May 26, 1999

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The Deputy Speaker

Does the hon. member for Prince George—Peace River have unanimous consent of the House to proceed with the introduction of his bill at this time?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Jay Hill

Reform

Mr. Jay Hill (Prince George—Peace River, Ref.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-513, an act to amend the Criminal Code (conditional sentencing).

Mr. Speaker, I thank all hon. members present this afternoon and my hon. colleague from Calgary Northeast for seconding the bill.

Conditional sentencing was introduced in the 35th parliament in Bill C-41. Since that time over 18,000 conditional sentences have been handed down. Most of these sentences are for petty crimes. However, many have been handed down for crimes as serious as sexual assault, manslaughter, drunk driving and drug trafficking.

In 1997 the B.C. Court of Appeal stated in a decision regarding conditional sentencing that “if parliament had intended to exclude certain offences from consideration it should have done so in clear language”.

My bill does exactly that. It lists the offences to be excluded from any possibility of receiving a conditional sentence. Canadian victims and their families have been wronged and in many cases revictimized by sentences that do not reflect the crime. We have an opportunity to correct this mistake and prove that the justice system is meant to protect Canadians and punish criminals and not the reverse.

A recent national poll states that 84% of Canadians are in favour of the bill, so I encourage all members of the House to support the bill and the overwhelming majority of Canadians.

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

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LIB

Charles Caccia

Liberal

Hon. Charles Caccia (Davenport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present on behalf of my constituents and people in the broader area of Toronto and Hamilton a petition addressed to the House of Commons.

It calls on parliament to enact animal protection legislation that provides for the abrogation of any part of the Criminal Code which reduces animals to the status of property, that provides for the imposition of sanctions upon those convicted of cruelty to animals in a variety of ways, and that provides for the severest penalties when crimes against animals are committed for the purpose of financial gain.

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Art Hanger

Reform

Mr. Art Hanger (Calgary Northeast, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present. The first bears 26 signatures.

The petitioners call upon parliament to enact legislation such as Bill C-225 so as to define in statute that a marriage can only be entered into between a single male and a single female.

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Art Hanger

Reform

Mr. Art Hanger (Calgary Northeast, Ref.)

The second petition, Mr. Speaker, bears 750 signatures. It deals with suicide or euthanasia.

The petitioners call upon parliament not to repeal or amend section 241 of the Criminal Code in any way and to uphold the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada of September 30, 1993, to disallow assisted suicide or euthanasia.

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LIB

Sheila Finestone

Liberal

Hon. Sheila Finestone (Mount Royal, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I present the following petition from Mount Royal riding constituents concerned with the use of chemical pesticides for cosmetic purposes, that is for use on lawns and golf courses as an example.

The petitioners believe that an immediate moratorium on these products should be enacted until it has scientifically been proven that these chemicals are safe and do not affect the water or the lives and health of our children.

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Pauline Picard

Bloc Québécois

Mrs. Pauline Picard (Drummond, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure of tabling in this House a petition bearing the signatures of 155 people from the riding of Drummond.

This petition reads as follows: “We, the undersigned, residents of the Province of Quebec, call the following to the attention of the House:

“Whereas the elimination of taxes on sports millionaires is of considerable concern to us; whereas our representatives in the House of Commons have both the responsibility and the duty to pass legislation that will maintain fiscal balance among all Canadians and ensure, first and foremost, a basic income to the most disadvantaged;

“Therefore, we present to parliament a petition entitled `No to the abolition of taxes on sports millionaires' and request that members of parliament pass the measures needed to ensure greater fairness in Canada for taxpayers.”

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LIB

Guy St-Julien

Liberal

Mr. Guy St-Julien (Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table a petition from the Inuit community of Salluit in Nunavik.

According to the petitioners, between 16 and 23 people are living in three bedroom dwellings during the winter in Salluit. The Inuit find the housing conditions in Nunavik extremely distressing. They consider the situation totally intolerable. It contributes to the high incidence of tuberculosis, infectious diseases and social problems.

The federal government must assume its obligations under the James Bay and Northern Quebec agreement on housing in Nunavik.

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Judy Wasylycia-Leis

New Democratic Party

Ms. Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege to present a petition signed by hundreds of Canadians from across the country on the critical issue of health care facing all citizens of Canada.

The petitioners call upon the government to recognize that the Canada Health Act must reign supreme, that the principles of that act must be seen as paramount and that the government must do everything in its power to guarantee national standards of quality, publicly funded health care for every Canadian citizen as a right.

