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House of Commons Hansard #71 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was plan.

Topics

Presence in the GalleryOral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear!

Business of the HouseOral Questions

3:10 p.m.

York—Simcoe Ontario

Conservative

Peter Van Loan ConservativeLeader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I would like to designate tomorrow, Thursday, as an allotted day.

Oral QuestionsPoints of OrderOral Questions

February 1st, 2012 / 3:10 p.m.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Conservative Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, when the member for Gatineau asked a question during question period she referred to one of the backbench members as being part of the fanatical religious right. We are to show respect for one another and the opinions can be diverse within this House, but I would suggest that it does not help with decorum and it would be disrespectful and unparliamentary to call another member a fanatical member. I ask her to withdraw those comments.

Oral QuestionsPoints of OrderOral Questions

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Françoise Boivin NDP Gatineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, first, I addressed my comments to the backbench. If the shoe fits, wear it. On Sunday, I am going to be a New England Patriots fanatic and I would not be insulted if someone called me a New England Patriots fanatic. My comments were not addressed to one person in particular but to a group because of their career paths.

I have been accused of being partisan and of working harder for criminals, but you did not see me rise in the House to cry about it. If I said something that was unparliamentary, then I will abide by your ruling, Mr. Speaker; however my comment was fairly tame compared to what we hear from the other side of the House.

Oral QuestionsPoints of OrderOral Questions

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer NDP Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Human Resources during question period warned all of Canada about the possibility of foreign invaders.

My constituents are going to be very nervous about who is invading Canada, so if she has privileged information, I am wondering if she could share with us information on who is invading Canada so I can warn my constituents.

Oral QuestionsPoints of OrderOral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Conservative Andrew Scheer

Question period is over. If the member would like to ask that question on a future day, that would be fine.

The hon. member for Sudbury on a point of order.

Oral QuestionsPoints of OrderOral Questions

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Glenn Thibeault NDP Sudbury, ON

Mr. Speaker, during the S.O. 31 statements by members, my hon. colleague from Newfoundland and Labrador was speaking about a subject related to seals. I believe the hon. member for South Shore--St. Margaret's was making some derogatory comments in relation to the statement.

I would like the hon. member to either come back and apologize or take back those statements. I know the member is a very respected member in the House and I am sure he understands better, so I would like him to bring that apology forward.

Oral QuestionsPoints of OrderOral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Conservative Andrew Scheer

We will wait and see if he chooses to come back to do that.

International TradeRoutine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Abbotsford B.C.

Conservative

Ed Fast ConservativeMinister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), I have the honour to table in both official languages the treaty entitled “Agreement Between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America Extending the Softwood Lumber Agreement Between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America, as Amended”, done at Washington on January 23, 2012. An explanatory memorandum is included with the treaty.

Foreign AffairsRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Calgary East Alberta

Conservative

Deepak Obhrai ConservativeParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the treaties entitled “International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism” done at New York on April 13, 2005 and “Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material”, done at Vienna on July 8, 2005. An explanatory memorandum is included with each treaty.

HealthCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Conservative

Joy Smith Conservative Kildonan—St. Paul, MB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the third report of the Standing Committee on Health in relation to Bill C-314, An Act respecting the awareness of screening among women with dense breast tissue. The committee has studied the bill and has decided to report the bill back to the House without amendment.

The EnvironmentPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Ted Hsu Liberal Kingston and the Islands, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present a petition on behalf of people throughout Ontario. The petitioners point out that industrial activities over a number of decades have contaminated the environment and had an impact on health.

The petitioners request that a royal commission investigate the extent of these impacts, investigate how the precautionary principle should apply and make recommendations on the regulation of industrial processes and the provision of consumer goods.

Suicide PreventionPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Conservative

Harold Albrecht Conservative Kitchener—Conestoga, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a petition signed by roughly 200 people from the Waterloo region. The petitioners call on the House of Commons to meet the public health challenges posed by suicide by adopting legislation that would recognize suicide as a public health issue, provide guidelines for suicide prevention, promote collaboration and knowledge exchange regarding suicide, promote evidence-based solutions to prevent suicide and its aftermath, and define best practices for the prevention of suicide.

