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Thursday, April 6, 2006 (No. 4)


Private Members' Business

Items outside the Order of Precedence

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M-1 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Silva (Davenport) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should respect the decision made by the House and uphold the Civil Marriage Act.
M-2 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Silva (Davenport) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work towards reaching the objectives set in the Kyoto Accord.
M-3 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Silva (Davenport) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should fulfill commitments made to the provinces, and work towards reaching the objectives set out by the federal-provincial child care agreements.
M-4 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. McDonough (Halifax) — That, in the opinion of the House, the massacre of over 7,000 men and boys by Serbian forces at Srebrenica, in July 1995, constitutes a genocide and a crime against humanity that could have been prevented through swift and decisive action by United Nations forces, and that the government should declare July 15 as a day of remembrance for the victims of Srebrenica in memory of those who lost their lives and their families.
M-5 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. McDonough (Halifax) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should re-double its efforts over the coming months and years to build greater international support for substantive reform of the United Nations, including its Security Council and Human Rights Commission, in order to identify immediately and develop with greater urgency the necessary effective responses to human rights violations, massacres, genocides, famines and intentional destruction of sensitive environments, and to invest greater resources in the prevention of such acts.
M-6 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. McDonough (Halifax) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize World Alzheimer’s Day and designate September 21 as National Alzheimer’s Day in order to raise awareness of the magnitude of this disease.
M-7 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. McDonough (Halifax) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) work through the United Nations and other appropriate multilateral bodies to raise awareness of China’s human rights violations against its citizens, including practitioners of Falun Gong; (b) show moral leadership, using its good relations with China, to pressure that government to end its human rights violations against its citizens; and (c) intensify the government’s efforts by working through the United Nations and other multilateral bodies to effectively eliminate the increasing incidence of human rights abuses worldwide.
M-8 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. McDonough (Halifax) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should urge all provincial, territorial and municipal governments to ban the use of hazardous elongated single-pronged display hooks currently in commercial use.
M-9 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. McDonough (Halifax) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) either lay charges against individuals being held under security certificates and allow those accused to undergo a fair and transparent judicial trial or immediately release them; (b) comply with the United Nations’ Convention against Torture and Other Cruel or Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by refusing to deport detainees to any country where there is a substantial risk of torture or death as a result of an act of torture; (c) halt the use of security certificates and re-write the security provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to make them consistent with our Constitution, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the United Nations Convention against Torture; and (d) provide leadership, in partnership with other levels of government and civil society, to end racial profiling, attacks on civil liberties, targeting of Arab and Muslim individuals and communities, and other ethnic and religious minorities across Canada, through a plan of action and allocation of appropriate resources.
M-10 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. McDonough (Halifax) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should underscore its international commitment to human rights by working within the United Nations and other multilateral organizations to encourage the abolition of the death penalty worldwide and by becoming the 150th nation to sign the “Second Optional Protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights”, which includes the abolition of the death penalty.
M-11 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. McDonough (Halifax) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) formally apologize to the Chinese community for the injustice imposed on Chinese immigrants by the government's Chinese Immigration Act of 1885 and the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1923; (b) negotiate with members of the Chinese community, financial compensation to surviving individuals who paid the tax, and to their descendents; and (c) financially support educational and cultural initiatives developed in concert with the Canadian-Chinese community to prevent such injustices from happening again.
M-12 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. McDonough (Halifax) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work with the provincial and territorial governments to ensure that increased federal contributions to key social programs such as education, health and housing do not lead to a concomitant decrease in pre-existing provincial and territorial contribution levels to these programs.
M-13 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. McDonough (Halifax) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should support the granting of observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization (WHO) and should support the establishment of a United Nations working group to facilitate Taiwan's effective participation in the WHO, reaping benefits for both the international community and the Taiwanese through shared knowledge and equality of access to health care information.
