September 19, 1996

LIB

Paul Szabo

Liberal

Mr. Paul Szabo (Mississauga South, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, the second petition, which has to do with the labelling of alcoholic beverages, comes from Belleville, Ontario.

The petitioners would like to draw to the attention of the House that the consumption of alcoholic beverages may cause health problems or impair one's ability and specifically that fetal alcohol syndrome or other alcohol related birth defects are 100 per cent preventable by avoiding alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

The petitioners, therefore, pray and call on Parliament to enact legislation to require health warning labels to be placed on the containers of all alcoholic beverages to caution expectant mothers and others of the risks associated with alcohol consumption.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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LIB

Anna Terrana

Liberal

Mrs. Anna Terrana (Vancouver East, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, I have petitions to present from people in the lower mainland of Vancouver regarding veterans of the wartime merchant navy who are excluded from the War Veterans Allowance Act, from pension benefits, from veterans post-World War II free university education, housing and land grant benefits, small business financial aid and veterans health care benefits.

The petitioners call on Parliament to consider the advisability of extending benefits and compensation to veterans of the wartime merchant navy equal to that enjoyed by veterans of Canada's World War II armed services.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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REF

Philip Mayfield

Reform

Mr. Philip Mayfield (Cariboo-Chilcotin, Ref.)

Madam Speaker, I pleased to present a petition signed by 92 constituents from the province of British Columbia and the communities of Horsefly, Williams Lake and Miocene.

My constituents request that Parliament enact Bill C-205, a bill which would amend the Criminal Code and the Copyright Act. Passage of this bill would prohibit a criminal from profiting by selling, authorizing or authoring the story or details of a crime.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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LIB

Gurbax Malhi

Liberal

Mr. Gurbax Singh Malhi (Bramalea-Gore-Malton, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I have the honour to present the following petition.

The petitioners draw the attention of the House to the fact that this nation is in danger of being torn apart by regional factions. Therefore, they pray that the Prime Minister and the Parliament of Canada declare and confirm immediately that Canada is indivisible.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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REF

Sharon Hayes

Reform

Mrs. Sharon Hayes (Port Moody-Coquitlam, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, today I am honoured to rise to present two petitions from residents of the lower mainland of British Columbia.

The first one is from Sun Hope Petitions in memory of Andre Castet. The petitioners would like to draw attention to a great public concern that sexual predators are at large in our streets without public notification.

They feel that Bill C-37 does not address the public's call for substantial revisions of the YOA and they call on the House to enact legislation to reform the justice system and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act addressing a number of principles, primarily that new laws would ensure that sexual predators are kept off the streets and placed in a secure setting until they no long represent a threat to public safety.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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REF

Sharon Hayes

Reform

Mrs. Sharon Hayes (Port Moody-Coquitlam, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is again from a group in my area. They call on Parliament to refrain from implementing a tax on health and dental benefits and to put a hold on any future consideration of such a tax until a complete review of the tax system and how it impacts on the health of Canadians has been undertaken.

I am pleased to present both these petitions.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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The Speaker

It would be my intention, immediately after statements and question period, to take up where we left so we can receive all the petitions you want to make today.

It being 2 p.m., we will now go to Statements by Members.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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LIB

Paul Szabo

Liberal

Mr. Paul Szabo (Mississauga South, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, Canadians know that strong families make a strong country and that we must pursue appropriate initiatives to build that strength. These initiatives also include mitigating problems which undermine and weaken the family such as alcohol abuse.

Tragically, 50 per cent of family violence, 65 per cent of child abuse and one in six family breakdowns in Canada are all directly or indirectly due to alcohol misuse.

The consequences of family violence and child abuse are devastating and long lasting. However, this is a societal problem which requires the resolve of both men and women working together to identify and eliminate the root causes of family violence.

Reducing family violence means healthier families, improved outcomes of our children, lower health care costs, lower social program costs, safer communities and stronger families.

Finally, strong families make Canada strong. Therefore I call on members of Parliament to pursue initiatives to restore the strength of the traditional Canadian family.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Family Violence
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BQ

Jean Landry

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Jean Landry (Lotbinière, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased today to salute the management and employees of Les industries Cascades. Environmental protection is an important value for them, and an integral part of their management philosophy. Evidence of this is their recent official opening of a secondary water treatment plant at the Kingsey Falls pulp and paper complex, representing an investment of over six million dollars in order to reduce biological oxygen demand and hence the toxicity of effluent from the four Kingsey Falls plants.

