House of Commons Hansard #129 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was workers.

Topics

Suicide Prevention
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

Conservative

Colin Mayes Okanagan—Shuswap, BC

Madam Speaker, today I rise to present a petition from my constituents of Okanagan--Shuswap.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to adopt legislation to recognize suicide as a public health issue. They are asking Parliament to provide guidelines for suicide prevention, promote collaborative and knowledge exchange regarding suicide, promote evidence-based solutions and define best practices for the prevention of suicide.

Search and Rescue
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

Liberal

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

Madam Speaker, I rise today to present a petition signed by 10,000 Canadians from coast to coast to coast. This petition has to do with the tragic death of Burton Winters in Labrador, something with which we are all familiar.

The petitioners call upon the federal government to commit to full-time and fully operational search and rescue services to be placed in Labrador.

Those of us who are familiar with Labrador know only too well the difficult terrain and the circumstances under which people can sometimes get lost. The reality is that this tragedy should never have happened. If search and rescue services were on the ground, if they had responded in the manner in which they should have responded, everyone who has signed this petition, all 10,000 people, fully believe that Burton Winters would be alive today.

The petitioners call upon the federal government to commit to full-time, fully operational search and rescue services in Labrador.

Pensions
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

NDP

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

Madam Speaker, I have a petition from a number of constituents who are calling on the government to end poverty among seniors.

Almost a year ago in the House I presented a motion calling on the government to improve guaranteed income supplement benefits so that seniors could be lifted out of poverty. Here we are a year later, and the government has done nothing but give us bogus pension plans and a threat to reduce the old age security--

Pensions
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

NDP

The Deputy Speaker Denise Savoie

I am sorry to interrupt the hon. member. The hon. Chief Government Whip is rising on a point of order.

Pensions
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Conservative

Gordon O'Connor Carleton—Mississippi Mills, ON

Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. People presenting petitions are not supposed to advocate for them and they are not supposed to comment on them. They are just supposed to read them.

Pensions
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

NDP

The Deputy Speaker Denise Savoie

Is the hon. member for Saanich—Gulf Islands rising on the same point of order?

Pensions
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Green

Elizabeth May Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Yes, Madam Speaker. I just want to make sure I understand the rules clearly and what the hon. government whip has said.

I understand that we are not supposed to read petitions and that we are supposed to summarize them. I agree we are not supposed to make long speeches about them. I do not believe it is appropriate to read petitions.

Pensions
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

NDP

The Deputy Speaker Denise Savoie

I thank hon. members for their comments. Just to clarify, it is quite accurate that petitions should not be read verbatim. They should be summarized. The exercise is not to indicate either support or opposition, but simply to represent petitioners' ideas.

I would ask the hon. member for London—Fanshawe to complete her petition so that others can speak.

Pensions
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

NDP

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

Madam Speaker, I will summarize the wishes of the people of Canada.

The petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to make the appropriate investments in guaranteed income supplement to lift every senior out of poverty.

Poverty
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Conservative

Nina Grewal Fleetwood—Port Kells, BC

Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise today on behalf of the constituents of Fleetwood--Port Kells to present a petition signed by a number of residents of my riding.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to ensure the swift passage of Bill C-233, an act to eliminate poverty in Canada and develop and implement a strategy for poverty elimination.

Housing
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

NDP

Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet Hochelaga, QC

Madam Speaker, the signatures keep flooding in. Once again today, I am very pleased to table in the House two stacks of petitions from FRAPRU. One is from Winnipeg and the other from places all over Quebec. These are to be added to the 27,000 other petitions that have already been submitted.

It is therefore becoming ever clearer that Canadians are calling on the federal government to provide sufficient funding to renovate, upgrade and modernize all social housing units and to continue to fund the subsidies that mean that low-income tenants do not have to choose between paying the rent and paying to put food on the table.

41st General Election
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Green

Elizabeth May Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Madam Speaker, I will attempt to live up to my interpretation of the rules.

I am presenting petitions from residents of Halifax and Kingston. The first petition calls upon the government to take note of the reports of electoral fraud in the 2011 federal election and to appoint an independent inquiry to get to the bottom of the situation.

Human Rights
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Green

Elizabeth May Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Madam Speaker, the second petition I am presenting is primarily from residents of Toronto. It speaks to an issue that I know concerns members on all sides of the House, which is the ongoing question of human rights in China. Specifically, petitioners wish to see the Government of Canada speak clearly to the People's Republic of China about our concern, shared on both sides of the House, for the fate of people practising Falun Dafa.

I would also add we are also concerned for the fate of people in Tibet and for practising Christians in China.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

May 29th, 2012 / 10:10 a.m.

Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Tom Lukiwski Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Madam Speaker, I ask that all questions be allowed to stand.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

NDP

The Deputy Speaker Denise Savoie

Is that agreed?