House of Commons Hansard #119 of the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was drugs.

Topics

Keeping Canadians Safe (Protecting Borders) Act
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Conservative

Interparliamentary Delegations
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Yasmin Ratansi Don Valley East, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure to present to the House, in both official languages, the report from the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union regarding its attendance at the Conference for Chairpersons and Members of Parliamentary Bodies dealing with gender equality and a response to violence against women, December 2 to 4, 2008, Geneva, Switzerland.

Human Resources Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

November 27th, 2009 / 12:05 p.m.

Conservative

Dean Allison Niagara West—Glanbrook, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the seventh report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities in relation to Bill C-56, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. The committee has studied the bill and has decided to report the bill back to the House with amendments.

I also wish to thank all members of committee from both sides of the House for their hard work and their spirit of co-operation in getting this bill through committee.

Canadian Mission in Afghanistan
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Bob Rae Toronto Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the third report of the Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan.

The committee wishes to bring to the attention of the House its belief that a breach of privilege has occurred in the context of its study on the transfer of Afghan detainees.

Notice of Motion
Ways and Means
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Prince George—Peace River
B.C.

Conservative

Jay Hill Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 83(1) I wish to table a notice of a ways and means motion to amend the Excise Tax Act. I ask that an order of the day be designated for consideration of the motion.

Fraser River Sockeye
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

NDP

Jim Maloway Elmwood—Transcona, MB

Mr. Speaker, I present the largest petition I have seen in the House in a year.

The petitioners call for an independent judicial inquiry on the salmon crisis. Nine million sockeye salmon have disappeared during the summer's migration to the Fraser River, the lowest return in 50 years. This is a crisis similar in magnitude to the collapse of the Atlantic cod stocks, which devastated the east coast. It is dramatically affecting the way of life and the livelihood of west coast communities, first nations, recreational fishing, commercial fisheries and businesses.

It was determined that a factor in the Atlantic cod collapse was government suppression of scientific facts. The resulting closure of public fisheries and the loss of millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs in the commercial fishing industry is negatively impacting the B.C. economy with hardships and layoffs for many people directly and indirectly associated with wild salmon fishing and wilderness tourism.

It is unclear whether the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has fulfilled its obligations to effectively and responsibly manage this important resource and it is uncertain as to what meaningful action the department will undertake to ensure the long-term viability of all the salmon on the west coast.

The petitioners call upon the government to establish an independent judicial inquiry under the federal Inquiries Act that would fully explore the real facts and consult with scientists and stakeholders to determine what went wrong with this year's sockeye run.

Firearms Registry
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present three petitions from constituents. The first one is in regard to the long gun registry.

The petitioners point out that the long gun registry was originally budgeted to cost Canadians $2 million, but the price tag spiralled out of control to an estimated $2 billion a decade later. They point out that the registry has not saved one life since it was introduced.

They call upon the House of Commons to support legislation that would cancel the long gun registry and streamline the Firearms Act.

Employment Insurance
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is in regard to medical benefits.

The petitioners point out that when a parent and caregiver of a child who has a life-threatening or serious illness like cancer must take care of the child full-time when the child falls ill and undergoes treatment like surgery, that parent or caregiver does not qualify for long-term medical EI insurance.

They call upon the House of Commons to enact specific legislation to improve additional medical EI benefits at least equal to maternity EI benefits.

Protection of Human Life
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, the last petition from my constituents is in regard to life.

The residents of Canada draw attention to the fact that Canada is a country which respects life and includes in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that everyone has the right to life.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to pass legislation for the protection of human life from the time of conception until natural death.

Fraser River Sockeye
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

NDP

Claude Gravelle Nickel Belt, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition that is 30 pages long and is signed by hundreds of Canadians from coast to coast.

The petitioners urgently call on the government to establish an independent judicial inquiry under the federal Inquiries Act that would fully explore all the facts, consult with scientists and stakeholders, determine what went wrong with this year's sockeye run and present a public report with binding solutions within six months.

Animal Welfare
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Joyce Murray Vancouver Quadra, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition to present to the House in support of the universal declaration on animal welfare.

The residents of Vancouver Quadra and around the Lower Mainland draw to the attention of the House that there is a scientific consensus and public acknowledgement that animals can feel pain and suffer and that all efforts should be made to prevent animal cruelty and reduce animal suffering.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to support a universal declaration on animal welfare.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Cypress Hills—Grasslands
Saskatchewan

Conservative

David Anderson Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, a revised response to Question No. 433, originally answered on November 16, 2009 will be tabled today.

Question No. 433
Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Dan McTeague Pickering—Scarborough East, ON

With regard to the government’s handling of the Omar Khadr and Abousfian Abdelrazik cases, for each case: (b) what is the breakdown of all outside consultants hired for any purpose, including public relations, and the value of the associated contracts?

Question No. 433
Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Niagara Falls
Ontario

Conservative

Rob Nicholson Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the response to part (b) is revised as follows: The government contracted one outside consultant to work on the Abousfian Abdelrazik file. A total fee of $1,890.00 was paid for this service.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

David Anderson Cypress Hills—Grasslands, SK

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