House of Commons Hansard #133 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was finance.

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Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Reform

Jim Abbott Kootenay East, BC

Mr. Speaker, there is just one small point I would draw to your attention. I think you would find that the members of Parliament who were in the lock-up that was allowed by the Department of Finance were not allowed out of the lock-up until the minister stood up.

In the converse, the members of Parliament who were not in the lock-up, who are all honourable people and I am sure all had honourable intentions, nonetheless had the details of the budget prior to the time the minister stood up. I cannot imagine that anyone would have abused that privilege but it is possible that telephone calls could have been made from the lobby.

If members of Parliament are in the lock-up and are not permitted out, there has to be a good reason for it. Why then were the members of Parliament in the House given copies of the budget prior to the minister standing up?

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

St. Paul's
Ontario

Liberal

Barry Campbell Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the first point I would make is that this is certainly not a matter of privilege.

The second point is that I would not question the behaviour of any member of the House. I recall being in the Chamber just before the minister rose to speak. All members on all sides of the House were receiving documents as the minister arrived. Some were flipping through those documents. All members of the House were treated alike. The documents were here within the safety and security, if you will, of this Chamber with no prospect whatsoever of any kind of opportunity for anyone to profit from it.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

John Nunziata York South—Weston, ON

Mr. Speaker, the fact is the budget documents were available in the lobby. There were people in the lobby who are not members of Parliament. I had two people with me who were not

members of Parliament and who had the budget document15 minutes before the minister started speaking.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

I want to inform myself about the precedents. I understood this is being brought up as a point of order, not a point of privilege. Is that correct? I address myself to the hon. member for York South-Weston.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

John Nunziata York South—Weston, ON

Mr. Speaker, I think it would be more appropriately phrased as a point of privilege than a point of order.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

I will deal with everything that has been said in the context of a point of privilege.

I want to inform myself about the precedents. I want to inform myself about what went on yesterday. After I have informed myself, I will get back to the House and I will share with you what my findings are.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Reform

John Williams St. Albert, AB

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

Is this a different point of order?

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Reform

John Williams St. Albert, AB

On the same point, Mr. Speaker.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

As far as this point is concerned, I feel that I have heard enough. You are no doubt going to quote me something from the rules that we work by. I will familiarize myself with all of the rules that are involved.

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 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 15 petitions.

Interparliamentary Delegations
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

John Maloney Erie, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the report of the Canadian delegation to the fifth annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum which was held in Vancouver, British Columbia from January 7 to January 10 of this year.

The meeting was hosted by the Parliament of Canada and I can proudly report that it was highly successful and productive.

Parliamentarians from 21 Asia-Pacific nations met to discuss important regional and global issues. Twenty-one separate resolutions were adopted dealing with such matters as terrorism, drug trafficking, land mines and the environment. The Canadian delegation was most instrumental in proposing and having adopted important resolutions on education and literacy, on human rights, including the exploitation of children and women.

In conclusion, I want to draw the House's attention to the fact that the right hon. Prime Minister addressed the delegates at the opening plenary session. He spoke of the importance of the APPF and how parliamentarians are an essential part of the decision making process and should play an active role in international relations.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table the 56th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, which lists the members and the associate members of the Standing Committee on Industry.

With leave of the House, I intend to move for concurrence in this report later this day.

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Reform

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-372, an act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of child before birth).

Mr. Speaker, our nation today has an epidemic of children who are born with fetal alcohol syndrome which is the result of the mother consuming substances that are deliberately and permanently injurious to the fetus.

In response to that I am introducing a controversial private member's bill. It would enable the courts to impose on the mother who is knowingly consuming substances injurious to the growth of the fetus. The courts would be able to have the individual confined to a hospital or another suitable facility where her access to injurious substances could be controlled for as long as the court deemed fit. This would ensure the protection of fetuses for nobody is speaking for their protection today.

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

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

February 19th, 1997 / 3:15 p.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, with the leave of the House I move that the 56th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented to the House earlier this day, be concurred in.

(Motion agreed to.)