House of Commons Hansard #161 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was billion.

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Presence In The Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I invite members to a reception in room 216 to meet our special Olympians after the question period, providing of course they have time from their duties.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

April 22nd, 1997 / 3 p.m.

Reform

Ian McClelland Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, prior to question period I received a communication from a resident of Edmonton Northwest, the constituency of the minister of energy. It had to do with the Canadian Paralympics and a communication that had been given to the minister of heritage over six months ago and not responded to by the heritage minister.

During question period the heritage minister broke my confidence and the confidence of the constituent of Edmonton Northwest by raising the issue, given to her under privilege, in the House of Commons. I request that the minister give me and her constituent an apology.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Bob Kilger Stormont—Dundas, ON

Mr. Speaker, I do not want to engage in debate of when the information was shared and so on, but certainly and clearly to a good number of us in that exchange between the member for Edmonton Southwest and the Deputy Prime Minister I think you would find the hon. member for Edmonton Southwest used language which I will say was very unparliamentary. I hope he would take the opportunity to withdraw those remarks.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Before we get into a slinging match-and I do not want to get into a debate-I am not sure of the circumstances under which all of this occurred but surely it was an event that occurred outside the House.

I hope all hon. members would respect one another when they are speaking to one another. This is a point of debate. It is not a point of order. I would rule as such and I would say that this point of order is over for now.

If the hon. member has another point of order, I will listen to it.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Ian McClelland Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, after the heritage minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, had betrayed my confidence-

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I have already ruled on that point of order. I would like the matter to just stay here for the time being.

On another point of order, the hon. member for Elk Island.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Ken Epp Elk Island, AB

Mr. Speaker, I would like to indicate just for the record that the member for Edmonton Southwest was not up in question period today and so what the whip said was inaccurate.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I have already ruled that the incident which took place is not a point of order. If the hon. member has another point of order, I will listen to it. However, if it is on the same point of order, I will intervene.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Ian McClelland Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, the hon. government whip referred to a comment that I shouted across the aisle to the Deputy Prime Minister after the events to which you earlier spoke took place.

At that time I referred to the Deputy Prime Minister, the heritage minister, as a bitch. I did so-

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

With the greatest respect to my colleague, I ask you to withdraw the word that you just used. Will you withdraw that word?

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Ian McClelland Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, as you know, I have the greatest respect for the House, for the chair and for the person who occupies it. The reason that I did not use a descriptive adjective in front of the word I used was out of respect for the House, but I will not withdraw the term.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

Sometimes we get ourselves into situations. I know I did just a little while ago when I asked a member to withdraw. We get into situations where, because of the need to

save face or whatever it is, we find ourselves unable to extricate ourselves.

My colleague, I address myself to you as the Speaker. As far as I am concerned your whole tenure here has been exemplary, a model for parliamentarians. I would ask you again to withdraw the word you used in your point of order.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Reform

Ian McClelland Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, out of respect for the Chair and for this institution I unequivocally withdraw the remark.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.