House of Commons Hansard #35 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was marine.

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Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Deputy Speaker

While I am on my feet, I would like to remind members of a very important anniversary. Nine years ago today, the brilliant and very distinguished class of 1988 was elected for the first time to this House. I want to congratulate all my colleagues on this very happy anniversary occasion.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

Noon

Reform

Ken Epp Elk Island, AB

Mr. Speaker, on a point of order.

I was just wondering about your comment. Were you talking about the brilliant class of 1988 including the 211 Conservatives who were elected at that time?

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Deputy Speaker

I was talking about the brilliant members of the class of 1988 who are here in the House celebrating the anniversary. I am sure the hon. member would not to confuse the issue.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Deputy Speaker

I have notice of a question of privilege.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

November 21st, 1997 / noon

NDP

Bev Desjarlais Churchill, MB

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of privilege concerning a press release issued by the member for Dauphin—Swan River, dated November 19, 1997.

Beauchesne, citations 64 through 70, make it clear that reflections on a member of Parliament that make it impossible for that member to fulfil their duties properly comprise a breach of privilege.

On November 18, at the Standing Committee on Transportation I introduced an amendment that would ensure the employees of the Canadian ports that they would not be subjected to undue hardship as a result of changes to Bill C-9.

Reform did not introduce an amendment that would protect these employees. Yet the member for Dauphin—Swan River did a press release which he inaccurately headlined “Liberals and NDP oppose protection for ports employees.”

Such misrepresentations make it impossible for me to fulfil my duties as a member of Parliament. The actions that I took at a committee of this House, actions which are a matter of record, are deliberately misrepresented to the public by a fellow member of that committee. This is not a matter for debate or question of interpretation or of nuance. It is a case where I am accused of not doing something that the records show I did.

I move that the—

Privilege
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Deputy Speaker

I have listened carefully to the hon. member's comments which strike me as being in the nature of a complaint. I understand that sometimes in either debates in the House or press releases or in statements outside the House, members may say things about one another that are considered by the other to be inaccurate or a misrepresentation.

The normal method of dealing with such things is through either making a speech in the House, as the hon. member has done on this occasion, or by sending out another press release or whatever steps the member may think appropriate.

However, I do not believe this constitutes a question of privilege and I certainly do not believe that the statements made, however offensive the hon. member may have found them, are in any way impeding her ability to carry on her duties as a member of this place. That is the test of a question of privilege.

I will consider the matter closed.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

Noon

Liberal

Joe Jordan Leeds—Grenville, ON

Mr. Speaker, on a point of order.

Yesterday, in response to a statement by the member for Edmonton North that I took to be an accusation about my staff who were not here to defend themselves, I still feel very strongly about that. As a result of subsequent discussions with the member, I am convinced that it was not her intention to give that impression and I would like to withdraw my comments from yesterday.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

12:05 p.m.

Reform

Rob Anders Calgary West, AB

Mr. Speaker, how can we be asked to rise and stand for a man who represents justice in a country like China when he was the butcher of Tiananmen Square? How can we do that?

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

12:05 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

I think the hon. member has the right to remain at his seat, should he wish to do so. It is entirely appropriate, when a foreign guest is here in our gallery, that the fact of his presence be recognized. That is what the Chair did and I think that is entirely appropriate.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

12:05 p.m.

Reform

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

Mr. Speaker, on the same point of order. I do not know how we can actually stand up in this House—

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

12:05 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

I do not think this is a point of order. Hon. members are free to stand, or sit in their seats, as they wish. There is no obligation on members to stand or do whatever. I think the matter is closed. The guest is here and I do not believe there is any point of order arising out of it.

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Simcoe North
Ontario

Liberal

Paul Devillers Parliamentary Secretary to President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to section 36.8 I have the honour of tabling in both official languages the government's response to 10 petitions.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Maurizio Bevilacqua Vaughan—King—Aurora, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present in both official languages the report of the Standing Committee on Finance, pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, October 8, 1977.

The committee examined Bill C-2, an act to establish the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and to amend the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. On Thursday, November 20, 1997 it decided to report the bill with amendments.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member for Calgary West on a point of privilege.

Privilege
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Reform

Rob Anders Calgary West, AB

Mr. Speaker, is it not an insult and a degradation to the decorum of the House to rise for a man who is the butcher of Tiananmen Square?