House of Commons Hansard #18 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was co-operatives.

Topics

Nigeria
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Bob Mills Red Deer, AB

Mr. Speaker, two years ago Nigeria's rulers killed Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others. Canada helped to suspend Nigeria from the Commonwealth.

The minister is now going to travel to the Commonwealth meetings this weekend to ask it to extend the suspension. Everyone agrees the suspensions have not worked.

At McGill last week the minister said that we may have to take more coercive measures. What kind of coercive measures is the minister talking about?

Nigeria
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Winnipeg South Centre
Manitoba

Liberal

Lloyd Axworthy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, during the past two years the Commonwealth ministerial advisory group has worked very closely on the Nigerian file. I am pleased to report to the House that we have been able to arrive at a very clear consensus including counties from all regions of the Commonwealth.

A report has been prepared that will be presented to the heads of Commonwealth during the Commonwealth meeting. The measures being recommended, if accepted by the heads of government, will provide the right and proper balance of measures which will bring about the proper signal that we want to see democracy and human rights restored in Nigeria.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

October 22nd, 1997 / 3 p.m.

The Speaker

I draw the attention of hon. members to the presence in our gallery of members of the Standing Committee of Internal Affairs of the German Bundestag.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I would also like to draw the attention of the House to the presence in our gallery of Bernard Thériault, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Oral Question Period
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I propose to address myself to an incident that occurred during question period. I am sure all hon. members are aware that the give and take of question period is rather accelerated these days. Most members seem to think this is a good thing.

Also with the acceleration many times we do not always have a chance to reflect upon the words we use. Sometimes words are used in the course of the question period which border on being unparliamentary. When that is the case I usually caution hon. members to be very judicious in their choice of words.

From the chair I try to hear as much as I can and to see to it that debate is carried on in an orderly fashion. Whereas some words are borderline in my view and I use words like judicious and cautious, there are some words that we cannot accept. Many times these words are used in the heat of battle and after reflection we find that perhaps we could have had a better choice of words.

In this question period, probably because there was not enough time to react or to think, one of our members used words which in my view were unparliamentary.

In trying to carry out a question period which is both informative and at the same time gives us a chance to air our questions properly, I hope all hon. members would agree that we should use words that are more than anything parliamentary.

Had the hon. member for Beauharnois—Salaberry had a little more time, he probably would have used words other than the ones he used during the course of debate.

I can only deal with the words that I heard outright and I would appeal to the hon. member for Beauharnois—Salaberry to withdraw the words “il a menti”. If he would do that then we could get on with the business of the House.

Would the hon. member please withdraw the words “il a menti”?

Oral Question Period
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Daniel Turp Beauharnois—Salaberry, QC

Mr. Speaker, I would be quite prepared to withdraw these words, as long as I was sure that the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs will also withdraw his accusation that my leader had lied.

Oral Question Period
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I understand, from his words, that the hon. member for Beauharnois—Salaberry has withdrawn—

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3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

No.

Oral Question Period
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Yvan Loubier Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, QC

No, it is the one on the other side who must withdraw his comments.

Oral Question Period
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Dear colleagues, there is no question of setting conditions. Again, I must ask my colleague, the hon. member for Beauharnois-Salaberry—and, with all due respect, I hope his answer will be a simple yes—whether or not he withdraws his comments.

Oral Question Period
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Daniel Turp Beauharnois—Salaberry, QC

Mr. Speaker, with all due respect, I think it would be completely responsible for the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs to withdraw the word he used.

Oral Question Period
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I intend only to deal with one matter at a time. I will deal with other matters which arose from question period after I have dealt with this matter.

Without further discussion I once again appeal to the hon. member to withdraw the words “il a menti”. I will deal with other matters after I have dealt with this one. It is a simple yes or no. Will the hon. member for Beauharnois—Salaberry withdraw the words?

Oral Question Period
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Bloc

Daniel Turp Beauharnois—Salaberry, QC

Mr. Speaker, I withdraw my comments, and hope that the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs will withdraw his.