March 12, 2015

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

Cheryl Gallant

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1) I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the report of the Canadian delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Association respecting its participation at the Transatlantic Parliamentary Forum, held in Washington D.C., the United States of America, December 2 to 3, 2013.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Interparliamentary Delegations
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CPC

Larry Miller

Conservative

Mr. Larry Miller (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the fourth report of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities in relation to its study of the review of the Canadian transportation safety regime, transportation of dangerous goods and safety management systems.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the House of Commons committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response to this report.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
Sub-subtopic:   Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
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NDP

Mike Sullivan

New Democratic Party

Mr. Mike Sullivan (York South—Weston, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, while we on the opposition side do generally support the recommendations of the report, we have provided for the House a supplementary opinion, because we believe that there are a number of recommendations that are not made or that are omitted, and that there are number of recommendations that do not go far enough.

As an example, the railway companies should conduct risk assessments and route planning, and operate their trains at lower speeds where it is of risk to the public. In addition, we believe that the government should provide greater oversight to the railway companies and greater inspections.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
Sub-subtopic:   Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
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CPC

Larry Miller

Conservative

Mr. Larry Miller (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise again to present, in both official languages, the fifth report of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities in relation to the supplementary estimates, 2014-15.

While I am up, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities in relation to the main estimates, 2015-16.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
Sub-subtopic:   Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
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CPC

Peter Kent

Conservative

Hon. Peter Kent (Thornhill, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the eighth report of the Standing Committee on National Defence in relation to the supplementary estimates C, 2014-15.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
Sub-subtopic:   National Defence
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NDP

Matthew Dubé

New Democratic Party

Mr. Matthew Dubé (Chambly—Borduas, NDP)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-658, An Act respecting the development of a national strategy to reduce the incidence of concussions in amateur sport.

Mr. Speaker, today I am pleased to introduce a bill to reduce concussions. This bill is a major improvement over the previous version.

This bill calls on the Minister of Health to sit down with her provincial colleagues to adopt measures that will mitigate the scourge of concussions among young people.

It is important that the federal government show leadership on this file, and that the Minister of Health sit down with her provincial counterparts, which is what the bill asks, and puts into place measures that would help reduce concussions in amateur sports.

As a former coach myself and as a fan of sports, it is important for parents and for young people to continue to enjoy all of the positive benefits of sports in a safe environment. This bill goes a long way to taking the steps in the right direction.

I hope that my government colleagues will support this initiative. We all love sports, and we all want our young people to be safe.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   National Strategy for Concussion Reduction in Amateur Sports Act
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CPC

Mark Warawa

Conservative

Mr. Mark Warawa (Langley, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I am saddened to inform the House that 25-year-old Danille Kerpan was tragically killed by a drunk driver, a driver who chose to drive while impaired. Danille's family was devastated by this.

Families for Justice is a group of Canadians who have also lost loved ones killed by an impaired driver. They believe that Canada's impaired driving laws are much too lenient. They want the crime to be called what it is, vehicular homicide. Vehicular homicide is the number one cause of criminal death in Canada. Over 1,200 Canadians are killed every year by drunk drivers.

Families for Justice is also calling for mandatory sentencing for vehicular homicide and for Parliament to support Bill C-652.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Impaired Driving
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NDP

Chris Charlton

New Democratic Party

Ms. Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House today to give voice to the frustration, and dare I say, anger felt by many of my constituents about the Conservative government's decision to cancel door-to-door mail delivery and install community mailboxes.

Petitions continue to flood in, and I am pleased to be able to table 20 more today that were circulated at a recent public meeting organized by municipal councillors to lend their support to our campaign to save Canada Post. My federal NDP colleagues and I have been at the forefront of that fight since January of last year. We all know that we cannot save a business by cutting services and raising prices.

The petitioners are appalled that the Conservatives would allow Canada Post to eliminate home delivery for millions of customers, set up community mailboxes without taking residents' legitimate concerns into account, put thousands of employees out of work and then have the gall to raise the price of stamps.

Our postal service helps connect us, and these cuts will unfairly impact the most vulnerable in our society, including seniors and people with disabilities.

