House of Commons Hansard #15 of the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was first.

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Heart Month
Statements By Members

February 13th, 2009 / 11:05 a.m.

Conservative

Andrew Saxton North Vancouver, BC

Mr. Speaker, when we flip our calendars to February, our thoughts turn to matters of the heart. While romance is in the air, we also need to pay attention to our heart health.

February is Heart Month in Canada. It is a time to reduce our risk of heart disease, Canada's leading cause of death. About 40,000 people experience cardiac arrest or a heart attack each year in Canada. Some of the contributing factors that one should be aware of include a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity.

For the past three years I have served as a director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Yukon. During this time I have learned that in many cases heart disease can be prevented. Being physically active, following a healthy diet, and eliminating tobacco use can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease.

Mr. Speaker, put your heart into it; who knows, one day the life you save might just be your own.

International Childhood Cancer Day
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Bloc

France Bonsant Compton—Stanstead, QC

Mr. Speaker, February 15 will mark International Childhood Cancer Day and so I would like to mention a few facts about this illness.

The most common cancers in children and adolescents are leukemia, lymphoma and tumours of the central nervous system, and they are different from those that affect adults. Cancer is the leading cause of death in children between the ages of 0 and 14. This year in Quebec 230 children in this age group will contract cancer. Sadly, 40 will die as a result.

Although a great deal of progress has been made, the fight is not over yet. Therefore, I invite my colleagues to salute the volunteers, doctors and other health professionals in their communities devoted to working with children suffering from cancer.

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Conservative

Bruce Stanton Simcoe North, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am rising today to congratulate the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics on its appointment of nine additional distinguished research chairs.

The new chairs include: Yakir Aharonov of Chapman University; Nima Arkani-Hamed of the Institute for Advanced Study; Neta Bahcall of Princeton University; Juan Ignacio Cirac of the Max Planck Institute; Gia Dvali of CERN and NYU; Subir Sachdev of Harvard University; Ashoke Sen of the Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Leonard Susskind of Stanford University; and Xiao-Gang Wen of MIT. This teams joins Stephen Hawking at the institute.

This government is proud of its commitment to the Perimeter Institute as it continues to strive to be a world-class facility and retain world-class talent.

Human Rights
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Liberal

Borys Wrzesnewskyj Etobicoke Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, in recent days, letters from students of Mr. Mitchell Bubulj's grade 11 genocide and crimes against humanity class at Silverthorn Collegiate Institute have been arriving at my office. These students are part of a groundbreaking course studying genocide, established by the Toronto District School Board.

The students are profoundly moved by the horror and scale of man's inhumanity toward other human beings: the Holocaust, the Holodomor, Rwanda, and today Darfur.

Braden Page wrote, “every month 5,000 lives are lost in Darfur”. Alicia Rogers noted, “the genocide in Darfur in relation to Ontario...would be like wiping out all of Toronto...so please help”.

The Toronto District School Board is to be congratulated for establishing this course. Mr. Bubulj is to be congratulated for implementing it at Silverthorn.

We often repeat the phrase “never again”. High school students from Toronto are asking their members of Parliament, when will we mean it?

British Columbia
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, the government has delivered tangible benefits for British Columbia.

B.C. was the first province to sign an infrastructure agreement with the federal government. This will help deliver B.C.'s share of the $18 billion over two years to help build roads and bridges and fund the Evergreen transit line that will serve Burnaby and the tricities, growing communities that will benefit for decades from this investment.

B.C.'s Conservative MPs fought hard to deliver for our province and I am proud of what we have accomplished. We have met the downturn in the forest industry with billions of dollars toward hard-hit communities across Canada. Much of this will be directed toward communities in British Columbia. The people of the forest sector will benefit from our expanded EI program.

Our record has been made in B.C. front and centre. The residents of B.C. recognize that by re-electing Conservatives and decreasing Liberals and New Democrats, they are getting true representation in Ottawa.

The few remaining Liberal MPs have been demoted by their new leader.

Xstrata Layoffs
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

NDP

Glenn Thibeault Sudbury, ON

Mr. Speaker, last Monday my constituents were victims to this economic downturn when foreign-owned mining company Xstrata announced the layoff of 686 workers.

The government had an agreement with the company that there would be no layoffs for three years, and they broke it. The government claimed Xstrata would invest millions in Sudbury. We now know this money was already committed.

While the government tries to save face, the New Democrats and I are calling for real action for those who have lost their jobs. My party is behind the 686 laid-off workers. We have been standing in the House all week to hold the government accountable, to stand up for my constituents who have lost their jobs and their security.

Next Tuesday, New Democrat leader Jack Layton will be in my riding to listen to the concerns--

Xstrata Layoffs
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Conservative

The Deputy Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order, order. The hon. member has 15 seconds left and he should refrain from using proper names.

