June 4, 2015

CPC

Bev Shipley

Conservative

Mr. Bev Shipley (Lambton—Kent—Middlesex, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the ninth report of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food in relation to its study on promoting domestic trade in agriculture and agri-food products by reducing interprovincial trade barriers.

This is pursuant to Standing Order 109 of the House of Commons. The committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response to this report.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
Sub-subtopic:   Agriculture and Agri-Food
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NDP

Hélène LeBlanc

New Democratic Party

Ms. Hélène LeBlanc (LaSalle—Émard, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the seventh report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, entitled “Promising Practices to Prevent Violence Against Women”. Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response to this report.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
Sub-subtopic:   Status of Women
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NDP

Mylène Freeman

New Democratic Party

Ms. Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the NDP, I stand to present the dissenting opinion on this report, calling on the government for a national action plan to end violence against women and for a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women,

Witnesses strongly urge the government to take action to address the root causes of violence against women and the systemic inequality that perpetuates it.

New Democrats recognize that the causes of violence are complex and the solution needs to be comprehensive. Unfortunately, this report presented by the committee fails to address the urgent situation.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
Sub-subtopic:   Status of Women
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Bruce Hyer

Green

Mr. Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay—Superior North, GP)

seconded by Mr. Rathgeber, moved for leave to introduce Bill C-685, An Act to amend the Celebrating Canada’s Seniors Act (living situation of seniors).

He said: Mr. Speaker, I am introducing the seniors bill of rights to amend the Celebrating Canada Seniors Act in order to establish a yearly mandatory comprehensive review of the living situation of seniors.

It would provide an annual overview of seniors' living standards. It would report on the access to affordable, accessible, and secure housing. It would deal not only with housing but with the determinants of seniors' health. It would provide information on access to universal health care, including primary care, dental care, home care, long-term care, pharmacare, and what we will all face eventually, palliative care.

Canadians have a right to be worried about the condition of seniors. We need a comprehensive approach. The public wants immediate action for us to improve the healthy aging of seniors, and this would lead to that.

We must ensure our seniors are protected from abuse, neglect, and exploitation and enjoy freedom, dignity, and independence in their older years.

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

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Respecting Seniors Act
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IND

Brent Rathgeber

Independent

Mr. Brent Rathgeber (Edmonton—St. Albert, Ind.)

seconded by Mr. Hyer, moved for leave to introduce Bill C-686, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (detention in custody).

He said: Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure for me to rise and table a private member's bill, an act to amend the Criminal Code regarding detention in custody.

The bill would be known as Dave Wynn's law, in honour of the St. Albert RCMP constable who was fatally wounded in the line of duty on January 17 of this year.

Amazingly, Constable Wynn's assailant had more than 50 criminal convictions, including breaches of court orders and failures to appear in court, and 38 outstanding charges. However, the assailant made bail without mention of his criminal past or his failures to appear, causing RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson to publicly question the bail process and wonder how this person was “walking among us”.

Accordingly, this proposed legislation attempts to close some of the glaring loopholes in the judicial interim release or bail process by requiring the prosecution to lead evidence that the accused has previous convictions, has outstanding criminal charges, or has previously failed to appear in court.

It is a mystery how some habitual offenders can make bail, but by tightening the rules regarding the release of habitual offenders, it is hoped that all of society will be protected from those who continually flaunt the law and also the courts.

I encourage all hon. members to support Dave Wynn's law.

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

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Criminal Code
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NDP

Andrew Cash

New Democratic Party

Mr. Andrew Cash

Mr. Speaker, following the overwhelming support that my motion received to ban unfair pay-to-pay bank fees, I would like to seek unanimous consent for the following motion. I move that it be an instruction to the Standing Committee on Finance that it have the power to expand the scope of Bill C-59, an act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 21, 2015, and other measures, in order to protect consumers by banning all pay-to-pay practices by banks operating in Canada.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Criminal Code
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CPC

Bruce Stanton

Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Bruce Stanton)

Does the hon. member for Davenport have the unanimous consent of the House to propose this motion?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Criminal Code
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

No.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Criminal Code
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CPC

Bruce Stanton

Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Bruce Stanton)

There is no consent.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Criminal Code
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NDP

Hélène Laverdière

New Democratic Party

Ms. Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to present a petition signed by hundreds of people who say that since 1936, CBC/Radio-Canada has been a core cultural institution, broadcasting Canada’s unique identities and linguistic realities.

