December 8, 2009

CPC

Tom Lukiwski

Conservative

Mr. Tom Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 10 petitions.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Government Response to Petitions
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CPC

Gord Brown

Conservative

Mr. Gordon Brown (Leeds—Grenville, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), I have the honour to present to the House, in both official languages, reports of the Canadian delegation of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group respecting its participation at the following conferences: the Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference 49th Annual Meeting and Regional Policy Forum held in Burlington, Vermont, August 2 to 5, 2009; and the Southern Governors' Association's 75th annual meeting held in Williamsburg, Virginia, August 21 to 24, 2009.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Interparliamentary Delegations
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CPC

Russ Hiebert

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), I have the honour to present to the House, in both official languages, a report from the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association concerning the International Parliamentary Conference on Climate Change: Countdown to Copenhagen held in London, United Kingdom, from July 5 to 11, 2009.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Interparliamentary Delegations
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CPC

Gary Schellenberger

Conservative

Mr. Gary Schellenberger (Perth—Wellington, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the fourth report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage in relation to the Canadian musical diversity component of the Canada music fund.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
Sub-subtopic:   Canadian Heritage
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BQ

Michel Guimond

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Michel Guimond (Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present five petitions on behalf of constituents from my riding of Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord, primarily from the communities of Beaupré, Saint-Joachim-de-Montmorency on the Côte-de-Beaupré, Saint-Irénée and Saint-Siméon in Charlevoix, and Baie-Saint-Paul.

The petitioners are calling on the federal government to maintain the moratorium on post office closures, and asking the government commit to maintaining postal services, especially in rural areas. We know how important the post office is in very small communities.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Canada Post
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CPC

Merv Tweed

Conservative

Mr. Merv Tweed (Brandon—Souris, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as I have many times before, I am pleased to present petitions from British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick today supporting the library book rate. It is calling on the government to support an act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act with respect to library materials, which would protect and support the library book rate and extend it to audiovisual materials.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Library Book Rate
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NDP

Jim Maloway

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jim Maloway (Elmwood—Transcona, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, my petition is a call to adopt Canada's first air passengers' bill of rights.

The petitioners support Bill C-310, which includes compensation for overbooked flights, cancelled flights and unreasonable tarmac delays. The legislation is inspired by a European Union law. Air Canada is already operating under the European laws for its flights to Europe, so why should an Air Canada customer receive better treatment in Europe than in Canada?

The bill would ensure that passengers are kept informed of flight changes, whether there are delays or cancellations. The new rules would be posted in airports and airlines would have to inform passengers of their rights and the process to file for compensation. The bill also deals with late and misplaced baggage. The bill would require that airlines provide all-inclusive pricing in their advertisements.

Bill C-310 is not meant to punish the airlines. If they follow the rules, they will not have to pay a dime in compensation to passengers.

The petitioners call on the Government of Canada to support Bill C-310, which would introduce Canada's first air passengers' bill of rights.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Air Passengers' Bill of Rights
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CPC

Garry Breitkreuz

Conservative

Mr. Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton—Melville, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions that I would like to present. The first petition is from many of my constituents in the Yorkton and Esterhazy areas. The petitioners call upon members of the House of Commons to respectfully reject private member's Bill C-384, which seeks to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The petitioners say that legalized euthanasia speaks of a culture of death, of giving someone else the right to kill another and is not about compassion, dignity, love or care, but is deliberate killing. As Canadians we stand behind palliative care where intention is crucial, where pain is managed responsibly, and people are embraced and cared for with dignity.

The petitioners need to be assured that we will oppose and prohibit euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. They are asking that we reject Bill C-384.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
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CPC

Garry Breitkreuz

Conservative

Mr. Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton—Melville, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the second petition that I would like to present is also from many residents in and around the area of Saltcoats in my constituency. They call upon the federal government, as it is considering ending the current moratorium on post office closures, to instruct Canada Post to maintain, expand and improve postal services.

The federal government has introduced legislation to legalize the activities of remailers, which would erode the revenue of the Canada Post Corporation needed to maintain its current universal service obligation. As our public post office plays a key role in our social and economic life by providing the infrastructure that healthy communities need to thrive and businesses need to grow, the petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to maintain the moratorium on post office closures and to withdraw the legislation to legalize remailers.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Postal Services
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BQ

Robert Bouchard

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Robert Bouchard (Chicoutimi—Le Fjord, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present five petitions today from municipalities and districts in my riding of Chicoutimi—Le Fjord. These communities include: Laterrière, Rivière-Éternité, Petit-Saguenay, L'Anse-Saint-Jean and Saint-Félix-d'Otis.

More than 1,000 people signed these petitions to say that they are worried that the Conservative government is considering ending the moratorium on the closure of post offices in rural areas.

