House of Commons Hansard #12 of the 40th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was economic.

Topics

Employment Insurance
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Langley
B.C.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to present a petition on behalf of my constituents in beautiful Langley. It reads that there are a number of severe potentially life-threatening conditions which do not qualify for disability programs because they are not necessarily permanent. The current medical employment insurance benefits of 15 weeks do not adequately address the problem.

Residents find themselves losing their homes and livelihoods while trying to fight these severe medical conditions. Precedence has been set within medical EI to compensate new mothers for up to a year. They are calling upon the House of Commons to enact legislation to provide additional medical EI benefits to at least equal maternity EI benefits.

Child Pornography
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

Bruce Stanton Simcoe North, ON

Mr. Speaker, this afternoon I have the pleasure to introduce a petition signed by numerous citizens in my riding. The petitioners are seeking the will of Parliament to do all that it can to prevent the terrible scourge of child pornography, particularly as it relates to being spread through use of the Internet, this terrible victimization of families and children.

Flood Relief
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

Bruce Stanton Simcoe North, ON

Mr. Speaker, my second petition is quite weighty. It is from citizens in the area of the Severn River, an area in North Simcoe County, that in fact borders my riding with the District of Muskoka. Last fall this region experienced severe flooding because of the heavier than normal runoff from the winter snows. They are seeking the assistance of the Minister of the Environment in this case. They are petitioning the minister to seek all and any measures that would assist to alleviate the flooding should those conditions occur this season or any thereafter.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Tom Lukiwski Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

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

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Speaker

Is that agreed?

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

December 3rd, 2008 / 3:55 p.m.

Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Tom Lukiwski Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

I ask that all notices of motions for the production of papers be allowed to stand.

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Speaker

Is that agreed?

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

The House resumed from December 2 consideration of the motion, and of the motion that this question be now put.

Economic and Fiscal Statement
Government Orders

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

The Deputy Speaker Andrew Scheer

Resuming debate, the hon. member for Kitchener Centre.

Economic and Fiscal Statement
Government Orders

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

Stephen Woodworth Kitchener Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise to implore the House to support the motion taking note of the economic and fiscal statement. In doing so, I acknowledge that the statement does not identify the details of every stimulus expenditure planned, it does not identify every specific stimulus infrastructure project, and it does not identify the limits of new unplanned stimulus spending.

I ask the members of the House to recognize that none of that should be expected in an economic and fiscal statement for two reason. The first is obvious. An economic and fiscal statement is not a budget.

Many of the details that I have heard some members request will be available in the budget to be presented probably on January 27, a short seven weeks after we complete this debate. In this respect the statement is similar to the Speech from the Throne.

I listened as members opposite criticized the throne speech for lacking details. Then the House approved it anyway, recognizing that it was intended to provide direction with details to follow in legislation.

In the same way, we should take note of the economic and fiscal statement, recognizing that it provides the direction we need with details to follow in the budget.

Economic and Fiscal Statement
Government Orders

4 p.m.

Conservative

The Deputy Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order. I apologize to the hon. member for Kitchener Centre. The hon. member for Timmins--James Bay is rising on a point of order.

Economic and Fiscal Statement
Government Orders

4 p.m.

NDP

Charlie Angus Timmins—James Bay, ON

Mr. Speaker, I did not want to interrupt my hon. colleague, but it does sound to me more like a political speech. I would rather just hear the motion and move on. We have obviously been debating this in public. I do not think we need to have this time for introducing motions be turned into a platform for him to start a debate.

Economic and Fiscal Statement
Government Orders

4 p.m.

Conservative

The Deputy Speaker Andrew Scheer

I hope that misunderstanding has been cleared up. We will resume debate.

The hon. member for Kitchener Centre.