M-14 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. McDonough (Halifax) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should consider establishing: (a) a dedicated transfer to the provinces and territories for post-secondary education; and (b) a Canada Post-Secondary Education Act, akin to the Canada Health Act, establishing standards and accountability, and ensuring that students have similar access to affordable, quality post-secondary education in every province and territory in Canada.
M-15 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should consider the profound health implications caused by the mining, production, sale, and export of asbestos in all its forms and therefore should: (a) take concrete steps to officially ban the mining, production, sale, use, and export of all types of asbestos and asbestos products; (b) support and encourage independent medical research to facilitate improved diagnosis and treatment of asbestos-related diseases; (c) undertake a comprehensive, nation-wide asbestos abatement program to help in the costs to test for and remove asbestos when found in residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings including those on military bases and Indian reserves; (d) provide transition measures for employees affected by the ban on asbestos including early retirement, training, and other bridging measures to accommodate re-entry to the workforce; and (e) join the United States and other countries and declare the first day of April to be Asbestos Disease Awareness Day.
M-16 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should issue an order, under the Aeronautics Act and through the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, to ensure that night flights over the Greater Toronto Area are suspended, except when such flights are required for emergency purposes.
M-17 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the Auditor General for Canada be appointed auditor or joint auditor of all federal Crown corporations, mixed enterprises, joint enterprises and shared-governance corporations as listed in Section IV of the President of the Treasury Board’s 2004 Annual Report to Parliament on Crown Corporations and Other Corporate Interests of Canada, if an organization listed is entrusted with the management of significant public funds, manages or controls significant assets of Canada or fulfills a significant federal policy role.
M-18 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should introduce legislation allowing the Auditor General of Canada to conduct special examinations of all Canadian airport authorities as if they were parent Crown corporations as defined in Part X of the Financial Administration Act and that for the purpose of these examinations, the Auditor General of Canada have the power of an examiner as set out in Part X of the financial Administration Act.
M-19 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should lift visitor visa requirements on the following new members of the European Union: Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, and the Czech and Slovak Republics, once passport security regimes of those countries have been upgraded to meet Canadian and European Union standards.
M-20 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should consider the advisability of requiring that no company sell candy in Canada which resembles children's toys unless the container in which the candy is sold carries the following visible and clearly printed label: “WARNING: This product resembles an actual toy and may be dangerous to your child's health.”.
M-21 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should provide additional funding to Canadian firefighters which would enable them to participate in the International Association of Fire Fighters’ Hazardous Materials Training for First Responders Program, thereby providing them with the skills necessary to respond effectively in the aftermath of chemical or biological attacks.
M-22 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — That the House should establish a Standing Committee for Veterans Affairs and that the Standing Orders should be amended accordingly.
M-23 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the growing segment of seniors in our society by establishing the cabinet position of “Secretary of State for Seniors” to be the principal advocate for seniors issues.
M-24 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should immediately name a minister of state for income security.
M-25 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should consider amending the Canada Pension Plan to allow for early pension entitlement for police officers and firefighters.
M-26 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act to ensure that unpaid wages have the first priority in distribution.
M-27 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should amend the Holidays Act to make Remembrance Day a legal holiday with the same status as Canada Day.
M-28 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Casey (Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley) — That, in the opinion of the House, the Minister of Health should take a leadership role and work collaboratively with officials from Statistics Canada, officials in the provincial and territorial cancer registries, and all private brain cancer-related organizations towards the ultimate goal of creating uniform national guidelines on the collection, analysis and reporting of all malignant and benign brain tumours and that the government should provide stable, long-term, funding for all the provincial and territorial cancer registries.
M-29 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, for impaired driving offences, the government should: (a) amend the Criminal Code by reducing the blood alcohol concentration limit to 0.05%; (b) consider a policy of zero tolerance that includes mandatory fines and jail time for impaired driving offences; and (c) review the sentencing measures for impaired driving and study the feasibility of implementing a system of mandatory fines which would ensure the effectiveness and relative equality in financial impact of impaired driving penalties by linking the amount of any fine imposed on a convicted person to that person’s net taxable income.
