May 3, 2001

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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

I have the honour to inform the House that a message has been received from the Senate informing this House that the Senate has passed certain bills, to which the concurrence of this House is desired.


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Alfonso Gagliano

Liberal

Hon. Alfonso Gagliano (Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, I am proud to table this morning a report from the Parliamentary Buildings Advisory Council, entitled “The Hill: Past, Present, Future”.

I am tabling as well the working document, “A Legacy for Future Generations: The Long Term Vision and Plan for the Parliamentary Precinct”.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Parliamentary Buildings Advisory Council
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Allan Rock

Liberal

Hon. Allan Rock (Minister of Health, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, I am pleased to table draft legislative proposals as well as accompanying documents to set the framework for the regulation of assisted human reproduction.

I intend to ask the Standing House Committee on Health for its comments on these proposals.

I believe it is important that members of parliament have an opportunity to reflect upon the draft legislation and to lead a non-partisan dialogue with Canadians in relation to this important issue.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Health
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Derek Lee

Liberal

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

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

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Government Response To Petitions
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Andy Scott

Liberal

Hon. Andy Scott (Fredericton, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the second report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Pursuant to the order of reference of Monday, March 26, your committee has considered Bill C-7, an act in respect of criminal justice for young persons and to amend and repeal other acts, and has agreed to report it with amendments.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees Of The House
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Ovid Jackson

Liberal

Mr. Ovid Jackson (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, I have the honour to present the second report of the Standing Committee on Transport and Government Operations on Bill C-14, which deals with the Shipping Act. The bill is presented to the House with amendments and in both official languages.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees Of The House
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John Godfrey

Liberal

Mr. John Godfrey (Don Valley West, Lib.)

moved that Bill S-14, an act respecting Sir John A. Macdonald Day and Sir Wilfrid Laurier Day, be read the first time.

(Motion agreed to and bill read the first time)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Sir John A. Macdonald Day And The Sir Wilfrid Laurier Day Act
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Don Boudria

Liberal

Hon. Don Boudria (for the Minister of Industry)

moved that Bill S-17, an act to amend the Patent Act, be read the first time.

(Motion agreed to and bill read the first time)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Patent Act
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Peter Adams

Liberal

Mr. Peter Adams (Peterborough, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition on behalf of citizens of Peterborough who would like to see the Canadian Institutes of Health Research modified to better include kidney research.

They call upon parliament to encourage the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to explicitly include kidney research as one of the institutes in its system to be named the kidney and urinary tract institute.

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Subtopic:   Petitions
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Peter Adams

Liberal

Mr. Peter Adams (Peterborough, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, I have yet another petition from citizens of Peterborough who would like to see VIA commuter service re-established between Toronto and Peterborough. They point to the environmental benefits of that, for example, the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, reduction of accidents on the highways and congestion.

The petitioners also point to the way this would strengthen Peterborough as a business centre, as an educational centre and as a tourist centre. They call upon parliament to authorize the recommencement of VIA service between Peterborough, Ontario and Toronto as soon as possible.

I would point out that this is a petition which has support in the federal ridings of Haliburton—Victoria—Brock, Durham, Whitby—Ajax, Pickering—Ajax—Uxbridge and Markham.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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Peter Adams

Liberal

Mr. Peter Adams (Peterborough, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, lastly, if I might, I have another petition related to kidney research. This is from people across Canada who, with Ken Sharp of Peterborough, would like to see more research done in Canada toward developing the bioartificial kidney, which is an implant that would replace kidney transplantation and dialysis as the only means of treating end stage kidney disease.

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Subtopic:   Petitions
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Tony Tirabassi

Liberal

Mr. Tony Tirabassi (Niagara Centre, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, I submit the following petition asking parliament to urge the Chinese government to stop persecuting Falun Gong practitioners and to lift the ban of Falun Gong practice.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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Guy St-Julien

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I am tabling a petition signed by the residents of Val-d'Or and of the Vallée de l'Or RCM, and by workers at the Beaufor and Sigma-Lamaque mines.

This petition states that the government ought to take action to increase its presence and its involvement in resource regions that are having trouble adjusting to the new economy, and to make the rules for its existing programs less stringent and ensure that they are used in the resource regions.

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Subtopic:   Petitions
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Derek Lee

Liberal

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

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

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

Is that agreed?

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

Agreed.

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Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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Peter Stoffer

New Democratic Party

Mr. Peter Stoffer

Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I apologize to the House for being a bit delayed this morning, but I was wondering if I may seek unanimous consent to introduce a private member's bill which would amend the Income Tax Act (volunteers).

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

Does the hon. member have unanimous consent?

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Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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NDP

Peter Stoffer

New Democratic Party

Mr. Peter Stoffer (Sackville—Musquodoboit Valley—Eastern Shore, NDP)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-342, an act to amend the Income Tax Act (volunteers).

Madam Speaker, I thank all members of the House for allowing me to introduce the bill.

The bill recognizes that this is the international year of the volunteer. The bill would amend the Income Tax Act to allow all volunteers, who donate a minimum of 250 hours a year or more to a registered service, charity or non-profit sporting organization, to a tax deduction of up to $1,000. This would be similar to the tax deduction claimed by individuals who give cash contributions.

In my conversations with charity groups across the county, they think they would support the legislation. I look forward to its speedy passage. Again, this is another great idea by the NDP.

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

Bill C-23. On the Order: Government Orders

April 4, 2001—the Minister of Industry—Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology of Bill C-23, an act to amend the Competition Act and the Competition Tribunal Act.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Income Tax Act
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May 3, 2001