October 21, 1997

REF

Diane Ablonczy

Reform

Mrs. Diane Ablonczy (Calgary—Nose Hill, Ref.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-250, an act to amend the Referendum Act.

Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to reintroduce a private member's bill that I introduced in the last Parliament. It amends the Referendum Act of Canada. Its purpose is to allow the people of Canada to actually do what democracy allows them to do and that is to rule.

In my view more mechanisms are needed for the people of Canada to have a direct say in the decisions which are made that affect their future. This referendum bill sets out a mechanism that allows the people of the country to play a larger and more specific role in the legislative process.

I look forward to debate on this bill and perhaps to it being passed by the House.

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

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LIB

Albina Guarnieri

Liberal

Ms. Albina Guarnieri (Mississauga East, Lib.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-251, an act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (cumulative sentences).

Mr. Speaker, I stand yet again for the victims of multiple murderers and other serial predators to introduce for the third time a bill to end volume discounts for rapists and murderers.

Most acutely, over the past few months, Canadians have witnessed in justified disgust how Canada's courts automatically absolve murderers and rapists of all but their first offence through the very legal obscenity of concurrent sentencing.

I would like to thank the member for Lambton—Kent—Middlesex for seconding this bill and for joining the members of the House who place the rights of victims and the protection of law-abiding citizens ahead of the interests of our most vocal predator protection industry.

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

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REF

Deborah Grey

Reform

Miss Deborah Grey (Edmonton North, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, in accordance with Standing Order 36, I would like to present a couple of petitions on behalf of the people in Medley and Edmonton, Alberta.

The petitioners state that there are profound inadequacies in the sentencing practices concerning individuals convicted of impaired driving charges. They think that Canada must embrace a philosophy of zero tolerance toward individuals who drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Therefore, the petitioners pray and request that Parliament proceed immediately with amendments to the Criminal Code that will ensure that the sentence given to anyone convicted of driving while impaired or causing injury or death while impaired reflects both the severity of the crime and zero tolerance by Canada toward this crime. The sooner we act on that the better.

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REF

Deborah Grey

Reform

Miss Deborah Grey (Edmonton North, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, I have another enormous petition which conforms to Standing Order 36. It is signed by literally thousands of residents in the Edmonton, Sherwood Park, northern Alberta area and by many other people across Canada who are talking about the dreadful murder of Susan Klassen of Yukon.

This petition comes from her sister, Brenda MacDonald, in my constituency and from deeply concerned citizens. They believe that the provocation defence as it is currently used in femicide and wife slaughter cases inappropriately and unjustly changes the focus of the criminal trial from the behaviour of the accused to the behaviour of the victim who, from then on, is identified as the one responsible for the accused violence. It is shameful and it is not right.

More specifically, it is not consistent with the constitutional rights of women, including their right to equal protection and benefit of the law and the right to life, liberty and security.

Thousands of people pray that the defence of provocation be dealt with in the Criminal Code just as soon as possible. I urge the justice minister to do that.

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NDP

John Solomon

New Democratic Party

Mr. John Solomon (Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, it is my pleasure to present a petition this morning from many constituents of Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre and other parts of Saskatchewan.

The petitioners are very concerned about the pricing of gasoline in this country. They feel that the price of gasoline is set by all companies in an unjustified manner. They believe that since energy is a key component and the most fundamental component of our economy, there should be some control of its pricing.

They call on Parliament to set up an energy price review commission to keep gasoline pricing and other energy products in check.

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REF

Diane Ablonczy

Reform

Mrs. Diane Ablonczy (Calgary—Nose Hill, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to present this petition which is a joint effort between Canadians from the province of Quebec and Canadians from across Alberta, my own province.

This group of people are very concerned about the unity of our country. They ask Parliament and the Prime Minister of Canada to confirm that Canada is indivisible and that the boundaries of Canada may be modified only by a pre-vote of all Canadian citizens or through an amending formula stipulated in the Canadian Constitution.

I hope the Prime Minister is watching and will pay attention to the prayer of these petitioners.

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REF

Chuck Strahl

Reform

Mr. Chuck Strahl (Fraser Valley, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, these petitions were originally sent to Sharon Hayes, the former member from the riding of Port Moody—Coquitlam.

It is my honour and privilege to present them on her behalf. There are some 500 signatures from her riding, another thousand from the lower mainland and several hundred from the prairie provinces. It has to deal with the issue of age of consent.

These petitioners ask Parliament to consider changing the age of consent from 14 to 16, which could assist in the prosecution of adults who buy sex from young people because the adult could then be charged with sexual assault. It would not be necessary to prove some of the other things that are necessary under the current Criminal Code.

The efforts of these people to try to make the streets safer for young people and to try to make it difficult for predators to prey on young kids are a laudable effort. I support their goal.

It is interesting that many of the people who signed their names here are teenagers who feel that the current law needs to be changed.

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LIB

Peter Adams

Liberal

Mr. Peter Adams (Peterborough, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from some hundreds of Canadians who pray that the prime minister and the Parliament of Canada declare and confirm immediately that Canada is indivisible and that the boundaries of Canada, its provinces, territories and territorial waters may be modified only by a free vote of all Canadian citizens or through the amending formula as stipulated in the Canadian Constitution.

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LIB

Peter Adams

Liberal

Mr. Peter Adams (Peterborough, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have another petition from 200 residents of the region of Peterborough who draw the attention of the House to the fact that women in Ontario can now appear legally in public bare breasted.

Therefore these petitioners request that Parliament review and amend the charter of rights and freedoms and/or the Criminal Code of Canada to include this practice as being illegal, except in special circumstances such as breast feeding.

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LIB

Peter Adams

Liberal

Mr. Peter Adams (Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would ask that the remaining questions be allowed to stand.

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Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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The Deputy Speaker

Is that agreed?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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IND

John Nunziata

Independent

Mr. John Nunziata (York South—Weston, Ind.)

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I ask that you seek unanimous consent to revert to the introduction of private bills.

I would like to apologize to the House. I was to introduce a bill today but I was delayed at the session on parliamentary reform in West Block.

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The Deputy Speaker

Is there unanimous consent?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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IND

John Nunziata

Independent

Mr. John Nunziata (York South—Weston, Ind.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-252, an act to amend the Criminal Code (judicial review).

Mr. Speaker, this is the third time I am introducing this bill in the House. This bill would repeal section 745 of the Criminal Code, and in the result all those convicted of murder would have to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison before having the opportunity to seek parole.

In the last House this bill passed at second reading and it went to committee. I would hope that in this Parliament, the 36th Parliament, we will have the opportunity to have this bill debated again and ultimately passed by this House because that is the will of the people of Canada.

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

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Subtopic:   Criminal Code
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REF

Ted White

Reform

Mr. Ted White (North Vancouver, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. In view of the fact that this House had previously passed this bill in the 35th Parliament, and also in light of what we managed to do here for the hon. member opposite who had the proceeds of crime bill where we passed it by unanimous consent, I might ask for unanimous consent of the House to deem the hon. member's bill to have passed all stages and be referred to the Senate.

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Subtopic:   Criminal Code
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The Deputy Speaker

Is there unanimous consent?

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Some hon. members

No.

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The Deputy Speaker

There is no consent.

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October 21, 1997