December 6, 2010

CPC

Rona Ambrose

Conservative

Hon. Rona Ambrose (Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the member's support for this incredibly important issue. All of us in the House remember these women with great sadness.

I can assure the member that the government takes this issue very seriously. She should know that this government is the one that has increased funding for women's programs to its highest level ever. In fact, we are funding more programs now to end violence against women than any other government in the history of this country. We are proud to do that and we appreciate her support.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Violence Against Women
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CPC

Jim Abbott

Conservative

Hon. Jim Abbott (Kootenay—Columbia, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, Canada has stood at the forefront of the world when it comes to helping those in need. As Canadians know, our efforts in Afghanistan to improve the lives of the people have been hard fought. In the year 2000, only 9% of the population had access to primary health care. Access to medicine and supplies was virtually non-existent.

Would the Minister of International Cooperation give Canadians an update on some of the improvements we have made to help improve public health in Afghanistan?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Afghanistan
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CPC

Bev Oda

Conservative

Hon. Bev Oda (Minister of International Cooperation, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, in fact, access to health care in Afghanistan has grown, from 9% to 66%. I am pleased to tell the House that Canada is helping to get more medicine to Afghanistan to help the Afghan people through Health Partners International and Canadian generic and research-based pharmaceutical companies. We are providing antibiotics, anesthesia for surgeries, intravenous medicines and medical supplies. In fact, last year HPIC and CIDA treated more than one million people in 68 countries with the adequate medicines and medical supplies.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Afghanistan
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LIB

Peter Milliken

Liberal

The Speaker

Order, please. I invite hon. members to rise and observe a moment of silence to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

[A moment of silence observed]

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
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CPC

James Moore

Conservative

Hon. James Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, in the course of question period when I was responding to two questions from Liberal members of Parliament with regard to funding for the CBC, I read a number of quotes but I did not give the source of those quotes.

I want to let the House know that the first quote is from the Globe and Mail, January 18, 2001; the second was an editorial in the Montreal Gazette, October 25, 1999; and the third was an editorial in the Toronto Star, October 20, 1999.

I had not given those sources, and I think it is fair for the opposition to know where they came from.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
Sub-subtopic:   Oral Questions
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CPC

Rick Norlock

Conservative

Mr. Rick Norlock (Northumberland—Quinte West, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, last week I afforded myself the luxury of heckling and failed to observe your constant reminder that that is not the proper way to act in this House.

CFB Trenton is in my riding, and around 150 times we have gone through some very sad times along the Highway of Heroes.

I want to say to this House that I did not say the words attributed to me by the leader of the Bloc Québécois, but I do apologize for speaking out and heckling.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
Sub-subtopic:   Interjection by Member
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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, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8) I have the honour to table in both official languages the government's responses to 12 petitions.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Government Response to Petitions
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(Bill C–35. On the Order: Government Orders:) November 24, 2010—Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism—Consideration at report stage of Bill C-35, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, as reported by the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration with amendments.


CPC

Gordon O'Connor

Conservative

Hon. Gordon O'Connor (Minister of State and Chief Government Whip, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, there have been consultations and I believe you will find unanimous consent of the House for the following motion:

That, notwithstanding any standing order or usual practice of the House, Bill C-35, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, be deemed to have been amended at the report stage as proposed in the report stage motion in the name of the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism on today's notice paper; be deemed concurred in as amended; and that the House be authorized to consider the bill at third reading later today.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
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LIB

Peter Milliken

Liberal

The Speaker

Does the chief government whip have the unanimous consent of the House to propose this motion?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
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LIB

Peter Milliken

Liberal

The Speaker

The House has heard the terms of the motion. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
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LIB
CPC

James Bezan

Conservative

Mr. James Bezan (Selkirk—Interlake, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to table a petition from 100 of my constituents who are asking the House to prohibit the granting of pardons to convicted sexual offenders.

There is a need to amend the Criminal Records Act. The most deplorable crimes that are being committed right now are those sexual offences against our youth, children and women.

The petitioners want to make sure that those individuals who are committing such crimes do appropriate time and not be granted any pardons. There should be a reflection of the gravity and seriousness of the crimes that they have committed.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Public Safety
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NDP

Alex Atamanenko

New Democratic Party

Mr. Alex Atamanenko (British Columbia Southern Interior, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions with 253 signatures from Alberta and Ontario and 33 from British Columbia, folks who support my Bill C-544.

The petition says that because horses are not raised primarily as food-producing animals and are commonly administered drugs that are strictly prohibited from being used at any time in all other food-producing animals destined for the human food supply, and that because meat products are currently being sold for human consumption in domestic and international markets, the petitioners are calling upon the House of Commons to adopt into legislation Bill C-544, An Act to amend the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act, thus prohibiting the importation or exportation of horses for slaughter for human consumption as well as horsemeat products for human consumption.

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

Ron Cannan

Conservative

Mr. Ron Cannan (Kelowna—Lake Country, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I am tabling a petition with a little more than 1,100 signatures from constituents and Canadians with regard to Bill C-474, the hon. member for British Columbia Southern Interior's motion, which has to do with a bill amending seed regulation, requiring that analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed is permitted.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Seeds Regulations
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NDP

Irene Mathyssen

New Democratic Party

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions.

The first is addressed to the Government of Canada by Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life who genuinely support and value the contributions of our veterans. They regard a veteran as a veteran, regardless of where or in which deployment that veteran may have served.

The petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to extend the mandate of veterans' hospitals to include veterans who served in conflicts and peacekeeping operations since 1953, end the clawback of veterans' pensions, eliminate the reduction of veterans' pensions at age 65, change the widow's benefit to a non-taxable benefit, create a veterans advisory panel to provide input on the selection of future veterans ombudspersons, and ensure that Veterans Affairs Canada remains as a stand-alone department.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Veterans Affairs
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NDP

Irene Mathyssen

New Democratic Party

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is again from a number of citizens of Canada, who wish to draw to the attention of the House the fact that horses are ordinarily kept and treated as sport and companion animals, not raised primarily as food-producing animals. Horses are commonly administered drugs that are strictly prohibited from being used at any time in other food-producing animals destined for the human food supply, and Canadian horsemeat products that are currently being sold for human consumption in domestic and international markets are likely to contain prohibited substances.

Therefore the petitioners ask the House of Commons to bring forward and adopt into legislation Bill C-544, An Act to amend the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act, thus prohibiting the importation or exportation of horses for slaughter for human consumption as well as horsemeat products for human consumption.

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

Garry Breitkreuz

Conservative

Mr. Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton—Melville, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table a petition today signed by hundreds of men and women from right across Canada. They would like to draw the attention of Parliament to Roxanne's law, Bill C-510, which empowers women to press charges if they are coerced into an unwanted abortion.

Whereas Roxanne Fernando was a Winnipeg woman whose boyfriend attempted to coerce her to abort their unborn child and subsequently murdered her for refusing to do so, they ask that members of Parliament and the House of Commons support Bill C-510, which will help protect vulnerable women from being aggressively coerced against their will to have abortions.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Prevention of Coerced Abortion
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December 6, 2010