moved for leave to introduce Bill C-342, an act to amend the Income Tax Act (volunteers).
Madam Speaker, I thank all members of the House for allowing me to introduce the bill.
The bill recognizes that this is the international year of the volunteer. The bill would amend the Income Tax Act to allow all volunteers, who donate a minimum of 250 hours a year or more to a registered service, charity or non-profit sporting organization, to a tax deduction of up to $1,000. This would be similar to the tax deduction claimed by individuals who give cash contributions.
In my conversations with charity groups across the county, they think they would support the legislation. I look forward to its speedy passage. Again, this is another great idea by the NDP.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)
Bill C-23. On the Order: Government Orders
April 4, 2001—the Minister of Industry—Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology of Bill C-23, an act to amend the Competition Act and the Competition Tribunal Act.