M-30 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should appoint the Auditor General as the external auditor of foundations, with a few exceptions, and ensure that adequate mechanisms are in place for a broad-scope audit of all delegated arrangements.
M-31 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should urgently take on a leadership role in the development of new comprehensive national and international approaches for the prevention, containment and treatment of the HIV-AIDS pandemic, and as first steps: (a) negotiate with governments and pharmaceutical companies worldwide to reduce the costs of patented retroviral medicines; and (b) provide free distribution through Official Development Assistance by the development cooperation ministries to the less fortunate and worst affected countries whose populations are suffering and dying as a result of the HIV-AIDS pandemic.
M-32 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That a new standing committee be appointed to review all Treasury Board guidelines and the procedures for establishing such guidelines, to clarify the content of existing guidelines and to review new guidelines before they may come into effect, and that the Standing Orders be amended accordingly.
M-33 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should move quickly to accelerate the processing of immigration applications and abolish the head tax, or right of landing fees, on all immigrants.
M-34 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should officially recognize the contribution of the early Chinese labourers toward building the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia by supporting the development of a Chinese Railway Labourers’ heritage exhibition, as well as a provincially based Chinese Railway Labourer’s museum in the city of Kamloops, that would show the historic contribution and sacrifices of the Chinese people in building the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia.
M-35 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should implement immediately a “made-in-Canada” policy for purchasing all Canadian symbolic and promotional materials distributed through Parliament and the government.
M-36 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should implement a sustainable and ethical procurement policy that ensures that goods and services are obtained only from businesses that conform to the International Labour Organisation’s core labour conventions, set out as four fundamental human rights principles, namely the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, the elimination of forced and compulsory labour, the abolition of child labour, and the elimination of discrimination in the workplace.
M-37 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should honour the historical voyage made by Leif Erikson, who became the first European to visit North America over 1,000 years ago, and recognize the contributions of Scandinavian peoples from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to Canada, by joining other nations in declaring October 9 as Leif Erikson Day in Canada.
M-38 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize that fire retardants containing polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are proven to be the most dangerous form of flame retardant harmful to people, animals and the environment, and that legislation completely phasing out the production and import of products containing additive PBDEs should be brought forth within a year.
M-39 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should, in collaboration with the provinces and territories, take all steps necessary to expand and to improve the accessibility of affordable housing for seniors.
M-40 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should immediately amend the Income Tax Act to allow for the deductibility of the expense for tools provided as a requirement of employment.
M-41 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should immediately take all necessary steps to expand and improve the accessibility to post-secondary education.
M-42 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should help address urban air quality and greenhouse gas emissions by introducing legislation that would mandate the sale of gasoline with an ethanol content of at least 10 %.
M-43 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should introduce legislation to exempt affordable rental and non-profit housing from the GST, as part of an overall policy to encourage the development of affordable housing for every Canadian.
M-44 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the Minister of Health should take the lead in responding to the identified public health crisis of HIV infection among intravenous drug users by adopting a medical approach to drug use and drug addiction with the goal of reducing harm associated with obtaining drugs on the street.
M-45 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should establish strong national standards for social programs to ensure that no Canadian goes hungry or homeless because her or his income has been pushed below the poverty line.
M-46 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to include “social condition” as a prohibited grounds of discrimination.
M-47 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should promote and monitor the inclusion of child-labour-free labels on products produced overseas to ensure that no children are exploited in the production of goods.
M-48 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should give the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, or some other appropriate federal agency, the ability to investigate hazardous work sites and enforce workplace safety rules.
M-49 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should consider establishing a federally-funded Canadian public safety officer compensation fund payable to the survivors of a firefighter, police or public safety officer killed, or permanently disabled, in the line of duty.
