House of Commons Hansard #45 of the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was french.

Topics

Visitor Visas
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Nepean—Carleton, ON

Mr. Speaker, I would like to present a petition on behalf of the hon. member for Ottawa West—Nepean. The petitioners bringing this forward note that Parliament should lift the visa requirements for the Republic of Poland.

Religious Freedom
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Nepean—Carleton, ON

Second, Mr. Speaker, I have a petition to present from constituents in my riding and across the country. The petitioners call upon Parliament to condemn the persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, who have been systematically persecuted in that country. Twelve million of these indigenous Christian people live in Egypt and are being persecuted by terrorists, extremists and even members of the government there.

The petitioners call on our government and this Parliament to take a principled stand in defending religious freedom and the ancient liberty that is owed to the Coptic Christians who live in Egypt.

Post-Secondary Education
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

NDP

Denise Savoie Victoria, BC

Mr. Speaker, the first petition I wish to present to the House today concerns students who are facing incredible and soaring tuition fees and an average student debt of about $25,000.

The petitioners are asking that the minister make certain that the review of Canada's student loan system address some of the key flaws in that program by creating a needs based grant system; by reducing the federal loan interest; by creating a federal ombudsman; by ensuring better relief payments that include things like expanding eligibility for permanent disability benefits; by creating enforceable standards on the conduct of government and private student loan collection agencies; and, by amending the lifetime limit on student loans.

Seniors
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

NDP

Denise Savoie Victoria, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have another petition from many seniors who are facing lowered benefits because of an error made by Statistics Canada in its calculation of the consumer price index. This resulted in Canada's inflation numbers being underrated by half a percentage point. This mistake is being felt by everyone whose benefits are tied to the consumer price index, including the recipients of the Canada pension plan, old age security and the guaranteed income supplement.

The petitioners are asking the Parliament of Canada and the government to take full responsibility for this error and take the required steps to repay every Canadian who was short-changed.

Acetominophen Warning Labels
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Conservative

James Lunney Nanaimo—Alberni, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present to the House today.

The first petition is on the subject of acetaminophen and contains about 142 signatures from across British Columbia and many from Quebec as well. The petitioners are calling on Parliament to take note that acetaminophen is the most common pharmaceutical involved in unintentional and intentional poisonings in all age groups in British Columbia. They note that both acute and chronic acetaminophen overdose can cause potentially fatal liver toxicity. The petitioners are calling for appropriate warning labels to reduce the incidence.

The petitioners are asking Parliament to require that warning labels for products containing acetaminophen indicate that acute and chronic overdose may lead to fatal liver toxicity.

Natural Health Products
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Conservative

James Lunney Nanaimo—Alberni, BC

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is from more than 380 people about natural health products. The petitioners note that Canadians support the use of natural health products to promote health and wellness. They note that improved access to natural health products will help Canadians to better manage their own health and relieve pressure on the Canadian health care system.

The petitioners are calling on Parliament to provide Canadians with greater access to natural health products by removing the GST from them and enacting Bill C-404, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (natural health products).

Darfur
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Conservative

Rahim Jaffer Edmonton—Strathcona, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure to present two quite lengthy petitions today. The first petition is from individuals in and around the Edmonton and northern Alberta area and contains about 100 or more signatures. The petitioners are asking that Parliament appoint a special envoy to focus on Darfur and to play a working role with other countries to unify rebels, as well as provide expert help, financial resources, and equipment to the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur.

Justice
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Conservative

Rahim Jaffer Edmonton—Strathcona, AB

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is another lengthy petition signed by over 1,000 people from western Canada and northern Canada as well. This petition is on behalf of Dylan Cole McGillis, an unsuspecting victim of an unprovoked violent and fatal attack, and on behalf of thousands of other Canadian citizens who are victims of violent crimes.

The petitioners are calling on the House of Commons to introduce legislation whereby violent offenders would be subject to mandatory minimum sentences regardless of age.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Macleod
Alberta

Conservative

Ted Menzies Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

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

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Is that agreed?

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Macleod
Alberta

Conservative

Ted Menzies Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

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

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Is that agreed?

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Aboriginal Affairs
Request for Emergency Debate
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The Chair has received an application for an emergency debate from the hon. member for Nanaimo—Cowichan. I will hear her now.