House of Commons Hansard #132 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

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Business Of The House
Private Members' Business

4:25 p.m.

NDP

Michelle Dockrill Bras D'Or, NS

Mr. Speaker, I would like to inform the government whip and House leader that as the representative on the public accounts committee for the New Democratic Party, I can confirm that no Liberal representatives arrived at the committee.

Business Of The House
Private Members' Business

4:25 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. McClelland)

It is obvious that the government has taken this matter very seriously.

It is my duty, pursuant to Standing Order 38, to inform the House that the questions to be raised tonight at the time of adjournment are as follows: the hon. member for Cumberland—Colchester, Transportation; the hon. member for Yorkton—Melville, Gun registry; the hon. member for Davenport, Communications.

The House resumed from October 5 consideration of the motion that Bill C-44, an act to amend the Employment Insurance Act, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

Employment Insurance Act
Government Orders

4:30 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. McClelland)

Is the House ready for the question? Are hon. members rising on debate?

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4:30 p.m.

An hon. member

Debate.

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4:30 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. McClelland)

On debate, the hon. member for Joliette.

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4:30 p.m.

Liberal

Don Boudria Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I appreciate that you had already started to put the question and that you are now recognizing an hon. member. That is fine. I am sure we are all accommodating in order to allow enough time for people to come into the House.

That being said, I wonder if, for the benefit of Canadians receiving the funds for which they will be eligible under Bill C-44, the House would agree that at 5.30 p.m. the bill will be passed in second reading, be deemed to have been passed in committee of the whole, read the third time and referred to the Senate for its consideration.

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4:30 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. McClelland)

Does the hon. government House leader have unanimous consent of the House?

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4:30 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

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4:30 p.m.

Some hon. members

No.

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4:30 p.m.

Liberal

Bob Kilger Stormont—Dundas, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. If I could just have the indulgence of the Chamber to go back to the point of order raised by my friend and colleague from Winnipeg—Transcona, because it is through our office and the government whip's office that we co-ordinate committee work, attendance, and so on.

I have just had the benefit of speaking to some of my staff, and we in fact had people who were going to the meeting. My understanding is that regrettably there was a change in the location of the meeting, and while they were in transit or getting from one place to another, the meeting was adjourned. I can understand that, but believe me there was no intention on the part of the government members to avoid attending that meeting. It is regrettable that it did happen, but there was certainly no intention at any time to avoid that meeting.

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4:30 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. McClelland)

That point is now finished. We have had the question and an explanation. If we want to do more, we can do it behind the curtains. We are now going to debate.

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4:30 p.m.

NDP

Michelle Dockrill Bras D'Or, NS

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I would like to inform the House that the public accounts committee waited for over 20 minutes and nobody showed up.

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4:30 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. McClelland)

That was not a new point of order.

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October 19th, 2000 / 4:30 p.m.

Bloc

René Laurin Joliette, QC

Mr. Speaker, I rose on a point of order, not to continue the debate.

I simply wanted to tell the Chair that some speakers were scheduled to speak and that we should not proceed with the vote immediately. This is what I wanted to point out. But since you indicated that we are resuming debate, you have answered my question and I do not think there is any objection to proceeding in this fashion.