House of Commons Hansard #36 of the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was immigration.

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Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

4:45 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Andrew Scheer

I think the rules are clear on this point. It is the government and opposition whips. If the hon. member for Acadie—Bathurst wishes to examine the Standing Order, he can do so at the table.

The hon. member for Trinity--Spadina on a point of order.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

4:45 p.m.

NDP

Olivia Chow Trinity—Spadina, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am a new member. I was right by the door as the bells were ringing. Is there not common courtesy that if members are behind the curtains the Chair has allowed them to come in?

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

4:45 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Andrew Scheer

The rules on this are very clear. If the hon. member, again, wishes to examine the Standing Orders, they very clearly set out that once the question is put members have to be in their seats for their votes to be recorded. She can do so at the table.

The hon. member for Sackville--Eastern Shore on a point of order.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

4:45 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, could you clarify once again what you just read? You talked about the whips of the government and the opposition party. Does it say anything about whips from other parties in the House of Commons?

Mr. Speaker, would you read the entire clarification to this House and put on the record what the ruling is on this particular matter?

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

4:45 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Andrew Scheer

This is from chapter 12, page 485, of Marleau and Montpetit:

When the Government and Opposition Whips conclude that their respective Members are ready to vote, the Whips make a ceremonial return to the House, and the bells stop ringing.

I think both the Standing Orders and the House of Commons precedence are very clear on this. I do not think there needs to be more discussion on this.

I will allow the hon. member for Sackville-Eastern Shore a brief opportunity but we must move on.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

4:45 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, correct me if I am wrong, but you said whips with an S. There are more than two whips in this House.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

4:45 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Andrew Scheer

I just read it. It is very clearly the government and the chief opposition whips.

We will move on from this point. I think this matter is concluded. We are under the rubric of motions.

Presenting petitions. The hon. member for Oak Ridges--Markham.

Sri Lanka
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

4:45 p.m.

Liberal

Lui Temelkovski Oak Ridges—Markham, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition from the good people of Oak Ridges—Markham, who call upon the House of Commons to condemn the targeted killing of the Tamilselvan, the Tamil peace negotiator, and urge the Sri Lankan government to stop its military aggression against Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Child Pornography
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

December 12th, 2007 / 4:50 p.m.

Conservative

Norman Doyle St. John's East, NL

Mr. Speaker, I want to present a petition on behalf of approximately 500 people in the St. John's area and in my riding of St. John's East.

The petitioners are horrified by pornography which depicts children. They are astounded by legal determinations that possession of such pornography is not criminal. They make the point that it is the duty of Parliament through the enactment and enforcement of the Criminal Code to protect the most vulnerable members of society from sexual abuse.

They are calling upon Parliament to take all necessary measures to ensure that possession of child pornography remains a serious criminal offence and that federal police forces should be directed to give priority to enforcing that law for the protection of children.

Laibar Singh
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

4:50 p.m.

NDP

Penny Priddy Surrey North, BC

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a petition with over 3,000 names. These petitioners are calling upon the Government of Canada to grant Mr. Laibar Singh permanent residence in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Darfur
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

4:50 p.m.

Liberal

Irwin Cotler Mount Royal, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table two petitions today, collected by students and groups in my riding, including the Canadian Jewish Congress in Quebec. They are concerned with the genocide in Darfur.

These two petitions call on Canada to play a leading role in mobilizing and organizing the hybrid peacekeeping force in Darfur.

The first petition reminds us that more than 400,000 have already died in Darfur, that 4.5 million are on a life support system, and that mass atrocities continue unabated. It calls upon the government to take concrete measures to end the conflict, restore peace and stability to the region, and end the genocide.

The second petition is along the same lines. It also calls upon the government to use diplomatic initiatives to end the conflict and to specifically support the work of the International Criminal Court to end the culture of impugnity.

If this government does not act, the peace accords could crumble, which would cause the destabilization of the region.

The petitioners recall that Canada played a role in authoring the responsibility to protect doctrine and that this must not be empty rhetoric. “Never again”, tragically, is becoming yet again, again and again. While the international community dithers, Darfuris die. This must end.

Canadian Pacific Railway
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

4:50 p.m.

Conservative

Gary Goodyear Cambridge, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have another petition from citizens of Canada, specifically my riding of Cambridge and some from the riding of Oxford, who have raised concerns about Canadian Pacific Railway and its lack of civic, social and corporate responsibilities, as well as its refusal to cooperate and respect the communities it steamrolls through. CP is flaunting the fact that federal laws have little jurisdictions over it and the petitioners will not be railroaded by the railroad.

This petition, in total so far, consists of well over 2,000 signatories, who are asking the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Minister of the Environment, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Minister of Public Safety and the Minister of Health to work together to influence Canadian Pacific Railway to become a better corporate citizen and show some respect for the environment, as all other corporations in this country are doing.

Human Trafficking
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

4:50 p.m.

Conservative

Joy Smith Kildonan—St. Paul, MB

Mr. Speaker, I would like to present two petitions from Alberta. Albertans are very concerned about the human trafficking issue and these petition encourage the government to continue its work to stop the horrendous crime of human trafficking.

Northern Residents Tax Deductions
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

4:50 p.m.

NDP

Dennis Bevington Western Arctic, NT

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a petition to the Minister of Finance from the people of the northern territories.

Some 700 people signed the petition informing the Minister of Finance that the people of Canada's north have the highest cost of living of all Canadians. The northern residents tax deduction was instituted to help offset this high cost of living. The residents portion of the northern residence tax deduction has not increased since its inception 20 years ago while the cost of living for northern Canadians has continued to increase.

The petitioners call on the minister to increase the residents portion of the northern residents tax deduction by 50% and that this portion of the tax deduction be indexed in order to keep pace with inflation based on a northern inflation measurement.

Income Trusts
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

4:55 p.m.

Liberal

Sue Barnes London West, ON

Mr. Speaker, I present this income trust broken promise petition on behalf of some residents of British Columbia.

The petitioners remember that the Prime Minister boasted about his apparent commitment to accountability when he said, “The greatest fraud is a promise not kept”.

The petitioners remind the Prime Minister that he promised never to tax income trusts, but he recklessly broke that promise by imposing a 31.5% punitive tax which permanently wiped out over $25 billion of the hard earned retirement savings of over two million Canadians, particularly seniors.

The petitioners therefore call upon the Conservative minority government: first, to admit that the decision to tax income trusts was based on flawed methodology and incorrect assumptions; second, to apologize to those who were unfairly harmed by this broken promise; and finally, to repeal the punitive 31.5% tax on income trusts.