April 25, 1997

LIB

Sue Barnes

Liberal

Mrs. Sue Barnes (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Revenue, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, a report from the Canadian branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association concerning the 46th parliamentary seminar which took place March 4 to 15, 1997, in Westminster, United Kingdom.

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Subtopic:   Interparliamentary Delegations
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NDP

Vic Althouse

New Democratic Party

Mr. Vic Althouse (Mackenzie, NDP)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-439, an act respecting the measurement of economic activity by criteria that reflect resource consumption and environmental stress.

Mr. Speaker, this bill is an attempt to provide for the establishment of a genuine progress indicator which would reflect the cost of all natural resources consumed and the environmental debt incurred during the process of production, to give a more realistic measure of real progress.

It would also require that whenever a change in the gross domestic product is cited in official documents, the genuine progress indicator or change therein must also be cited.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Genuine Progress Indicator Act
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LIB

Ronald J. Duhamel

Liberal

Mr. Ronald J. Duhamel (St. Boniface, Lib.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-440, an act to vacate the conviction of Louis Riel.

Mr. Speaker, this bill, entitled an act to vacate the conviction of Louis Riel, has two purposes.

First, this bill would vacate the conviction of Louis Riel. Second, it would recognize Mr. Riel as a father of Confederation, a point that I have made in the House of Commons in addressing a government motion of 1992.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Act To Vacate The Conviction Of Louis Riel
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LIB

Len Hopkins

Liberal

Mr. Leonard Hopkins (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, Lib.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-441, an act respecting the territorial integrity of Canada.

Mr. Speaker, the purpose of this enactment is to affirm Canada's sovereign indivisibility and to preserve its territorial integrity.

The Constitution of Canada formed a federal state that is one and indivisible because this best serves the interests of all Canadians. It would secure the reputation that Canada now enjoys in the world community as a nation in which two founding cultures and other diverse elements have already demonstrated an ability to live and work together for the common good within a strong and united federation, Canada.

It is based on the fact that there is no provision in the Constitution for the withdrawal from the federation of a province or territory, that the federation may not be deprived of any part of the territory of Canada except with its consent by due process of constitutional amendment, and that no province or territory may unilaterally withdraw from the federation.

No province or territory shall either unilaterally or in conjunction with any other province or territory attempt to or declare its intention to secede from the federation and form a separate state. Canada is constitutionally sovereign and indivisible and extends fairness to all cultures in all parts of this nation.

No province or territory shall initiate, authorize, sponsor or permit a referendum to be held on any question purporting to seek a mandate for the withdrawal or indeed the intent of withdrawing of that province or territory from the federation without the federation's consent.

I present this for the consideration of the House.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Territorial Protection Act
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LIB

Marlene Catterall

Liberal

Ms. Marlene Catterall (Ottawa West, Lib.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-442, an act to amend the National Capital Act.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present this bill to the House. Our government was elected and has continued to pursue a policy of open consultative government.

The National Capital Commission established under the National Capital Act has as its purpose to develop a capital that is a source of pride and a force of unity for all Canadians. In the process of doing that, it interacts very strongly with local governments and has, in its decisions, a very strong impact on the local community.

This bill calls for amendments to the National Capital Act to require, under certain circumstances and with certain limitations, that the National Capital Commission hold its meetings in public and consult with the public in making its decisions.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   National Capital Act
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LIB

Mac Harb

Liberal

Mr. Mac Harb (Ottawa Centre, Lib.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-443, an act to amend the Criminal Code (definition of child).

Mr. Speaker, this will be part of a series of bills that I have introduced. The purpose of it is to make this legislation in conformity with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This will ensure that a family is responsible for a child until the age of 18.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Criminal Code
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LIB

Mac Harb

Liberal

Mr. Mac Harb (Ottawa Centre, Lib.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-444, an act to amend the Canadian Bill of Rights (right to housing).

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Canadian Bill Of Rights
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The Deputy Speaker

This proposed bill does not have the requisite amount of notice and therefore it will require unanimous consent for the hon. member to proceed with it.

Is there unanimous consent?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Canadian Bill Of Rights
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Subtopic:   Canadian Bill Of Rights
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LIB

Mac Harb

Liberal

Mr. Harb

Mr. Speaker, this bill will amend the bill of rights to ensure it includes the right of an individual to proper housing at a reasonable cost and free from unreasonable barriers.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Canadian Bill Of Rights
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The Deputy Speaker

The next bill also requires the unanimous consent of the House because of lack of notice. Is there unanimous consent?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Canadian Bill Of Rights
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Some hon. members

No.

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Subtopic:   Canadian Bill Of Rights
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The Deputy Speaker

There is another bill in the same situation. Is there unanimous consent?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Canadian Bill Of Rights
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Some hon. members

No.

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Subtopic:   Canadian Bill Of Rights
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The Speaker

There is one last bill by the member for Ottawa Centre in the same situation. Is there unanimous consent?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Canadian Bill Of Rights
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Some hon. members

No.

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Subtopic:   Canadian Bill Of Rights
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LIB

Bob Kilger

Liberal

Mr. Bob Kilger (Stormont-Dundas, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, there have been some discussions among the parties for the following motion. I move:

During this session of Parliament, whenever the House stands adjourned, if a bill or bills are awaiting royal assent, the Speaker may, at the request of the government, give notice that the House shall meet at a specified time for the purposes of royal assent. The House shall meet at the specified time for those purposes only; and immediately thereafter the Speaker shall adjourn the House to the time to which it had formerly been adjourned. In the event of the Speaker being unable to act owing to illness or other cause, the Deputy Speaker, the Deputy Chairman of Committees or the Assistant Deputy Chairman of Committees shall act in the Speaker's stead for all purposes of this order.

(Motion agreed to.)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Business Of The House
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LIB

Len Hopkins

Liberal

Mr. Leonard Hopkins (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition here from petitioners from Palmer Rapids, Barry's Bay, Round Lake Centre, Combermere and Killaloe, Ontario.

They are asking that we request the federal government to immediately rescind section 55.2(4) of the Patent Act, thus freeing up millions of dollars in savings.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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LIB

John Richardson

Liberal

Mr. John Richardson (Perth-Wellington-Waterloo, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of my constituents I present a petition which requests that the House of Commons enact legislation to amend existing legislation defining a marriage as the voluntary union for life of one woman and one man to each other, to the exclusion of all others.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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REF

Ian McClelland

Reform

Mr. Ian McClelland (Edmonton Southwest, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure of presenting three petitions.

The first is from a group of 75 petitioners from the Edmonton area asking the federal government to remove taxation on the GST and in doing so fulfil a pre-election promise of the Prime Minister.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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April 25, 1997