April 27, 1993

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS [Translation] GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO PETITIONS Mr. Charles A. Langlois (Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and to Minister of National Defence): Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 31 petitions. [Editor's Note: See today's Votes and Proceedings.] Hon. Pierre Blais (Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada and Minister of State (Agriculture)) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-126, an act to amend the Criminal Code and the Young Offenders Act. The Acting Speaker (Mr. DeBlois): Pursuant to Standing Order 68(2), the motion is deemed adopted. Mr. Blais moves that the bill be now read the first time and printed. Pursuant to Standing Order 69(1), the motion is deemed adopted. Bill read the first time and printed.


[English] CANADA GRAIN ACT EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL MEASURE TO AMEND TRADE NINTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE Hon. Pierre Blais (for the Minister of Agriculture) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-127, an act to amend the Canada Grain Act.


PC

Patrick (Pat) Anthony Sobeski

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Pat Sobeski (Cambridge):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the ninth report of the Standing Committee on External Affairs and International Trade. In accordance with Standing Order 108(2) the subcommittee on international trade of the Standing Committee on External Affairs and International Trade has examined the North American free trade agreement and wishes to report its findings to the House. The Acting Speaker (Mr. DeBlois): Pursuant to Standing Order 68(2), the motion is deemed adopted. Mr. Blais (for the Minister of Agriculture) moves that the bill be now read the first time and printed. Pursuant to Standing Order 69(1), the motion is deemed adopted. Bill read the first time and printed.

April 27, 1993

Routine Proceedings

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS [Translation] GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO PETITIONS Mr. Charles A. Langlois (Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and to Minister of National Defence): Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 31 petitions. [Editor's Note: See today's Votes and Proceedings.] Hon. Pierre Blais (Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada and Minister of State (Agriculture)) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-126, an act to amend the Criminal Code and the Young Offenders Act. The Acting Speaker (Mr. DeBlois): Pursuant to Standing Order 68(2), the motion is deemed adopted. Mr. Blais moves that the bill be now read the first time and printed. Pursuant to Standing Order 69(1), the motion is deemed adopted. Bill read the first time and printed.
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GROSSE ILE HISTORIC SITE PROTECTION ACT

MEASURE TO ENACT

NDP

Michael James Breaugh

New Democratic Party

Mr. Mike Breaugh (Oshawa) moved

for leave to introduce Bill C-423, an act to protect and enhance the historic site of Grosse lie.

Topic:   GROSSE ILE HISTORIC SITE PROTECTION ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO ENACT
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PC

Charles Deblois (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. DeBlois):

Pursuant to Standing Order 68(2), the motion is deemed adopted.

Topic:   GROSSE ILE HISTORIC SITE PROTECTION ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO ENACT
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NDP

Michael James Breaugh

New Democratic Party

Mr. Breaugh:

Members may know that this has been the subject of hearings across Canada. Many people in the Irish community are very concerned, not that the Government of Canada will not develop this site but that it be done in a proper way, acknowledging the contribution and sacrifices made by Irish immigrants, particularly those who are buried on the site known as Grosse fie.

This strikes me as a reasonable way to proceed. Those who have some concerns on the matter will feel their concerns have been heard and protected and that this national historic site will remain forever a part of Canada, an ongoing monument to those Irish who died during the great famines.

Topic:   GROSSE ILE HISTORIC SITE PROTECTION ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO ENACT
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PC

Charles Deblois (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. DeBlois):

Mr. Breaugh moves that the bill be now read the first time and printed.

Pursuant to Standing Order 69(1), the motion is deemed adopted.

Bill read the first time and printed.