Cascades employees were responsible for much of the design, construction and installation of the equipment, and its operation. This company now has one of the most efficient secondary treatment systems in the pulp and paper industry. My congratulations to the management and employees of Cascades, which has now moved into the vanguard of environmental protection. Theirs is an example to be followed.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Les Industries Cascades Of Kingsey Falls
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REF

Hugh Hanrahan

Reform

Mr. Hugh Hanrahan (Edmonton-Strathcona, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, this Liberal government's lavish spending sprees are breaking through the superficial fiscal restraints.

The Liberals have committed to pay approximately $3 million or 30 per cent of the total cost of the francophone games to be held in Madagascar. These games include medals for such events as sculpting, video production and even story telling.

We plan on spending over five times more than what we spent on the Commonwealth games which were held in Canada and over ten times more than what we spent on the 1996 Olympics.

Government waste of taxpayer dollars is indefensible. In bad times such as what we are in now when many Canadians are suffering, the government is hard pressed to-

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Government Spending
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The Speaker

The hon. member for Markham-Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Government Spending
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LIB

Jag Bhaduria

Liberal

Mr. Jag Bhaduria (Markham-Whitchurch-Stouffville, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, it is a national disgrace that the unemployment rate in Canada is still higher in comparison to our neighbours to the south.

Canadians are tired of excuses and slogans from this government. They want to see employment opportunities created regularly. Creating jobs for Canadians has to be the number one priority for this government.

Recently the Prime Minister stated that more than half a million jobs had been created since the last election. Nothing is ever said about whether this is the net total and not another flip-flop statistic. If these jobs have been real then let us see the true numbers from this government.

I hold this government personally responsible for the sad state of affairs of our economy.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Employment
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LIB

Brenda Chamberlain

Liberal

Mrs. Brenda Chamberlain (Guelph-Wellington, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, over 1,300 Canadians living in 180 communities from every province have expressed their support for my private member's bill which would adopt an official pledge of allegiance to the Canadian flag.

Individual Canadians are not alone. The councils of 33 municipalities including Windsor, Rockland and Guelph, Ontario, Beaconsfield, Quebec, Chester, Nova Scotia, Cardston, Alberta and Logan Lake and Cranbrook, British Columbia have passed resolutions of support in the past three weeks.

Some of our country's greatest moments have involved our flag. Canadians love their country and the flag that flies proudly everywhere. Young and old, they have said this summer: "The maple leaf forever".

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Canadian Flag
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LIB

Peter Adams

Liberal

Mr. Peter Adams (Peterborough, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the city and county of Peterborough have submitted a bid for the 2001 Canada Games.

The bid is the result of months of work by hundreds of volunteers. It includes details of our sports facilities and of our expertise in sports management.

The bid points out that we have already hosted the Ontario Games for the Physically Disabled, the National Slo-Pitch Championships, the Memorial Cup Tournament and two Ontario Summer Games. We have decades of experience in hosting sports events.

This bid has the full support of the city and county councils, local municipalities, the Curve Lake First Nation and our sports organizations. The bid already has strong financial as well as moral backing.

Peterborough will ensure that the first Canada Games of the new century will be the best ever. I urge all members to support Peterborough's bid.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Canada Games
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LIB

Bonnie Hickey

Liberal

Mrs. Bonnie Hickey (St. John's East, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, a record three people from Newfoundland and Labrador competed at the Summer Olympics from July 19 to August 4 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Maria Maunder as well as Phil Graham from my riding of St. John's East and Andy Crosby of Corner Brook each competed in the rowing events.

Maunder and her Canadian women's eight crew rowed to second place and received a silver medal. Graham and Crosby rowed in the men's eight and finished fourth.

I want to thank and congratulate each of these athletes for their contribution to sports in our province and as well for Canada. Their spirit and dedication stand as examples to all of us to try our hardest at whatever task is before us. Canada is proud of you.

