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House of Commons Hansard #66 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was funding.

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Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Peter Milliken

Does the hon. minister of state have the unanimous consent of the House to propose this motion?

Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Peter Milliken

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

Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Peter Milliken

(Motion agreed to)

Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Liberal

Marcel Proulx Liberal Hull—Aylmer, QC

Mr. Speaker, there have been discussions among all parties and I believe you would find unanimous consent for the following motion:

That the list of members of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs be changed as follows:

The Member for Don Valley East (Ms. Ratansi) for the Member for Cape Breton—Canso (Mr. Cuzner); and

The Member for Random—Burin—St. George's (Ms. Foote) for the member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine (Ms. Jennings).

Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Peter Milliken

Does the hon. chief opposition whip have the unanimous consent of the House to move this motion?

Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Peter Milliken

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

Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Peter Milliken

(Motion agreed to)

Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Bloc

Christiane Gagnon Bloc Québec, QC

Mr. Speaker, there have been discussions among all parties and I believe you would find unanimous consent for the following motion:

That the membership of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs be amended as follows: Mr. Laframboise (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel) for Mr. Guimond (Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord).

Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Peter Milliken

Does the hon. member for Québec have the unanimous consent of the House to move this motion?

Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Peter Milliken

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

Procedure and House AffairsCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Peter Milliken

(Motion agreed to)

Multiple SclerosisPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

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NDP

Wayne Marston NDP Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, ON

Mr. Speaker, this petition calls for an act for equal access to CCSVI treatment for Canadians living with multiple sclerosis. We all know family and friends who are affected by this ravaging disease and the size of this petition made it possible for people to actually sign a petition on their own behalf. I am pleased and proud to present it here today.

HealthPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

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Conservative

Colin Mayes Conservative Okanagan—Shuswap, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure to present two petitions signed in my constituency of Okanagan—Shuswap. Both petitions call upon Parliament and those of the G8 and G20 to provide a substantial amount of money and resources over the next five years to support workable healthcare systems, put in place the necessary structures to train and sustain sufficient numbers of front line nurses, midwives and healthcare educators and provide education on vital and appropriate maternal and child health policies.

Canada PostPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

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NDP

Linda Duncan NDP Edmonton Strathcona, AB

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to table a petition signed by hundreds of residents of Cardston, Alberta. They are petitioning the government to revisit the decision to close post offices. They say that the Liberals imposed a moratorium on post office closures in 1994 and they are concerned that the government is considering lifting that moratorium. The petitioners are concerned about the fate of their post office.

Multiple SclerosisPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

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NDP

Chris Charlton NDP Hamilton Mountain, ON

Mr. Speaker, I would like to table a petition today on an issue that is gaining public momentum and is of critical interest to the over 55,000 Canadians living with MS.

In my home town of Hamilton, the recent publicity about Mary Jacobs' treatment in Costa Rica has done much to raise awareness about the potential of an endovascular surgical procedure first pioneered by Dr. Zamboni. Petitions are now flooding in urging the Government of Canada to accelerate pilot testing and treatment, increase research support, work with the provinces and territories to obtain advice and evidence-based information about CCSVI treatment and take a lead role on the basis of this evidence in encouraging the swift adoption of the procedure in the territories and provinces.

While l know that House rules do not allow me to explicitly endorse petitions, I will indicate how pleased I am to table this petition in the House today.

VisasPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

NDP

Bill Siksay NDP Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to table a petition signed by over 300 residents of greater Vancouver, including many from my constituency of Burnaby--Douglas.

These petitioners note the over 50-year relationship between Canada and Taiwan, the over 150,000 Taiwanese tourists who visit Canada each year and the over 15,000 Taiwanese students studying here in this country. They point out that Canadians no longer require a visa to visit Taiwan and that the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand have waived their visa requirements for Taiwanese tourists, resulting in increased tourism from Taiwan to those countries.

These petitioners therefore call for the passage of Motion No. 530 tabled by the member for Burnaby—New Westminster which calls upon the Canadian government to waive the visa requirement for Taiwanese visitors to Canada.

Health CanadaPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

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NDP

Jim Maloway NDP Elmwood—Transcona, MB

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition today that is a call against Health Canada's authorization of caffeine in all soft drinks.

Health Canada announced on March 19 that beverage companies will now be allowed to add up to 75% of the caffeine allowed in the most highly caffeinated colas to all soft drinks.

Soft drinks have been designed and marketed toward children for generations. Canadians already have concerns over children drinking coffee and colas, as they acknowledge that caffeine is an addictive stimulant. It is difficult enough for parents to control the amount of sugar, artificial sweeteners and other additives that their children consume, including caffeine from colas.

Therefore, the petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to reverse Health Canada's new rule allowing caffeine in all soft drinks and not follow the deregulation policies of the United States and other countries that sacrifice the health of Canadian children and pregnant women.

Multiple SclerosisPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

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NDP

Claude Gravelle NDP Nickel Belt, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure for me to rise in the House today to present a petition from hundreds of people from right across Canada.

The petitioners urgently call upon the Government of Canada to take immediate action to accelerate a greater and broader participation of MS sufferers in pilot testing and treatment by providing and fast-tracking funding for surveillance, research and dissemination of findings, including providing urgent pre-screening image services for MS sufferers, to work immediately with the provinces and territories through the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, to obtain advice and evidence-based information about the effectiveness of chronic CCSVI treatment without delay, and to take a leading role on the basis of the evidence in encouraging the swift adoption of the procedure in the territories and provinces.

Multiple SclerosisPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

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Liberal

Kirsty Duncan Liberal Etobicoke North, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition regarding chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency, CCSVI, for which the testing and treatment is safe, inexpensive and effective. The treatment of CCSVI is veinography followed by balloon venoplasty, a routine treatment for vascular disease made available to all Canadians with vascular disorders, except those with MS.

The petitioners are asking the government to plan and implement a nationwide clinical trial for the evaluation of veinography and balloon venoplasty for the treatment of CCSVI in persons diagnosed with MS.