M-50 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should monitor closely the progress of the February and December 1997 agreements on access to account and cheque cashing services for low income individuals and act to legislate the terms of these agreements.
M-51 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work with financial institutions and social interest groups to develop a common basket of services included in a standard basic account to be offered by all deposit-taking institutions, as recommended by the Task Force on the Future of the Canadian Financial Services Sector.
M-52 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the Department of Finance should immediately undertake a survey to investigate the extent and nature of the problem of access to banking services for low income people to ensure financial institutions are accountable.
M-53 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should act to ensure financial institutions offer “no-frills” bank accounts that provide a basic minimum of services for a nominal fee with no minimum monthly balance.
M-54 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work with community groups and financial institutions to change the culture and attitudes of financial institutions towards low-income people, and make it unlawful for someone to be denied access to banking services as a result of their income.
M-55 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should immediately seek ways for Canada to bring about a full and independent investigation of the acts of brutality against ethnic Chinese in Indonesia, including the rape of women.
M-56 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should formally adopt the National Highway System endorsed by every province and territory.
M-57 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should meet its financial obligations to British Columbia for highway improvements to offset the inequity between the $3 billion paid out by British Columbians in fuel excise taxes and the $30 million in federal spending on British Columbia highway improvements.
M-58 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should implement the recommendations of the 1990 Liberal Caucus Task Force Report on Housing entitled “Finding Room: Housing Solutions for the Future”, released prior to the government retreat from social housing construction in 1993.
M-59 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should, building on the social union framework, conduct consultations with housing stakeholders and provincial and territorial governments to establish national objectives and standards for the development and maintenance of affordable non-profit housing.
M-60 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should refuse to authorize any new Canadian funding to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or new authority to the Finance Minister to provide loans to countries receiving IMF bailouts until: (a) the IMF's role in mishandling the Southeast Asia financial crisis including its failure to understand the proximate causes of the crisis has been fully and independently evaluated and recommended policy changes implemented; (b) IMF loan conditions no longer require member governments to repay private debt; (c) the IMF develops measures designed to discourage speculative de-stabilizing financial flows; and (d) the IMF becomes fully transparent and publicly accountable.
M-61 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should take immediate action to address the chronic shortage of halfway houses and transition programs for women in Canada and immediately increase funding for these vital services.
M-62 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should enact guidelines under the Treasury Board Contracting Policy that will ensure appropriate and necessary compensation that reflects travel costs for bidders outside of the National Capital Commission area.
M-63 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) support the strengthening of the current Canadian Aviation Regulations so that firefighters stationed at Canada's busiest airports will have the ability to rescue trapped passengers with the appropriate staffing, response times and equipment to do so; and (b) implement new regulations for Canada's smaller airports to establish a minimum standard for aircraft firefighting.
M-64 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ensure that eligibility for the Old Age Security is based on a fair and just application by removing the ten-year waiting period required for some seniors who are sponsored immigrants.
M-65 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should support steps to recognize February 29, leap-year-day, as a day dedicated to community revitalization by declaring it a national working holiday, thereby setting aside one unique day in every four years as a day for individuals, organizations and businesses to serve their communities.
M-66 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should negotiate with the individuals affected by the Chinese Head Tax and the Chinese Immigration (Expulsion) Act, as well as with their families and their representatives, a just and honourable resolution which includes the following framework: (a) a parliamentary acknowledgment of the injustice of these measures; (b) an official apology by the government to the individuals and their families for the suffering and hardship caused; (c) individual financial compensation; and (d) a community-driven anti-racism advocacy and educational trust fund for initiatives to ensure that these and other historic injustices are not repeated.
M-67 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the recommendations found in Chapter 7 of the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, entitled “Urban Perspectives”, should be reviewed for implementation and action to ensure equality, access and non-discrimination for urban Aboriginal people.
M-68 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize its fiduciary responsibility to urban Aboriginal people living off-reserve and non-status Aboriginals, and take steps to establish a special committee to hear witnesses, to review and make recommendations to improve the provision and access of culturally sensitive services to Aboriginal people living in urban areas.
