Mr. Speaker, I rise today to place before this House a petition co-ordinated by Holy Cross High School in St. Catharines and signed by almost 3,000 of my constituents in the surrounding areas.
As you know, Mr. Speaker, I have spoken in the House before about the harm to society of serial killer cards. The petitioners state that they support the efforts of Mrs. Debbie Mahaffy in her quest to have the importation of killer cards seized at the Canada-U.S. border to stop their distribution in Canada.
The cards published by Eclipse Comic Books, the True Crime Trading Cards and other publishers feature the crimes of serial killers, mass murderers and gangsters. We do not want these cards in our communities.
The petition continues: We abhor crimes of violence against persons and we believe that killer trading cards offer nothing positive for children or adults to admire or emulate but rather contribute to violence. Therefore the undersigned, your petitioners, humbly pray and call upon this Parliament of Canada to amend the laws of Canada to prohibit the importation, distribution, sale and manufacture of killer cards in law and to advise producers of killer cards that their product if destined for Canada will be seized and destroyed.
May I reiterate my support for this petition which I table in the House today and thank the member for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell for his assistance and support.