This week, I changed much of the tech behind this site. If you see anything that looks like a bug, please let me know!

House of Commons Hansard #65 of the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was policy.

Topics

AfghanistanRoutine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

AfghanistanRoutine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Peter Milliken

(Motion agreed to)

AfghanistanRoutine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

Mario Silva Liberal Davenport, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have consulted with members of all parties and I believe if you seek it, there will be unanimous consent to pass the following motion: “That, in the opinion of this House, September of every year be declared ovarian cancer awareness month”.

Ovarian cancer affects us all and I am honoured to see the House united in such an important cause.

AfghanistanRoutine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Peter Milliken

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

AfghanistanRoutine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

No.

AfghanistanRoutine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Peter Milliken

There is no unanimous consent.

Income TrustsPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Szabo Liberal Mississauga South, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present this income trust broken promise petition.

The petitioners, who come from Scarborough, Ontario, remind the House that the Prime Minister promised that he was not going to tax income trusts, but he actually broke that promise by imposing a 31.5% punitive tax which permanently wiped out over $25 billion of the hard-earned retirement savings of over two million Canadians, many of whom are seniors.

The petitioners therefore call upon the government to admit that the decision to tax income trusts was based on flawed methodology and incorrect assumptions; to apologize to those who were unfairly harmed by this broken promise; and to repeal the punitive 31.5% tax on income trusts.

The Quebec Nation and Bill 101PetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Bloc

Richard Nadeau Bloc Gatineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, I am tabling a petition signed by 769 Quebeckers who are calling on the Government of Canada to demonstrate that it respects the Quebec nation and Bill 101.

Charitable Tax CreditPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

NDP

Brian Masse NDP Windsor West, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am happy to table two sets of petitions. The first set is on Bill C-476 and I am glad the member for Winnipeg Centre is here.

This bill addresses the charitable tax rate in this country. It introduces more generous tax deductions for those who give to charities. It mirrors the political tax credit which is very generous right now. The bill would revolutionize charitable giving in Canada. It would make it fairer and would treat charities the same as political parties.

As well, it is of interest to note that the government has actually reduced the charitable tax rate. It has actually gone in the opposite direction. Right now we have submissions from around 200 people on this issue.

Animal Cruelty LegislationPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

NDP

Brian Masse NDP Windsor West, ON

Mr. Speaker, the second set of petitions is related to animal cruelty. The petitioners are calling for changes to the animal cruelty laws, which have not been dealt with since 1892.

It is important to note that thousands of people in my area alone have signed the petition to update the animal cruelty laws.

The member for Windsor—Tecumseh has been active on this case and we are looking forward to seeing him bring amendments to the Senate bill.

It is important to note that this law has not changed since 1892 and New Democrats have been pushing for more responsible animal cruelty legislation in this country.

AsbestosPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin NDP Winnipeg Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from thousands of Canadians from right across the country. They note that asbestos is the greatest industrial killer the world has ever known, yet Canada remains one of the largest producers and exporters of asbestos in the world. Canada spends millions subsidizing the asbestos industry and blocking international efforts to curb its use all around the world.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to ban asbestos in all its forms and institute a just transition program for asbestos workers and the communities they live in, and to end all government subsidies to asbestos both at home and abroad. They call upon Canada to stop blocking international health and safety conventions designed to protect workers from asbestos, such as the Rotterdam Convention.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness MonthRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Liberal

Mario Silva Liberal Davenport, ON

Mr. Speaker, I believe at this time that if you consult the House there will be unanimous consent to pass the following motion: I move:

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should designate September of each year as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Ovarian cancer affects us all and I am honoured to see the House united on such an important issue.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness MonthRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Liberal Wascana, SK

Mr. Speaker, if you could ask for the House's consent to revert to motions, I believe there is a will in the House to do that. Unfortunately the consultation that had been anticipated before had not been undertaken. It has now been undertaken and I think you will find the will in the House that the hon. member for Davenport is requesting.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness MonthRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Conservative Andrew Scheer

Is there unanimous consent to revert to motions?

Ovarian Cancer Awareness MonthRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness MonthRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Conservative Andrew Scheer

The House has heard the terms of the motion. Is it the pleasure of the House of the House to adopt the motion?

Ovarian Cancer Awareness MonthRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness MonthRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Conservative Andrew Scheer

(Motion agreed to)

Questions Passed as Orders for ReturnsRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre Saskatchewan

Conservative

Tom Lukiwski ConservativeParliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform

Mr. Speaker, if Question No. 182 could be made an order for return, this return would be tabled immediately.

Questions Passed as Orders for ReturnsRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Conservative Andrew Scheer

Is that agreed?

Questions Passed as Orders for ReturnsRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Question No. 182Questions Passed as Orders for ReturnsRoutine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Independent

Bill Casey Independent Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley, NS

With regard to the tendering process used for deciding the in-service support contract for the Victoria-class submarines: (a) what policy on industrial and regional benefits was used as a methodology by the government in the evaluation of bids in the procurement process for the in-service support contract to maintain the Victoria-class submarines; (b) when did the government decide not to award the contract for the in-service support contract of the Victoria-class submarines as a major Crown project and did any department formally object to this decision; (c) has the government calculated the loss of employment and other economic opportunities to Atlantic Canada as a result of the decision to award the in-service support contract to another region; (d) with regard to (c), what is the estimated loss, in dollars, to Atlantic Canadian companies as a result of the awarding of the in-service support contract; and (e) what is the cost to the taxpayer, for the transit of a Halifax-based Victoria–class submarine to the West Coast of Canada for extended docking work?

(Return tabled)

Questions Passed as Orders for ReturnsRoutine Proceedings

4 p.m.

Conservative

Tom Lukiwski Conservative Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre, SK

Mr. Speaker, I ask that the remaining questions be allowed to stand.

Questions Passed as Orders for ReturnsRoutine Proceedings

4 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Conservative Andrew Scheer

Is that agreed?