House of Commons Hansard #45 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was accountability.

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Income Tax Act
Routine Proceedings

June 21st, 2006 / 3:40 p.m.

NDP

Wayne Marston Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-339, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (exclusion of income received by an athlete from a non-profit club, society or association).

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Winnipeg North for seconding the introduction of my very first private member's bill.

It is an act to amend the Income Tax Act to exclude income received by an athlete from a non-profit club, society or association.

We all know that athletes have difficulties making ends meet while they pursue their athletic goals. Many not for profit clubs, societies and associations try to help out and provide some income for athletes.

When income is declared by athletes, however, it can jeopardize scholarships and other opportunities amateur athletes can have because it is seen as being paid. The bill would allow up to $8,000 per year received to be tax free and also would be retroactive.

I look forward to the support of my colleagues in the passage of this important bill.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

NDP

Dawn Black New Westminster—Coquitlam, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-340, An Act to change the name of the electoral district of New Westminster—Coquitlam.

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a private member's bill to have the name of my riding changed so that it includes the historic and vibrant city of Port Moody, which has been dominated by two events: the 1858 gold rush on the Fraser River and the 1886 arrival of the first transcontinental train across Canada.

I believe it is very important for everyone to see themselves reflected in the names of ridings in the House of Commons. I ask that members support my bill to include the city of Port Moody in the riding of New Westminster—Coquitlam.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Canada Elections Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis Winnipeg North, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-341, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (military dependants).

Mr. Speaker, I am please to reintroduce the bill which seeks to amend the Canada Elections Act to fully include the dependants of Canadian Forces personnel within the special voting provisions designed to take into consideration their relationship or their relocation away from home communities in the service of their country.

Currently under the act, members of the armed forces, including reserves, are permitted to have their votes counted in their normal home electoral constituency simply by filling out a special residency form.

However, their spouses and other dependants who accompany them on their postings have no such choice and must vote in the ridings in which their partners have been posted.

The purpose of the bill is to remedy this unfairness.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Income Tax Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Liberal

Massimo Pacetti Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-342, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (travel expenses).

Mr. Speaker, how many Canadians, prior to choosing a travel destination, even consider travelling to a Canadian destination? The purpose of the bill is to make that decision a much easier one for Canadians.

Mr. Speaker, today I am pleased to present a bill to amend the Income Tax Act (travel expenses). This bill provides a maximum deduction of $1,000 from a taxpayer's income in respect of the expenses of purchasing tickets for the taxpayer or members of the taxpayer's family for travel by airplane, train or bus if the travel involves crossing at least three different provincial boundaries.

As former chairman of the finance committee, I had the opportunity to travel across Canada and I wondered how many Canadians get to visit all corners of this vast country of ours.

The bill will have Canadians thinking about choosing travel within Canada first, and second, the bill will promote national unity by allowing Canadians to learn more about their fellow citizens.

It can only have a positive effect on local economies. With additional money spent during these trips, this private member's bill would be revenue neutral for the finance department.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Income Tax Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Bloc

Caroline St-Hilaire Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, QC

Mr. Speaker, following consultations with my colleagues from all political parties, I think you will find unanimous consent for the following motion:

That, in the opinion of this House, the government should designate August 23 as International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

This day of commemoration is intended to etch the tragedy of the slave trade in our collective memory so that we remember all these human dramas that marked the lives of millions of people around the world.

Income Tax Act
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

NDP

Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I would like to advise the member that there has been no unanimous consent. There have been some discussions, but it has not yet gone to all parties. I have made it clear that we are prepared to support this motion if there is also an NDP motion dealing with recognition of Filipino Canadians. There is no unanimous consent and the member is aware of that. We need to have--

Income Tax Act
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

It is clear there is no consent, so the Chair will not put the motion to the House at this moment.

Iraq
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

Diane Marleau Sudbury, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is with pleasure that I introduce a petition on behalf of almost 1,400 residents from northeastern Ontario.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to demonstrate its commitment to international law and the treaties to which it is a signatory by making provisions to give refuge to those who refuse to serve in Iraq, a war which many have deemed illegal under international law.

Falun Gong
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Conservative

Lee Richardson Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present a petition on behalf of Ms. Caylan Ford and Falun Gong practitioners in my constituency and around Calgary.

The petitioners call upon the Canadian government to urge Chinese authorities to open facilities for international inspection to allow the international committee to investigate the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China and to release any or all illegally imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners.

Peace Tax
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

NDP

Alexa McDonough Halifax, NS

Mr. Speaker, I would like to introduce three petitions today.

The first calls upon the Government of Canada to establish peace tax legislation to recognize the right of conscientious objectors to not pay for the military, but to apply instead that portion of their taxes that would have been used for military purposes toward peaceful non-military purposes within the powers of Parliament.

There are some 40 pages of signatures, and I hope the Government of Canada will give it consideration.

Afghanistan
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

NDP

Alexa McDonough Halifax, NS

Mr. Speaker, I seek leave to introduce a petition that calls upon the Canadian government to hold public hearings to gather information, expert advice, and opinions from knowledgeable Canadian and Afghan citizens on how best to use military and other forms of Canadian involvement in Afghanistan for the creation of a stable, democratic and self-sustaining state.

The petition states further that public hearings be followed by a full debate and vote in Parliament on the extent and nature of Canada's commitment in Afghanistan.

Trade
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

NDP

Alexa McDonough Halifax, NS

Mr. Speaker, I take pleasure in tabling a petition concerning the proposed Canada-Central America free trade agreement.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to make public the full text of that proposed agreement to ensure that any trade negotiations between Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua guarantee the primacy of economic, social, cultural and environmental rights over neo-liberal trade laws, and to commit to wide-ranging public consultation and parliamentary debate before any such agreement is adopted.

Canada Post Corporation
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

Andy Scott Fredericton, NB

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition on behalf of a number of constituents in and around Fredericton recognizing that the Government of Canada has traditionally supported and enhanced mail delivery in all corners of the country.

The people of Canada require their mail in a timely and efficient manner wherever they might live. Accessibility issues are particularly important to seniors, sick and shut-ins, and people with disabilities.

The petitioners call upon the House and the minister responsible for Canada Post to maintain traditional mail delivery and service instead of implementing changes that are causing people to travel long distances from their homes to receive their mail.

Refugees
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Bloc

Johanne Deschamps Laurentides—Labelle, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table, in my own name and that of the hon. member for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the petition “Lives on Hold” signed by nearly 4,000 people. This petition calls on the government to establish a process to facilitate the granting of permanent residence to persons who have been in Canada for more than three years and who are from countries on which Canada has imposed a moratorium on removals.

Following the events of World Refugee Day yesterday, it is high time that Canada boost its international image and act in a humane manner.

Falun Gong
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

Sylvie Boucher Beauport—Limoilou, QC

Mr. Speaker, I would like to present a petition, signed by 200 of my constituents, concerning Falun Gong.