Evidence of meeting #42 for Agriculture and Agri-Food in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was animal.

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May 16th, 2012 / 5:15 p.m.

NDP

Alex Atamanenko British Columbia Southern Interior, BC

You are aware of it. It's the motion on the honeybee that Pierre and I have been discussing. There has been some back and forth. It's a simple motion that, in the opinion of the committee, the government should recognize May 29 as the National Day of the Honeybee, and that this be reported to the House.

We talked about this a few months ago. We initially thought we might get agreement in the House and do a kind of unanimous consent, but there are different.... I guess the House leader has a different way of doing things. He doesn't want to do that with this kind of motion.

I guess Pierre has talked with the minister, and he seems to be in favour of the idea. I have a request—and you have seen the letter—that we declare this the National Day of the Honeybee. There are a lot of provinces—we have the information—and communities that have done this. It's one of these feel-good motions for which it would be good if all of us got together and supported it.

I think we could probably get something done in the House once it was presented. We will have to leave that to the leaders.

That's my request—to pass the motion at this committee. I leave it to my colleagues.

5:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Larry Miller

Okay. I didn't really hear you read the motion in.

5:15 p.m.

NDP

Alex Atamanenko British Columbia Southern Interior, BC

I did.

5:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Larry Miller

You did read it? You have my apology. I was conversing with the clerk, so I missed it. I'm sorry.

He is passing it around.

Mr. Lemieux.

5:15 p.m.

Conservative

Pierre Lemieux Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, ON

Chair, thank you very much.

First, let me say that I think all MPs—certainly those of us on the government side—understand the issues facing the honeybee and those people who depend on the honeybee for their livelihood. I think it's important to note that the committee has passed a motion similar to this and reported it to the House. I think we did that in the last Parliament. It's still valid.

The second thing, though, is that Alex and I have had a number of conversations on how best to proceed with a national day of either the honeybee or anything else. The accepted protocol, Chair, is not for it to pass through committee and then somehow be reported to the House, and then the House does something with a kind of unanimous consent. The accepted practice is that a member of Parliament, if this is really important to them, use their private member's bill opportunity to advance a national day and that this be debated and voted on properly in the House.

To be fair, today I think we're voting on one from Geoff Regan, a Liberal MP, concerning a national day recognizing philanthropists. He has done exactly that. It's tabled in the House as a private member's bill, it is debated in the House, and it is voted on in the House.

In the last Parliament, or it might have been in this Parliament, Mr. Galipeau, one of our MPs, proposed a national tree day. It was exactly the same process.

It's important to respect these processes. For this reason, I would say that's the process my colleague should follow, rather than trying to move it through the agriculture committee and into the House, when we know it really isn't going to go anywhere in the House because it's not following the accepted process.

5:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Larry Miller

We have the lights flashing to signal that the bells are ringing. I guess we have two choices, either Alex, you withdraw your motion and follow that suggestion, or because the lights are flashing I'm going to call the vote.

5:20 p.m.

NDP

Alex Atamanenko British Columbia Southern Interior, BC

Let's call the vote, Larry.

5:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Larry Miller

All in favour of Alex's motion please signify.

All opposed please signify.

(Motion negatived)

The meeting is adjourned.