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Thursday, December 4, 2008 (No. 13)


Private Members' Business

Items outside the Order of Precedence

    The complete list of items of Private Members' Business outside the order of precedence is available for consultation at the Table in the Chamber, at the Private Members' Business Office (613-992-9511) and on the Internet.

Public Bills (Commons)

C-201 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs of Bill C-201, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act (deletion of deduction from annuity).
C-202 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates of Bill C-202, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (members who cross the floor).
C-203 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-203, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (no GST on the sale of home heating fuels).
C-204 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Cotler (Mount Royal) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of Bill C-204, An Act to encourage accountability by Canada and the international community with respect to Sudan.
C-205 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Dewar (Ottawa Centre) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Health of Bill C-205, An Act respecting the labelling of food products.
C-206 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Dewar (Ottawa Centre) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-206, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (no GST on books or pamphlets).
C-207 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Dewar (Ottawa Centre) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates of Bill C-207, An Act to amend the National Capital Act (appointments and meetings).
C-208 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on National Defence of Bill C-208, An Act to prohibit the sale of Canadian military and police medals.
C-209 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-209, An Act to prevent the use of the Internet to distribute pornographic material involving children.
C-210 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on National Defence of Bill C-210, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act (marriage after the age of sixty years).
C-211 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-211, An Act respecting a Seniors’ Day.
C-212 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-212, An Act to amend the Income tax Act (in-home care of relatives).
C-213 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-213, An Act to amend the Financial Administration Act and the Passport Services Fees Regulations (passports for veterans, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their spouses or common-law partners, and seniors) .
C-214 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-214, An Act respecting a Tartan Day.
C-215 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs of Bill C-215, An Act to change the name of the electoral district of Sackville — Eastern Shore.
C-216 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-216, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (services to a charity or public authority).
C-217 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-217, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and the Canada Labour Code (compassionate care benefits for caregivers).
Pursuant to Standing Order 86(3), jointly seconded by:
Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — December 3, 2008
C-218 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on National Defence of Bill C-218, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act (increase of allowance for surviving spouse and children).
C-219 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans of Bill C-219, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (deposit in lakes).
C-220 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-220, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (no GST on funeral arrangements).
C-221 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-221, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (peace officers).
C-222 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-222, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (physical activity and amateur sport fees).
C-223 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-223, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (community service group membership dues).
C-224 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-224, An Act to amend the Canadian Bill of Rights (right to housing).
C-225 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-225, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (expenses incurred by caregivers).
C-226 — November 21, 2008 — Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-226, An Act to propose and examine a program giving financial assistance to high-school students visiting military memorial sites abroad.
C-227 — November 24, 2008 — Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-227, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (travel and accommodation deduction for tradespersons).
C-228 — November 25, 2008 — Mr. Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development of Bill C-228, An Act respecting the preservation of Canada’s water resources.
C-229 — November 26, 2008 — Mr. Holland (Ajax—Pickering) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-229, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals).
C-230 — November 26, 2008 — Mr. Holland (Ajax—Pickering) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-230, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals).
C-231 — November 26, 2008 — Ms. Guarnieri (Mississauga East—Cooksville) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-231, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (consecutive sentences).
C-232 — November 26, 2008 — Mr. Godin (Acadie—Bathurst) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-232, An Act to amend the Supreme Court Act (understanding the official languages).
C-233 — November 26, 2008 — Mr. Godin (Acadie—Bathurst) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-233, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (benefit period increase for regional rate of unemployment).
C-234 — November 26, 2008 — Mr. Godin (Acadie—Bathurst) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-234, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (length of benefit period).
C-235 — November 26, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Sault Ste. Marie) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-235, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (occupational disease registry).
C-236 — November 26, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Sault Ste. Marie) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs of Bill C-236, An Act to change the name of the electoral district of Sault Ste. Marie.
C-237 — December 1, 2008 — Ms. Neville (Winnipeg South Centre) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-237, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (motor vehicle theft).
C-238 — December 1, 2008 — Ms. Neville (Winnipeg South Centre) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage of Bill C-238, An Act to establish a Holocaust Monument in the National Capital Region.
C-239 — December 1, 2008 — Ms. Neville (Winnipeg South Centre) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development of Bill C-239, An Act respecting the National Ecosystems Council of Canada.
C-240 — December 1, 2008 — Mr. Easter (Malpeque) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-240, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (deduction for volunteer emergency service).
C-241 — December 1, 2008 — Mr. Ouellet (Brome—Missisquoi) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-241, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (removal of waiting period).
C-242 — December 3, 2008 — Mr. Godin (Acadie—Bathurst) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-242, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (percentage of insurable earnings payable to claimant).
Pursuant to Standing Order 86(3), jointly seconded by:
Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — December 3, 2008
C-243 — December 3, 2008 — Mr. Godin (Acadie—Bathurst) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-243, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (change of title) and another Act in consequence.
Pursuant to Standing Order 86(3), jointly seconded by:
Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — December 3, 2008
C-244 — December 3, 2008 — Mr. Gravelle (Nickel Belt) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-244, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (removal of waiting period).
C-245 — December 3, 2008 — Mr. Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-245, An Act to amend the Canada Evidence Act (interpretation of numerical dates).
C-246 — December 3, 2008 — Mr. Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-246, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (child sexual predators).
C-247 — December 3, 2008 — Mr. Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-247, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (bail for persons charged with violent offences), the Extradition Act and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
C-248 — December 3, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage of Bill C-248, An Act respecting Louis Riel.
C-249 — December 3, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development of Bill C-249, An Act to ensure that appropriate health care services are provided to First Nations children in a timely manner.
C-250 — December 3, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development of Bill C-250, An Act to prohibit the export of water by interbasin transfers.
C-251 — December 3, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Health of Bill C-251, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (trans fatty acids).
C-252 — December 3, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-252, An Act to amend the Currency Act and the Royal Canadian Mint Act (abolition of the cent).
C-253 — December 3, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates of Bill C-253, An Act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act (mail free of postage to members of the Canadian Forces).

Notices of Motions

M-1 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ensure eligibility for Old Age Security is based on fair and just criteria that do not treat people differently based on where they come from and remove the ten-year waiting period required for some new Canadians who emigrate to Canada.
M-2 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, universal health care is a basic human right and no Canadian should be denied access to the prescription drugs they need to be healthy because of where they live or how much money they earn.
M-3 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the practice of exporting raw logs has led to massive job loss in forest dependent communities and the government should implement a policy to drastically curtail the export of raw logs and to promote domestic processing and value added manufacturing of forest products.
M-4 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, it is a conflict of interest to have both the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited reporting to the Minister of Natural Resources, and the government should change the designation of the Minister under Nuclear Safety and Control Act to that of the Minister of the Environment.
