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House of Commons Hansard #236 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was c-64.

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Government Response To PetitionsRoutine Proceedings

10 a.m.

Kingston and the Islands Ontario

Liberal

Peter Milliken LiberalParliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to two petitions.

Interparliamentary DelegationsRoutine Proceedings

October 3rd, 1995 / 10 a.m.

Bloc

Maurice Dumas Bloc Argenteuil—Papineau, QC

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the report of the Canadian group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which represented Canada at the special session of the Inter-Parliamentary Council on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, held in New York on August 30 and September 1, 1995.

PetitionsRoutine Proceedings

10 a.m.

Liberal

John Bryden Liberal Hamilton—Wentworth, ON

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I am pleased to rise in the House today to present a petition from the constituents of Hamilton-Wentworth. They call on Parliament to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and to adopt all the necessary measures to recognize the full equality of same sex relationships in federal law.

PetitionsRoutine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Liberal

Paul Szabo Liberal Mississauga South, ON

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I wish to present a petition that has been circulating all across Canada. This petition has been signed by a number of Canadians in my own riding of Mississauga South.

The petitioners would like to draw to the attention of the House that managing the family home and caring for preschool children is an honourable profession which has not been recognized for its value to our society. They also state that the Income Tax Act discriminates against families that make the choice to provide care in the home to preschool children, the disabled, the chronically ill and the aged.

The petitioners therefore pray and call on Parliament to pursue initiatives to eliminate tax discrimination against families that decide to provide care in the home to preschool children, the disabled, the chronically ill and the aged.

PetitionsRoutine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

NDP

John Solomon NDP Regina—Lumsden, SK

Madam Speaker, I stand pursuant to Standing Order 36 to present two petitions.

The first is on behalf of constituents from Regina-Lumsden and other parts of Saskatchewan who are unhappy with the fact that the Senate is unelected and unaccountable, and is nothing but a home for recipients of Liberal and Tory patronage which cost Canadians $54 million a year.

The petitioners call on the House of Commons to undertake a constitutional amendment to abolish the Senate. I am happy to present this petition on behalf of my constituents.

PetitionsRoutine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

NDP

John Solomon NDP Regina—Lumsden, SK

Madam Speaker, the second petition is from a number of constituents from Regina-Lumsden as well as from citizens in other parts of Saskatchewan like Fort Qu'Appelle and Saskatoon.

The petitioners are opposed to the approval of the synthetic bovine growth hormone known as BGH or BST, a drug injected into cows to increase milk production. They call on Parliament to take steps to keep BGH out of Canada through legislating a moratorium or stoppage on BGH use and sale until the year 2000 and examining the outstanding health and economic questions through independent and transparent review.

PetitionsRoutine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Maheu)

I am sorry, that was pretty close to debate.

Business Of The HouseRoutine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Reform

Bob Ringma Reform Nanaimo—Cowichan, BC

Madam Speaker, having consulted with the Bloc whip and the chief government whip, I think you will find there is unanimous consent for me to move:

That Private Members' Business will be dispensed with today, Tuesday, October 3 and that at 5.30 p.m. the time be called 6.30 p.m.

Business Of The HouseRoutine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Maheu)

The House has heard the member's motion. Is there unanimous consent?

Business Of The HouseRoutine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Business Of The HouseRoutine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Some hon. members

No.

Questions On The Order PaperRoutine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Kingston and the Islands Ontario

Liberal

Peter Milliken LiberalParliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

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

Questions On The Order PaperRoutine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Maheu)

Is that agreed?

Questions On The Order PaperRoutine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

The House resumed from October 2 consideration of the motion that Bill C-93, an act to amend the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, the Income Tax Act and the Tax Court of Canada Act, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

Cultural Property Export And Import ActGovernment Orders

10:10 a.m.

Kingston and the Islands Ontario

Liberal

Peter Milliken LiberalParliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Madam Speaker, the other day I had the opportunity to speak on a Reform amendment to this bill. I must admit my remarks were somewhat hurried and I was unable to review certain material before I was able to make those remarks.

Today, having had ample opportunity to reflect on the excellent material available in support of the bill put out by the office of the minister and the department, I want to again praise the minister for introducing Bill C-93. It is a very good bill. It has been earnestly sought after by members of the cultural community who appreciate the very significant donations made to galleries, museums, archives and libraries by donors who own valuable cultural treasures.

The department estimates that $60 million a year is donated to Canadian institutions. These very significant gifts are of possible tax benefit to the donor who may claim a deduction in respect to the value of the gift. I note the deduction that can be claimed in each case is only half the value. It is not the full value. It is substantially less than that. The part which is eligible as a tax credit therefore is much more modest than has been suggested in some of the remarks made by hon. members opposite.

Donors, museums, galleries and professional associations have lobbied for the right to appeal the determination made by the review board which currently makes determinations of value, and this bill gives that right. It is only fair, it is only just and I think the bill deserves the support of all hon. members, particularly when we look at the substantial value of the gifts made to these institutions. Without these kinds of gifts many of these institutions would not be able to acquire the very substantial works of art they now receive.

I submit this is a fair and reasonable way of proceeding and I urge all hon. members to support the bill in light of the facts and figures I have been able to bring to the attention of the House.

Cultural Property Export And Import ActGovernment Orders

10:15 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Maheu)

Is the House ready for the question?

Cultural Property Export And Import ActGovernment Orders

10:15 a.m.

Some hon. members

Question.

Cultural Property Export And Import ActGovernment Orders

10:15 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Maheu)

Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Cultural Property Export And Import ActGovernment Orders

10:15 a.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Cultural Property Export And Import ActGovernment Orders

10:15 a.m.

Some hon. members

No.

Cultural Property Export And Import ActGovernment Orders

10:15 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Maheu)

All those in favour of the motion will please say yea.

Cultural Property Export And Import ActGovernment Orders

10:15 a.m.

Some hon. members

Yea.

Cultural Property Export And Import ActGovernment Orders

10:15 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Maheu)

All those opposed will please say nay.

Cultural Property Export And Import ActGovernment Orders

10:15 a.m.

Some hon. members

Nay.