M-69 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should require banks and other financial institutions to track and publicly disclose their investments in relation to the demand by businesses, community development projects and individuals seeking home mortgages on a branch by branch and neighbourhood by neighbourhood level.
M-70 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should conduct a nation-wide study of the impact of the use of the 32% debt-to-income rule on access to mortgages by people with low incomes in order to assess if this ratio leads to discrimination and, if so, to urge financial institutions to develop non-discriminatory methods of assessing credit worthiness.
M-71 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize and fund the three autonomous national Aboriginal women's organizations to ensure full participation in all significant public policy decisions, as well as provide adequate funding to Aboriginal women's services, including shelters in all rural, remote and urban communities.
M-72 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should use the surplus of the Employment Insurance Fund to increase benefits, to provide longer payment periods and improved access to employment insurance, as well as improve maternity and family benefits.
M-73 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should implement progressive immigration reform to provide domestic workers with full immigration status on arrival, abolish the head tax on all immigrants, and include persecution on the basis of gender and sexual orientation as grounds for claiming refugee status.
M-74 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should consider the advisability of allocating $50 million to front-line, independent, feminist, women-controlled groups committed to ending violence against women, such as women's centres, rape crisis centres and women's shelters.
M-75 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should consider the advisability of providing $30 million in core funding for equality-seeking women's organizations.
M-76 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should adopt national standards that guarantee the right to welfare for everyone in need and ban workfare.
M-77 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should set up an independent agency to study genetically modified foods, and that the scientific rationale behind the agency's decisions be made public.
M-78 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ensure that the approval for new transgenic organisms for environmental release and for use as food or feed, should be based on rigorous scientific assessment of their potential for causing harm to the environment or to human health, and that such testing should replace the current regulatory reliance on “substantial equivalence” as a decision threshold.
M-79 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ensure that the design and execution of all testing regimes of new transgenic organisms be conducted in open consultation with the expert scientific community.
M-80 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ensure that the primary burden of proof be upon those who would deploy food biotechnology products to carry out the full range of tests necessary to demonstrate reliably that they do not pose unacceptable risks.
M-81 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should impose a moratorium on the rearing of genetically modified fish in aquatic net pens.
M-82 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should direct the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to develop detailed guidelines describing the approval process for transgenic animals intended for food production or other non-food uses, and that such guidelines should include a rigorous assessment of: (a) the impact of the genetic modifications on animal health and welfare; (b) an environmental assessment that incorporates impacts on genetic diversity and sustainability; and (c) the human health implications for those with altered metabolism of producing disease-resistant animals.
M-83 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ensure that the research data from experiments conducted by industry on the potential environmental impacts of genetically modified plants used in Canadian Environmental Protection Agency assessments should be made available for public scrutiny.
M-84 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should establish a national research program to monitor the long-term effects of genetically modified organisms on the environment, human health, and animal health and welfare.
M-85 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the value and contribution of artists in local communities by creating and providing adequate funding for a Local Community Arts and Artists Sustainability Fund.
M-86 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should declare the leaky condo disaster in British Columbia as a disaster and provide urgent relief to prevent further social and economic devastation.
M-87 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should consider the advisability of implementing a multi-year plan which would see 1.5% of projected Gross Domestic Product go to supporting families with children.
M-88 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should commission an inquiry under the Inquiries Act into the policing methods in use in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver, British Columbia.
M-89 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should seek the co-operation of all levels of government to establish a set of clearly defined and enforceable rights concerning housing that include provision for temporary emergency housing and shelter in the event of disasters or crises, a standardized level of maintenance for existing housing stock, and appropriate health, security and safety standards for new housing stock.
M-90 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should introduce legislation and programs so that each Canadian has the right to secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disabilities, family status, level of education, sexual orientation, employment status or social condition on welfare.
