Context : Presenting Petitions
Mr. Peter Julian (New Westminsterâ€”Burnaby, NDP): Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to table a petition today with more than 1,000 signatures, which joins the over 5,000 signatures received in the House so far, and over 500 signatures received online. It is around the issue of children's rights in Canada.
Today is Universal Children's Day, and Canada has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. However, a number of government programs, including housing first and the Canada child benefit did not apply equally to all children across the country. Children that are in marginalized situations, with homeless or incarcerated parents, do not have access to the same programs. Therefore, on behalf of these many constituents and the Elizabeth Fry Society, I table this petition today.