These people recognize that CBC/Radio-Canada is suffering terribly right now. They know there have been major cuts over the past few decades. The petitioners are asking the government to guarantee stable, adequate, multi-year funding for our public broadcaster so that it can live up to its mandate from coast to coast to coast.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   CBC/Radio-Canada
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CPC

Patricia Davidson

Conservative

Mrs. Patricia Davidson (Sarnia—Lambton, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition today from many residents across Ontario asking that Parliament pass legislation that will remove all flavours from all tobacco products.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Tobacco Products
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FD

Jean-François Fortin

Forces et Démocratie

Mr. Jean-François Fortin (Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia, FD)

Mr. Speaker, today I have the honour to present to the House a petition signed by 23,485 people as part of the Tous amis de Radio-Canada campaign. They are reiterating how important it is for their public broadcaster to have stable, multi-year funding and to be able to deliver on its mandate effectively in all parts of Quebec and Canada.

By signing this petition, these people are reiterating their desire for their government and their parliamentarians to support a massive campaign that would give CBC/Radio-Canada all of the tools it needs to deliver quality information completely democratically.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   CBC/Radio-Canada
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NDP

Peggy Nash

New Democratic Party

Ms. Peggy Nash (Parkdale—High Park, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour today to present more than 5,000 signatures on petitions from constituents and others across the country who are concerned about the state of our laws on animal cruelty.

Animal cruelty laws are currently under the property section of our legislation, but animals are sentient beings. They are thinking, feeling creatures.

Petitioners are asking that loopholes be closed in the existing legislation and that animal cruelty be moved to the Criminal Code so that there would be a greater likelihood of prosecution. This is for companion animals, not for animals affected by hunting, fishing, and so on.

On behalf of the more than 5,000 petitioners today, I seek to close the loopholes in the existing legislation and move animal cruelty to be a piece of the Criminal Code.

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

Pat Martin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to present four separate petitions today, all on the same subject. This adds to the body of literally tens of thousands of signators who have submitted petitions on this subject.

These residents of Canada draw to the attention of the House of Commons the fact that they believe that Bill C-51 is an affront to their civil rights and freedoms. They believe and maintain that Bill C-51 has less to do with combatting terrorism and more to do, they say, with the ability of the Prime Minister to snoop on their enemies. These petitioners compare the current Prime Minister to the paranoia of Richard Nixon.

They suggest that Bill C-51 would impede and undermine the rights and freedoms by which we define ourselves as Canadians. Therefore, these petitioners, among many thousands of other Canadians, call upon the House of Commons to join the New Democrats in our principled stand to defend our civil liberties and do everything we can to stop Bill C-51.

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

Bruce Stanton

Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Bruce Stanton)

I would remind hon. members, when presenting petitions, to avoid editorial references of their own and/or those of their parties in these cases.

The hon. member for Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher.

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

Pierre Nantel

New Democratic Party

Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the CBC has been under attack for several months now, if not for the past few years. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have signed petitions to clearly indicate how much CBC/Radio-Canada means to them.

I am once again presenting a petition signed by hundreds of people, if not more than a thousand, in support of our public broadcaster so that it can continue to deliver services throughout Quebec and Canada.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   CBC/Radio-Canada
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IND

Brent Rathgeber

Independent

Mr. Brent Rathgeber (Edmonton—St. Albert, Ind.)

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to table a petition signed by 267 residents of Edmonton—St. Albert and surrounding communities calling upon the government to adopt international aid policies that support family farmers, especially women, and recognize their vital role in the struggle against hunger and poverty, and also to ensure that Canadian policies and programs are developed in consultation with small family farmers and that they protect the rights of the 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

Alain Giguère

New Democratic Party

Mr. Alain Giguère (Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition signed by approximately 100 merchants in my riding who want to send a clear message that credit card fees are far too high. Asking banks to voluntarily lower fees to 1.5% is not enough when we consider what is happening in Europe and Australia, where the rates are 0.3%, 0.5% and 0.8%, and not 1.5%.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Consumer Protection
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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, the following questions will be answered today: Nos. 1153 and 1158.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions on the Order Paper
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NDP

Françoise Boivin

New Democratic Party

Ms. Françoise Boivin

With regard to Edgar Schmidt v. The Attorney General of Canada, as of March 31, 2015: (a) how many hours have public servants devoted to this legal challenge; (b) how much money has the government spent on the challenge; and (c) what resources has the government employed with respect to the challenge and how much money has been allocated to each of these resources?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions on the Order Paper
Sub-subtopic:   Question No. 1153
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June 4, 2015