commons Hansard #32 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was sentence.

Topics

Health
Oral Questions

June 2nd, 2006 / noon

Bloc

Nicole Demers Laval, QC

Mr. Speaker, the FDA Week announced on January 27 that the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations reportedly questioned some individuals about the data on ruptures of Mentor breast implants.

One of the two employees mentioned that the real rate of rupture of new implants was not reported to the FDA and that Mentor hid leakages by attributing them to various problems such as seal breakage, and so forth.

In view of these allegations, can the minister assure us that there will be an investigation of the special access program to prevent this type of implant from ruining the lives of thousands of women?

Health
Oral Questions

Noon

Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia
Manitoba

Conservative

Steven Fletcher Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, Health Canada and this government are committed to ensuring that Canadians have access to accurate, complete and up to date information regarding the potential risks and benefits of medical devices available in Canada.

Health Canada is in the process of creating a feasibility study in regard to a Canadian breast implant registry with an independent external organization. This registry could be a potential benchmark for a surveillance tool. We are committed to evidence based research and to ensuring that Canadians have the best risk-free medical devices available. We are committed to ensuring the safety of all Canadians.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Questions

Noon

NDP

The Deputy Speaker Bill Blaikie

I would like to draw to the attention of hon. members the presence in the gallery of His Excellency Liu Peng, Minister, General Administration of Sport of the People's Republic of China.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Questions

Noon

Some hon. members

Hear, hear!

Business of the House
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Wascana, SK

Mr. Speaker, I know there is a general interest in the House regarding Bill C-15, an act dealing with agricultural cash advances. There have been some consultations about how the legislation might be expedited and perhaps some progress in those consultations, although I know when we get into these kinds of discussions, there are various caveats, conditions and trade-offs that are attached to the deliberations.

Due to the pressing circumstances that many farmers are facing and because the legislation may alleviate some of those pressures, at least in the short run, I wonder if hon. members could agree by unanimous consent, without attaching trade-offs, conditions and other issues that relate to other House business, to proceed with Bill C-15, to deal with it at all stages, and to send it on its way to the Senate for it to be dealt with there.

I do not think there is any dispute about the substance of the legislation, but if we get into the business of attaching conditions about this bill, that bill or the other bill, I think we will be in a hopeless morass.

I wonder if there is a will in the House, in the interests of farmers, to simply dispose of Bill C-15 right now, get it done, get it off to the Senate, and hopefully farmers can benefit from that legislation at the earliest possible date rather than making it conditional on a whole bunch of other things.

Business of the House
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

Niagara Falls
Ontario

Conservative

Rob Nicholson Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform

Mr. Speaker, certainly we support Bill C-15. We are the government, of course, that introduced it and we know of its importance to farmers.

I will make the same offer to the hon. gentleman that I have been making. I think we can get to Bill C-15 this afternoon. The orders of the day have Bill C-9, the conditional sentencing act. We are very interested in completing that. It will not be government members, but some hon. members of the NDP who I believe have some additional speakers and perhaps the Bloc. We are prepared to hear them, but certainly at the conclusion of those speeches, we will be open to having this matter put before Parliament and passing it at all stages.

We will wait for the members of the NDP and the Bloc because I certainly want to accommodate them and get their comments on Bill C-9. I know that bill is important to them, as it is to the government, but as soon as that is completed and time allowing, we would be prepared to put Bill C-15 through at all stages. I thank the hon. member for the suggestion.

Business of the House
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

NDP

The Deputy Speaker Bill Blaikie

I take it from the government House leader's remarks that there is no unanimous consent to move such a motion at this time, so we shall proceed to the daily routine of business.

Finance
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Conservative

Brian Pallister Portage—Lisgar, MB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the second report of the Standing Committee on Finance in relation to Bill C-13, an act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on May 2, 2006. The committee reports the bill without amendment.

Child care
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Wascana, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour today to present a petition signed by a number of residents of Saskatchewan who indicate their very strong agreement with the agreements that were signed last year between the Government of Canada and the province of Saskatchewan with respect to early learning and child care.

They note that these agreements would provide for a very substantial boost in the number of child care spaces available to the families that need that service in Saskatchewan. They call upon the Government of Canada to honour the agreements that were entered into, together with the full funding over the five year term.

Canada Post
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

Patricia Davidson Sarnia—Lambton, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House today to present a petition on behalf of my constituents of Sarnia—Lambton. The petition calls on the Government of Canada to instruct Canada Post to maintain, expand and improve its network of public post offices.

Date Rape Drugs
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

James Moore Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, as I have done a number of times in the House, I am pleased to present again another petition signed by a number of my constituents and in fact people from across Canada. The petition deals with the issue of date rape drugs. This is an issue that I have been raising in the House for five and a half years.

The petitioners call upon the government to have tougher laws with regard to date rape drugs, making the precursor to the development of date rape drugs more difficult to get and calling for stiffer penalties for the cowards who use date rape drugs to attack women.

Child Care
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Ken Boshcoff Thunder Bay—Rainy River, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present.

The first petition is on child care and early learning, signed by several hundred people with regard to their concern to reinstate the program.

Taxation
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Ken Boshcoff Thunder Bay—Rainy River, ON

Mr. Speaker, my second petition is with regard to the concern of Canadians on raising personal income taxes on the very lowest categories. I hope that the government will take that under advisement in a very serious manner.

Citizenship and Immigration
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

Lynne Yelich Blackstrap, SK

Mr. Speaker, the Holy Spirit parish justice committee in Saskatoon has asked me to present these petitions on behalf of its congregation. I do so out of respect for their strong Christian beliefs and values.

The petitioners request that the House lift barriers that prevent refugees from reaching and being welcomed into Canada. The Holy Spirit parish justice committee calls upon the House to reform Canada's refugee and immigration program to increase the number of refugees that Canada accepts annually, to ensure full access and due process for these refugees, and to speed the immigration process for reuniting refugees and their families.

I am proud to present these petitions on behalf of the Holy Spirit parish justice committee from my riding in Saskatoon.

Questions on the Order paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Tom Lukiwski Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform

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