House of Commons Hansard #171 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was first.

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Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

(Motion agreed to)

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Bellehumeur Berthier—Montcalm, QC

Mr. Speaker, I am seeking the unanimous consent of the House to introduce a motion seconded by the hon. member for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast, which reads as follows:

That this House, barring a decision in appeal quashing the decision at trial level, recommend the removal of Mr. Justice Robert Flahiff, judge of the Quebec Superior Court, because of his inability to properly perform his duties due to

(a) a lack of honour and dignity;

(b) failure to perform his duties as judge under the Judges Act; and

(c) a lack of integrity as set forth in the Ethical Principles for Judges of the Canadian Judicial Council;

And that this removal have as its immediate consequence the revocation of the current salary and the right of the said judge to the enjoyment of a pension under the Judges Act.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Does the hon. member have the consent of the House to introduce this motion?

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

No.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

February 1st, 1999 / 3:05 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order.

I wish to inform the House that Tuesday and Thursday, February 2 and 4, respectively, shall be allotted days.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

NDP

Peter Mancini Sydney—Victoria, NS

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the indulgence.

I rise concerning last week's Devco announcement. I was informed by the minister's office on Wednesday that no announcement was forthcoming. Subsequent events led to the announcement the next day in my riding. As part of that announcement there was a lock-up for media and for personnel interested in the matter.

As I had no notice of the announcement I had to change my travel plans and arrived at my riding by 3.30, not in time for the lock-up. I had requested that one of my staff be allowed in that lock-up as I had been given no notice of this most important announcement to the people of my riding. My staff person was not permitted by, I assume, the minister's office. I find that a breach of my own representation and responsibility as a member of parliament.

I could not be there because the minister's office would not be forthcoming with the date of the announcement. My staff was not permitted in to hear the dramatic effects on my community that this announcement would have. I ask that the government make sure that members of parliament or their designated staff be permitted into those types of briefings.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I have asked for the minister in question to be consulted and hopefully he can address this issue when he is back in the House.

Convention is that when something affects parties in the House usually these points are dealt with under votes. The minister momentarily has stepped out and I am sure he will want to address this issue immediately upon his return. Perhaps the Chair will entertain waiting to adjudicate on this matter at a time when the minister has been able to give his contribution toward the point in question.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Randy White Langley—Abbotsford, BC

Mr. Speaker, I wish this were the only situation, but we have had a similar situation with regard to my colleague and our immigration critic which happened over the break.

Before you make a decision on this instance, I ask that you look at the abuse ministers are taking on members in this House of making announcements and not advising members when announcements are being made whether in their own ridings or elsewhere.

I think it behooves this House to give at least some form of credit and credibility to members on this side. This is not just a one sided House of Commons where speeches and announcements can be made throughout the country and not inform everybody else about it, not letting us participate. It is a bigger issue than this.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Bill Blaikie Winnipeg—Transcona, MB

Mr. Speaker, I reiterate the concern of my colleague from Cape Breton, myself and all NDP members of parliament about the behaviour of the government in this instance.

As members know, there have been previous points of order having to do with announcements not being made in the House. That is a separate point and I acknowledge it.

If announcements are not to be made in the House of Commons, where many of them should be made and are not, then at least when the government makes announcements elsewhere it should have the decency to involve at least the members of parliament who are directly affected through participation in the lock-up and through prior notice of when the meeting is to take place and when the announcement is to take place.

At the very least the government should not indicate the day before the announcement is made that there is not to be an announcement. What happened in this case is that the member from Cape Breton was told in a bare faced way that there would be no announcement. Then there was.

This is totally reprehensible and is something the minister should answer for if not in the context of a question of privilege then at least politically.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

I will reserve judgment until the minister involved is in the House. With regard to the point raised by the hon. House leader of the Reform Party, perhaps there is a larger issue he wants to bring to the House. If he wants to bring this issue to the House, I invite him to do so.

What I have in front of me right now is a question of privilege raised by the hon. member for Sydney—Victoria. I will reserve judgment on this point until I hear from the minister.

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Peterborough
Ontario

Liberal

Peter Adams 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 40 petitions.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Susan Whelan Essex, ON

Madam Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 12th report of the Standing Committee on Industry. In accordance with Standing Order 109, the committee requests the government table a comprehensive response to this report.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Peterborough
Ontario

Liberal

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

Madam Speaker, I have the honour to present the 52nd report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the membership and associate membership of some committees.

Madam Speaker, if the House gives its consent, I move that the 52nd report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs be concurred in.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Thibeault)

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