M-91 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That the House call upon the government to initiate a process of revision of the United Nations Conventions in order to repeal or amend the 1961 and 1971 Conventions with the aim of re-classifying substances and providing for uses of drugs, other than only for medical and scientific purposes, to be legal, and to repeal the 1988 Convention.
M-92 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That the House urge the government to consider the positive results obtained through the implementation of policies in several countries, which involve harm and risk reduction, in particular through the administration of substitute substances, the decriminalization of the consumption of certain substances, the partial decriminalization of the sale of cannabis and its derivatives, and the medically controlled distribution of heroin.
M-93 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That the House call on the government to take action in order to make the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking more effective, by establishing a system for the legal control and regulation of the production, sale and consumption of substances which are currently illegal.
M-94 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should require Canada Post to print Canadian postage stamps within Canada.
M-95 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should extend to public school districts the same exemption from the Goods and Services Tax as that provided to the municipalities.
M-96 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should eliminate the 10-year residency requirement, based on an applicant’s country of origin, for Canadian citizens to qualify for Old Age Security benefits.
M-97 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should institute at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) a fair trade coffee policy, whereby CIDA would provide only TransFair Canada licensed coffee at all agency functions and at its headquarters.
M-98 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recommend the reinvestment of profits accrued by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation into social housing programs and into affordable housing initiatives.
M-99 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should lift visitor visa requirements for nationals of Croatia wishing to visit Canada as tourists, for business or family visits for up to six months in order to bring Canada's visa regime in line with that of the United Kingdom.
M-100 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Bevington (Western Arctic) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should immediately recommend to the Crown that the Canada Coat of Arms be amended to reflect in its motto the reality that Canada has coasts on three oceans.
M-101 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That the House call upon the government: (a) to recognize the Ukrainian famine of 1932-1933 as an act of genocide; (b) to designate the fourth Saturday in November of every year throughout Canada as a day of remembrance of the more than seven million Ukrainians who fell victim to the Ukrainian famine/genocide of 1932-1933; and (c) to call on all Canadians, particularly historians, educators and parliamentarians, to include factual information on the Ukrainian famine/genocide of 1932-1933 in the records of Canada and in future educational material.
M-102 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That the House recognize the important contribution that Canadian Sikhs have made to Canada and formally acknowledge the significance of the festival of Vaisakhi to all Sikhs and the importance of the five Ks: the KIRPAN — a sword representing indomitable spirit; KESH — unshorn hair, representing a simple life, saintliness and devotion to God; KARA — a steel bangle worn as a sign of the eternity of God; KANGHA — a wooden comb worn to represent a clean mind and body; and KACHHA — short breeches, representing hygienic living.
M-103 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That the House recognize the outstanding contribution of Filipino Canadians to Canada's social, economic and political life and formally acknowledge the universal significance of June 12th, the anniversary of Philippine independence, as an important commemoration that transcends cultural and linguistic barriers; a time for the whole community to share expressions of joy for the freedom and independence of Filipino people everywhere.
M-104 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should introduce regulations that would protect consumers from being charged exorbitant transaction fees by private or white label banking machines (ATMs), require the companies operating these machines to be registered and create industry standards for accountability.
M-105 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should introduce regulations that would license and control the operation of fringe financial services such as cheque cashers and pay-day lenders, particularly with reference to annual interest charges and to processing or transaction fees.
M-106 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should introduce an amendment to the Employment Insurance Act to broaden the definition of “family member” for the purposes of compassionate leave to include a sister, brother, grandchild, grandparent, aunt, uncle or a person in an equivalent relationship with the person.
M-107 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Hill (Prince George—Peace River) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the first Sunday preceding Thanksgiving as a national day of prayer followed by a week of prayer of thanksgiving for all the benefits God has granted us as a nation.
M-108 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Hill (Prince George—Peace River) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should undertake a study to examine the impacts of gambling on society.