Multiple SclerosisPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Kirsty Duncan Liberal Etobicoke North, ON

Mr. Speaker, a study was undertaken by Mandato et al to evaluate the safety of outpatient treatment in almost 250 patients with multiple sclerosis and CCSVI. The study shows that treatment of CCSVI is a safe procedure, with a 1.6% risk of major complications. The petitioners call on the Minister of Health to consult experts actively engaged in diagnosis and treatment of CCSVI, to undertake phase III clinical trials in multiple centres across Canada and to require follow-up care.

DNA Missing Persons DatabasePetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Conservative

Ray Boughen Conservative Palliser, SK

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition with strong support on behalf of a constituent in my riding of Palliser. The petitioners feel that the families of missing persons deserve to know the fate of their loved ones, and DNA identification would be a critical tool toward reaching that goal. These 925 petitioners call upon Parliament to enact legislation to create a DNA missing persons database and unidentified human remains database, which would link to the existing national DNA data bank and assist in determining the fate of missing persons.

Shark FinningPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Green

Elizabeth May Green Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present two petitions this afternoon. One is from Canadians from coast to coast, ranging from my riding of Saanich—Gulf Islands and extending into Calgary and Ontario. This petition deals with a matter the House has had before it in a private member's bill, which is to ban the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins in Canada to deal with the very serious depletion of the species globally.

The EnvironmentPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Green

Elizabeth May Green Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Mr. Speaker, the other petition I wish to present is primarily from residents of the Montreal region. However, I can share with the House that in holding town hall meetings in every single part of my riding, I have found this to be the number one issue of concern to my constituents. It is about the need to have a fair process, with full and transparent hearings, for the proposed Enbridge supertanker scheme, and ensure that first nations' rights are respected, that the moratorium on oil tankers on the B.C. coastline is respected and that the Government of Canada adopts a neutral stance on this proposal.

Falun GongPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Conservative

Rob Anders Conservative Calgary West, AB

Mr. Speaker, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture reported that 66% of the victims of torture and ill-treatment in China were Falun Gong practitioners. More than 3,448 Falun Gong practitioners have been verified as having been tortured to death to date. The U.S. State Department reported that Falun Gong practitioners constitute half of the people in forced labour camps. Therefore, the petitioners call for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong and for our government to speak out at meetings with top Chinese leaders and at international forums to end their persecution and eradication by the Chinese Communist Party.

AbortionPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Conservative

Ron Cannan Conservative Kelowna—Lake Country, BC

Mr. Speaker, I rise to table two petitions.

The first states that Canada is the only nation in the western world, in the company of China and North Korea, without any laws restricting abortion. The petitioners call on Parliament, as part of its responsibilities, to enact legislation on abortion as quickly as possible and to the greatest extent possible.

The EnvironmentPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Conservative

Ron Cannan Conservative Kelowna—Lake Country, BC

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is by constituents calling on Parliament to adopt the following policy goals. In the spirit of global solidarity, Parliament should take collective action by signing and implementing a binding international agreement replacing the Kyoto protocol, and it should pursue climate justice by playing a constructive role in the design of the green climate fund under UN governance and demonstrate national responsibility by committing to national carbon emission targets and a national renewable energy policy designed to achieve sustainability.

Questions on the Order PaperRoutine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre Saskatchewan

Conservative

Tom Lukiwski ConservativeParliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

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

Questions on the Order PaperRoutine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Conservative Bruce Stanton

Is that agreed?

Questions on the Order PaperRoutine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Motions for PapersRoutine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre Saskatchewan

Conservative

Tom Lukiwski ConservativeParliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I ask that all notices of motions for the production of papers be allowed to stand.

Motions for PapersRoutine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Conservative Bruce Stanton

Is that agreed?