Mr. Speaker, this bill amends the Criminal Code with respect to juvenile prostitution. Specifically, it prohibits Canadians from buying the services of child prostitutes while travelling abroad. Just as drug trafficking and aircraft hijacking done anywhere in the world by a Canadian is a crime for which people can be tried in Canada so would this act become a crime for which people can be tried in Canada.
There are far too many travellers, including Canadians, none I hope from any riding held by a Liberal or a Tory, who are creating a demand for child prostitutes particularly in countries like Thailand, Sri Lanka or the Philippines. The children involved in this trade are often sold by their parents into this occupation and they often have no other means of survival.
Since the governments of some nations refuse to crack down on the practice it seems useful that Canadians not add to the problem. In Canada and other western countries the existence of organizations and lobby groups that campaign to make the sexual practices of paedophiles legal demonstrates that this is not purely an Asian problem. The bill simply tries to make it so that Canadians who indulge in this practice abroad can be prosecuted, albeit with evidentiary problems in Canada.
Mr. Speaker, it is my duty to present a petition on behalf of just under 30 citizens, most of whom live in my riding of Winnipeg-St. James. Pursuant to Standing Order 36 the document has been certified correct as to form and content.
The petition reflects the concern these people have regarding the language policy of the federal government. It proposes a referendum on this issue. This would be a national referendum involving all electors in the provinces and territories of Canada.
I humbly present this petition to Parliament for its due consideration.
Mr. Geoff Wilson (Swift Current-Maple Creek-As-siniboia):
Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by several hundred residents of southwestern and south central Saskatchewan.
They are concerned by the many studies which have shown a link between violence in entertainment and desensitization to violence in our society. They are concerned that we are increasingly becoming a culture of violence and that violence has become an ordinary part of our children's lives.
Part of this culture of violence is the serial killer board game. It is a game that apparently comes with a bag of 25 babies, the point of which is to murder as many defenceless children and adults as possible.
May 26, 1993
The petitioners request that Parliament consider amending the Criminal Code of Canada so that violent and degrading materials such as this game can be kept from being distributed in this country.
Mr. Speaker, I also have a similar petition from people in the Cupar, Kelliher, Lestock, Leross, Tisdale, and Nipawin areas of Saskatchewan.
They point out that recent studies have linked violence in entertainment and desensitization to violence in our society, and that every year perpetrators of such violence admit that they got the idea from something they saw on television or something they had engaged in as a recreational activity. This serial killer board game, which comes with a bag of 25 babies and the point of which is to murder as many of them as possible, is not conducive to proper society.
They petition Parliament to consider amending the Criminal Code of Canada so that violent and degrading materials such as this killer board game can be kept from being distributed in this country.
Mr. Speaker, it is my honour and pleasure under Standing Order 36 to present a petition of 725 names. These Canadians are very concerned about the North American free trade agreement because it will result in even greater job loss through trade concessions.
The petitioners point out that it will restrict Canadian governments from serving the Canadian people and protecting the Canadian environment and also point out it cannot be remedied through renegotiation. Canada's Constitution requires a general federal election before January 1, 1994, when the free trade agreement is scheduled to come into effect.
Therefore, they call upon this House to reject the proposed North American free trade agreement and recommend to the government that it use the termination clause to end the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement.
Mr. Speaker, I too rise to present a petition signed by many residents of
Edmonton and some from Calgary. They too are concerned with the North American free trade agreement. They hold that the current Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement sharply reduces the power of all Canadian governments to develop the Canadian economy.
They say that more than 400,000 Canadian manufacturing jobs have been lost since the FTA became law in 1989. They say that if implemented, the NAFTA will result in even more restrictions on the ability of Canadian governments to maintain or improve working conditions, health and safety standards, consumer protection and environmental standards or to promote job creation in Canadian industry.
For those and other reasons they call on this House to reject the proposed North American free trade agreement and to recommend to the government that it use the FTA's termination clause to end the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.
Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to rise pursuant to Standing Order 36 to present a further nine petitions signed by some 300 Canadians primarily from the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, but also from Nova Scotia, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Edmonton, the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Parts II and III of the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act have remained unproclaimed since 1986. The employees of the House of Commons, the Senate, the Library of Parliament and staff of members and senators have no health and safety protection under the law and have no legislated role in a common agenda for joint staff-management occupational health and safety items and employees have no legislated labour standards.
The petitioners therefore humbly pray and call upon Parliament to press the government to finally proclaim parts II and III of the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act.
I might just add that the answers given by the government in debate a week ago were absolutely full of crap. It is about time government members got off their butts and did something to implement the law we all passed seven years ago.
May 26, 1993
Topic: PARLIAMENTARY EMPLOYMENT AND STAFF RELATIONS ACT
Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, it is my privilege to present a petition on behalf of residents from Elkford, Sparwood, Femie and Kootenay in my riding of Kootenay East.
It says that the proposed North American free trade agreement has resulted in even greater trade concessions being demanded of Canada and that the agreement will cause Canadians to lose more jobs. If implemented this trade agreement will result in further restrictions being placed on the ability of Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments now and in the future from assisting Canadian industry, conserving Canadian natural resources for Canadian benefit and advancing added needed social programs.
The Canadian Constitution requires a general federal election before January 1, 1994, the date on which the North American free trade agreement is scheduled to come into force.
The petitioners call upon this House to reject the proposed North American free trade agreement and to recommend to the government that it use the termination clause to end the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement.