June 13, 2000

LIB

Derek Lee

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 12 petitions.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Government Response To 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 am also pleased to table, in both official languages, a number of order in council appointments recently made by the government.

Pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order 110(1), these are deemed referred to the appropriate standing committee, a list of which is attached.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Order In Council Appointments
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LIB

Bob Wood

Liberal

Mr. Bob Wood (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Veterans Affairs, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the 1999-2000 annual report of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces Ombudsman.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   National Defence
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LIB

Jim Peterson

Liberal

Hon. Jim Peterson (for the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-38, an act to establish the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada and to amend certain acts in relation to financial institutions.

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

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Financial Consumer Agency Of Canada Act
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REF

Garry Breitkreuz

Reform

Mr. Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton—Melville, Canadian Alliance)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-489, an act to amend the Access to Information Act (cabinet confidences).

Mr. Speaker, in June 1999 the government used the provision for total exclusion of cabinet confidences under section 69 of the Access to Information Act to keep 172 pages of gun registry budget information a state secret.

In September the government used the cabinet confidences exclusion again to hide from the public a 115 page report on the economic impact of the gun registry. That was enough for me and I knew the law had to be changed.

The purpose of this bill is to make certain amendments to the act as recommended by the information commissioner in his 1996 report, The Access to Information Act and the Cabinet Confidences: A Discussion of New Approaches. The information commissioner was kind enough to recommend changes to an earlier draft of this bill.

This bill makes cabinet confidences mandatory exemptions as opposed to exclusions. This results in the withholding of information and documents that are considered cabinet confidences being subject to the independent review under the act, rather than the entire act being inapplicable to them. The bill also excludes from the exemption documents that refer to but do not reveal the substance of cabinet confidences.

Among other safeguards, this bill would require that requests for cabinet confidences be handled only by officers who have received the appropriate security clearance.

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

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Access To Information Act
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NDP

Wendy Lill

New Democratic Party

Ms. Wendy Lill (Dartmouth, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure today to rise in the House and present over 600 signatures from my community of Dartmouth.

The people of Dartmouth are concerned that the Liberals have ignored the top priority of Canadians in the 2000 budget by giving only 2% for health care, and that the federal government is now only paying 13.5% of the health care costs leading to shortages of nurses, hospital beds and emergency spaces in our hospitals.

The people of Dartmouth want to see an immediate injection of federal money back into our health care system bringing it up to 25% of funding immediately, and also, to implement home care programs and a national program for prescription drugs. They want to stop for profit hospitals and federal funding restored for health care.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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BQ

Gérard Asselin

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Gérard Asselin (Charlevoix, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I am tabling in the House today a petition signed by 5,400 constituents in the riding of Charlevoix.

Given that the proposed change to the limits of the economic region for employment insurance purposes in the federal riding of Charlevoix would have dreadful consequences for the affected population, and that this proposal does not follow the employment insurance regulations on the homogeneity of the work market and the bordering regions, the petitioners call on the Parliament to maintain the status quo, so that the riding of Charlevoix can still be part of the former administrative region of northern Quebec.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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LIB

Guy St-Julien

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I have the privilege to present two petitions.

The first one deals with the predatory pricing of gasoline. The petitioners are from Beauport, Quebec City, Sainte-Émilie, Saint-Émile, Sainte-Foy, Charlesbourg, Saint-Lambert and Victoriaville.

Since Canadians consumers cannot take action and protect themselves against increases in gasoline prices, the petitioners are calling on parliament to pass a resolution to stop world oil cartels in order to bring down excessive prices of crude oil.

The second petition is from the region of Fleurimont, Sherbrooke, Lac-Racine, Saint-Denis-de-Brompton, Saint-Pamphile and Saint-Marcel. The petitioners call on the House of Commons to find a solution and to pass a resolution to stop world oil cartels in order to bring down excessive prices of crude oil to counter the predatory pricing of gasoline in Quebec and in Canada.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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PC

Diane St-Jacques

Progressive Conservative

Ms. Diane St-Jacques (Shefford, PC)

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table a petition signed by constituents from the riding of Shefford who are asking the government to quickly introduce and implement legislation that would make the labeling of GMOs and foods containing GMOs mandatory in all cases.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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BQ

Pierrette Venne

Bloc Québécois

Mrs. Pierrette Venne (Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table in the House today a petition from constituents of my riding of Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert.