M-5 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should develop and present a comprehensive water policy based on public trust, which would specifically: (a) recognize that access to water is a fundamental right; (b) recognize the UN Economic and Social Council finding, in General Comment 15 on the International Covenant on Economic, Cultural, and Social Rights (2002), that access to clean water is a human right; (c) prohibit bulk water exports and implement strict restrictions on new diversions; (d) introduce legislation on national standards for safe, clean drinking water; (e) implement a national investment strategy to enable municipalities and aboriginal communities to upgrade desperately needed infrastructure without resorting to privatization through public-private partnerships; (f) oppose measures in international agreements that promote the privatization of water services; and (g) commit to ensure water does not become a tradable commodity in current and future trade deals.
M-6 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should create a national public transit strategy in partnership with Canada’s cities and communities that includes: (a) permanent, predictable and sustainable funding to account for long term community public transit planning; (b) flexible financing for differing community public transit priorities; and (c) support for green technology such as bio-fuels and hybrid bus vehicles.
Pursuant to Standing Order 86(3), jointly seconded by:
Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — December 3, 2008
M-7 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should introduce a national fitness initiative: (a) implementing concrete measures to improve fitness especially among children, youth, seniors and those with disabilities; (b) promoting healthy activities such as walking, swimming and cycling to prevent illness, curb rising health care costs and promote social inclusion; and (c) working with other levels of government as well as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to provide sustained investment, specifically in fitness infrastructure such as soccer fields, swimming pools and cycling and walking paths.
M-8 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize that 'Made in Canada' matter whether in manufacturing, natural resources processing, services or in the arts and that measures to actively promote 'Canadian Made', such as procurement strategies, education campaigns, and fair trade provisions, mean more jobs for Canadians, less inequality, more taxes paid in Canada, and a stronger economy.
M-9 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the courage, leadership and humanity of Honorary Canadian citizen Raoul Wallenburg by directing Canada Post to issue a commemorative stamp in his honour.
M-10 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize the increasing consumer use of the small, short-term loan product in the absence of regulations and current fees that exceed the existing criminal interest rate of 60 percent Annual Percentage Rate; (b) recognize the extensive work already conducted by the Province of Manitoba and the anticipated or forthcoming provincial and territorial regulatory and rate programs; (c) work in consultation with the Provinces and Territories to determine and establish a consistent and harmonized national regulatory program and rate structure for small, short-term loans; (d) identify innovative alternative programs to encourage financial institutions to offer small, short-term loans to consumers who experience difficulty with access to existing credit products as a result of their credit scores; and (e) respond to the growth of the emerging Internet payday loan industry and associated consumer privacy and identity vulnerabilities by developing a national legislative framework to complement the work of the provinces and territories in responding to the physical locations within their jurisdictions.
M-11 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — 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-12 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — 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.
Pursuant to Standing Order 86(3), jointly seconded by:
Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — December 3, 2008
M-13 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — 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 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — 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 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the goverment should express, in the strongest language possible, Canada's insistence that the Burmese government end its violations of human rights and international law and consider the imposition of targeted sanctions against Burma, including the freezing of Canadian assets of the Burmese Government and its officials.
M-16 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) continue to condemn Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for his ongoing antisemitic declarations; (b) lead a united global effort aimed at convincing Iran to immediately halt its imprisonment, torture and execution of minors and other citizens for their religious and ideological beliefs such as members of the Baha'i faith; (c) call immediately for the release of Mansour Osanloo, President of the Syndicate of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, in prison since December 22, 2005, and Iranian prisoner of conscience Valiollah Feiz-Mahdavi; (d) work with the international community to convince Iran to negotiate in good faith and to participate in open and constructive dialogue to end its pursuit of nuclear material enrichment; (e) pressure Iran to immediately release Canadian scholar and human rights advocate Ramin Jahanbegloo; and (f) continue to demand justice in the murder and torture of Canadian citizen Zahra Kasemi.
M-17 — November 19, 2008 — 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-18 — November 19, 2008 — 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-19 — November 19, 2008 — 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-20 — November 19, 2008 — 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-21 — November 19, 2008 — 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-22 — November 19, 2008 — 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-23 — November 19, 2008 — 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-24 — November 19, 2008 — 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 Organization’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-25 — November 19, 2008 — 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-26 — November 19, 2008 — 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-27 — November 19, 2008 — 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-28 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the most recent group of Vietnamese boat people as “Country of Asylum class” refugees and allow resettlement for some 200 individuals on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
M-29 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ensure equality to all Canadians with disabilities requiring wheelchairs by providing for: (a) full accessibility to wheelchairs and national standards to ensure that the levels of service and funding provided to those in need of a wheelchair are consistent across all provinces; (b) transfer payments to enable all provinces to provide full funding for their resident’s wheelchair needs; and (c) the creation of a “one stop shop” information venue about provincial programs and the requirements and procedures to obtain a wheelchair, as well as ensuring that information is easily accessible through a national phone service and website.
M-30 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ensure: (a) that state-of-the-art environmentally friendly designs, maintenance, and energy systems are integrated to ongoing building renovations at the House of Commons; (b) that the resulting fully accessible buildings (i) optimize the use of energy, water and material performance, (ii) harness solar power and natural light, (iii) include environmentally-smart sanitary facilities, washrooms and lighting fixtures, (iv) use biodegradable soaps and detergents; (c) that green buses and vehicles used on Parliamentary Hill have zero greenhouse gas emissions; (d) that only products and practices harmless to the environment, and not contributing to pollution and global warming be used; and (e) that the House of Commons lead the way in green building technology and environmental performance worldwide and set the highest standards for environmental design in the parliamentary precinct.
M-31 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should bring forth within six months legislation regulating the pet food industry to ensure that the ingredients used in pet foods are safe, nutritiously adequate and properly labeled.
M-32 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ensure that all international trade treaties, agreements and investment policies it develops and advances: (a) adhere to ethical principles of economic justice and fairness; (b) uphold and respect international labor rights, including a sustainable wage, basic benefits, and collective bargaining rights; (c) promote the advancement of women in social and economic development; (d) advance democratic principles, broad-based equality, sustainable human development, and poverty alleviation; (e) secure the Earth’s natural environment and respect the right and responsibility of people to maintain the global commons through the sustainable use of their local and traditional resources; (f) are evaluated in the light of their impact on those who are most vulnerable; (g) involve the meaningful participation of the most vulnerable stakeholders; and (h) respect the legitimate role of government, in collaboration with civil society, to set policies regarding the development and welfare of its people.
M-33 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the national and international humanitarian contribution of the Tzu Chi Foundation, originating from Taiwan, and its humanitarian efforts in Canada and worldwide to provide medicine, education, disaster relief, environmental protection, and community volunteer services to people in need, by proclaiming May 13 as the Tzu Chi Day in Canada.
M-34 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should extend to bus drivers and transit operators the same protections under the Criminal Code afforded to police, fire, and ambulance personnel, who are assaulted while performing their duties, by establishing stiff penalties for anyone who assaults a bus driver or a transit operator.
M-35 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the growing concerns about oil prices and supply security, and should develop and implement emergency measures subjecting Canada's trade in oil to the requirements of a new national strategic oil reserve to meet the goals of Canadian energy security, self-sufficiency and sustainable development.
