House of Commons Hansard #118 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was fraud.

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Public Health Agency of Canada Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Liberal

Kirsty Duncan Etobicoke North, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-609, An Act to amend the Public Health Agency of Canada Act (National Alzheimer Office).

Mr. Speaker, my bill, an act to establish a national Alzheimer office within the Public Health Agency of Canada, aims to reduce the rising tide of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in Canada.

The bill calls for the office to: develop a national plan to address dementia, in conjunction with the provincial and territorial health departments, with specific goals and an annual report to Parliament; take necessary measures to accelerate the discovery and development of treatments that would prevent, halt or reverse the course of dementia; encourage greater investment in all areas of dementia research; coordinate with international bodies to contribute to the fight against dementia globally and to build on Canada's existing contributions in this field; assess and disseminate best practices, improving the quality of life of people with dementia and their caregivers; and make recommendations to support and strengthen Canada's dementia care workforce.

I hope all hon. members will support the bill.

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

Protection of Beneficiaries of Long Term Disability Benefits Plans Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Liberal

Judy Sgro York West, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-610, An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (protection of beneficiaries of long term disability benefits plans).

Mr. Speaker, in March of this year, Senator Art Eggleton presented Bill S-216 in the Senate. In simple terms, that bill would have made certain that hundreds of sick, disabled and dying Canadians had their medical benefits protected in the wake of the collapse of Nortel.

Despite expert testimony of the Senate Banking Committee, which stated that Bill S-216 was both financially sound and legally prudent, partisan considerations in the Senate defeated it last week. Today I am presenting a legislative package that is identical to S-216.

Every now and again, we as legislators are given the opportunity to do something truly good for the people we are here to represent, something that is far bigger than partisan politics. In my mind, this is one of those opportunities.

Together, all of us can prevent these people from being evicted from their homes when their benefits are revoked this Christmas. I ask my colleagues in all parties to do the right thing. Together we can help these desperate and disabled people.

As time is of the essence and this is an urgent situation, I would ask the House for unanimous consent to pass the bill at all legislative stages and to refer it to the Senate for concurrence today.

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

Protection of Beneficiaries of Long Term Disability Benefits Plans Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Liberal

Judy Sgro York West, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I again ask for unanimous consent. This affects 400 Nortel people, at minimum, who are on long-term disability. Their benefits are finished on December 31. The bill has gone through the Senate. It has had hearings there. Unfortunately, it was rejected at the Senate, but the House could pass it today and refer it to the Senate for concurrence and help those 400 people.

Protection of Beneficiaries of Long Term Disability Benefits Plans Act
Routine Proceedings

3:45 p.m.

Conservative

The Deputy Speaker Andrew Scheer

Is the hon. member seeking unanimous consent to read the bill a second time now?

Protection of Beneficiaries of Long Term Disability Benefits Plans Act
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

Judy Sgro York West, ON

Yes, Mr. Speaker.

Protection of Beneficiaries of Long Term Disability Benefits Plans Act
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Conservative

The Deputy Speaker Andrew Scheer

Does the House give its consent?

Protection of Beneficiaries of Long Term Disability Benefits Plans Act
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

No.

Haida Gwaii Income Tax Zoning Act
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

NDP

Nathan Cullen Skeena—Bulkley Valley, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-611, An Act regarding the inclusion of Haida Gwaii as a prescribed northern zone under the Income Tax Act.

Mr. Speaker, this is tax fairness for the residents of Haida Gwaii who have been waiting too long for governments, one after another, that have successfully punished people living in remote and rural communities.

The bill would change the Income Tax Act to allow the remote communities in Haida Gwaii to be included in the northern living allowance.

Haida Gwaii has become famous for its powerful scenery, its incredible cultures and strong people, but it is also known to be a very expensive place to live due to its remoteness. BC Ferries and other crown corporations have been hurting the residents of Haida Gwaii, increasing the prices of everything. The government can act on this by including it, as it did for the community of Mackenzie some years ago, in the northern living allowance and allowing people in Haida Gwaii to finally have some sort of recovery ability for their economy and their communities by having tax fairness for Haida Gwaii.

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

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

December 15th, 2010 / 3:50 p.m.

Bloc

Maria Mourani Ahuntsic, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-612, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce today, on behalf of the Bloc Québécois, a bill on human trafficking. The purpose of this bill, prepared in concert with police officers in the field, is to give consecutive sentences to human traffickers and pimps. We are seeking reverse onus in cases of exploitation of persons and also seeking confiscation of the proceeds of crime.

We want to give a much clearer definition to the words “human trafficking” and “exploitation” in order to give police the tools they need to make appropriate arrests. We also want the burden of proof not to fall on the victims.

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

Federal Law-Civil Law Harmonization Act, No. 3
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Conservative

Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

Yasmin Ratansi Don Valley East, ON

Mr. Speaker, there have been discussions among the parties and I think you would find unanimous consent for the following motion. I move:

That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, the debate pursuant to Standing Order 66 on Motion No. 16 to concur in the first report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, scheduled for later today, be deemed to have taken place, all questions necessary to dispose of the motion be deemed put and a recorded division be deemed requested and deferred until Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at the expiry of the time provided for government orders.

Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Conservative

The Deputy Speaker Andrew Scheer

Does the member have the unanimous consent of the House to move the motion?

Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Conservative

The Deputy Speaker Andrew Scheer

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

Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.