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Subtopic:   Summer Olympics
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REF

Jack Frazer

Reform

Mr. Jack Frazer (Saanich-Gulf Islands, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, conclusive scientific evidence on gulf war syndrome verifies that neurological damage occurs when two pesticides, deet and permethrin, are used in combination with the anti-nerve gas agent pyridostigmine bromide.

University of Glasgow studies show neurological dysfunction in gulf war vets and the U.S. Defence Department confirms use of chemical weapons on seven occasions during the first week of the

war, including the area of Hafr Al-Batin where some Canadians served. These confirmed the 1991 Czech and French reports of the presence of chemical agents in this area.

On May 16 the defence minister said that veterans affairs would review gulf war veterans' disability applications, assuring that those who display symptoms will be given the benefit of the doubt for treatment and compensation.

However, current regulations accept only disabilities with medically recognized symptoms. These regulations must be changed to recognize the chronic and multiple disabilities from which our gulf war veterans suffer. Talk is not enough. Action is needed now.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Gulf War Syndrome
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NDP

Bill Blaikie

New Democratic Party

Mr. Bill Blaikie (Winnipeg Transcona, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the NDP views the preoccupation of Parliament with the fate of the defence minister and General Boyle as politically unfortunate. It has let the Liberals off the hook on other issues.

Nevertheless, the Prime Minister and the minister of defence have been disappointing in their stalwart defence of General Boyle.

The Prime Minister is right to say that the inquiry should be allowed to do its work but the Prime Minister should do his work.

To question General Boyle is not to attack or criticize the enlisted men and women of the Canadian forces who are distinguishing themselves at home and abroad.

To imply that questioning General Boyle is an attack on all who serve in the forces is false and a cheap rhetorical tactic. To imply that all General Boyle's internal critics are only motivated by resistance to change in the department is also false. There is a legitimate question of leadership here and it is hard to argue that General Boyle is the one to provide it.

The Prime Minister should be wary that his twisting, evasive and often shallow defence of General Boyle is enough to make some Canadians wonder about his leadership abilities. It is time he stopped bragging about his standing in the polls. Pride goeth before a fall.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   National Defence
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LIB

John Murphy

Liberal

Mr. John Murphy (Annapolis Valley-Hants, Lib.)

I am pleased to rise today to make my colleagues aware of the Acadia advantage.

As of September, Acadia University is the first fully wired campus in Canada.

The use of IBM ThinkPad computers is now an integral part of first year courses in business administration and computer science. By the end of year 2000 a high end lap top will be a standard part of every student's admission package. Acadia University recognizes that computers are no longer the wave of the future. They are the way the world communicates now.

With the help of their partners in this project, IBM Canada Limited, MT&T, Mariott Corporation of Canada Ltd. and American Express special teams, students will be equipped to learn the skills they need to compete successfully in a demanding world.

Acadia University is truly taking a leadership role in innovation among Canadian universities.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Acadia University
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BQ

Paul Crête

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Paul Crête (Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, today marks the start of a first-ever forum of agents of local development in rural settings at Saint-Germain-de-Kamouraska. Focussing on the theme "Rebuilding the countryside, villages and towns for the 21st Century", this meeting brings a number of rural local development workers and prominent speakers from France, Belgium and Quebec together from September 19 to 22.

This little village of barely 300 people is to be congratulated for its initiative in encouraging reflection on the conditions fostering the development of rural villages and towns.

We are sure that this first forum on rural local development will draw from accumulated knowledge in this field to consolidate the actions needed for a rural renaissance.

Congratulations. We wish you every success in your undertaking.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Rural Local Development
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LIB

Gurbax Malhi

Liberal

Mr. Gurbax Singh Malhi (Bramalea-Gore-Malton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, national defence contracts are helping to stimulate our economy and are creating and sustaining many trading jobs. For instance, Atlantis Aerospace Corporation and Fullerton Sherwood Engineering Limited in my riding recently submitted successful bids for DND contracts valued at over $1,400,000 each.

I congratulate DND on its ongoing willingness to shop Canadian when seeking the finest expertise and equipment available. It is clear that the Minister of National Defence takes his job quite seriously. The minister has displayed tremendous strength and tenacity as he works to make Canada's defence department the best it can be.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Department Of National Defence
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September 19, 1996