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  • His favourite word was section.

Last in Parliament September 2008, as Liberal MP for Scarborough Southwest (Ontario)

Won his last election, in 2006, with 48% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Petitions September 22nd, 1994

Mr. Speaker, my third petition is from quite a number of the good citizens of Belleville, Ontario.

They have asked me to present a petition calling on Parliament not to amend the Human Rights Act or the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in any way to indicate societal approval of same sex relationships or to use the undefined phrase sexual orientation in any legislation.

Petitions September 22nd, 1994

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is from 52 people in my riding of Scarborough West.

They call on Parliament to immediately extend protection to the unborn child by amending the Criminal Code to extend the same protection enjoyed by born human beings to unborn human beings.

Petitions September 22nd, 1994

Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions this morning. The first one is from petitioners in and around metropolitan Toronto and concerns the Young Offenders Act.

It calls on Parliament to provide for heavier penalties for those convicted of violent crime and to provide more funds to police departments. I want to remind these petitioners that Bill C-37 is currently before the House of Commons and will address some of those concerns.

Petitions September 20th, 1994

Finally, Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed mainly by people living in the city of Etobicoke in the municipality of metropolitan Toronto.

The petitioners call on Parliament not to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act or the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in any way which would tend to indicate societal approval of same sex relationships and to ensure that no amendments are passed using the undefined phrase sexual orientation. I completely concur.

Petitions September 20th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is signed by people from Scarborough, Ontario and points close thereto concerning the Young Offenders Act calling on Parliament to provide heavier penalties for those convicted of violent crime.

I remind them that we are currently debating a bill in the House on this subject.

Petitions September 20th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions this morning.

The first petition contains 1,018 signatures from across the country concerning the subject of witness protection. This simply adds to the total of thousands upon thousands of signatures that I have presented in this and the last Parliaments dealing with the subject of witness protection and calling on the

Parliament of Canada to enact a witness protection and informant law.

I draw to the attention of the House that my bill on this subject will be coming up for a final hour of debate and vote on September 26.

Questions On The Order Paper September 19th, 1994

For the years 1983 and 1993 (or the nearest year for which statistics are available), how much money did the government contribute, in real dollars and as a percentage of total contributions, to research and/or education for each of the following: ( a ) cancer, ( b ) heart disease/stroke, ( c ) diabetes, ( d ) AIDS and AIDS-related complications ( e ) any others accounting for 10% or more of total deaths?

Questions On The Order Paper September 19th, 1994

For the years 1983 and 1993 (or the nearest year for which statistics are available), how many deaths in Canada, including as per cent of total deaths, were caused by the following: cancer; heart disease/stroke; diabetes; AIDS and AIDS-related complications; any others accounting for 10% or more of total deaths?

Petitions June 21st, 1994

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by people in the St. Catharines and Niagara region which talks about the need for the protection of witnesses and for further enforcement of the Criminal Code. These petitioners ask that those people who are victimized by criminals be protected specifically.

They therefore pray that Parliament enact Bill C-206, which is a bill I have put forward, at the earliest opportunity so as to provide a statutory foundation for a national witness relocation and protection program.

Petitions June 21st, 1994

Mr. Speaker, I have another petition from mid-Toronto signed by approximately 100 people which prays that Parliament ensure that the present provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada prohibiting assisted suicides be enforced vigorously and that Parliament make no changes in the law which would sanction or allow the aiding or abetting of suicide or active or passive euthanasia.