April 4, 2000

LIB

Derek Lee

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to five petitions.

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Subtopic:   Government Response To Petitions
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REF

Deepak Obhrai

Reform

Mr. Deepak Obhrai (Calgary East, Canadian Alliance)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-468, an act to amend the Statistics Act (ethnicity question).

Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure for me to rise on behalf of the constituents of Calgary East to introduce my private member's bill in the House today. The purpose of the bill is to ensure that no question will be asked about a person's ethnicity in the population census.

Ours is a great country that respects equal rights and equal opportunities for all Canadians. Thus program initiatives must be available to all with no discrimination. One common thread that holds us all together is that we are all Canadians.

I hope my colleagues will recognize the intent of the bill and will support it because we are and will remain always Canadians.

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

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Subtopic:   Statistics Act
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LIB

Derek Lee

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, if the House gives its consent, I move that the 21st report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the membership of the Standing Committee on Industry presented to the House on March 22 be concurred in.

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Subtopic:   Committees Of The House
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The Deputy Speaker

Does the hon. parliamentary secretary have the unanimous consent of the House to move the motion?

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Subtopic:   Committees Of The House
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Some hon. members

No.

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LIB

Derek Lee

Liberal

Mr. Derek Lee

Mr. Speaker, if the House gives its consent, I move:

That the following member be added to the list of associate members of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs: Dave Chatters.

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Subtopic:   Committees Of The House
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The Deputy Speaker

Does the hon. parliamentary secretary have the unanimous consent of the House to move the motion?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Some hon. members

No.

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Ghislain Lebel

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Ghislain Lebel (Chambly, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure this morning of tabling two petitions.

The first contains 25 names and calls upon the federal government to pass legislation on the labelling of genetically modified products.

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Subtopic:   Petitions
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BQ

Ghislain Lebel

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Ghislain Lebel (Chambly, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I have a second petition here from 32 people calling upon the government to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act so as to repeal subsection 13(5), which bars collective bargaining for piece rate workers who deliver mail.

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Subtopic:   Petitions
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LIB

Rose-Marie Ur

Liberal

Mrs. Rose-Marie Ur (Lambton—Kent—Middlesex, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I am honoured to present a petition signed by hundreds of residents of the Windsor and Tecumseh area who urge the government to establish an independent governing body to enforce mandatory mammography quality control standards in Canada.

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Subtopic:   Petitions
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Reed Elley

Reform

Mr. Reed Elley (Nanaimo—Cowichan, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise in the House to present a petition on behalf of about 125 people in my riding.

The petitioners ask that the federal government recognize that marriage in this country is indeed the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others. They are concerned that the government has failed to define this in legislation that would withstand a court challenge. They ask that the government take action to make sure this is put into law.

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Subtopic:   Petitions
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LIB

Janko Peric

Liberal

Mr. Janko Peric (Cambridge, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I have the privilege to present to the House four petitions from concerned constituents in my riding of Cambridge.

The petitioners pray and request that the Parliament of Canada act to amend the criminal code to extend the same protection to unborn human beings that is currently enjoyed by born human beings.

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Subtopic:   Petitions
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LIB

Janko Peric

Liberal

Mr. Janko Peric (Cambridge, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is signed by 178 individuals and highlights the concern of my constituents that there is legislation that would extend benefits based on a person's private sexual activity while excluding other types of dependent relationships. The petitioners ask parliament to withdraw Bill C-23 and affirm through legislation that marriage is and will remain what it has always been, the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

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LIB

Janko Peric

Liberal

Mr. Janko Peric (Cambridge, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, recognizing that one in nine Canadian women will develop breast cancer and that early detection is a vital weapon in the battle against this disease, 120 petitioners ask parliament to enact legislation to establish an independent governing body to develop, implement and enforce uniform and mandatory mammography quality assurance and quality control standards in Canada.

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LIB

Janko Peric

Liberal

Mr. Janko Peric (Cambridge, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the final petition contains 30 signatures from concerned citizens in my riding of Cambridge.

The petitioners draw to the attention of parliament that rural route mail couriers have not been allowed to bargain collectively to improve their wages and working conditions. Since workers who deliver mail in cities have collective bargaining rights, the petitioners request that parliament repeal section 13(5) of the Canada Post Corporation Act to permit rural mail couriers to bargain collectively like urban mail workers.

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Peter Goldring

Reform

Mr. Peter Goldring (Edmonton East, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition from citizens across Canada, but most notably from the province of Quebec.

The petition calls for the Prime Minister and the Parliament of Canada to declare that Canada is indivisible and that this state is presently alterable only by all citizens of Canada and their government. Mr. Speaker, I concur.

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Subtopic:   Petitions
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The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member for Edmonton East knows that his agreement or otherwise with the petition is not relevant for the purpose of presentation of petitions and he ought not do such a thing in the course of his presentation.

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April 4, 2000