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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (No. 4)

Private Members' Business

Items outside the Order of Precedence

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Public Bills (Commons)

Notices of Motions

M-1 — December 5, 2019 — Mr. Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby) — That, in the opinion of the House:
(a) it is the duty of the government to create a Green New Deal (i) to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers, (ii) to create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all Canadians, (iii) to invest in Canada’s infrastructure and industry to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century, (iv) to secure for all people of Canada for generations to come clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, and a sustainable environment, (v) to promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), racialized persons, non-dominant cultural, ethnic, religious and linguistic communities, immigrants and newcomers, youth, LGBTQ2S+ persons, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities and depopulated rural communities (referred to in this motion as "frontline and vulnerable communities");
(b) the goals described in paragraph (a) above (referred to in this motion as the "Green New Deal goals") should be accomplished through a 10-year national mobilization (referred to in this resolution as the "Green New Deal mobilization") that will require (i) building resiliency against climate-change-related disasters, such as extreme weather, including by leveraging funding and providing investments for community-defined projects and strategies, (ii) repairing and upgrading Canada’s infrastructure, including by eliminating pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as technologically feasible, by guaranteeing universal access to clean water by reducing the risks posed by flooding and other climate impacts, and by ensuring that any infrastructure spending considered by Parliament addresses climate change, (iii) meeting 100 percent of the power demand in Canada through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources, including by dramatically expanding and upgrading existing renewable power sources and by deploying new capacity, (iv) building or upgrading to energy-efficient, distributed, and ‘‘smart’’ power grids, and working to ensure affordable access to electricity, (v) upgrading all existing buildings in Canada and building new buildings to achieve maximal energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification, (vi) spurring massive growth in clean manufacturing in Canada and removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing and industry as much as is technologically feasible, including by expanding renewable energy manufacturing and investing in existing manufacturing and industry, (vii) working collaboratively with Canada’s farmers to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible, including by supporting family farming, by investing in sustainable farming and land use practices that increase soil health, and by building a more sustainable food system that ensures universal access to healthy food, (viii) overhauling Canada’s transportation systems to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible, including through investment in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing, and clean, affordable, and accessible public transportation, and high-speed rail, (ix) mitigating and managing the long-term adverse health, economic, and other effects of pollution and climate change, including by providing funding for community-defined projects and strategies, (x) removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and reducing pollution, including by restoring natural ecosystems through proven low-tech solutions that increase soil carbon storage, such as preservation and afforestation, (xi) restoring and protecting threatened, endangered, and fragile ecosystems through locally appropriate and science-based projects that enhance biodiversity and support climate resiliency, (xii) cleaning up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites to promote economic development and sustainability, (xiii) identifying other emission and pollution sources and creating solutions to eliminate them, (xiv) promoting the international exchange of technology, expertise, products, funding, and services, with the aim of making Canada the international leader on climate action, and to help other countries achieve a Green New Deal;
(c) a Green New Deal must be developed through transparent and inclusive consultation, collaboration, and partnership with Indigenous Peoples, frontline and vulnerable communities, labour unions, worker cooperatives, civil society groups, academia, and businesses; and
(d) to achieve the Green New Deal goals and mobilization, a Green New Deal will require (i) providing and leveraging, in a way that ensures that the public receives appropriate ownership stakes and returns on investment, adequate capital (including through community grants, public banks, and other public financing), technical expertise, supporting policies, and other forms of assistance to communities, organizations, federal, provincial, and municipal governments, and businesses working on the Green New Deal mobilization, (ii) ensuring that the government takes into account the complete environmental and social costs and impacts of emissions through existing laws, new policies and programs, and ensuring that frontline and vulnerable communities shall not be adversely affected, (iii) providing resources, training, and high-quality education, including higher education, to all Canadians, with a focus on frontline and vulnerable communities, so those communities may be full and equal participants in the Green New Deal mobilization, (iv) making public investments in the research and development of new clean and renewable energy technologies and industries, (v) directing investments to spur economic development, deepen and diversify industry in local and regional economies, and build wealth and community ownership, while prioritizing high-quality job creation and economic, social, and environmental benefits in frontline and vulnerable communities that may otherwise struggle with the transition away from greenhouse gas intensive industries, (vi) ensuring the use of democratic and participatory