House of Commons Hansard #32 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was pay.

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Privilege
Oral Question Period

3:25 p.m.

Liberal

Jesse Flis Parkdale—High Park, ON

Mr. Speaker, a point of order. Through a Page I sent you a notice that I wished to raise a question of privilege arising from today's question period. I also gave notice to the hon. member who was involved in the question of privilege.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

3:25 p.m.

The Speaker

That is correct. I confirm that I did receive a note from the hon. member for Parkdale-High Park on a question of privilege which arose out of the question period. I am prepared to listen to the question of privilege of the hon. member.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

3:25 p.m.

Liberal

Jesse Flis Parkdale—High Park, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise pursuant to Standing Order 48(1). I am using the authority of Beauchesne's Parliamentary Rules and Forms , sixth edition, citations 114 following. My question of privilege refers to the book throwing incident during question period by the hon. member for Beaver River.

Why do I raise this? Because this is a deliberate contempt of Parliament. Viewers were watching this on television.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

3:25 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

3:25 p.m.

Liberal

Jesse Flis Parkdale—High Park, ON

Members of the Reform Party are laughing. This is the party that promised to bring decorum into the House of Commons. This is how they are doing it. They are ridiculing the orders of this House. They are ridiculing the authority of Beauchesne.

Hundreds of students were sitting in the gallery today watching question period. Hopefully, some of them will be sitting in these seats. We cannot allow the kind of behaviour displayed by the hon. member for Beaver River.

As members of Parliament we have to control our tempers. I know that debates get heated. But the next book could be thrown at you, Mr. Speaker. The next book could be thrown at someone on this side of the House.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

3:25 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh. Oh.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

3:25 p.m.

Liberal

Jesse Flis Parkdale—High Park, ON

The Reform Party which promised to bring decorum to this place should listen to my motion: I give notice that whereas the hon. member for Beaver River did show contempt of Parliament with her misbehaviour during question period April 24, 1996, by throwing a book onto the floor of the House of Commons, I move:

That the hon. member for Beaver River appear at the Bar to purge the contempt and promise better conduct in the future.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

3:25 p.m.

Reform

Deborah Grey Beaver River, AB

Mr. Speaker, I guess he is throwing the book at me.

The member talked about the fact that members need to control ourselves. Yes we do. This is a very emotional debate. The member talked about purging contempt of Parliament. I hardly think that throwing me, one single member of Parliament, out of the House is going to do anything to purge contempt in this place.

I think this is a point of debate. In terms of decorum I have just celebrated my seventh anniversary in this place. I have talked about decorum in the House of Commons. No, I do not think it is cute or theatrical to do stunts.

The Prime Minister waves the red book around constantly. When I bring it forward or even show it, all of a sudden I am using a prop. But he can wave it and flail it around and it is acceptable because he is the Prime Minister. I do not think that is acceptable.

My frustration today about the red book was watching the Prime Minister wave it around. Then I got into trouble when I even lifted it up to read from it or make reference to it. My frustration stems from the fact that I sat in opposition with these people when this debate was raging and saw the emotion attached to it from their side when the rat pack went hysterical over it. I am now sitting on this side of the House watching these people defending it amazingly.

I appreciate the member's bringing this to the concern of Parliament. I certainly do not want to challenge the Chair or any member in the House, but I firmly believe because of what we have seen happen over the GST yesterday and today that the red book truly belongs on the floor.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

3:30 p.m.

The Speaker

With regard to the point raised by the hon. member for Parkdale-High Park, the Chair agrees there was disorder caused in the House. The Chair agrees there was a breach of decorum.

I hate to use the word punish, but in order to rectify the situation, members will remember your Speaker passed on from the questioner and hopefully that would have rectified the situation.

I have pointed on numerous occasions to the use of props. It is true the red book has been quoted extensively by members on both sides. In the rules of the House if a member is quoting from a book, I permit them to read. Whenever it is being used as a prop by flailing it around or throwing it, God forbid, I step in.

In the heat of debate, because emotions are running high, we should get our emotions under control. As such, I urge members on both sides that when quoting from a book, quote from the book, but you need not hold it aloft, whether it be the red book or the blue book, it does not matter.

There was a breach of decorum. As your Speaker I did intervene. I would like to let the matter rest there, encouraging you always to keep your emotions under control because we are being watched by 30 million of our fellow citizens and we would hope to set a very good example.

Canada Labour Relations Board
Routine Proceedings

3:30 p.m.

Saint-Léonard
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano Minister of Labour and Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2) and to section 121 of the Canada Labour Code, Part I, which deals with annual reports, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, copies of the 22nd annual report of the Canada Labour Relations Board.

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), this report is deemed referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development.

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

April 24th, 1996 / 3:30 p.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

Paul Zed Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 16 petitions.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Bloc

Ghislain Lebel Chambly, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the first report of the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations.

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Reform

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-272, an act to amend the Criminal Code (no parole when imprisoned for life).

Mr. Speaker, this bill amends certain provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada relating to prison sentences of life imprisonment. In effect this bill would eliminate any provision for early release or parole eligibility of any criminal serving a life sentence.

This private member's reflects the view that justice will be served when murderers sentenced to life imprisonment serve their full court ordered life sentence. For families of victims a true life sentence is an issue of closure. It is also a matter of fairness.

My bill sends a clear message to child killers like Clifford Olson. If an individual takes the life of another, that offender will spend the rest of his natural life locked away: no parole; life means life.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Reform

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-273, an act to amend the Criminal Code (violent crimes).

Mr. Speaker, this bill can properly be characterized as two violent strikes legislation. For anyone who is convicted for the second time of a violent offence, that criminal shall be sentenced to life imprisonment.

For those who wish to rape, maim, conspire, corrupt and commit all manner of violent acts, this private member's initiative is bad news to them.

For victims and their families this bill represents a return to the principles of fundamental justice. It means those who repeatedly hurt and prey on the young, innocent the law-abiding will spend the rest of their natural lives in prison.

Let there be no mistake about the intent of this bill: two violent strikes and the criminal is out for life.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Employment Insurance Act
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Acadie—Bathurst
New Brunswick

Liberal

Douglas Young Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, I must inform the House that we have been unable to reach an agreement under Standing Order 78(1) or 78(2) regarding consideration at committee stage of Bill C-12, an act respecting employment insurance in Canada.

Therefore, I give notice that, pursuant to Standing Order 78(3), I will be moving at the next sitting of the House a motion on time allocation to allot a specified number of days or hours to the consideration of this stage and to the decisions required to dispose of it.