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Nelson Riis

New Democratic Party

Mr. Nelson Riis (Kamloops, Thompson and Highland Valleys, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour and a privilege to stand once again on behalf of petitioners from Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Newfoundland, the prairie provinces, British Columbia and the territories.

The petitioners point out that while the Criminal Code imposes serious sentences on people who abuse animals in a variety of ways, judges, by and large, do not take cruelty to animals too seriously in terms of the record. Therefore, the petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to impose harsher penalties for serious offences against animals and to establish an education program for judges to help them understand society's abhorrence and condemnation of acts of cruelty to animals.

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Nelson Riis

New Democratic Party

Mr. Nelson Riis (Kamloops, Thompson and Highland Valleys, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I wish to present another petition from petitioners from British Columbia.

The petitioners state that at some point during the production of child pornography either a child or children have been victimized, that child pornography hurts children, that it can never be justified and that the possession of child pornography perpetuates the production of children pornography.

Therefore, the petitioners call upon the Parliament of Canada to recognize that Canadians reject the legalization of the possession of child pornography and ask the government to intervene on this matter to establish and strengthen laws relating to the possession of child pornography to ensure that it will never be legalized.

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Nelson Riis

New Democratic Party

Mr. Nelson Riis (Kamloops, Thompson and Highland Valleys, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I wish to present a petition concerning trade. The concern of the petitioners is that there seems to be growing pressure to export fresh water from Canada. They are very concerned and call upon parliament to do whatever is necessary to safeguard the future of fresh water in Canada.

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Angela Vautour

New Democratic Party

Ms. Angela Vautour (Beauséjour—Petitcodiac, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from citizens from across New Brunswick, from Fredericton, Shediac, Cap-Pelé and Robichaud.

The petitioners are very upset about Bill C-78, the pension bill. They would like to see it stopped. They are very upset about the $30 billion that the government is taking from them. We must remember that these petitioners are the same people who are experiencing no satisfaction because the government will not recognize pay equity, so they are falling into the same group.

It is a pleasure to introduce this petition with hundreds of names of workers and retirees who are very upset.

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LIB

Peter Adams

Liberal

Mr. Peter Adams (Peterborough, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a petition on behalf of citizens of Peterborough who believe it is time to cancel the unpayable debts of the most impoverished nations.

The petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to cancel the debts owed to it by the 50 most impoverished nations by the year 2000. They also call upon the Government of Canada to urge the the lending countries at the upcoming G-8 summit in Cologne to cancel the backlog of debt owed by the 50 most impoverished nations by the year 2000.

The petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to urge these leaders to take effective steps to prevent high levels of debt from building up again by promoting sustainable economic and social development instead of supporting measures demanded by international financial institutions that erode health care, education and the environment, further impoverishing the poorest populations of the world.

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Peter Adams

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the following questions will be answered today: Nos. 121, 123 and 189. .[Text]

Question No. 121—

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Mike Scott

Reform

Mr. Mike Scott

Could the government provide a complete list of all reserves in Canada that showed a deficit or an accumulated debt on their last band audit?

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Jane Stewart

Liberal

Hon. Jane Stewart (Minister of Indian Affairs and Nothern Development, Lib.)

The government could not provide such a list given that the financial statements of first nations and their organizations are mandatorily protected by paragraph 20(1)(b) of the Access to Information Act. In addition, a federal court decision of June 27, 1985 judged that information regarding Indian moneys was confidential and not subject to release by the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

First Nations are required to make their audited financial statements available to members of their community. Officials of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development cannot release the audited financial statements because of the third party nature of the audit.

Individuals interested in reviewing a first nation`s audit can contact the chief and council to request it. It is up to the chief and council whether they wish to disclose audits to non-band members.

Question No. 123—

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Mike Scott

Reform

Mr. Mike Scott

Could the government provide a complete list of Jack Anawak's, Interim Commissioner of Nunavut, travel expenses from January 1996 to the present including: ( a ) the destination; ( b ) the number and names of the staff that attended; ( c ) the total cost of travel; ( d ) the name and cost of accomodation; ( e ) whether the spouse attended and at whose cost; ( f ) the name of the airline used; ( g ) the cost of the flight for each individual; ( h ) the ticket class for each individual; ( i ) the name of restaurants attended; and ( j ) the cost of meals for each individual?

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Jane Stewart

Liberal

Hon. Jane Stewart (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Lib.)

The travel expenses information being requested is not in the possession of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. The information is in the possession of the Office of the Interim Commissioner of Nunavut.

The Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development undertakes to exercise her authority under section 71 of the Nunavut Act to direct the Interim commissioner to supply the hon. member for Skeena with travel expenses information being requested that is in the possession of his office.

Question No. 189—

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May 26, 1999