Xstrata Layoffs
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

NDP

Glenn Thibeault Sudbury, ON

Mr. Speaker, next Tuesday, our leader will be in my riding to listen to the concerns of the nearly 700 workers and their families who are now facing this economic crisis without a paycheque.

It is now time for solutions and that is exactly what the community will be addressing Tuesday night in my town.

Bloc Québécois
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Conservative

Daniel Petit Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-Charles, QC

Mr. Speaker, one wonders how the Bloc can claim to be the supreme defender of Quebec's interests when, in all the years it has spent in Ottawa, it has never been able to give Quebec a single cent. The Bloc has aligned itself both with the father of the clarity bill and with extremists. It is hard to know what it stands for.

It is becoming clear that what the Bloc wants, above all, is just plain confrontation. Yet Quebeckers do not want confrontation. The men and women of Quebec have always sought consensus. By advocating confrontation, the Bloc is going against Quebeckers' values.

The Bloc's latest achievement is to try to make Canadians believe Quebeckers are bitter and vindictive. The Bloc is tarnishing Quebec's reputation by making fear and hatred its favourite topics.

International Year of Astronomy
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Bloc

Paule Brunelle Trois-Rivières, QC

Mr. Speaker, on January 15, UNESCO launched the International Year of Astronomy. This year marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first observations using a telescope.

With the theme “The Universe, Yours to Discover”, UNESCO hopes to make this year a real opportunity for all people to learn more about the latest astronomical discoveries and inventions, as well as about the universe and our place in it.

Quebec has long shown an interest in astronomy, and this is reflected in such facilities as the Montreal Planetarium, the ASTROLab in Mont-Mégantic, the astronomy observatory at the CÉGEP de Trois-Rivières and the Club d'astronomie le ciel étoilé in Saint-Pierre-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud.

I hope that Quebeckers will take advantage of this year of astronomy to discover the wonders of our universe.

Canada-U.S. Relations
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Liberal

Alan Tonks York South—Weston, ON

Mr. Speaker, it should not be necessary to remind this House and Canadians that the United States is our largest trading partner and our closest ally. The visit of President Obama underscores the importance he places on our bilateral relationship.

President Obama has acted swiftly to bring about a stimulus package to get Americans working and the economy flowing. The government is challenged to work with the United States administration as it sets its course. As the United States announces unprecedented spending on economic stimulus, the government must ensure that Canada's interests are protected and advanced.

From energy to the environment, border issues to the automotive and forestry sectors, Canada and the United States share the opportunity to show the world the difference between vision and division as we engage global recession, climate change and desperate world poverty.

We should begin by working constructively to prevent American protectionism and stimulate the trade that has and must continue to flow across our borders.

Justice
Statements By Members

11:15 a.m.

Conservative

Ray Boughen Palliser, SK

Mr. Speaker, the influence of organized crime and gangs in our society continues to grow at an alarming rate. Criminal gangs disrupt our society and represent a real threat to the safety and well-being of all Canadians.

I am pleased to report that, yesterday, our law enforcement agencies struck a huge blow to organized crime and gang activities in Montreal. This massive effort was the result of more than three years of investigation as part of Operation Axe. I would like to commend all those officers involved and congratulate them for their great work.

Under this Prime Minister and this Conservative government, we have made significant investments to support law enforcement. We are now giving them the tools they need to take action and shut down these gangs.

We promised to get tough on crime and we are making good on that promise.

Airline Crash
Oral Questions

11:15 a.m.

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Wascana, SK

Mr. Speaker, a tragic plane crash occurred last night near Buffalo.

Fifty people were killed.

We all express our sincere sympathies to their families and loved ones.

The Buffalo airport is frequently used by Canadians just across the border. Could the government inform the House whether any Canadians were involved in last night's tragic accident? What do we know at this point?

I would like him to respond in both official languages.

Airline Crash
Oral Questions

11:15 a.m.

Pontiac
Québec

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, clearly, we as well are extremely saddened by the loss of life and want to extend our deepest sympathies to the families that are involved.

Representatives from the Consulate General in Buffalo, as a matter of fact, are at the crash site and remain in contact with local and airline authorities. Canadians are advised to consult local news reports for the latest information. To be specific, we do not have any proof as yet as to whether or not Canadians are involved.

Canada-U.S. Relations
Oral Questions

11:15 a.m.

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Wascana, SK

Mr. Speaker, in less than a week President Obama will make his first foreign visit and we are very glad it will be to Canada. However, Canadians are anxious to know what is on the agenda. What will the Prime Minister raise with the new President? Canadians do have a right to know that.

We are suffering through the worst recession since the 1930s. Just this week we have had devastating reports about job losses, bankruptcies, housing drops, and now a trade deficit. Out of all of that carnage, what will the Prime Minister say to the President to help fight U.S. protectionism and save Canadian jobs?