April 6, 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 10 petitions.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Government Response To Petitions
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LIB

Elinor Caplan

Liberal

Hon. Elinor Caplan (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Lib.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-31, an act respecting immigration to Canada and the granting of refugee protection to persons who are displaced, persecuted or in danger.

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

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Immigration And Refugee Protection Act
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LIB

Marlene Jennings

Liberal

Mrs. Marlene Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine, Lib.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-471, an act to amend the Competition Act (international mutual assistance and references) and the Competition Tribunal Act (references).

Mr. Speaker, this private member's bill amends the Competition Act and the Competition Tribunal Act to promote international mutual co-operation in civil, reviewable matters to ensure effective enforcement of the law.

As we know, with globalization there are already treaties which allow for this kind of co-operation in criminal matters, but the mechanisms that exist internationally do not apply in matters that are civilly reviewable.

This legislation will provide a framework for exchanging information, especially with the anti-trust agencies in the United States and the European Union, and will allow the Competition Bureau to be in a better position to deal with businesses whose operations span borders.

I hope to get the support of the House for this private member's bill.

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

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Competition Act
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LIB

Dan McTeague

Liberal

Mr. Dan McTeague (Pickering—Ajax—Uxbridge, Lib.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-472, an act to amend the Competition Act (conspiracy agreements and the right to make private applications), the Competition Tribunal Act (costs and summary dispositions) and the Criminal Code as a consequence.

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a bill to amend the Competition Act, the Competition Tribunal Act and the Criminal Code as a consequence thereof. This enactment strengthens the Competition Act and the Competition Tribunal Act to respond to a changing business and enforcement environment in Canada's marketplace and to enhance protection for business and consumers from anti-competitive activities.

The bill adopts a new approach to agreements between competitors. It broadens access to the Competition Tribunal and provides it, fortunately, with new powers.

Specifically, the bill will modernize current provisions on conspiracy to avoid discouraging strategic alliances, enable individuals to apply to the Competition Tribunal in cases of refusal to deal, exclusive dealing, tied selling and market restrictions, provide a new power to make temporary orders halting anti-competitive acts and broaden the powers to the tribunal to include cost awards and summary dispositions.

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

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Competition Act
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LIB

Charles Caccia

Liberal

Hon. Charles Caccia (Davenport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to table a number of petitions from constituents and citizens at large, residents of Canada, who are asking parliament and the House in particular to pay attention to the fact that there is child poverty in this country. They remind us of the unanimous resolution of November 24, 1989 to end child poverty and are asking parliament to fulfil this promise to end child poverty by the year 2000.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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REF

Art Hanger

Reform

Mr. Art Hanger (Calgary Northeast, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, I have several petitions to present today.

The first set of petitions, which contains 786 signatures, calls upon parliament to enact legislation to establish a pedophile registry.

The second group of petitions contains 249 signatures. The petitioners seek the protection of the communities and children in our country and ask parliament to pass legislation to prevent the release from lawful custody of anyone convicted for a second time of a sexual offence against a minor person.

The third set of petitions contains 75 signatures. The petitioners call upon parliament to eliminate the right of a convicted pedophile to be let out of jail on bail pending an appeal. This would thereby ensure the protection and safety of the victims and the community from a convicted sexual offender.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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NDP

Nelson Riis

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure and an honour to rise pursuant to Standing Order 36 to present a petition on behalf of a number of people from British Columbia who are concerned about the undemocratic nature of the Senate and the fact that it is the only unelected Senate in the world today. They are calling upon parliament to take the appropriate measures to abolish the Senate.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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NDP

Nelson Riis

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, the second petition I wish to present is quite long so I will summarize it.

The petitioners from British Columbia are calling upon 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.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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REF

Derrek Konrad

Reform

Mr. Derrek Konrad (Prince Albert, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, I have presented petitions on Bill C-23 before and I have another roughly 350 here, bringing the total to 1,400 people who are calling on the Government of Canada to take all necessary steps within the jurisdiction of the Parliament of Canada to preserve the definition of marriage in Canada. I am pleased to present these petitions on their behalf.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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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, I suggest that all questions be allowed to stand.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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The Deputy Speaker

Is that agreed?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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NDP

Wendy Lill

New Democratic Party

Ms. Wendy Lill

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order to seek unanimous consent of the House for an emergency debate on the protection of regional programming for the CBC.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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The Deputy Speaker

Does the hon. member have unanimous consent of the House to have an emergency debate concerning the CBC?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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Some hon. members

No.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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LIB

Allan Rock

Liberal

Hon. Allan Rock (for the Secretary of State for International Financial Institutions)

moved that a ways and means motion to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in parliament on February 28, 2000, be concurred in.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Ways And Means
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The Deputy Speaker

Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Ways And Means
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Ways And Means
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Some hon. members

No.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Ways And Means
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April 6, 2000