Hon. Paddy Torsney (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation, Lib.)
Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), I have the honour to present to the House, in both official languages, the report of the Canadian delegation to the Interparliamentary Union respecting its participation in the 112th assembly and related meetings of the Interparliamentary Union, held in Manila, Philippines, April 3 to 8, 2005.
Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), I also have the honour to present, in both official languages, the report of the Delegation of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union on its participation in the meeting of parliamentarians on innovative sources of financing for development, held in New York, on June 10, 2005.
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-450, An Act to amend the Alternative Fuels Act and the Excise Tax Act.
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce my first private member's bill, an act to amend the Alternative Fuels Act and the Excise Tax Act. The bill is seconded by the member Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor. The bill would increase the percentage of motor vehicles owned by the federal government and operating on alternative fuels from 4% to 10% by the year 2009.
It would also offer incentives to private vehicle purchasers to acquire alternative fuel vehicles by offering rebates on the goods and services tax paid. The result would be reduced greenhouse gas emissions and, as such, a cleaner environment.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)
Topic: Routine Proceedings
Subtopic: Alternative Fuels Act
Mr. Speaker, I have the honour of tabling three petitions, with hundreds of name, from the good people of Dauphin--Swan River--Marquette.
In the first petition, the petitioners call upon the House of Commons to enact Bill C-391, an act to recognize and protect Canada's hunting and fishing heritage to ensure that the rights of present and future Canadians who enjoy these activities are protected in law.
Mr. Speaker, in the second petition, the petitioners call on the House of Commons to enact legislation to eliminate the federal excise tax on diesel fuel and gasoline used in farming operations and commercial fisheries, to cap the amount of taxes the government collects on gasoline and to eliminate the practice of applying GST to provincial fuel tax and federal fuel excise tax, a practice that charges tax on top of tax.
In the third petition, Mr. Speaker, the petitioners call upon the government to immediately renew debate on the definition of marriage and to reaffirm as it did in 1999 its commitment to take all necessary steps to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.