M-36 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ensure that Parliament is informed and consulted on the progress of each of the working groups of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America by mandating that each working group file with Parliament a quarterly report to be reviewed by the appropriate standing committee, which should include information on each working group meeting, specific issues discussed, a status report on existing objectives, projects and agendas, including any new additional actions or projects decided on by the working groups, and an account of which stakeholders were consulted.
M-37 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should encourage the International Olympic Committee to recognize and include women’s ski jumping as an event at the 2010 Vancouver-Whistler Olympic Games.
Pursuant to Standing Order 86(3), jointly seconded by:
Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP) — December 3, 2008
M-38 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the North American Free Trade Agreement must be renegotiated to foster fair trade to benefit all the people of Canada, the United States and Mexico.
M-39 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should stop furthering and implementing the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America with the United States and Mexico, and that the government take the appropriate steps to ensure that ongoing discussions and decisions are halted, until a full legislative review and a public debate, which would include consideration of the consequences on Canada’s ability to adopt autonomous and sustainable economic, social and environmental policies take place, followed by a vote in Parliament.
M-40 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should honour the contribution of Canadian farmers who daily provide the food which sustains Canadians and builds our country, and who work for sustainable agriculture and Canada’s food security, by designating March 21, normally the first day of spring, as Farmer’s Day in Canada.
M-41 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) require that for every car and light truck sold in Canada, a car and light truck of equal dollar value be produced in Canada; (b) require automakers to allocate a proportional share of environmentally-advanced vehicles and components to their Canadian production facilities; and (c) work with its provincial counterparts to ensure the provisions of collective bargaining agreements are respected and enforced.
M-42 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) ban the import, export and sale of dog, and cat fur; (b) impose penalties on individuals and businesses who deal with unlabeled and falsely labeled dog and cat fur products; and (c) work with provincial counterparts and the international community to advance support for the implementation of a complete ban of the trade in all dog and cat fur products worldwide.
M-43 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should officially apologize in the House of Commons, to the Indo-Canadian community and to the individuals impacted in the 1914 Komagata Maru incident, in which passengers were prevented from landing in Canada.
M-44 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) work with the international community, through the United Nations (UN) and other appropriate multilateral bodies, to raise awareness about the government of the People's Republic of China's human rights violations against its citizens, including practitioners of Falun Gong; (b) show moral leadership, using Canada's credibility with the international community and the government of the People's Republic of China, to pressure that government to end its human rights violations against its citizens; and (c) intensify efforts and demonstrate leadership to effectively eliminate the increasing incidence of human rights abuses worldwide, by working with the international community, through the UN and other multilateral bodies.
M-45 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) initiate an annual review of seniors' income needs by looking forward ten years to determine the adequacy of income support; (b) incorporate these reviews into all income support planning; and (c) report annually to Parliament the findings of these reviews.
M-46 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should introduce changes to the Pension Benefits Standards Act 1985, to require that plan sponsors of defined benefit pension plans under federal jurisdiction provide a formal statement of pension funding policy.
M-47 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should initiate changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to provide a “dropout” or exemption period in the calculation of benefits, similar to that currently in place to accommodate child rearing, with regard to periods in which the contributor has withdrawn from CPP contributable employment to care for elderly family members or those with a disability, and that the allowable parameters for the exemption be determined in consultation with stakeholder groups including representatives of the elder and disability communities.
M-48 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should create a ministry for seniors to coordinate the provision of the following: (a) financial security through income support that keeps pace with the real cost of living; (b) access to safe, affordable 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-49 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should guarantee to all seniors a stable and secure income by: (a) linking the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Program to standard of living levels; (b) looking forward ten years to determine the adequacy of income support programs; (c) performing reviews of all income support planning for seniors; and (d) reporting all the above annually to Parliament.
M-50 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should proclaim June 15 Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
M-51 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should amend the Income Tax Act to increase the Caregiver Tax Credit to the equivalent value of the government subsidy per patient provided to nursing homes.
Pursuant to Standing Order 86(3), jointly seconded by:
Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe)— December 3, 2008
M-52 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should, in collaboration with the provinces and territories, take all necessary steps: (a) to improve the accessibility of homecare; (b) to establish meaningful guidelines to ensure that the number of hours of care available per day is sufficient to provide the support necessary to the senior; and (c) to expand homecare to include chronic care.
Pursuant to Standing Order 86(3), jointly seconded by:
Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — December 3, 2008
M-54 — November 19, 2008 — 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; and a time for the whole community to share expressions of joy for the freedom and independence of Filipino people everywhere.
M-55 — November 19, 2008 — 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-56 — November 19, 2008 — 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-57 — November 19, 2008 — 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-58 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should take immediate action to implement Motion M-155, which was adopted by the House of Commons on April 23, 2001, during the First Session of the 37th Parliament, by a vote of 217 to 11, the text of which was the following: “That, in the opinion of this House, the government should consider the advisability of requiring that no person shall sell an alcoholic beverage in Canada unless the container in which the beverage is sold carries the following visible and clearly printed label: ‘Warning: Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause birth defects’.”.
M-59 — November 19, 2008 — 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 the following: (a) a child of the individual's parent or a child of the spouse or common-law partner of the individual's parent; (b) a grandparent of the individual or of the individual's spouse or common-law partner or the spouse or common-law partner of a grandparent of the individual; (c) a grandchild of the individual or of the individual's spouse or common-law partner or the spouse or common-law partner of a grandchild of the individual; (d) the spouse or common-law partner of the individual's child or of the child of the individual's spouse or common-law partner; (e) a parent, or the spouse or common-law partner of a parent, of the individual's spouse or common-law partner; (f) the spouse or common-law partner of a child of the individual's parent or of a child of the spouse or common-law partner of the individual's parent; (g) a child of a parent of the individual's spouse or common-law partner or a child of the spouse or common-law partner of the parent of the individual's spouse or common-law partner; (h) an uncle or aunt of the individual or of the individual's spouse or common-law partner or the spouse or common-law partner of the individual's uncle or aunt; (i) a nephew or niece of the individual or of the individual's spouse or common-law partner or the spouse or common-law partner of the individual's nephew or niece; (j) a current or former foster parent of the individual or of the individual's spouse or common-law partner; (k) a current or former foster child of the individual or the spouse or common-law partner of a current or former foster child of the individual; (l) a current or former ward of the individual or of the individual's spouse or common-law partner; (m) a current or former guardian or tutor of the individual or the spouse or common-law partner of the individual's current or former guardian or tutor; (n) in the case of an individual who has the serious medical condition, a person, whether or not related to the individual by blood, adoption, marriage or common-law partnership, whom the individual considers to be like a close relative; and (o) in the case of an individual who is the claimant, a person, whether or not related to the individual by blood, adoption, marriage or common-law partnership, who considers the individual to be like a close relative.