processes that are inclusive of and led by frontline and vulnerable communities and workers to plan, implement, and administer the Green New Deal mobilization at the local level, (vii) ensuring that the Green New Deal mobilization creates high-quality union jobs that pay prevailing wages, hires local workers, offers training and advancement opportunities, and guarantees wage and benefit parity for workers affected by the transition, (viii) guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all Canadians, (ix) strengthening and protecting the right of all workers to organize, unionize, and collectively bargain free of coercion, intimidation, and harassment, (x) strengthening and enforcing labour, workplace health and safety, antidiscrimination, and wage and hour standards across all employers, industries, and sectors, (xi) enacting and enforcing trade rules, procurement standards, and border adjustments with strong labor and environmental protections to stop the transfer of jobs and pollution overseas, and to grow domestic manufacturing in Canada, (xii) ensuring that public lands, waters, and oceans are protected, and that eminent domain is not abused, (xiii) obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people for all decisions that affect First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people and their traditional territories, honouring all treaties and agreements with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people, and protecting and enforcing the sovereignty and land rights of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people, (xiv) ensuring a commercial environment where every businessperson is free from unfair competition and domination by domestic or international monopolies, (xv) providing all Canadians with high-quality health care, affordable, safe, and adequate housing, economic security, and access to clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, and nature.
M-2 — December 5, 2019 — Mr. Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby) — 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-3 — December 5, 2019 — Mr. Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should remove the goods and services tax from sign language interpretation services.
M-4 — December 5, 2019 — Mr. Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize that health care is a basic human right and that no Canadian should be denied access to the prescription medicine they need to be healthy; (b) recognize that a “medical cannabis product” is a cannabis product sold for medical purposes pursuant to a license for the sale of cannabis for medical purposes granted in accordance with the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act or the Cannabis Act; (c) recognize that although medical cannabis does not have a Drug Identification Number, it is produced and sold in a highly regulated regime known as the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations; (d) recognize that patients who are legally authorized or prescribed cannabis for medical purposes by a physician and prescribing healthcare practitioner can legally purchase quality-controlled cannabis for medical purposes from a Health Canada licensed producer; (e) recognize that the Canada Revenue Agency considers cannabis for medical purposes a tax-deductible medical expense; (f) allow for reasonable access to medical cannabis for all Canadians who have been authorized to use it by a health care practitioner; (g) recognize that medical cannabis patients, including pediatric patients, already pay sales tax and shipping costs on medical cannabis and are not eligible for reimbursement under most insurance plans in Canada; (h) recognize that its proposal to apply excise taxes to medical cannabis, in addition to the existing sales tax, disadvantages the more than 360,000 Canadian medical cannabis patients authorized to possess cannabis for medical purposes and their families; (i) not apply an excise duty to cannabis sold for medical purposes; (j) recognize that medical cannabis should be exempt from the federal goods and services tax; (k) exempt medical cannabis from any taxes including the new excise tax after the passage of Bill C-74, Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1; and (l) zero-rate the medical cannabis tax in line with all other prescription medicine and exempt medical cannabis from any additional taxes by amending T 3 Amendments to the Excise Act, 2001 (Cannabis Taxation), the Excise Tax Act and Other Related Texts, 69(4) Section 2 of the Act, in order to allow for reasonable access to medical cannabis for all Canadians authorized to use it by a health care practitioner.
M-5 — December 5, 2019 — Mr. Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) acknowledge the commitment and sacrifice made by military and veteran families who put their careers on hold to accompany their love ones abroad or to act as primary caregivers when the member of the military or veteran is mentally or physically injured; and (b) develop legislation for job protection for spouses, children and parents who make professional sacrifices to support our military and veterans.
M-6 — December 5, 2019 — Mr. Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize that there are only a dozen years of global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5 °C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people; (b) recognize that limiting global warming to a maximum of 1.5 °C requires rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes across Canada; and (c) ensure that Canada’s laws are in harmony with the recommendations outlined in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) "Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty".
M-7 — December 5, 2019 — Mr. Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work in collaboration with the provinces, territories, municipalities, Aboriginal communities, and housing providers to establish, develop, and implement an affordable housing strategy that: (a) affirms that access to adequate housing is a fundamental right of all Canadians, as guaranteed by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights; (b) provides financial assistance, without discrimination, to those who are otherwise unable to afford adequate and secure housing; (c) ensures that the cost of housing does not compromise an individual’s ability to meet other basic needs, including food, clothing, healthcare, and education; (d) maintains and expands direct federal investments in social housing, including not-for-profit cooperatives, in order to increase the supply of low-income housing, preserve rent subsidies, and provide funds for renovations and maintenance; (e) sets targets and objectives to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness, particularly among vulnerable populations, with clear timelines and accountability measures; (f) examines and addresses the potential impact of investor speculation and housing vacancies on the high price of real estate in urban markets; and (g) takes into account the unique needs and housing priorities of different regions, including British Columbia.
