House of Commons Hansard #14 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was need.

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Senate
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

Order! I think that we are not in the best position to answer questions about what goes on in the other place. Perhaps the hon. member could ask a question about the House here, instead of about the other Chamber. If so, I will let him continue.

Senate
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Gaston Leroux Richmond—Wolfe, QC

Mr. Speaker, does the Prime Minister intend to intervene to end this waste and to let this House study the budget of-

Senate
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

Order! I give the Right Hon. Prime Minister the floor.

Senate
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, it would be much nicer if the hon. member thought a little. If he had voted for the Charlottetown Accord instead of fighting it, we would have an elected Senate today, and the grievances which he has today would not exist.

He should admit the mistake that he made last year. It is his fault if we have an unelected Senate today. I think it would be very useful to have an elected Senate in Canada. We tried to get

one in the past, but we do not think it is possible at this time because no one in Canada wants us to discuss the Constitution.

Senate
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I would prefer it if we asked questions about this House instead of the other one. I might have decided that perhaps the Prime Minister would not have to answer that question. If the hon. member has a question about this House, perhaps he could ask it?

Senate
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Bloc

Gaston Leroux Richmond—Wolfe, QC

Mr. Speaker, does the Prime Minister intend to cut the Senate's budget?

Senate
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

We shall go on to another question. The hon. member for Yukon has the floor.

Taxation
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

NDP

Audrey McLaughlin Yukon, YT

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Prime Minister.

It appears that the government is contemplating caving in and lowering taxes on cigarettes regardless of the cost to the health of Canadians and to the health care system. Since the government is seriously contemplating this proposal, does it mean that the government is now going to set tax policy based on those who break the law rather than on those who make the law?

Taxation
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the government has an obligation to use all means at this time to ensure we destroy the racketeering that exists in the land regarding cigarettes, alcohol and so on. We will act in order to make sure contraband disappears in Canada for good and as quickly as possible.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Reform

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order in reference to a comment the minister of immigration made in quoting from a Canadian wire press release statement that lumped together several things that were just touched on in my address yesterday to his statement. I object to the minister's comment that I said these specific things.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member is probably well within his rights in the give and take of debate, but at this point I cannot see a point of order. It would be a point of debate. I think we should just progress from there.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

February 3rd, 1994 / 3 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Gauthier Roberval, QC

Mr. Speaker, since we now have this opportunity, I would like my colleague, the leader of the government, to tell us about the business for the balance of this week and next week.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, today we will continue the debate on the motion for social policy review.

On Friday, as discussed with the opposition House leaders, we will commence debate on second reading of the equalization legislation. When that is completed we will deal with the legislation respecting the implementation of the NAFTA side accords.

On Monday we will have a debate on revitalization and renewal of the rules of the House of Commons.

On Tuesday we will complete debate on the two bills I have mentioned as well as the bill to merge the two wings of the Department of National Revenue, with the idea of completing debate on second reading of those three bills. Any votes that would be required would be taken at six o'clock in the evening on Tuesday.

We will discuss further the business we intend to call for the balance of the week, but it is likely there will be one or more opposition days.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Gauthier Roberval, QC

Mr. Speaker, would the leader of the government inform us about Wednesday's and Thursday's business, because there had been some talk about Wednesday being perhaps an Opposition Day.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Herb Gray Windsor West, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is very likely that Wednesday will be an opposition day. I will confirm that with the member as soon as possible.