M-60 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should amend the Excise Tax Act to exempt the sale of funeral services for individuals from the application of the Goods and Services Tax, where funeral services means property and services that relate directly to funeral arrangements in Canada in consequence of the death of an individual.
M-61 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should enact a regulation pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, respecting the phosphorus content in dishwasher detergent sold in Canada that would limit phosphorus content to 0.5 % by weight to come into effect in July 2010.
M-62 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should require that no person shall sell an alcoholic beverage in Canada unless the container in which the beverage is sold carries the following visible and clearly printed label: “WARNING: (1) Consuming alcoholic beverages during pregnancy may cause birth defects; (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.”.
M-63 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should initiate changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) that would waive the mandatory four-month waiting period for CPP disability pension benefits in cases where the qualified applicant has been diagnosed as being terminally ill.
M-64 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should, on a priority basis, initiate the development and implementation of a national infectious disease strategy to include a national (i) surveillance system, (ii) inventory of experts and expert information, (iii) human resources plan to identify and address skill shortages, (iv) microbiology laboratory network, (v) emergency capacity to meet potential surges in emergency treatment needs, (vi) communications capacity to transmit vital information to the public in a timely way.
M-65 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should amend the Income Tax Act to make the Disability Tax Credit fully refundable to all eligible claimants in an amount equal to the maximum current credit value with full indexation for cost-of-living increases.
M-66 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act by adding applicants approved under provincial nominee programs to the exemptions to inadmissibility based on estimated future health costs that are listed in subsection 38(2).
M-67 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings) — That, in the opinion of the House, all government references to the water passage between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans be now renamed the “Canadian Northwest Passage”.
M-68 — November 19, 2008 — 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-69 — November 19, 2008 — 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-70 — November 19, 2008 — 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-71 — November 19, 2008 — 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-72 — November 19, 2008 — 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-73 — November 19, 2008 — 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-74 — November 19, 2008 — 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 in the Windsor-Essex area.
M-75 — November 19, 2008 — 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-76 — November 19, 2008 — 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-77 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should consider instituting a tax deduction of up to $1500 for individuals that volunteer with not-for-profit organizations with charitable purpose, organizations with charitable purpose being defined as those with philanthropic, benevolent, educational, health, humane, religious, cultural, artistic, civic or recreational purpose that have no commercial objective.
M-78 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That a special committee of the House be created to study and develop recommendations needed for Canada's manufacturing industry and report back to the House: (a) identifying the manufacturing industry as a strategic sector for economic development; (b) reviewing the causes and consequences of manufacturing job loss; (c) reviewing ways to strengthen Canada's manufacturing sector; (d) detailing a comprehensive set of economic, fiscal, monetary, and trade policies that will both strengthen domestic manufacturing industry and protect manufacturing jobs; and (e) enumerating the improvements needed in the bankruptcy laws, wage protection, transition programs, training programs, relocation programs, employment insurance benefits and pension laws to ensure that workers are protected during job loss.
M-79 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Sault Ste. Marie) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should fight poverty in Canada, especially by: (a) phasing in a new child benefit modeled on the existing Canada Child Tax Benefit that will expand in phases to $5,000 a year per child, and consolidate the current piecemeal system of benefits and tax credits for children into a single, non-taxable monthly cheque to parents; (b) working with provinces and territories to eliminate the provincial claw-back National Child Benefit Supplement for families receiving social assistance; (c) making substantial investments in affordable, accessible child care for all Canadians; (d) providing incentives to help ordinary families and those with low or fixed incomes deal with the rising cost of energy, including more energy-efficient measures and rebates, and thus contribute to the fight against climate change; (e) establishing a fair minimum wage of $10 for federal government workers and index it to inflation; (f) immediately reforming the employment insurance system to ensure fairness and support for unemployed Canadians; (g) instituting an affordable housing plan; (h) improving workplace standards and protecting workers' pensions; and (i) expanding literacy and skills training.
M-80 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Sault Ste. Marie) — 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-81 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Sault Ste. Marie) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should, in order to ensure fair wages and working standards: (a) increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour for all workers in federal jurisdictions; (b) implement the recommendations contained in the Pay Equity Task Force Final Report; and (c) introduce legislation outlawing replacement workers in areas of federal jurisdiction where workers are on strike or locked out.
M-82 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Neville (Winnipeg South Centre) — That the government consider the advisability of eliminating the payment of Employment Insurance premiums for those persons in the paid workforce over the age of 65.
M-83 — November 19, 2008 — Mrs. Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should declare February 7 to 14 the National Healthy Marriage Week, promote the value of the mariage institution (all marriages, religious and civil) and facilitate the teaching of family relationship skills.
M-84 — November 19, 2008 — Mrs. Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should designate the first Monday of February of each year as Mathieu Da Costa Day.
M-85 — November 19, 2008 — Mrs. Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should issue an order, under the Aeronautics Act and through the Aéroports de Montréal, to ensure that night flights, between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., into and out of Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport are suspended, except for flights operating for (i) medical emergencies, (ii) delays beyond a carrier’s control, (iii) adverse weather conditions, (iv) flights directly related to Canadian military operations.
M-86 — November 19, 2008 — Mrs. Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should implement the 25 remaining recommendations stemming from the National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Canadian Extractive Industry in Developing Countries report.
M-87 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Savoie (Victoria) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should amend the Criminal Code as it relates to impaired driving offences by reducing the blood alcohol concentration limit to 0.03%.
M-88 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Savoie (Victoria) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) place an immediate moratorium on groundfish bottom trawling in all Canadian waters until such a practice is proven, through independent peer-reviewed scientific analysis for each specific area, to be sustainable for the ecology of the sea bottom and for the survival of threatened fish stocks, such as the rockfish and Atlantic cod; and (b) work together with fishing communities to ease the transition to more sustainable means of harvesting groundfish.
M-89 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Savoie (Victoria) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should undertake to eliminate loopholes, exemptions and weaknesses in the regulation of cruise ships traversing Canadian waters and set mandatory standards for managing the environmental impact of cruise ships that equal or exceed those of neighbouring jurisdictions, specifically by creating, in consulation with stakeholder groups and recognized Canadian experts, including environmental advocates, a Clean Cruise Ship Act, that would: (a) clearly regulate discharge of (i) grey and black water, both treated and untreated, whether from a marine sanitation device or an advanced wastewater treatment or purification system, (ii) sewage sludge, (iii) garbage and solid waste, (iv) incinerator ash; (b) require the use of low-sulphur fuel; (c) establish an effective monitoring and enforcement regime including financial penalties; and (d) authorize federal support for building pump-out infrastructure for the benefit of all ships and pleasure crafts at port.