For all of those reasons, the petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to stop these devastating cuts to our postal service—

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

Bruce Stanton

Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Bruce Stanton)

Order. The chief government whip on a point of order.

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

John Duncan

Conservative

Hon. John Duncan

Mr. Speaker, this is presenting petitions. This is not debate. All we heard was debate coming from the member.

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

Bruce Stanton

Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Bruce Stanton)

I thank the chief government whip for his intervention.

Just a reminder to all hon. members when presenting petitions. I recognize the hon. member for Hamilton Mountain did put her remarks under the rubric of petitions and what the petitioners were requesting. At the same time, brevity is important given that we only have 15 minutes to get all the petitions registered in that short time.

To the degree that members can, keep remarks concise and remember that editorializing or providing one's own particular comments on the petition is usually considered out of order.

The hon. member for Hamilton Mountain.

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

Chris Charlton

New Democratic Party

Ms. Chris Charlton

Mr. Speaker, for all of those reasons, the petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to stop these devastating cuts to our postal service and look instead for ways to modernize operations.

The Conservatives continue to find millions of dollars for their well-connected friends, it is time they found a way to keep the mail coming to our doors.

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

John McCallum

Liberal

Hon. John McCallum (Markham—Unionville, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to present a petition signed by many constituents who expressed strong concern regarding the remarks by the member for Willowdale on the subject of Iranian Canadians. This petition is itself backed by an online petition, which is signed by more than 2,400 Canadians.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Iranian Canadians
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NDP

Jinny Sims

New Democratic Party

Ms. Jinny Jogindera Sims (Newton—North Delta, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I have a three petitions to present today.

The first petition is from constituents in Surrey and Newton.

The petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to create a ministry for people with disability and mental health issues.

Of those with mental health issues, only one-third who need services in Canada actually receive them. The petitioners feel that creating a ministry for these people would build a healthier, harm-reduction solution that is much needed.

Like the petitioners, I too want to see real leadership on mental health.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Mental Health
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NDP

Jinny Sims

New Democratic Party

Ms. Jinny Jogindera Sims (Newton—North Delta, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is from my constituents in Newton—North Delta.

The petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to change the current drinking and driving laws. They want to implement mandatory minimum sentences for persons convicted of impaired driving causing death.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Impaired Driving
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NDP

Jinny Sims

New Democratic Party

Ms. Jinny Jogindera Sims (Newton—North Delta, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the third petition is also from my Newton—North Delta riding.

The petitioners call upon the government to increase the number of good quality and affordable child care spaces. Like the petitioners, I too feel that quality child care and early learning can be the foundation for lifelong success.

Canada ranks last among comparable countries when it comes to public spending on child care, which creates a shortage of space and increases child care costs by up to $2,000 per child. The question is not why we would invest in child care, but rather why we would disadvantage our children when it comes to their future opportunities.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Child Care
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LIB

Ted Hsu

Liberal

Mr. Ted Hsu (Kingston and the Islands, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition to present today from constituents throughout the city of Kingston and in my riding of Kingston and the Islands.

The petitioners are asking the House of Commons to launch a national inquiry on the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls so that we can deal with the issue of protecting the safety of this vulnerable group.

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

Don Davies

New Democratic Party

Mr. Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present today. The first one has been signed by people who live in the Vancouver Kingsway area and all over Vancouver. It is a petition led by Ted and Cora Alcuitas. They have a lot of signatures from St. Mary's Parish in Vancouver, in my riding.

They are concerned and want the House of Commons to adopt international aid policies that support small family farmers, especially women, and recognize their vital role in their struggle against hunger and poverty and ensure that Canadian policies and programs are developed in consultation with small family farmers, that they protect the rights of small family farmers in the global south to preserve, use and freely exchange seeds.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Agriculture
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NDP

Don Davies

New Democratic Party

Mr. Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, my second petition is one signed by people from all across the country in support of the peaceful and democratic development of Hong Kong.

Petitioners call upon our Parliament to recognize the rights of people to exercise freedom of association and speech and to participate in free, fair and regular elections. They call upon the Government of Canada to encourage the Government of the People's Republic of China to honour its commitments to achieve full and genuine government for the people of Hong Kong.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Human Rights
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March 12, 2015