Topic:   GROSSE ILE HISTORIC SITE PROTECTION ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO ENACT
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IMMIGRATION ACT

MEASURE TO AMEND

NDP

Daniel James Macdonnell Heap

New Democratic Party

Mr. Dan Heap (TVinity-Spadina) moved

for leave to introduce Bill C-424, an act to amend the Immigration Act.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Charles Deblois (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. DeBlois):

Pursuant to Standing Order 68(2), the motion is deemed adopted.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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NDP

Daniel James Macdonnell Heap

New Democratic Party

Mr. Heap:

Mr. Speaker, the purpose of this bill is to bring the Canadian Immigration Act up to date with current opinion in Canada and in the world but in which Canada may be a world leader.

In the past the immigration laws of the United Nations and of Canada reflected mainly the situation of men who were engaged in political activity or were religious leaders and were persecuted. Now it is becoming evident that women in some cases are persecuted because they are women.

This bill amends our Immigration Act so that it adds a sixth ground of recognized persecution. In addition to race, nationality, religion, membership in a particular group or political opinion, it would now read that a person may be found a refugee by reason of a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, sex, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Charles Deblois (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. DeBlois):

Mr. Heap moves that the bill be now read the first time and printed.

Pursuant to Standing Order 69(1), the motion is deemed adopted.

Bill read the first time and printed.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PETITIONS

REF

Deborah C. Grey

Reform

Miss Deborah Grey (Beaver River):

Mr. Speaker, I rise today pursuant to Standing Order 36 to present thousands and thousands of names on a petition signed by people not just in Calgary but across western Canada in memory of young Ryan Garrioch who was brutally murdered on a school playground last May in Calgary.

They are drawing the attention of Parliament to the following: that the majority of Canadians support equal treatment of criminal offenders but with legislated aid shelters from criminal law for very young adolescents and that chapter 15 of the charter of rights guarantees equality rights.

Therefore these thousands of petitioners-and there are more to come on behalf of this family who is mourning-are requesting that Parliament revise the laws of Canada to replace the Young Offenders Act with an updated Juvenile Delinquents Act with a lowered maximum age of 13 years.

April 27, 1993

Topic:   IMMIGRATION ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   VIOLENCE
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REF

Deborah C. Grey

Reform

Miss Deborah Grey (Beaver River):

Mr. Speaker, I would also present, pursuant to Standing Order 36, a petition signed by several people in western Canada.

Planned Parenthood, a special interest group is seeking government funding for a project known as SIRCH, which stands for sexuality, information and a resource clearing house. These funds of course come from the taxpayers and the citizens of Canada. Such a clearing house including a national depository collection, centralized reference and resource service, and a national toll-free line already exist through the national education organization, Alliance for Life.

The petitioners pray that Parliament will find that SIRCH is an unnecessary duplication of services. The undersigned in this petition humbly call upon Parliament to withhold all financial support from Planned Parenthood and the SIRCH project.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PLANNED PARENTHOOD
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LIB

Shirley Maheu

Liberal

Mrs. Shirley Maheu (Saint-Laurent-Cartierville):

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I have the honour and privilege of presenting petitions on behalf of Canadian senior citizens who have lost a great deal of confidence in this government.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to take all necessary measures to entrench in the Constitution the obligation for the government to ensure publicly financed universal medical and health care systems.

I wonder if this government has the courage to take a step for our seniors.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE
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LIB

Jim Jordan

Liberal

Mr. Jim Jordan (Leeds -Grenville):

Mr. Speaker, the petition I am presenting this morning has about 4,400 names on it. It was initiated by a group of college students in my riding.

It was started when one of their classmates was killed in a tragic traffic accident a few weeks ago. It is asking the government to arrange its priorities differently.

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The student who lost her life was Deborah Utman. She was one of 24 people to die tragically in the past few years on that 40-kilometre stretch of highway leading from Highway 401 into the nation's capital.

Through this petition people living in the community served by this highway are asking this government to move on it and start a dialogue immediately with the Ontario provincial government for the completion of the highway into four lanes.

Of course the primary concern is the saving of lives. Of secondary importance would be the economic impact that the construction of that highway would have on the capital region and indeed all of eastern Ontario.

It is an honour to present this petition on behalf of my constituents.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   HIGHWAYS
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April 27, 1993