House of Commons Hansard #53 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was police.

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Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

Before I turn the floor over to the hon. member for Carleton-Gloucester, I did read over Hansard and I did see the tapes. It is my understanding that the hon. member has

withdrawn the word bigots categorically. He has withdrawn that and I turn the floor over to the hon. member for Carleton-Gloucester.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Eugène Bellemare Carleton—Gloucester, ON

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity to respond to the Reform Party's House leader, the one who had just thrown four sheets to the wind.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Eugène Bellemare Carleton—Gloucester, ON

Mr. Speaker, we have here a prime example of what the Reform Party--

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Order. I would encourage the hon. member, as he is directly involved, to please direct himself to the point of order on the floor.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Eugène Bellemare Carleton—Gloucester, ON

Mr. Speaker, the House leader is offended by the fact that I talked about ethnic cleansing. He quoted some pages of Hansard to support his contentions a short while ago.

I would like to refer to page 3147. A member of the Reform Party stated yesterday that language fractures a country and he made reference to Bosnia and suggested that all the problems and wars in the world today are caused by ethnic problems. He then continued to speak about the problems that the French Canadians are creating in Canada by wanting to be recognized for their rights, minority-

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Order. Of course we are engaged every day in very strenuous debate in the House. We all encourage one another to use language which is not offensive in any way to any hon. members. Sometimes in the heat of debate we use words which are not entirely appropriate.

The hon. member has raised a point of order and rather than get into a debate about perhaps what was said and what was not said, I wonder if he would give me the time to review, in total again, the specific words which were said. Then perhaps we could take this up tomorrow when I could make a ruling on the particular words that were put before us.

If we would agree to this, I would look into it and come back tomorrow.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Elwin Hermanson Kindersley—Lloydminster, SK

Mr. Speaker, I am sure that my colleagues would be happy to drop this matter and not put you to the trouble if the member would withdraw those statements.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I hope there is agreement in the House to give your Speaker time to review all the words that were said and the context in which they were said.

I believe there is agreement and, if so, I will come back to the House tomorrow. Is that agreed?

Points Of Order
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Energy Efficiency Act
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Edmonton Northwest
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table, in both official languages, the 1992-93 annual report of the administration and enforcement of the Energy Efficiency Act, pursuant to section 36 of that act, chapter 36, Statutes of Canada, 1992.

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), I have the honour to place before the House, in both official languages, draft amendments to the Criminal Code and the customs tariff dealing with crime cards and board games.

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Don Boudria Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, ON

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to four petitions.

Energy Efficiency
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Edmonton Northwest
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to present the first annual report on the administration and application of the Energy Efficiency Act.

By promoting energy efficiency and alternate energy my department will help increase economic competitiveness by lowering energy bills and reducing the environmental impacts associated with energy use.

This report notes a variety of important departmental activities which integrate economic and environmental objectives. Through my department's programs and initiatives the Government of Canada is working in partnership with business to promote energy efficiency.

I will use these initiatives as a base for a more co-ordinated program with higher visibility among Canadians. Energy efficiency is widely recognized as the best short term strategy to achieve our economic and environmental goals. I have encouraged an expansion of voluntary action programs within both government and the private sector.

We are working with the provinces and the Canadian Federation of Municipalities to reduce duplication and expand the scope of these programs, and we are participating in initiatives to encourage fuel efficiency in transportation fleets and residential energy retrofits.

I encourage all members of this House to support the gradual direction in which Canada is moving for the sake of greater energy efficiency.