House of Commons Hansard #167 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was offence.

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Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Thibeault)

Shall the remaining questions stand?

Questions On The Order Paper
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Points Of Order
Routine Proceedings

December 7th, 1998 / 3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Bob Nault Kenora—Rainy River, ON

Madam Speaker, just after question period the member for Cumberland—Colchester suggested that I had made some remarks to him that were intimidating. First of all, if it was intended to be that way, Madam Speaker, I can assure you he would not be sitting there today.

The whole objective of my comments of the other day were to make it very clear to him that Mr. Young, the previous minister of human resources, defence and transport, was a very honourable member in this place in the last parliament. He is a very honest individual for whom I have a lot of respect.

I was trying to make it very clear to him that in the way he was posing his question he was suggesting that Mr. Young had somehow done something illegal, that he was crooked, and that it was not something I cherished hearing from members on the opposite side because it is not very honourable.

If my comments suggested in any way to him that I was being intimidating and hurting his work, I want to take this opportunity to apologize because that was not the intent.

The intent was to suggest to the House that when one poses questions one should not pose the kinds of scenarios that he was suggesting toward Mr. Young which would in any way jeopardize his abilities to make a livelihood out there in the workplace now that he is no longer a member of parliament. Those were the reasons why I made those remarks.

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Progressive Conservative

Bill Casey Cumberland—Colchester, NS

Madam Speaker, there was no misunderstanding of the comments made by the member to me in that confrontation. There was no way to interpret them other than as a threat. He tried to intimidate me. He said that I had better remember that Doug Young has lots of friends and they all have long memories. Just today he said that if he meant it to be a threat I would not be here today.

I would like to put on the record what the member just said in defence of the points he made to me. He said if I was intimidating the member I would know it and I would not be here today. That just happened now.

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Routine Proceedings

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The Speaker

I do not want to get into a debate on this issue. As I understand it, and I saw part of it from my office only, what we have here is a member of parliament who stood in his place today on a point of order and said that another hon. member said certain words to him.

The hon. member is here in the House right now. As far as what I could make out, the hon. member had said there was a misunderstanding. I am to be corrected, but if there is a misunderstanding the hon. member apologizes or withdraws. Is that correct?

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An hon. member

Yes.

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The Speaker

If this is the case where we have one hon. member making an accusation and another hon. member apologizing in the House of Commons, then as far as I am concerned as a matter of privilege this matter is closed.

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An hon. member

On a point of order—

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The Speaker

I will hear a point of order but not on this matter. Is it on this matter?

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Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson Charlotte, NB

Mr. Speaker, I think I was part—

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The Speaker

Order, please.

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Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson Charlotte, NB

If you can't get up on a point of order, what is the sense of being here?

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The Speaker

I ask the hon. member to put in his earpiece.

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Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson Charlotte, NB

You didn't hear the whole conversation, Mr. Speaker. That is the point I am trying to make.

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The Speaker

Order, please. I have ruled on the particular point of privilege the member has raised. If this is another point of order then I will listen to another point of order. If it is on the same point of order I will not listen to it.