M-90 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Savoie (Victoria) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should make the following improvements to the Canada Access Grant program: (a) extend eligibility to students who have not completed their first program of study; (b) eliminate the exclusion of mature students; (c) include all student fees, including ancillary fees, in the grant calculation; (d) extend eligibility for grants in the lesser amount of assessed need, 50% of student fees, or $3,000 to all students in receipt of Canada student loans; (e) increase the grant amount for low-income students to the lesser of assessed need, 100% of student fees, or $7,000; (f) implement an escalator to increase the maximum grant amounts according to the annual increase in average student fees as calculated by Statistics Canada; (g) create targeted grants for students from rural and aboriginal backgrounds; (h) ensure the right to alternative payments for comparable programs to any province or territory that wishes to receive such payments; and (i) undertake negotiations with the provinces and territories to ensure that no existing student assistance programs are clawed back as a result of these improvements.
M-91 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — 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-92 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should address its commitments to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) by: (a) increasing the budget of Status of Women Canada to $100 million; (b) providing both project and core funding to women’s equality-seeking groups; (c) reviewing annually the effectiveness of programmes; and (d) ensuring that all of the above is reported annually to Parliament.
M-93 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) enact new stand-alone, proactive pay equity legislation and that such legislation be characterized as human rights legislation specifically by implementing the recommendations from the Pay Equity Task Force Final Report of May 2004 entitled "Pay Equity: A New Approach to a Fundamental Right"; and (b) introduce a bill on pay equity before the end of 2009.
M-94 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should enact regulations, or if necessary present legislation, guided by the findings of a multi-stakeholder task force, to provide Canadians with life-work balance choices.
M-95 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should develop a national housing strategy and establish a Ministry of Housing which would ensure that: (a) government investments in housing are maintained and kept up to code over the life of the building; (b) reviews are done every five years to determine the needs of new affordable housing initiatives; (c) federally-funded cooperative housing are considered as part of the national housing strategy; and (d) all of the above is reported annually to Parliament.
M-96 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should create a single government agency to collect, analyze and disseminate a full range of national statistics on the fire service each year that would include the operation of a national fire data center for the collection, analysis, publication, dissemination of fire related information and to properly address the state of fire protection in Canada, including public and fire fighter safety.
M-97 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work towards incorporating a measure of proportional representation in the federal electoral system, making use of a framework which includes: (a) a report on proportional representation prepared by an all-party committee after extensive public hearings; and (b) a referendum to be held, either before or at the same time as the next general election, on this issue where the question shall be whether electors favour replacing the present system with a system proposed by the committee as concurred in by the House.
M-98 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work with the Ford Motor Company to keep the Talbotville plant running two lines by: (a) investing in an incentive package for Ford to turn the plant into a flexible manufacturing plant; and (b) ensuring that the above agreement is reported to Parliament.
M-99 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — That, in the opinion of this House, the Minister of Finance should introduce legislation to eliminate the GST and the HST on all reading materials.
M-100 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should support a change to the income tax legislation that would allow for teachers to claim monies spent on both their classroom and students that directly support their work as educators and advance the education of their students.
M-101 — November 19, 2008 — Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should show leadership and work towards the abolition of the Senate.
M-102 — November 19, 2008 — 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-103 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, no member of the House of Commons shall sit therein and that no funds shall be made available to the member for the carrying out of parliamentary functions unless he or she takes an oath or makes a solemn affirmation of loyalty to Canada in addition to the oath of allegiance to Her Majesty provided for in the Constitution Act, 1867.
M-104 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize that auto theft is an increasingly common and dangerous offence that is often associated with a profound threat to public safety and warrants more stringent deterrence than other categories of theft offences and property crimes; (b) amend the Criminal Code to include auto theft as a distinct stand alone offence; and (c) amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act to give prosecutors more power to hold in custody young offenders who are arrested for auto theft.
M-105 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should acknowledge that the persistent use of phosphates by residential, commercial, and agricultural users is having a negative effect on our rivers, lakes, estuaries and aquatic eco-systems by taking all regulatory and legislative steps necessary to prohibit and curtail the use of phosphates in all detergents, soaps, fertilizers and other products manufactured, imported or sold in Canada.
M-106 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should restate its commitment to eradicating child poverty as its primary social policy objective and put in place concrete steps and legislative measures to achieve this goal by the year 2015.
M-107 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should change the title of the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Department of Peace, and that the mandate of its minister should be redefined to specify that the pursuit and promotion of international peace are the primary objectives and purposes of the department.
M-108 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should revoke Order in Council P.C. 1946-3264 of August 14, 1946 and restore the service records of some 14,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces who were deemed never to have served.
M-109 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize and acknowledge that artists contribute greatly to the social, cultural and economic well-being of Canada; (b) take note that, in other countries such as Ireland, income earned by artists, writers, performers and creators of art is exempt from income tax; and (c) give consideration to exempting up to $50,000 of annual income earned by artists, writers, creators, and performers who work in Canada's cultural industries.
M-110 — November 19, 2008 — 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-111 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Casey (Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley) — That, in the opinion of the House, the Prime Minister should consider the creation of a new medal honouring retroactively all of Canada’s veterans who have served the country voluntarily since 1947 to the present day, especially during historically significant events like the Cold War, and that the Prime Minister should take into account the request made by many Canadians through petitions to Parliament and consider asking her Majesty to call this medal the "Governor General’s Volunteer Service Medal".
M-112 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Casey (Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley) — That, in the opinion of the House, the Minister of Public Safety should work with his colleagues, including the Minister of Veterans Affairs, to ensure that retired members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are extended benefits of the Veterans Independence Program, or that he work expeditiously and without further delay to create a similar independent program for RCMP retirees and their spouses.
M-113 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Bagnell (Yukon) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should enact regulations to eliminate the dumping of any waste from all vessels traveling in Arctic waters.
M-114 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Bagnell (Yukon) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the impact on human lives of climate changes, such as some countries being submerged and other areas being ravaged by drought or the disappearance of the drinking water table, and others by various events caused by climatic change producing up to an estimated 600 million potential refugees and immigrants and should create a category of Environmental Immigrant and Refugee to the present immigration and refugee system.
M-115 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Bagnell (Yukon) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should modify its policy on Arctic sovereignty and rename the waterway now known as the ''Northwest Passage'' as the ''Canadian Arctic Passage'' and that all future Canadian-produced maps and text books, government and other documents that label and make reference to the passage recognize the renaming of the Arctic waterway as the ''Canadian Arctic Passage''.
M-116 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Bagnell (Yukon) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the growing trade opportunities, greater cultural and diplomatic ties with Mongolia and instruct the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to establish a consul office in that country.
M-117 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Bagnell (Yukon) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should negotiate with the provinces and territories to recognize the need for proper dental care, and that it be included as an eligible expense in the national medicare program.
M-118 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the situation in Darfur as a genocide, and should order its representative at the United Nations to bring forward a motion to the Security Council calling for the deployment of a peacekeeping force to Darfur, under a Chapter 7 mandate, as soon as possible.
M-119 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should use the legislative tools within the Crimes against Humanity Act to indict Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe for crimes against humanity.
M-120 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should increase the lifespan of Canadian passports from five to ten years, effective January 1, 2007.