M-109 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Hill (Prince George—Peace River) — That, in the opinion of the House, it should be unlawful for uniforms, insignia and decorations of the Canadian Armed Forces to be worn by those not authorized to do so, or worn or displayed in a disrespectful or demeaning manner.
M-110 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Hill (Prince George—Peace River) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should introduce amendments to the Income Tax Act that would enable woodlot owners to carry forward to a future taxation year or years, their taxable income earned on timber harvested prematurely due to damage or infestation by the Mountain Pine Beetle.
M-111 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should extend to medical residents interest relief and postpone debt repayment under the Canada Student Loans Program until the completion of their post-graduate training period.
M-112 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should enact a regulation pursuant to section 53(1)(b) of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act establishing an investment policy for the Canada Pension Plan prohibiting investments in the tobacco industry and requiring the Canada Pension Plan to divest itself of existing tobacco holdings.
M-113 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Breitkreuz (Yorkton—Melville) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ask the Auditor General to conduct a cost-benefit analysis on each gun control measure to determine whether it is cost effective, improving public safety, reducing violent crime or keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals.
M-114 — April 4, 2006 — Ms. Fry (Vancouver Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should amend the Food and Drug Regulations authorizing the Minister of Health, under the advice of the Department of Health, to allow access to new drugs for emergency or compassionate reasons under the Special Access Programme.
M-115 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should consider making a tax deduction of $2,000 on eligible hybrid and other environmentally innovative vehicles.
M-116 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should amend the definition of “pensionable employment” in the Canada Pension Plan to include worker's compensation payments.
M-117 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should conduct public hearings of the views of Canadians and stakeholders specifically on the current government processes of foreign investment review in the Canada Investment Act and generally on political, economic and social issues arising from the increasing globalization of investment and trade in Canada.
M-118 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize and give thanks for the great sacrifices made by Canadian veterans in protecting our society and make free Canadian passports available to all veterans of the Canadian forces.
M-119 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) create a petroleum monitoring agency with a three-year mandate to collect and disseminate, on a timely basis, price data on crude oil, refined petroleum products, and retail gasoline for all relevant North American markets; (b) in consultation with stakeholders from the petroleum sector (the majors, the independents, and consumer groups), appoint a director who would lead this agency; (c) require the agency to report to Parliament on an annual basis on the competitive aspects of the petroleum sector in Canada; and (d) request that the Standing Committee on Industry, Natural Resources, Science and Technology review the agency's performance and the need for an extension of its mandate following the tabling of the agency's third report.
M-120 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the contribution made to Canadian society by all of its seniors and make Canadian passports available at not more than half-price, to all Canadian citizens over the age of 65.
M-121 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should conduct public hearings of the views of Canadians and stakeholders on privacy concerns relating to the outsourcing of work in the public and private sectors to companies in foreign countries or their subsidiaries located in Canada.
M-122 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should create the Windsor-Essex Border Development and Protection Authority to be a public body for the purpose of managing border traffic consistent with the needs of residents for current and future infrastructure built connecting Canada and the United States of America in the Windsor-Essex area.
M-123 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ensure that any future bridge or tunnel between Canada and the United States, funded in part or wholly by the government, be owned by the government.
M-124 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That the House call upon the government to conduct an audit of the Passport Office to ensure that Canadians can acquire passports at the lowest possible cost and that passport processing fees do not generate surplus revenues.
M-125 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should create a seniors charter that would guarantee the following to all seniors: (a) income security through indexed income support that provides a high state of economic welfare; (b) access to safe, comfortable housing that costs less than 30% of household income; (c) secure public health care by ensuring accessible, comprehensive, universal, portable publicly administered medicare for primary care, homecare, palliative and geriatric care, preventive care and pharmacare; (d) opportunities for self-fulfillment through lifelong access to affordable education and training; and (e) timely access to all government services and programs.
M-126 — April 4, 2006 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should consider making public transit passes an income tax-exempt benefit.

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