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 language.

Topics

Procedure and House Affairs
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:30 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Pursuant to Standing Order 91.1(2) the report is deemed adopted.

Foreign Affairs and International Development
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Conservative

Kevin Sorenson Crowfoot, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the fourth report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development concerning the violation of human rights in Kenya.

Mathieu Da Costa Day Act
Routine Proceedings

February 6th, 2008 / 3:35 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Jennings Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine, QC

asked for leave to introduce Bill C-501, An Act to establish Mathieu Da Costa Day.

She said: Mr. Speaker, as a Canadian of African descent from Quebec, it is an honour for me to introduce this bill which would designate the first Monday in February in each and every year as Mathieu Da Costa Day.

An interpreter, Mathieu Da Costa is credited with being the first black man in Canada and was likely an important player in European exploration of the continent. Da Costa is believed to have worked alongside both Pierre du Gua de Monts, a leader in the establishment of French settlements in eastern Canada, and Samuel de Champlain, who selected the site for the settlement that later became Quebec City.

Given this is the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City, it is my hope that my colleagues in the House will support my efforts at having Da Costa's contributions to our country's history recognized.

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

Fisheries and Oceans
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

York—Simcoe
Ontario

Conservative

Peter Van Loan Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 66(2)(a) I would like to designate Thursday, February 7 for the purpose of concluding debate on the motion to concur in the first report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.

Veterans Affairs
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Conservative

Dean Allison Niagara West—Glanbrook, ON

Mr. Speaker, I believe you would find unanimous consent for the following motion on the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs travel. I move:

That, notwithstanding the motion adopted on December 13, 2007, in relation to its study on veterans health care review and the veterans independence program, 10 members of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs be authorized to travel to Shearwater, Nova Scotia; Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador; Cold Lake, Alberta; and Comox, B.C. from February 10 to 15, and that the necessary staff accompany the committee.

Veterans Affairs
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Does the hon. member for Niagara West—Glanbrook have the unanimous consent of the House to propose this motion?

Veterans Affairs
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Veterans Affairs
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The House has heard the terms of the motion. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Veterans Affairs
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Veterans Affairs
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

(Motion agreed to)

Justice
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

NDP

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from a number of citizens and residents of Canada who have expressed shock with regard to the death of Mr. Robert Dziekanski on October 14, 2007 in Vancouver airport.

The petitioners demand answers from the House of Commons to the following questions. Is the standard procedure for RCMP, which has other restraining devices and bullet proof vests, to surround and attack citizens with a taser without obvious threat? Is it a standard procedure for RCMP to create misleading public announcements as to what happened? Is it standard procedure for RCMP personnel not to provide basic CPR to a helpless and dying victim? How are citizens of this nation, with emotional distress or panic attacks, currently protected from being tasered?

Furthermore, they believe Canadian citizens are in danger since it is clearly evident that enforcement agencies are using deadly taser devices as a convenience tool and are breaking the rules of law.

They believe we should not wait until inquiries and probes are completed with recommendations by various agencies, including the RCMP. They therefore petition the House of Commons to act now, with an immediate moratorium on taser use by Canadian enforcement agencies.

Security and Prosperity Partnership
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

NDP

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

I have a second petition, Mr. Speaker, one in French and one in English. This is a call to suspend the security and prosperity partnership of North America on continental integration. They petition the Government of Canada as follows: Whereas the implementation of the security and prosperity partnership—

Security and Prosperity Partnership
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order, please. The hon. member for London—Fanshawe knows she cannot read the petition. When she said “as follows” and begins reading, she has a problem. It is a brief summary she is to give of a petition and I invite her to do that.

Security and Prosperity Partnership
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

NDP

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

Mr. Speaker, I will paraphrase. The petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to stop the implementation of the security and prosperity partnership of North America with the United States and Mexico. They believe there is no democratic mandate from the people of Canada. Nor has there been any parliamentary oversight. They consider there will be profound consequences on Canada's existence as a sovereign nation and its ability to adopt autonomous and sustainable economic, social and environmental policies.

Canada Post Corporation Act
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:40 p.m.

Conservative

Merv Tweed Brandon—Souris, MB

Mr. Speaker, the petitions continue to come in, in support of Bill C-458, An Act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act (library materials), which will protect and support the library book rate and extend it to include audiovisual materials.