M-121 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should introduce a low income tax-free supplement of $2,000 for all Canadians who have gross earnings of less than or equal to $20,000 a year; and for those whose gross income is above $20,000 a year, their supplement should be ten percent of gross earnings less $4,000, and if the amount is negative, they should receive the income tax-free supplement in that amount to a maximum of $2,000; if the amount is positive, they should not.
M-122 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should develop a centre for best health care practices that will be housed either under the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) or the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).
M-123 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should declare federally funded grants for tuition a non-taxable income for individuals who are on Employment Insurance or Social Assistance.
M-124 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should fully fund a $25 million per year, five-year-long research strategy into type-one diabetes.
M-125 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, a Canadian Forces member who is leaving the Regular Force and is an individual the Canadian Forces would wish to join the Reserves, should be immediately put on a special reserve list to facilitate their reintroduction into the Canadian Forces.
M-126 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) should adopt, as one of its key planks, care for orphans in developing countries.
M-127 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work with the provinces to create a parents-to-children play campaign that encourages parents to engage in physical activity with their children.
M-128 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should allow those individuals who are participating in voluntary emergency services, such as volunteer fire fighter, police and ambulance service, to receive an income tax deduction that amounts to a $1,000 deduction for 50 to 99 hours of service per year, a $2,000 deduction for 100 to 199 hours per year and a $3,000 deduction for 200 or more hours per year in donated services.
M-129 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the Department of National Defence should create primary health care clinics and daycare facilities, based on the Bagotville model, at major Canadian Forces bases across Canada.
M-130 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) extend the same rights to mobile home owners on reserve as those accorded to home owners off reserve; (b) assign rent controls based on allowable provincial limits; (c) allow home owners to assign or sublet without rent increases or delay; and (d) ensure that park maintenance procedures follow all applicable health and safety standards without access being compromised.
M-131 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should allocate a minimum of $35 million annually to preserve and protect Canada's 143 national wildlife areas and migratory bird sanctuaries.
M-132 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ban the production, use or sale of cluster bomb munitions and work towards an international treaty banning the production, use or sale of these weapons.
M-133 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work with the provinces to implement, as soon as possible, a national strategy to combat colon cancer to ensure that among other things, colon cancer screening will be a fully insured benefit across Canada.
M-134 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work with the provinces to implement, as soon as possible, a national strategy to combat prostate cancer to ensure that among other things, prostate cancer screening will be a fully insured benefit across Canada.
M-135 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should eliminate the mandatory age of retirement.
M-136 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should introduce legislation as soon as possible to legalize and regulate prostitution.
M-137 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should pay the disability premiums for our Canadian Forces personnel.
M-138 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should provide a disability pension to Canadian Forces personnel rather than a lump sum payment.
M-139 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should provide job protection for those Canadians who are serving in our Canadian Forces as Reservists.
M-140 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should amend the Income Tax Act to enable individuals to defer both the capital gains and recaptured capital costs for real estate property investments when property is sold and the proceeds are invested in another property within one year.
M-141 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should enable Canadians to purchase their first home by allowing individuals to transfer up to $40,000 from their RRSP in order to purchase a first home.
M-142 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should provide the financial resources to hire 2,500 police officers across the country.
M-143 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should convene an independent review into Canada’s sentencing, correctional, and parole systems for the purpose of identifying measures to reinforce public safety and improve the functioning of our judicial system.
M-144 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, parole and early release should be dispensed on the basis of merit and on the willingness of the convicted to participate in treatment, counseling, and other programs as ordered by the courts.
M-145 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should introduce legislation to allow RCMP officers the right to form and participate in a labour association where they can collectively bargain and have the right to binding third party arbitration.
M-146 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should reduce the excise tax on gas purchases to zero when the cost of crude oil exceeds $60 per barrel on the world market.
M-147 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should apply a full exemption from the Goods and Services Tax to all purchases made by the boards of education in Canada.
M-148 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should consider the BC Ferries system as part of the Trans-Canada Highway and an essential transportation link in Canada.
M-149 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should double the share of gas taxes that municipalities currently receive, effective January 1, 2009.
M-150 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the Department of National Defence should ensure that all returning Canadian Forces members who have been in combat situations be assessed for post-traumatic stress disorder one to two months after returning from their theatre of operations.
M-151 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) acknowledge that the indigenous people of Darfur have been subject to genocide and crimes against humanity through the concerted actions of the Government of Sudan and militias known as the Janjaweed; (b) concur in and endorse Resolution 1556 (2004) of the United Nations Security Council; (c) acknowledge that the Government of Sudan has not entered into compliance with Resolution 1556, intentionally to destroy, in whole or in part, the indigenous people of Darfur, having regard to their race; and (d) make a substantial financial contribution to the air and ground transportation needs of the African Union/United Nations hybrid force (UNAMID) tasked to stop the genocide in Darfur.
M-152 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) introduce legislation prohibiting the supply to unlicensed manufacturers of raw materials and equipment used in making tobacco products; (b) revoke the licenses of manufacturers that are acting unlawfully; (c) introduce an effective package marking system know as “tracking and tracing” to closely monitor tobacco shipments; (d) work with the United States federal government to shut down illegal cigarette manufacturing operations on the United States side of Akwesasne; and (e) establish a minimum bond of at least five million dollars in order to obtain a federal tobacco manufacturing license.
M-153 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, subsection 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act should be deleted from the Act.
M-154 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the Auditor General should be called upon to conduct a full-scale performance evalutation of Canada's international development assistance program to Afghanistan for the fiscal years 2004 to 2007.
M-155 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, Industry Canada should hold national public hearings on their transmission tower policy including the health effects of these transmission towers on humans.
M-156 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should hold public hearings as part of a review of the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and its tribunal.
M-157 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should reform the Canada Student Loan Program to provide for loan forgiveness for years of service to graduating doctors, nurses and other health professionals who are willing to work in underserviced areas.
M-158 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should begin a National Awareness Program to promote the hiring of persons living with disabilities.
M-159 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work with the Assembly of First Nations to compile a database of aboriginal and non-aboriginal consultants and band managers, with a proven track record of assisting First Nations communities, to enable bands to access the expertise they need to create sustainable economic development.
M-160 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, Health Canada, in accordance with Industry Canada, should conduct a scientific review to determine if the current parameters of the Limits of Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields in Canada are safe for humans.
M-161 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should engage the Assembly of First Nations and other aboriginal groups in discussions on how to modernize or repeal the Indian Act.
M-162 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the tax deduction for donations to charitable organizations in Canada should be equivalent to tax deductions for donations made to political parties.
M-163 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should urgently: (a) work with Great Britain, the United States and other nations to modernize the mechanism for commodities futures trading to ensure a fair trading system for Canada while excluding the speculators in the commodities markets that are driving up the price of oil, food and other essential commodities; and (b) create a single national regulatory system in Canada for securities trading in order to improve transparency and accountability.
M-164 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the Department of National Defence should implement a national policy to support their cadet programs.
M-165 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work with willing provinces to implement a National Head Start or Early Learning Program for children.
