House of Commons Hansard #76 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was air.

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Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Speaker

I would be happy to ensure that all proper names are used for all parties in the House. If we could be forgiven, we need a few days to get ourselves used to the new name. The name of the former Reform Party in the House is now recognized as the Canadian Alliance. That is how I would ask all of you to address it.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

Noon

Liberal

John Cannis Scarborough Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, I know you have done your utmost to clarify this, but I know there is some confusion. When referring to the official opposition as the Canadian Alliance, will that be the name on the ballot sheet? My constituents are asking me and I do not know what to tell them.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Speaker

I do not have an answer to that but I am sure the Chief Electoral Officer will make that decision. For us in the House, the decision has been taken and I would simply request that you follow the decision.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

Noon

Liberal

Ted McWhinney Vancouver Quadra, BC

Mr. Speaker, I would take the point that this House has plenary powers, through the Speaker, to determine the name of parties within the House. The electoral commissioner and other officials have no bearing on our decision.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Speaker

I, of course, will take the advice of the hon. member for Vancouver Quadra because of his great experience in this area. Until I hear officially, one way or the other, I am apt to sit back and wait to see what happens. We can decide what takes place in the House. I suggest that what takes place outside the House is in someone else's purview. I thank the hon. member for his intervention. It is always good to hear from him.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

Noon

Liberal

Bob Kilger Stormont—Dundas, ON

Mr. Speaker, discussions have taken place between all parties and the member for Winnipeg Centre concerning the taking of the division on Bill C-238 scheduled at the conclusion of Private Members' Business today, and I believe you would find consent for the following motion. I move:

That at the conclusion of today's debate on Bill C-238, all questions necessary to dispose of the motion for second reading of this bill be deemed put, a recorded division deemed requested and deferred until Tuesday, April 4, 2000 at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Speaker

Does the hon. member have permission to put the motion?

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

Noon

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Speaker

Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

Noon

Some hon. members

Agreed.

(Motion agreed to)

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

March 31st, 2000 / noon

Winnipeg South
Manitoba

Liberal

Reg Alcock Parliamentary Secretary to President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 17 petitions.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Mac Harb Ottawa Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by many Canadian constituents who would like to see an amendment to the Divorce Act so that the grandparents of children will be able to have custody of and/or access to their grandchildren.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Bloc

Odina Desrochers Lotbinière, QC

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure today to present a petition signed by 1,050 inhabitants of the riding of Lotbinière who are calling on parliament to review the provisions of the Employment Insurance Act concerning the determination of regional employment insurance rates so as to include the federal riding of Lotbinière in Economic Region No. 40, Central Quebec.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

NDP

Lorne Nystrom Qu'Appelle, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table a petition today signed by people all the way from Toronto to Kelliher and Leross, Saskatchewan.

The petition calls on the House of Commons to take note that the Senate of Canada is undemocratic, unelected and unaccountable to the people of this country.

Because of that, and because of the fact that it costs around $50 million a year, the Senate of this country should be abolished.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Reform

Derrek Konrad Prince Albert, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present petitions bearing the signatures of more than 1,000 people from my riding and elsewhere in Saskatchewan who wish to draw the attention of the government to the importance of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, to the exclusion of all others.

They note that the government has invoked time allocation on Bill C-23 and will not allow a free vote on this fundamental issue.

They therefore call on the government to withdraw Bill C-23, affirm the opposite sex definition of marriage in law and affirm its uniqueness.