House of Commons Hansard #66 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was provinces.

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Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

12:05 p.m.

Reform

Jay Hill Prince George—Peace River, BC

Mr. Speaker, I sent over a note to alert the human resources minister to the fact that I would raise this point of order. It arises out of question period.

In response to a question the hon. minister quoted directly from a letter that she had from her deputy minister. I would ask that she table that letter now.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

12:05 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to your ruling only recently, I am sure the hon. member is not asking now that the letter be tabled before it is fully translated and prepared.

I will endeavour to ask whether the document can be tabled in the House. If that is the case we will have it translated and tabled at the earliest opportunity because at the present time according to our rules, and it was members across who invoked them only a few days ago, these letters must now be translated first and tabled after.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

12:05 p.m.

The Speaker

The minister is with us right now. All she has to do is answer the question. Is the letter translated?

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Jane Stewart Brant, ON

Mr. Speaker, I would be glad to have the letter translated and present it.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

12:05 p.m.

The Speaker

When the letter is translated it will be laid upon the table.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

12:05 p.m.

Reform

Philip Mayfield Cariboo—Chilcotin, BC

Mr. Speaker, twice you ruled my question out of order. I was a bit surprised and I would like clarification.

In my opinion in both instances I was asking questions about direct action of the Department of Human Resources relating both to internal matters with employees and externally, and you ruled them out of order.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

12:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I listen to the preamble to the question and then I listen to the formulation of the question. If it deals with the administrative responsibilities of the government then I allow it, but I understood the question to be about the Liberal Party and, as such, I ruled it out of order. My decision stands.

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Elgin—Middlesex—London
Ontario

Liberal

Gar Knutson Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8) I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to three petitions.

Order In Council Appointments
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Elgin—Middlesex—London
Ontario

Liberal

Gar Knutson Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I would like to table a letter to Mr. Robert Marleau regarding order in council appointments, which I will read:

I am pleased to table in both official languages a number of order in council appointments made recently by the government.

Pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order 110(1), these are deemed referred to the appropriate standing committees, a list of which is attached.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to the request from the Speaker of the House on February 8, 2000, and the committee's mandate under Standing Order 108(3)(a)(iii) I have the honour to present the 19th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs concerning the interpretation and administration of the provisions of Standing Order 87(6).

I also have the honour to present the 20th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the associate membership of the liaison committee in the House, and I should like to move concurrence at this time.

(Motion agreed to)

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

March 17th, 2000 / 12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Brent St. Denis Algoma—Manitoulin, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present. The first one is signed by hundreds of folks from Manitoulin Island.

The petition notes that in 1989 the Parliament of Canada passed a motion calling for the abolition of child poverty in Canada. It calls upon the government to develop a multi-year plan to achieve that goal.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Brent St. Denis Algoma—Manitoulin, ON

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is from quite a number of citizens of Parry Sound.

The petition calls upon the government to consider changes to the tax system so that senior citizens, under certain conditions, could have a reduced income tax upon cashing in RIFs and RRSPs in order to pay off a mortgage.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Reform

Charlie Penson Peace River, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition to present today that has been signed by 25 people living in my riding of Peace River.

It urges parliament to ensure that the possession of child pornography remains a serious criminal offence and that police forces be given the authority to enforce this law for the protection of children.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition of many pages from citizens of the Peterborough area who are concerned about child poverty.

They point out that one in five Canadian children live in poverty and that the House of Commons in 1989 unanimously resolved to end child poverty by this year.

The petitioners call upon parliament to use the federal budget to introduce a multi-year plan to improve the well-being of Canada's children. They urge parliament to fulfil the promise of 1989.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker I have two petitions concerning the genetic engineering of food, plants and animals.

The petitioners point out that this practice is still relatively new but it now involves the manipulation of the most basic building blocks of life. It can affect normal plants in the surrounding areas through the spread of pollen. They also point out that there may be long term genetic effects as a result.

One petition calls upon parliament to introduce clear labelling of seeds and food products that are genetically engineered so that farmers and consumers have a choice.

The other petition has a similar preamble but the petitioners call upon the federal authorities to ensure that non-genetically engineered seeds will always be available to all Canadian farmers.