House of Commons Hansard #250 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was c-7.

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Pensions
Oral Question Period

October 30th, 1995 / 3 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Secretary of State for International Financial Institutions.

Ninety per cent of the neediest senior citizens in this country are women. Because of their traditional roles and the fact they were

usually paid lower salaries, many women can expect to receive little or nothing in the way of pensions in their old age.

What does the minister intend to do to enforce the principle of equity between men and women with respect to pension reform?

Pensions
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Scarborough East
Ontario

Liberal

Doug Peters Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for Ottawa West for raising the issue.

Canada is world renowned for having one of the best retirement systems in the world yet one disadvantaged group in our country is single, elderly women. In recognition of that fact, Liberal governments have, in successive years, improved the security of low income elderly women. The result is that retirement incomes for elderly women have been drastically improving over the last 10 or 20 years. The proportion of low income elderly women has declined significantly.

That is in contrast to the proposal on pensions from the Reform Party which would have the opposite effect of making the single, elderly woman less well off.

Pensions
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

My colleagues, this brings this question period to a close.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

Colleagues, I would like to draw your attention to the presence in the gallery of Dr. Antje Vollmer, Vice-President of the Bundestag of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Reform

Preston Manning Calgary Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, I raise a point of order to seek the consent of the House for a small amendment to the Standing Orders which I think every patriotic member will support.

All of us participated enthusiastically today in the singing of "O Canada". Many of us, if not all of us, would like that to become a regular feature of the House just like the flag.

Eighteen months ago an amendment to this effect was referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs but nothing came of it.

I, therefore, seek the unanimous consent of the House for the following motion:

That Standing Order 30(1) be amended by adding immediately after the word "upon", the following:

On Wednesdays, immediately after Prayers, the Speaker shall cause Canada's national anthem to be played or sung in the House.

That Standing Order 30(2) be amended by deleting all the words after the word "prayers" and substituting the following:

Or on Wednesdays after Canada's national anthem has been sung or played, the business of the House shall commence.

And that the clerk be authorized to make any consequential amendments to the Standing Orders in this regard.

If this was the only piece of business we did on this particular day, I think it would be a good piece of business for Canada.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Kingston and the Islands
Ontario

Liberal

Peter Milliken Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate the hon. member on his very helpful suggestion.

I can indicate to him that having given me some notice this morning of the fact that he intended to raise the matter, although I did not have the specifics of the motion he had planned I spoke with the chief government whip who, as he knows, is a member of the procedure and House affairs committee which I have the honour to chair. The chief government whip indicated to me his enthusiasm for the suggestion and he is quite prepared to consider it in committee. While I am happy to take the hon. member's motion under advisement, it would be inappropriate to make changes to the standing orders of the House here on the floor without notice.

Normally notice is given of these motions if they come at all through other than the committee. I think it appropriate that the committee take the matter under advisement and report to the House and I will undertake to see that the committee does study it at an early date.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Does the hon. member have the unanimous consent of the House to move the motion?

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

No.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

There is not unanimous consent.

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

My colleagues, I asked the House if we had unanimous consent to proceed with the motion. The House has refused it. Therefore this particular matter is set to one side.

If the hon. member has another point of order, I will gladly hear it but if it is on the same subject the House has decided.

The hon. member, for clarification.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Deborah Grey Beaver River, AB

Mr. Speaker, this is the very same motion I brought to the procedure and House affairs committee a year and a half ago.

Can we have two motions the same? It seems ludicrous to me that it was already sent there. How could we then send the very same motion back again? Let us just do it.