M-166 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should create a Centre for Excellence in Health for Canadian Forces members and their families in Victoria, British Columbia.
M-167 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should introduce a bill to the House of Commons as soon as possible to ratify the International Convention on Cluster Munitions.
M-168 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work with the provinces to urgently set up a process to reduce inter-provincial trade barriers in Canada.
M-169 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work with the Assembly of First Nations to create an investment fund to provide core funding for economic development by First Nations communities.
M-170 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, electronic voting should be implemented in the House of Commons.
M-171 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should amend the Copyright Act to remove the import tariff on textbooks for post-secondary education.
M-172 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the regulations pertaining to Life Income Funds be treated in the same manner as those pertaining to Registered Income Funds.
M-173 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should engage in a review of the Veterans Charter especially to ensure that injured Canadian Forces Members receive timely care for their injuries.
M-174 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Casey (Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley) — That, in the opinion of the House, the Ministers of National Defence, Public Safety and the Minister responsible for the Treasury Board should convene without delay an independent panel including pension and legislative experts with a mandate of ascertaining if the integration of the Canada Pension Plan and the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act, and the integration of the Canada Pension Plan with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police pension Plan in 1966 has indeed produced the alleged “claw back” to the pensions of both the Canadian Armed Forces Veterans and former Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and to ascertain if members of both groups were fully informed and briefed on the consequences or merits of pensions integration, and present their findings on this issue to Parliament and to the pensioners of these groups in an expeditious manner.
M-175 — November 19, 2008 — Mr. Malhi (Bramalea—Gore—Malton) — That, in the opinion of the House, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration should amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Regulations made under that Act: (a) to provide for visa bonds of foreign nationals who apply for temporary resident visas as members of the visitor class; (b) to establish minimum and maximum visa bond amounts as guidelines for immigration officials; and (c) to allow the visa bond to apply to either the sponsor or to the foreign national.
M-176 — November 20, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Sault Ste. Marie) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should change the name of Human Resources and Skills Development Department to include the term “social development”, which is an integral part of government policy and the Department's mandate.
M-177 — November 20, 2008 — Mr. Dewar (Ottawa Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should commit to regulating the sale and use of bottled water due to the risks posed to public health and the environment.
M-178 — November 20, 2008 — Mr. Dewar (Ottawa Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should commit to setting regulations to protect and preserve the integrity and natural environment of the Ottawa River.
M-179 — November 20, 2008 — Mr. Dewar (Ottawa Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should develop a clear and consistent model and standard for integrating internationally trained professionals into the workforce by establishing and supporting specific training, mentoring and bridging programs aimed at helping newcomers integrate into the workplace; and by creating a federal government initiative, similar to an internship program, for foreign trained professionals to work in the Public Service.
M-180 — November 20, 2008 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should promote a national tax policy for the arts which would support and enhance the ability of individual artists to pursue careers in the arts and introduce income tax legislation that would: (a) deem artists to be independent contractors for income tax purposes; (b) permit income averaging for artists income; and (c) implement a tax credit for parents who enroll their children in arts programs.
M-181 — November 20, 2008 — 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-182 — November 20, 2008 — 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-183 — November 20, 2008 — 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-184 — November 20, 2008 — 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-185 — November 20, 2008 — 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-186 — November 20, 2008 — 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-187 — November 20, 2008 — 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-188 — November 20, 2008 — 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-189 — November 20, 2008 — 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-190 — November 20, 2008 — 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-191 — November 20, 2008 — 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-192 — November 20, 2008 — 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-193 — November 20, 2008 — 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-194 — November 20, 2008 — 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-195 — November 20, 2008 — 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-196 — November 20, 2008 — 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-197 — November 20, 2008 — 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-198 — November 20, 2008 — 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-199 — November 20, 2008 — 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-200 — November 20, 2008 — 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-201 — November 20, 2008 — 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-202 — November 20, 2008 — 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-203 — November 20, 2008 — 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-204 — November 20, 2008 — 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-205 — November 20, 2008 — 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-206 — November 20, 2008 — 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-207 — November 20, 2008 — 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-208 — November 20, 2008 — 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-209 — November 20, 2008 — 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-210 — November 20, 2008 — 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-211 — November 20, 2008 — 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-212 — November 20, 2008 — 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-213 — November 20, 2008 — 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-214 — November 20, 2008 — 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-215 — November 20, 2008 — 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-216 — November 20, 2008 — 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-217 — November 20, 2008 — 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-218 — November 20, 2008 — 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-219 — November 20, 2008 — 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-220 — November 20, 2008 — 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-221 — November 20, 2008 — 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-222 — November 20, 2008 — 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-223 — November 20, 2008 — 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-224 — November 20, 2008 — 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-225 — November 20, 2008 — 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-226 — November 20, 2008 — 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-227 — November 20, 2008 — 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-228 — November 20, 2008 — 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-229 — November 20, 2008 — 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-230 — November 20, 2008 — 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-231 — November 20, 2008 — 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-232 — November 20, 2008 — 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-233 — November 20, 2008 — 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-234 — November 20, 2008 — 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-235 — November 20, 2008 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, this government should establish the office of a Job Protection Commissioner, whose responsabilities would consist in: (a) enhancing economic opportunities for federally regulated industry sectors; (b) preventing workplace closures; (c) mitigating the effects of job losses in federally regulated industry sectors; (d) conferring with labour groups, federal industry groups and business enterprises; (e) promoting the development of economic plans; (f) making policy recommendations to various levels of government; and (g) providing mediation services.
M-236 — November 20, 2008 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should immediately restore and increase ongoing funding to the National Crime Prevention Centre to support the delivery of community-driven crime prevention programs, with a special focus on youth crime prevention.
M-237 — November 20, 2008 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the Minister of Health should: (a) recognize the successes of Canada's only safe injection site, Insite; (b) allow it to continue to operate with a permanent exemption under Section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; and (c) work with all interested municipalities to adopt similar programs across Canada.
M-238 — November 20, 2008 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize that harm reduction programs continue to produce positive social and economic results for communities and are an integral part of any approach to addressing drug use; and should entrench harm reduction as part of Canada's National Drug Strategy.
M-239 — November 20, 2008 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) acknowledge the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling protecting the collective agreement of health care unions in British Columbia; (b) recognize that freedom of association and the right to free collective bargaining are fundamental human rights; and (c) ratify the International Labour Organization's Convention No. 98: the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining.
M-240 — November 20, 2008 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should introduce tax incentives to support and encourage the use of car sharing co-operatives and programs, in local communities, based on the principles of sustainability and the reduction of harmful emissions and congestion.
M-241 — November 20, 2008 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should create a national “Chance for Life Fund” to be designated for therapies for rare disorders requiring specialized therapies and support.
M-242 — November 24, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) require real estate agents to disclose to potential buyers the presence of asbestos-laden vermiculite insulation in a home or building which they present for sale; and (b) require that any real estate agent who fails to disclose the presence of asbestos-laden vermiculite should be responsible for the homeowners costs of removal and remediation of the property.
