House of Commons Hansard #4 of the 40th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was speech.

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Sudan Accountability Act
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Irwin Cotler Mount Royal, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-204, An Act to encourage accountability by Canada and the international community with respect to Sudan.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased today to reintroduce the Sudan Accountability Act, a bill that seeks to encourage accountability and enhance the role of Canada and the international community in combatting the genocide in Darfur.

On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Genocide Convention and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is only appropriate that this legislation be introduced to combat the first genocide of the 21st century through targeted divestment and international initiatives. We know that more than 400,000 people have died in this genocide by attrition in Darfur, that at least four million people are on a life support system and that two million have been internally displaced and are the target of continuing assaults.

As the student posters at Darfur rallies around the globe ask: If not us, who, and if not now, when?

Even though this bill alone will not put an end to the genocide, it is a vital step that we must take immediately.

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

Food Products Labelling Act
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

NDP

Paul Dewar Ottawa Centre, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-205, An Act respecting the labelling of food products.

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Winnipeg for seconding the bill.

Canadians are worried about what is in their food. They are worried about the lack of regulation and support by the government on food regulation. This bill would be explicit about what is in their food. It is something we should have had a long time ago. If the government wants to adopt this bill, I would be happy to give it to them.

I would like to thank Dr. Shiv Chopra and many others in the food safety movement for their help on this bill.

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

Excise Tax Act
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

NDP

Paul Dewar Ottawa Centre, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-206, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (no GST on books or pamphlets).

Mr. Speaker, as an educator and as someone who supports access to books, one of the things we can do is eliminate the cost of books. We saw this recently with the cost of books going up. Punishing people who want to educate their children and themselves is something we should not do, and I believe that having the GST on books and education materials does just that.

This bill would alleviate the costs that people must pay to educate their children and themselves.

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

National Capital Act
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

NDP

Paul Dewar Ottawa Centre, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-207, An Act to amend the National Capital Act (appointments and meetings).

Mr. Speaker, I am reintroducing this bill and I want to give kudos to the government for good first steps on reforming the NCC. However, there is more that needs to be done.

This bill would bring into practice and force the public appointments commission to ensure people are appointed to agencies, boards and commissions based on merit. I believe this should happen, specifically with the National Capital Commission. I urge the government to adopt this bill.

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

Sale of Medals Prohibition Act
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-208, An Act to prohibit the sale of Canadian military and police medals.

Mr. Speaker, our honoured veterans are very proud of the medals they received. These medals are not currency on their chest. They are given for valour, service, honour and duty to their country. Most important, these men and women wear their medals in remembrance of those who never had the opportunity to wear their medals because they paid the ultimate sacrifice.

I do not believe these medals should end up at flea markets, garage sales or on e-Bay. They should not be sold. They are too honourable for that. The reality is that nobody should profit financially from the valour of other human beings.

I encourage quick adoption of the bill by the House at its earliest convenience.

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

Procedure and House Affairs
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Prince George—Peace River
B.C.

Conservative

Jay Hill Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I would like to move the following motion. I move:

That the following change be made to the membership of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs:

Kelly Block for Barry Devolin

As the House knows, Mr. Speaker, with the appointments of your Deputy Speakers this morning, this change has become necessary.

Procedure and House Affairs
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Does the hon. government House leader have the unanimous consent of the House to propose the motion?

Procedure and House Affairs
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Procedure and House Affairs
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Prince George—Peace River
B.C.

Conservative

Jay Hill Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

(Motion agreed to)

Internet Child Pornography Prevention Act
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-209, An Act to prevent the use of the Internet to distribute pornographic material involving children.

Mr. Speaker, we see governments at all levels around the world moving toward this type of legislation. One of the most despicable crimes we have in the world involve pedophiles and individuals who use the Internet to lure unsuspecting children for despicable acts.

The premise of my bill would give ISP providers some responsibility to monitor the sites and encourage them to inform authorities of any information they may run across so direct action can be taken.

If the Conservatives believe in being tough on crime, this is something they should be working on immediately to help reduce child pornography on the Internet.

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

Canadian Forces Superannuation Act
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-210, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act (marriage after the age of sixty years).

Mr. Speaker, if we truly believe in supporting our troops, we need to ensure that we support them long after the uniform comes off.

Many people do not realize that when a military person remarries after the age of 60 and then dies, the second spouse is not entitled to any of the person's pension benefits. This needs to change. There should be no discrimination when a military person or another person marries after the age of 60. That is there personal business. The reality is that those people who care for our veterans and others deserve to have that pension benefit.

We ask that the government remove that clause from the act so that these men and women can have these benefits as properly accorded to them.

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

Seniors' Day Act
Routine Proceedings

November 21st, 2008 / 12:15 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-211, An Act respecting a Seniors’ Day.

Mr. Speaker, this is a non-monetary bill.

Many seniors in my riding have asked that a special day be marked on the calendar honouring the work and sacrifices made by our seniors. It would be just a token gesture to pick a day on the calendar as seniors' day to recognize and honour those golden citizens, as we call them, for their great work in building this country, for keeping an eye on us and for helping to raise us.

This is a non-monetary bill and something which could be adopted unanimously fairly quickly.

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

Income Tax Act
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-212, An Act to amend the Income tax Act (in-home care of relatives).

Mr. Speaker, as everybody knows, there is quite a sandwich generation in this country where individuals are looking after their children as well as looking after their seniors. In many cases, some seniors are infirm with various ailments and concerns.

We believe that any expenses incurred by those individuals should be tax deductible. We also believe they should be allowed time off work to provide care so that seniors and people with certain disabilities have the opportunity to stay at home and be cared for by their loved ones.

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

Financial Administration Act
Routine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-213, An Act to amend the Financial Administration Act and the Passport Services Fees Regulations (passports for veterans, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their spouses or common-law partners, and seniors).

Mr. Speaker, this bill comes from other countries. The United States, for example, allows its military and federal policing forces the opportunity to have their passports for free. They do not necessarily have to pay that charge.

We think this is something our country can adopt as well. It is a small, additional benefit to thank our serving men and women for their services. When they need a passport to travel, they will not have to pay anything for it, as they do now.

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

Tartan Day Act
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-214, An Act respecting a Tartan Day.

Mr. Speaker, this is in honour of our great friend and former colleague, Mr. Bill Blaikie, who is a very proud Scotsman.

Many Scots groups across the country, in just about every province and territory, have a tartan day on April 6. We ask that the federal government, in a non-monetary way, recognize April 6 as national tartan day to honour and recognize all those people from the great land of Scotland who migrated to Canada over the years and helped build this country.

Of course, being from Nova Scotia, new Scotland, we think it would be a wonderful gesture to honour and recognize their great sacrifice and service to our country.

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