February 17, 2000

LIB

David Collenette

Liberal

Hon. David M. Collenette (Minister of Transport, Lib.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-26, an act to amend the Canada Transportation Act, the Competition Act, the Competition Tribunal Act and the Air Canada Public Participation Act and to amend another act in consequence.

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

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LIB

David Collenette

Liberal

Hon. David M. Collenette (Minister of Transport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I apologize for being so rusty on the rules, but under the first order of business I neglected to table, in both official languages and pursuant to Standing Order 109, the government's response to the Standing Committee of Transport report on the restructuring of Canada's airline industry, fostering competition and protecting the public interest.

I would seek unanimous consent to allow me to table that response.

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The Acting Speaker (Mr. McClelland)

Does the minister have the unanimous consent of the House to table the response?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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LIB

Raymond Lavigne

Liberal

Mr. Raymond Lavigne (Verdun—Saint-Henri, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, if the House gives its consent, I move that the first report of the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, which was tabled in the House on December 16, 1999, be concurred in.

This report sets out the mandate of the committee, its quorum and its entitlement to sit during sittings of the Senate.

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The Acting Speaker (Mr. McClelland)

Is there unanimous consent for the hon. member to move the motion?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Some hon. members

No.

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REF

Eric C. Lowther

Reform

Mr. Eric Lowther (Calgary Centre, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, I have a number of petitions to present this morning, and one from petitioners right across the country. There are many hundreds of names.

The petitioners call on parliament to retain in the preamble of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms the reference to the supremacy of God.

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REF

Eric C. Lowther

Reform

Mr. Eric Lowther (Calgary Centre, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, the second petition has been signed by people all across the country. They are calling for the protection in law of children from pedophiles and sex offenders. They want the law for these situations to be strengthened.

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REF

Eric C. Lowther

Reform

Mr. Eric Lowther (Calgary Centre, Ref.)

The next petition, Mr. Speaker, calls for a relief from the burden of income tax that families have to bear in the country. The petition contains many hundreds of signatures.

I will be tabling all these petitions this morning.

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NDP

Nelson Riis

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to present a petition, pursuant to Standing Order 36. The petitioners are all from Kamloops.

They are calling on the Government of Canada to amend the criminal code to prevent persons convicted of serious crimes from being released from custody pending the hearing of their appeal, except in exceptional circumstances.

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NDP

Nelson Riis

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, my second petition is also from the people of Kamloops, who are calling on the Government of Canada to simply abolish the Senate.

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NDP

Nelson Riis

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, it is a particular pleasure for me to present this next petition. As you can see by the petition itself, Mr. Speaker, this is not a prop. This is a petition bearing thousands and thousands of names, maybe 20,000 names, of people from Kamloops who are concerned about the GST.

They are suggesting that if we are going to have a tax reduction in the upcoming budget, we should phase out the GST so that everyone benefits from the tax reduction: children, people on low incomes and people with fixed incomes. They feel that every single Canadian would benefit from a reduction in the GST; whereas if we simply reduce the income tax only people who pay income tax will benefit. This is the fairest way to reduce taxes. Thousands of people in the great city of Kamloops are calling on the government to do just that.

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John Solomon

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition this morning, pursuant to Standing Order 36, on behalf of many constituents as well as people from across Canada, including Kamloops, British Columbia.

These Canadians are concerned that the Criminal Code of Canada makes it too easy for people, who have been convicted of serious crimes, such as murder, attempted murder, sexual assault and manslaughter involving imprisonment greater than five years, to obtain release from custody pending the hearing of their appeal.

The petitioners are asking the House of Commons and the Government of Canada to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to prevent persons convicted of these serious crimes from being released from custody pending the hearing of their appeal except in exceptional circumstances.

I think many Canadians would support this particular petition.

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BQ

Hélène Alarie

Bloc Québécois

Ms. Hélène Alarie (Louis-Hébert, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise, pursuant to Standing Order 36, to present a petition signed by 1,581 constituents from my riding.

The petitioners call on Parliament to move quickly in order to pass legislation making mandatory the labelling of all foods that are wholly or partially genetically modified.

This is one more in a series of similar petitions signed by thousands in my riding and in the ridings of a number of other members who have presented similar petitions in the House.

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LIB

John O'Reilly

Liberal

Mr. John O'Reilly (Haliburton—Victoria—Brock, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I am pleased to present a petition from the people of Haliburton, Minden, Tory Hill and Wilberforce.

The petitioners call on parliament to direct the Department of Justice to vigorously defend section 43 of the criminal code and to terminate all funding for this case under the court challenges program. They request parliament to affirm the duty of parents to responsibly raise their children according to their own conscience and beliefs and to retain section 43 of Canada's criminal code as it is currently worded.

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LIB

Yvon Charbonneau

Liberal

Mr. Yvon Charbonneau (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Health, Lib.)

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

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The Acting Speaker (Mr. McClelland)

Is that agreed?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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February 17, 2000