House of Commons Hansard #14 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was political.

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Organ Donors
Routine Proceedings

10:40 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Thibeault)

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

Organ Donors
Routine Proceedings

10:40 a.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Organ Donors
Routine Proceedings

10:40 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Thibeault)

The House has heard the terms of the motion. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Organ Donors
Routine Proceedings

10:40 a.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

(Motion agreed to)

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

October 9th, 1997 / 10:40 a.m.

Peterborough
Ontario

Liberal

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

Madam Speaker, I suggest that all questions be allowed to stand.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:40 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Thibeault)

Is that agreed?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:40 a.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Request For Emergency Debate
Routine Proceedings

10:40 a.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Reform

Preston Manning Leader of the Opposition

Madam Speaker, I wish to advise the House that I have written to the Speaker this morning seeking leave of the House to introduce a motion in accordance with Standing Order 52, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter requiring urgent consideration.

I refer to the fact that two bills have been introduced in the Senate by the government and will be considered by the Senate before being considered by the Commons. While I recognize that this is an established practice, this practice in today's Parliament is outmoded and offensive to our democratic principles since the Senate is unelected, unaccountable and unrepresentative of the people of Canada.

In the days when the two dominant parties in the House and the Senate were of the same stripe, the introduction of government bills in the Senate may have been less offensive. However in the last two Parliaments there has been a shift in the political make-up of Canada. Three of the five parties in this House of Commons are not represented in the Senate at all. In addition the party which represents the opposition in the Senate represents less than 7% of the elected members of the House.

I believe that the procedures set out in Standing Order 52 will enable members of the House to immediately debate and communicate to the government that the upper house cannot be expected to fulfil the role of sober first thought since the senators represent a political composition which is a reflection of the past and, in particular, a reflection of patronage appointments of the defeated governments of Pierre Trudeau and Brian Mulroney.

The Speaker's attention to this matter is appreciated.

Request For Emergency Debate
Routine Proceedings

10:45 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Thibeault)

The Chair thanks the hon. Leader of the Opposition for his remarks.

The Speaker received a letter from the hon. member expressing his intention to raise this matter. After careful consideration the Chair concludes that the application does not meet the terms of the standing order.

Supply
Government Orders

10:45 a.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

moved:

That this House condemns the attitude of the Government, which refuses to introduce in-depth reform of the legislation on the financing of federal political parties even though the existing legislation allows for a wide range of abuses.

Supply
Government Orders

10:45 a.m.

Bloc

Stéphane Bergeron Verchères, QC

Madam Speaker, I believe that you will find unanimous consent in the House on the following motion:

That at the conclusion of the present debate on the Opposition Motion, all questions necessary to dispose of this motion be deemed put and a recorded division be deemed demanded and deferred until Tuesday, October 21, 1997, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.

Supply
Government Orders

10:45 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Thibeault)

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

Supply
Government Orders

10:45 a.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Supply
Government Orders

10:45 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Thibeault)

The House has heard the terms of this motion. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Supply
Government Orders

10:45 a.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

(Motion agreed to)