M-8 — December 5, 2019 — 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 Canadian passports available free of charge to all veterans of the Canadian forces.
M-9 — December 5, 2019 — 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 subsidiairies located in Canada.
M-10 — December 5, 2019 — 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-11 — December 5, 2019 — 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 the domestic manufacturing industry and protect manufacturing jobs; and (e) enumerating the improvements needed in bankrupcy 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-12 — December 5, 2019 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should take action to address the varying costs of oil and gas that Canadians are paying across the country and between provinces, and that the government should create a new office for an Oil and Gas Ombudsman which would: (a) investigate complaints from Canadians regarding excessive prices at gas pumps and other sources of oil and gas; (b) have the ability to investigate independently and thoroughly the concerns made by Canadians; (c) be responsible for gathering and publishing a weekly petroleum inventory report, modelled on the United States Department of Energy's weekly Petroleum Status Report, that would give weekly updates on refinery oil inputs and petroleum productions; (d) be responsible to report to Parliament annually with an independent report about whether or not Canadians are paying too much for these products and whether the respective companies complied in full with any investigations; and (e) work with Canadians and producers to ensure that all Canadians and communities are paying fair prices and receiving fair product amount of the gasoline and oil that they purchase.
M-13 — December 5, 2019 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should 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 revenue.
M-14 — December 5, 2019 — 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 (major companies, independent companies, 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, 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-15 — December 5, 2019 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should defer further review and any approval of the Deep Geologic Repository Project environmental assessment for low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste at the Bruce Nuclear Site until such time as: (a) an independent technical body is established and has completed (i) an evaluation of the state of technical and scientific knowledge with respect to deep geological repositories for nuclear waste, (ii) an assessment as to whether Canada's regulatory regime is sufficiently robust to adequately support an environmental assessment and licensing review of proposals for deep geologic repositories; b) there is a full evaluation of alternatives to the proposed deep geologic repository, including alternative sites, alternative designs and alternative methods; and (c) residents, stakeholders and rights holders in the Great Lakes Basin, including in potential host communities, neighbouring communities, transportation corridor communities, and the broader Great Lakes community, are engaged in a direct and active dialogue facilitated by a trusted third party.
M-16 — December 5, 2019 — Mr. Masse (Windsor West) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ensure that telecommunications services remain a tool for social, democratic, economic, and cultural growth by mandating government frameworks overseeing digital telecommunication services in Canada to abide by the following principles: (a) access to universal telecommunication services across Canada must be efficient and affordable for Canadians; (b) fees for access to services must be transparent so that Canadians can easily understand the charges they incur; (c) security must be a core responsibility for telecommunications service providers, affirming that the collection of personal information in the digital space includes a duty to proactively protect personal information and that a failure to meet a reasonable standard of due diligence constitutes negligence; (d) cybersecurity must be a continuous focus that prioritizes protecting Canadians from foreign or domestic cyber-attacks that compromise public safety, financial security, personal information, and our democracy; (e) judicial oversight governing surveillance, site-blocking, or disconnection is required; (f) net neutrality must be a legislated and regulated core principle for provision of digital services; (g) privacy rights in the digital world must be equivalent to those in the physical world, so that full informed consent must be stipulated prior to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by private or public organizations; (h) personal data must be controlled by the individual to whom the data belongs; (i) Health Canada and any other appropriate federal departments must be provided the opportunity to study potential human or environmental impacts related to digital services and products and the disposal thereof in the Canadian market; (j) businesses operating in the digital industry must not undermine consumer rights through non-negotiated contracts and have a duty to be transparent regarding the maintenance of devices; (k) Canadians of all ages must be provided opportunities to develop digital literacy skills with a specific focus on children and seniors; (l) the internet must be free from cyber­bullying or harassment; and (m) open data frameworks must be consistent with recognized best practices that protect privacy and create greater transparency and accountability while helping to improve public sector service delivery.

Notices of Motions (Papers)