M-243 — November 24, 2008 — 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-244 — November 24, 2008 — 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-245 — November 24, 2008 — Mr. Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the Auditor General for Canada should 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 2005 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-246 — November 24, 2008 — 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: Bulgaria and Romania, once passport security regimes of those countries have been upgraded to meet Canadian and European Union standards.
M-247 — November 24, 2008 — 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 Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
M-248 — November 25, 2008 — Mr. Thibeault (Sudbury) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should honour its commitments to increase funding for research and innovation, and reverse its decision not to fund the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation in Sudbury, as announced in the Speech from the Throne.
M-249 — November 26, 2008 — Mr. Angus (Timmins—James Bay) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should establish a national office for fire statistics to collect, analyze and disseminate national fire service and emergency response statistics and to publish an annual report of national fire statistics for Canada for all fire service stakeholders and to the public.
M-250 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should immediately implement an in-Canada program to allow conscientious objectors and their immediate family members, in particular those from the United States of America, who have refused or left military service related to the war in Iraq, to apply to remain and work in Canada and, after a period of two years, be eligible for permanent resident status; and that the government should immediately cease any removal or deportation actions that may have already commenced against such individuals.
M-251 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should implement fully, without delay, the Refugee Appeal Division as passed by Parliament in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of 2001.
M-252 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should abolish the use of security certificates and repeal sections 9 and 76 to 87 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
M-253 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) establish an office, independent of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and modeled on the Ontario Office of the Worker Advisor, called the “Office of the Immigration Advocate” which would advocate for and assist people who have concerns with the processing of any type of immigration application or with any aspect of the decisions rendered on applications for permanent residence or temporary resident permits (including visitor, work, and student visas) but which would not cause any loss of positions, processing or service capacity at CIC; and (b) table a report in the House of Commons within six months on this proposal.
M-254 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should immediately eliminate application and processing fees for Canadian citizenship to ensure that no applicant who has met all other requirements to become a Canadian citizen is denied the opportunity of full participation in Canadian society solely because they cannot afford to pay the application fee.
M-255 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should immediately and completely eliminate the Right of Permanent Residence Fee.
M-256 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should move without delay to endorse and implement, in its domestic and foreign policies and programmes, the provisions of the Declaration of Montreal on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Human Rights adopted in Montréal at the 1st World Outgames International Conference on LGBT Human Rights on July 29, 2006.
M-257 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) adopt a regulatory class which provides permanent residence to persons from moratoria countries to which Canada does not remove and who have been in Canada for three or more years; (b) until the time the regulatory class is adopted, immediately implement strengthened guidelines in the IP5 Manual “Immigrant Applications in Canada made on Humanitarian or Compassionate Grounds”, to create a “favourable presumption” in the case of persons under moratoria, who have been in Canada for three years or more and which recognizes that being in a prolonged state of legal limbo is a form of unusual hardship; and (c) review the decision making by and training for Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) officers deciding such cases to identify and correct concerns relating to PRRA and Humanitarian and Compassionate responsibilities.
M-258 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should immediately strengthen the National Policy on Oiled Birds and Oiled Species at Risk, and all Oil Spill Response Plans by ensuring that: (a) the Canadian Wildlife Service has the mandate and authority to ensure that all migratory birds, species at risk and other wildlife affected by an oil spill are captured, cleaned and rehabilitated; (b) euthanasia be used only when medically necessary; and (c) the responsible party for an oil spill be assessed the full cost of the capture, cleaning and rehabilitation process.
M-259 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize the important role law enforcement and fire personnel play in communities, the importance of developing relationships between law enforcement and fire personnel around the world, and the economic impact of the World Police and Fire Games on the host communities; and (b) immediately extend generous financial support to the 2009 World Police and Fire Games to be held on the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, including in the City of Burnaby, from July 31 to August 9, 2009, at a minimum matching the financial support extended by the government to the last Canadian host city of this event.
M-260 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) heed the advice of the Board of Directors of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and take all possible actions to ensure that nuclear weapons are rendered obsolete; (b) call on the United States and Russia to reduce the launch readiness of their nuclear forces and completely remove nuclear weapons from the day-to-day operations of their militaries; (c) seek the dismantling, storing, and destruction of more than 20,000 nuclear warheads over the next ten years; (d) greatly increase efforts to locate, store and secure nuclear materials in Russia and elsewhere; (e) stop production of nuclear weapons material, including highly enriched uranium and plutonium in military or civilian facilities; and (f) develop and engage a process in the international community for serious and candid discussion about the expansion of nuclear power worldwide.
M-261 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) heed the advice of the Canadian branch of the Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament to immediately recommit to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; (b) work actively towards encouraging the non-signatory states of Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea to accept the rules and regulations of this treaty; (c) direct diplomatic efforts for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty; (d) work to add a ‘no first strike’ clause to the NATO Convention; (e) develop a firm timetable for NATO to eliminate its nuclear weapons; and (f) work through all available diplomatic means, lead and support international efforts to address Iran’s nuclear programme and ensure its peaceful development, drawing on the full range of incentives and penalties laid out in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
M-262 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should act upon the decision by the Board of Directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to move the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock from seven minutes to five minutes to midnight on January 17, 2007, to stress that the planet stands at the brink of a second nuclear era and the destruction of human habitats due to climate change, by taking urgent and extensive measures domestically and internationally to seek the elimination of nuclear weapons and the potential for catastrophic environmental damage from human-made technologies.
M-263 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) endorse the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; (b) seek to fully implement these principles in Canada; and (c) work towards their acceptance and implementation worldwide through the United Nations, all other human rights and international law forums, and Canada’s relations with other countries.
M-264 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That the House request that the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities convene hearings to develop recommendations for the revision of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations, and Motor Vehicle Transport Act, to improve safety for cyclists.
M-265 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) endorse the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare at the United Nations; and (b) actively engage with other nations to promote this agreement.
M-266 — November 27, 2008 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, with regard to the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA), the government should: (a) establish a trilateral engagement protocol involving First Nations, the province of British Columbia and the federal government; (b) announce a clear mandate and the allocation of adequate human and financial resources to complete the PNCIMA planning process within three years; (c) ratify a PNCIMA analysis and decision-making process design that includes a commitment to collaborative and meaningful stakeholder engagement and that is supported by the provincial and First Nations governments; (d) state process objectives including, but not limited to, the establishment of a network of marine protected areas and the maintenance of ecosystem health and integrity both within and outside these areas; (e) establish a multidisciplinary process team tasked with conducting and commissioning collaborative research and analysis to inform the PNCIMA planning process; and (f) make a formal public announcement of the launch of a PNCIMA process incorporating all these elements.
M-267 — December 1, 2008 — Mr. Karygiannis (Scarborough—Agincourt) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize Parental Alienation Awareness Day and designate April 25 as National Parental Alienation Awareness Day in order to raise awareness of the magnitude of this problem and its devastating effect on children.

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