September 28, 2005

LIB

Peter Adams

Liberal

Hon. Peter Adams (Peterborough, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition from people in the Peterborough area who are concerned for all those affected by kidney disease. They point out that kidney disease is a huge and growing problem in Canada. They know that real progress is being made in various ways in preventing and coping with that disease. They point, in particular, to the development of a bioartificial kidney, an experimental device that is partly mechanical and partly biological.

They call upon Parliament to make research funding available to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for the exclusive purpose of conducting bioartificial kidney research as an extension of research being successfully conducted at several centres in the United States.

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CPC

Lee Richardson

Conservative

Mr. Lee Richardson (Calgary Centre, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I rise on behalf of a number of petitioners from Alberta, particularly from my riding of Calgary Centre.

The petitioners are calling upon Parliament to amend section 83 of the Criminal Code of Canada to provide for an exemption for martial arts, including, but not limited to, kick boxing and muay thai held with the permission of or under the authority of an athletic board or commission established by or under the authority of the legislature of the province for the control of the sport within the province.

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NDP

Peter Julian

New Democratic Party

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present two petitions with several dozen names from petitioners in the Campbell River region of British Columbia in the northern part of Vancouver Island. The petitioners are concerned about the increasing incidence of autism in the country and the fact that in Canada we have no national autism strategy.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to amend the Canada Health Act and corresponding regulations to include IBI/ABA therapy for children with autism as a medically necessary treatment and require that all provinces provide or fund this essential treatment for autism and that Parliament contribute to the creation of academic chairs at a university in each province to teach IBI/ABA treatment so every Canadian with autism will have the best treatment available to them.

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LIB

Roger Gallaway

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased also to present a petition signed by a number of residents of Ontario. Similar to the last petition presented, it deals with the subject of autism and that autism is increasing in numbers in our child population.

Similarly, the petitioners call upon Parliament to amend the Canada Health Act and regulations to include IBI intensive behavioural intervention therapy as part of the necessary medical treatment.

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CPC

Jay Hill

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, for the third day in a row it is a pleasure for me to present a petition on the same subject. This is from residents of Burlington, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Kitchener and Waterloo, Ontario, in addition to Calgary, Alberta.

These citizens wish to draw the attention of the House to the fact that on average about 2,000 children are adopted from other countries and brought to Canada by Canadian families each year. Whereas biological children of Canadians citizens born abroad receive automatic Canadian citizenship, those adopted from foreign countries do not.

Therefore, the petitioners call upon Parliament to immediately enact legislation to grant automatic citizenship to those minors adopted from other countries by Canadian citizens with the citizenship being immediately granted upon the finalization of the adoption.

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CPC

Russ Hiebert

Conservative

Mr. Russ Hiebert (South Surrey—White Rock—Cloverdale, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour for me to stand here today and present a petition on behalf of the constituents in my riding who are concerned about children suffering from the autism spectrum disorder.

The petitioners plead that the government amend the Canada Health Act and corresponding regulations to include IBI/ABA therapy. They also ask that the government create an academic chair at universities in each of the provinces to further understand and promote this kind of treatment.

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LIB

Paul Szabo

Liberal

Mr. Paul Szabo (Mississauga South, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I submit a petition signed by a number of Canadians primarily from my riding of Mississauga South. I note that it was certified on September 20, which means it was dealt with after we discharged Bill C-38.

These Canadians continue to be concerned about the issue of the definition of marriage. They simply want to remind the House that in their view the best foundation for families and the raising of children is the traditional form of marriage and that marriage is still the exclusive jurisdiction of Parliament.

I guess the way that it is now put is that it be recognized in federal law that marriage be still considered to be the union of one man and one woman, which it is. However, I think they still wanted to voice their concern on this matter. That is the essence of their petition.

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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.

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The Speaker

Is that agreed?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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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 Notices of Motions for the Production of Papers be allowed to stand.

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The Speaker

Is that agreed?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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The Speaker

The Chair has notice of a request for an emergency debate from the hon. member for Timmins—James Bay.

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NDP

Charlie Angus

New Democratic Party

Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I rise to give notice under Standing Order 52(2) that I would request and seek leave for an emergency debate stated for Wednesday, September 28 to address the current situation with the CBC. This is a debate that is not focused at all on the issues of the management and negotiations that are ongoing. I do not believe that is an issue for us to be discussing.

However, what I feel is very important is the issue of the appropriateness of the CBC management unilaterally deciding to pull programming that was paid for by the taxpayer. My understanding is that $18 million a week in taxpayer money is being fed to CBC management and we are receiving no product in return.

This is a very important issue to be discussed right now for two reasons.

First, it is indicative of a lack of broadcast policy that we have in the country. There are serious questions being raised about the direction of the CBC and the direction of public broadcasting in Canada. I feel we have to be seen as taking action and taking a strong position.

The second issue, which is very important for me coming from a region isolated in the north and with a large francophone population, is that large sections of our country have been effectively cut out of the nation's business. They have no access to other sources of information. I feel this is completely unacceptable. This is a public corporation mandated by the people of Canada. Given its parliamentary appropriation it is obliged to respond to our concerns.

I would seek leave to have this debate tonight. I believe it is timely.

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The Speaker

The Chair does not normally hear submissions from others on these matters. The member who raised the issue is usually the only one the Chair hears from in these circumstances, otherwise we get into a mini debate.

I appreciate the concern expressed by the hon. member for Timmins—James Bay, but in the view of the Chair this issue does not at the moment meet the exigencies of the standing order.

Accordingly I will once again say no to the hon. member. It does not mean he cannot raise it at another time. For the moment I do not believe it meets the exigencies of the standing order as an emergency. I rule that the debate will not take place at this time. It may happen later.

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NDP

Charlie Angus

New Democratic Party

Mr. Charlie Angus

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I fully respect your judgment considering the interpretation of Standing Order 52.

However, I would seek now, and I feel it is important, if we had unanimous consent to have this debate tonight. I would ask the other parties if they would give unanimous for the debate to take place tonight where we could discuss this issue.

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LIB

Dominic LeBlanc

Liberal

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Perhaps before you ask the House if there is unanimous consent, I could tell you that the government shares the concern of the hon. member in terms of wanting to see a resolution to this matter.

The government also is committed to not interfering with the collective bargaining process. I would urge all members when they are considering the member's request for unanimous consent to ask themselves if it is appropriate for the House to do something which could in any way interfere with the ongoing collective bargaining process.

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The Speaker

I am not sure that really was a point of order.

Is there unanimous consent to proceed with the debate on this subject?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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September 28, 2005