House of Commons Hansard #113 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was cuts.

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International Trade
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

NDP

Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am sure members are aware that next week is National Mental Health Week, from May 7 to 13. In advance of that, today is the national day of action for the Not Myself Today campaign that draws attention to mental health in Canada and the fact that we all need to be aware of it, we are all affected by it and we all need to take action.

There have been discussions among the parties and I believe if you seek it, you will find that there is consent for the following motion: That this House pledge its support for the Not Myself Today campaign and urges all Canadians to show their commitment to improved mental health and affirm the pledge of the campaign, “Mental health can no longer be ignored. We are all affected. We are all touched by it”.

International Trade
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Does the hon. member have the unanimous consent of the House to propose this motion?

International Trade
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

No.

Abortion
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

April 30th, 2012 / 3:20 p.m.

Conservative

Merv Tweed Brandon—Souris, MB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present two sets of petitions.

The first petition calls on Parliament to speedily enact legislation that restricts abortion to the greatest extent possible.

Rights of the Unborn
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Conservative

Merv Tweed Brandon—Souris, MB

Mr. Speaker, the second petition, again signed by members from western Manitoba.

The petitioners call on the House assembled to confirm that every human being is recognized by Canadian law as human by amending section 223 of our Criminal Code in such a way as to reflect 21st century medical evidence.

Katimavik
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

NDP

Charmaine Borg Terrebonne—Blainville, QC

Mr. Speaker, today I am presenting a petition signed by over 300 young and not-so-young Canadians who are very frustrated by the government's decision to eliminate funding for Katimavik.

The petition specifically calls on the government to recognize the value of the program for all Canadian communities and Canadian youth.

I urge the government to read the petition and take the opinion of these 300-plus people into consideration.

Old Age Security
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Kevin Lamoureux Winnipeg North, MB

Mr. Speaker, it is with pleasure that I table today a petition in regard to old age security and the increase in age from 65 to 67.

On that note, the Prime Minister needs to know that what he is doing to the pensions of seniors is wrong. I am prepared to take this issue into the next election and fight for our seniors. We need to protect the right of people to retire at age 65 and we need to ensure that the level of income that our seniors receive is enough to provide for a basic standard of living. Put simply, our seniors deserve better.

Rights of the Unborn
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Conservative

Stephen Woodworth Kitchener Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to rise in the House today to present a petition from hundreds of residents in Kitchener, Ontario in support of Motion No. 312. The principle that basic human rights are inherent and inalienable, not a gift of the state which can be cancelled or withdrawn, is a bedrock constitutional and moral principle of Canadian law in the 21st century.

Therefore, my constituents ask Parliament to ensure that section 223 of our Criminal Code is amended to reflect 21st century evidence and to confirm that every human being is recognized by Canadian law as a human being.

Justice
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

NDP

Andrew Cash Davenport, ON

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

The Minister of Public Safety stood in the House not many weeks ago and told Canadians that if they were against the Conservatives' lawful access legislation, then they stood with pornographers.

I present a petition from members of my riding who beg to differ with the Minister of Public Safety. They have grave concerns about the government's lawful access legislation. In particular, parts of the bill compel telecommunications companies to gather, collect and store personal information from their users and then allow law enforcement agencies to access that legislation without a warrant.

The petition I present today addresses that very grave concern from the members of my constituency.

Canada Post
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

NDP

Andrew Cash Davenport, ON

Mr. Speaker, the second petition involves a corporate postal station that Canada Post has suggested it will close in my riding of Davenport. Many people have signed a petition with a lot of concern because they use this postal station everyday. It is wheelchair accessible and there is no other station is in that area.

Old Age Security
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Judy Foote Random—Burin—St. George's, NL

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present a petition on behalf of constituents from the area of Kippens, Stephenville Crossing and Stephenville in the western part of my riding. They have asked me to present this petition because they object to the Prime Minister's move to increase the age of eligibility for old age security from 65 to 67.

The petitioners say that they find it difficult enough as it is to make ends meet and to have to work another two years to qualify just does not make a lot of sense to them, especially if they work in an environment that is physically challenging, such as fish plants or on the ocean.

They ask that the Prime Minister and the government reconsider this decision and take into account what this will mean in terms of the toll it will take on senior citizens.

Rights of the Unborn
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Conservative

Rob Merrifield Yellowhead, AB

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the residents in my constituency, I have two petitions.

The first petition calls upon Parliament to confirm that every human being be recognized by Canadian law as a human being by amending section 223 of the Criminal Code in such a way to reflect 21st century medical evidence.

Abortion
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Conservative

Rob Merrifield Yellowhead, AB

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is from constituents in my riding who ask that we speedily enact legislation to restrict abortion to the greatest extent possible.

Electro-Motive Diesel
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

NDP

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from the community of London and former workers of Electro-Motive Diesel.

The petitioners want the Parliament of Canada to know that Caterpillar illegally removed equipment from the EMD plant, forced a lockout of its workers in December of 2011, demanded that they take a 50% reduction in wages, slashed benefits and asked them to accept a reduced and insecure pension plan. All the while, these workers had increased productivity by 20% and the company was making billions and billions in additional profits.

The petitioners want the Parliament of Canada to investigate the conditions of sale of Electro-Motive Diesel to Caterpillar and to immediately enforce any and all appropriate penalties should there be violations under the Investment Canada Act.

We would also like to see the Investment Canada Act strengthened so this does not happen to other workers in our communities.

Justice
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Simms Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, NL

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from Newfoundland and Labrador regarding criminal punishment.

The petitioners point out that crime has decreased over the past while and therefore we should put the emphasis on rehabilitation as opposed to just simply looking at criminal punishment as the only way to deal with crime.

The petitioners come from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Conception Bay South, as well as Gander.