The petitioners call on parliament to allocate sufficient funds to research into alternative energy sources so that, in the near future, Canadians would no longer be forced to turn to oil as a main energy source.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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BQ

Antoine Dubé

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Antoine Dubé (Lévis-et-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, since the session is almost over, I would like to table a series of five petitions on different issues.

A first petition containing about 125 signatures was sent to me on Bill C-20. The petitioners wish for the withdrawal of this bill.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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BQ

Antoine Dubé

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Antoine Dubé (Lévis-et-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table a petition containing about one hundred names and dealing with drinking and driving.

The petitioners call on the government to amend the Criminal Code to toughen up the law.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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BQ

Antoine Dubé

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Antoine Dubé (Lévis-et-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table a petition on collective bargaining by rural route mail couriers.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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BQ

Antoine Dubé

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Antoine Dubé (Lévis-et-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table a petition containing about 200 signatures. The petitioners condemn the excessive gasoline prices.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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BQ

Antoine Dubé

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Antoine Dubé (Lévis-et-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table a petition containing about 50 signatures from petitioners asking for pay equity for all workers.

I wanted to do my duty as a member of parliament by presenting these petitions from my fellow citizens.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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BQ

Yves Rocheleau

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Yves Rocheleau (Trois-Rivières, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I wish to present this petition on behalf of some 30 citizens of the riding of Champlain, asking parliament to enact a legislation making mandatory the labeling of all food products which are genetically modified in whole or in part.

I take this opportunity to underline the excellent work of our colleague, the member for Louis-Hébert, on the issue of GMOs.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present two petitions signed by hundreds of constituents and people from all over Manitoba. They are very concerned about the state of our health care system and the lack of action on the part of the Liberal government to address the crisis that has now befallen our universal public health care system.

The sentiments of the petitioners were given some validity yesterday with the results of the byelection in Alberta where voters overwhelmingly said yes to the NDP and no to bill 11. The petitions that I table today say the same thing, that we should stop the cutbacks to health care, stand up against bill 11, save the Canadian public health care system, and stop the slide toward a two tier American style health care system in Canada.

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Subtopic:   Petitions
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BQ

Jean-Guy Chrétien

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Jean-Guy Chrétien (Frontenac—Mégantic, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present this petition urging the House of Commons to take a stand in order to bring an end to the dizzying increases in the price of gasoline.

The report on Radio-Canada, last night, proves without any doubt that the major refineries in Canada are abusing their monopoly position.

Therefore, it is my privilege to table this petition signed by a great number of citizens of the town of Thetford and the surrounding area.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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BQ

Stéphane Bergeron

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Stéphane Bergeron (Verchères—Les-Patriotes, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I am pleased to submit the following petition, signed by 381 citizens from Quebec, in particular from the riding of Verchères—Les-Patriotes, which I have the honour and the pleasure to represent in this House.

The petitioners point out first that it is impossible for consumers to protect themselves against the dizzying increases in the price of gasoline at the pump. They also point out that they are a captive clientele for oil products, since no alternative source of energy is presently available at a reasonable price.

Therefore, the petitioners urge parliament, as a first step, to pass a resolution to put an end to the actions of world petroleum cartels and, as a consequence, bring down the excessive prices of gasoline.

Finally, the petitioners ask parliament to invest sufficient money in research on alternative sources of energy, so that consumers will no be longer dependent on oil as their main source of energy.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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BQ

Bernard Bigras

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Bernard Bigras (Rosemont, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, in the same vein, I would like to table a petition signed by hundreds of Quebecers asking that Parliament take action in order to counter excessive gas pricing.

Among other things, those Quebecers ask that adequate funding be allocated to research into alternative energy sources so that, in the near future, Canadians are no longer forced to turn to oil as a main energy source.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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June 13, 2000