The petitioners are calling on the government to maintain the moratorium, to allow Canada Post to maintain this service, and to improve postal services in rural areas.

I am in full support of the five petitions I am presenting today.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Postal Services
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NDP

Nathan Cullen

New Democratic Party

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by many dozens of my constituents, primarily in the Prince Rupert, Terrace and Port Simpson area on the north coast.

The petitioners call upon the government to rescind the HST. The petition is quite relevant, as last night in this House we saw the government use every draconian measure available to it to ram the HST through Parliament.

The petitioners say that at a time when families are having a hard time making ends meet it is unfair for the government to impose an extra tax on those consumers, and that the government should find a way to receive revenues from other sources.

These petitioners are in an area of the country that is just starting to show the first faint hopes of coming out of its own recession of many years. The petitioners call upon the government to find a way around the imposition of an HST on them at this point.

They refer to the Prime Minister by name, which I will not do, but they have named the tax in his honour. They feel that this is an unfair and unjust tax at this time.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Harmonized Sales Tax
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LIB

Paul Szabo

Liberal

Mr. Paul Szabo (Mississauga South, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 and as certified by the clerk of petitions, I have two petitions to present today.

The first one is on the universal declaration of animal welfare. These petitioners from my riding of Mississauga South would like to point out that there is scientific consensus and public acknowledgement that animals can feel pain and can suffer and that all efforts should be made to prevent animal cruelty and to reduce animal suffering.

They also point out that over a billion people in the world rely on animals for their livelihood and many others rely on animals for companionship. They also point out that animals are often significantly affected by natural disasters and yet are seldom considered during relief efforts and emergency planning despite their recognized importance to humans.

The petitioners therefore call upon the Government of Canada to support a universal declaration on animal welfare.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Animal Welfare
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LIB

Paul Szabo

Liberal

Mr. Paul Szabo (Mississauga South, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is also from constituents in my riding of Mississauga South and has to do with the issue of child pornography and victimization.

The petitioners would like to draw to the attention of the House that the creation, use and circulation of child pornography is condemned by a clear majority of Canadians. They state that the CRTC and Internet service providers have the responsibility for the content that is being transmitted to Canadians and that anyone who uses the Internet to facilitate any sex offences involving children is committing an offence.

The petitioners therefore call upon the Parliament of Canada to protect our children by taking all necessary steps to stop the Internet as a medium for distribution of child victimization and pornography.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Child Pornography
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NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to present yet another petition that was organized by the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in support of my Bill C-393, reforms to the Canada access to medicines regime, and also generally to ensure we meet our millennium development goals.

The petitioners call upon all of us to do our part to ensure that 0.7% of our gross national product goes to development assistance internationally and that we contribute our share to the global fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria.

I want to thank the grandmothers again for their incredible pioneering work in gathering thousands of petitions in support of Bill C-393, and in their show of courage and conviction to ensure that people around the world benefit from the resources of this rich nation.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   International Aid
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NDP

Brian Masse

New Democratic Party

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to present a petition from members of the community of Windsor West who are calling for the introduction of a new volunteer service medal to be known as the Governor General's volunteer service medal, to acknowledge and recognize volunteerism by Canadian troops.

There have been two times in the past where there has been a Canadian volunteer service medal dating back to 1939 and most recently in 1953.

The petitioners respectfully call upon the Government of Canada to recognize by means of issuance of a new Canadian volunteer service medal to be designated the Governor General's volunteer service medal for voluntary service by Canadians in the regular and reserve military forces and cadet corps support staff who are not eligible for the aforementioned medals and who have completed 365 days of uninterrupted honourable duty in the service of their country since March 2, 1947.

It is an important part of our Canadian military forces that is often overlooked of.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Volunteer Service Medal
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CPC

Blake Richards

Conservative

Mr. Blake Richards (Wild Rose, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have several petitions all on the same topic of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

A number of my constituents and others from across Alberta are concerned and want to protect the most vulnerable in our society. The petitioners are calling on Parliament to uphold section 241 of the Criminal Code without any changes in order to ensure that Parliament does not sanction or allow the counselling, aiding or abetting of suicide.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
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CPC

Tom Lukiwski

Conservative

Mr. Tom Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, if Questions Nos. 547, 550, 551, 552 and 553 could be made orders for returns, these returns would be tabled immediately.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
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CPC

Andrew Scheer

Conservative

The Deputy Speaker

Is that agreed?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
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LIB

Siobhan Coady

Liberal

Ms. Siobhan Coady

— With regard to Secure Channel: (a) what problems have occurred with its operation; (b) what were the costs associated with each of these problems; (c) were any of the costs covered as an administration cost drawn from the employment insurance fund; and (d) has a cost analysis of Secure Channel been completed and, if so, will it be made public?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
Sub-subtopic:   Question No. 547
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December 8, 2009