February 21, 2005

NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, insurance companies are raking in record profits while gouging consumers with record high premiums. Like Liberals, insurance companies are swimming in surpluses while Canadians struggle to make ends meet.

Is the government prepared to review what is happening and to rein in the industry, or is this just another cash cow for its corporate friends?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Insurance Industry
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LIB

John McKay

Liberal

Hon. John McKay (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member's question fails to understand jurisdictional allocation.

The Government of Canada ensures that every insurance company in Canada has sufficient reserves to cover their liabilities. That is the nature and extent of the Government of Canada's responsibility, vis-à-vis insurance companies.

Any regulation is entirely set by provincial jurisdiction.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Insurance Industry
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CPC

Brian Pallister

Conservative

Mr. Brian Pallister (Portage—Lisgar, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, last week we learned that Revenue Canada had been breaking its own procurement rules over 60% of the time.

Why would we be surprised? The first thing the revenue minister did when he was appointed was to break all the Treasury Board rules and hire his crony buddies. We are still waiting for the receipts from the former Liberal patronage master, André Ouellet. There are no rules for him either.

The fact of the matter is, do as I say, not as I do just does not cut it as a management style and does not create the right tone at the top.

When will the minister realize that it cannot enforce the rules in the department when it breaks them itself?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Revenue Canada
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LIB

John McCallum

Liberal

Hon. John McCallum (Minister of National Revenue, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, without accepting a single one of those premises, may I assure the member that the audit to which he refers was a self-inflicted audit. Some might say it was a little masochistic, but the agency took it upon itself to audit itself. It found some things where improvements could be made. Those are being done, and there will be another audit to follow through.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Revenue Canada
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The Speaker

I wish to draw the attention of hon. members to the presence in the gallery of the Hon. Richard Hurburt, Minister of Natural Resources of Nova Scotia.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Presence in Gallery
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Some hon. members

Hear, hear!

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Presence in Gallery
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LIB

Dominic LeBlanc

Liberal

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour pursuant to Standing Order 110(2) to table two certificates of nomination.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Certificates of Nomination
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LIB

Dominic LeBlanc

Liberal

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would also like to table a number of orders in council recently made by the government.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Order in Council Appointments
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LIB

Roger Gallaway

Liberal

Hon. Roger Gallaway (Sarnia—Lambton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the third report of the Standing Committee on Transport. Your committee conducted a number of hearings on the proposed disposal of the federal grain hopper car fleet. We heard testimony from officials of the Department of Transport and from several stakeholders. The committee has formulated some recommendations to the government on this issue.

The report I am presenting is not unanimous. It does have two dissenting opinions.

I take this opportunity to thank all members of the committee on both sides of the House for their diligence and also the committee staff for their work.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
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CPC

Maurice Vellacott

Conservative

Mr. Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I present a petition signed by quite a number of people from Ontario and Manitoba. To sum it up, these fine folk are asking for the defence of traditional marriage as the bond between one man and one woman. It is a serious moral good they say. The petitioners allege that the recent rulings of the appeal courts of Ontario and British Columbia redefining marriage to include same sex partners destroys traditional marriage in law and it also endangers Canada's social stability.

They call upon Parliament to take the necessary steps to maintain the current definition of marriage in law in perpetuity and to prevent any court from overturning that in the future as well.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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LIB

Marc Godbout

Liberal

Mr. Marc Godbout (Ottawa—Orléans, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table today a petition from the citizens of Ottawa region asking that the Canada Health Act be amended to include IBI/ABA therapy for children with autism as a medically necessary treatment and requiring all provinces to provide funding for this essential treatment so people with autism can be helped.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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CPC

Cheryl Gallant

Conservative

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the petitioners say that since marriage is the best foundation for society for families and for the raising of children and that the definition of marriage is being challenged, they recognize that it is up to Parliament to uphold the traditional definition of marriage. They ask that Parliament enact a federal law that marriage is the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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CPC

Mark Warawa

Conservative

Mr. Mark Warawa (Langley, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present a petition from residents of Langley and the Fraser Valley who are strongly opposed to any legislation that would in any way change the traditional definition of marriage.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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CPC

Mark Warawa

Conservative

Mr. Mark Warawa (Langley, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I also present a petition from residents of Langley, Surrey and Abbotsford.

The petitioners ask that the Canada Health Act be amended to include IBI/ABA as an essential treatment for autism and that university academic chairs be appointed at each university to teach autism treatment.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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CPC

Rob Anders

Conservative

Mr. Rob Anders (Calgary West, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to present a petition on behalf of the Canadian Coalition for Democracies. The group's goal is to encourage the spread of democracy and democratic values. They think Canadian foreign policy should support democratic nations like Israel, India, Taiwan and the United States.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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CPC

Rob Anders

Conservative

Mr. Rob Anders (Calgary West, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I also present petitions on behalf of many constituents who support the traditional definition of marriage because it just works so well.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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CPC

Garry Breitkreuz

Conservative

Mr. Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton—Melville, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege for me to present a large number of petitions with thousands of names of Canadians from coast to coast. They are very concerned about the issue that is presently being debated in the House.

The petitioners state that because the majority of Canadians believe that fundamental matters of social policy should be decided by elected members of Parliament, not the unelected judiciary, and that also the majority of Canadians support the current legal definition of marriage as a voluntary union of a single unmarried man and a single female, that Parliament should ensure that marriage is defined as Canadians wish it to be defined.

They petition Parliament to use all possible legislative and administrative measures, including invoking section 33 of the charter if necessary, to preserve and protect the current definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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CPC

Jay Hill

Conservative

Mr. Jay Hill (Prince George—Peace River, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, it is indeed a pleasure for me to present yet another petition on Bill C-38, which is receiving its second full day of debate.

These petitioners from my riding of Prince George—Peace River, specifically from the city of Fort St. John and the smaller communities of Taylor, Baldonnel and Charlie Lake wish to draw to the attention of the House that marriage is the best foundation for families and for the raising of children, and that this House did indeed pass a motion in June 1999 which called for marriage to continue to be recognized as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Therefore, the petitioners call upon Parliament to pass legislation to recognize the institution of marriage in federal law as being the lifelong union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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LIB

Paul Szabo

Liberal

Mr. Paul Szabo (Mississauga South, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition also on the subject of the definition of marriage.

The petitioners, who are from my riding and from other parts of Canada, wish to draw to the attention of the House that the majority of Canadians do believe that the fundamental matters of social policy should be decided by elected parliamentarians and not by unelected judges, and that the majority of Canadians support the traditional definition of marriage.

Therefore, the petitioners call upon Parliament to use all legislative and administrative measures possible, including the invocation of section 33 of the charter, also known as the notwithstanding clause, if necessary, to preserve and protect the current definition of marriage as between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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LIB

Dominic LeBlanc

Liberal

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Lib.)

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

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions on the Order Paper
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February 21, 2005