Margaret Anne Mitchell
New Democratic Party
Ms. Margaret Mitchell (Vancouver East):
Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to rise once again to present some 14 petitions containing several hundred names concerning the whole question of the danger of knives in public places.
The many people who have signed these petitions which I have been presenting for some time now are concerned that the high incidence of crimes, including murder, robbery and sexual assault, committed with knives is on the increase. In fact, there was an incident in Ottawa yesterday.
The petitioners call once again-and I hope that the Government and the Minister of Justice (Mr. Hnatyshyn) will take note-for amendments to the federal Criminal Code to prohibit the carrying of knives by citizens in public places. The exceptions to this ban include activities in which the use of a
The petitioners call upon Parliament to pass into law legislation that will protect the life of the unborn child from conception and at all stages of development, with the exception of the extremely rare situation in which an abortion is performed in order to save the life of the mother.