House of Commons Hansard #94 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was pornography.

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Canadian Tourism Commission Act
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5:30 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. McClelland)

It being 5.30 p.m., the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at the second reading stage of Bill C-5.

Call in the member.

(The House divided on the motion, which was agreed to on the following division:)

Division No. 1289
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6 p.m.

The Speaker

I declare the motion carried. Accordingly the bill stands referred to the Standing Committee on Industry.

(Bill read the second time and referred to a committee)

The House resumed from May 9 consideration of the motion that Bill C-24, an act to amend the Excise Tax Act, a related act, the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the Budget Implementation Act, 1997, the Budget Implementation Act, 1998, the Budget Implementation Act, 1999, the Canada Pension Plan, the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, the Customs Act, the Customs Tariff, the Employment Insurance Act, the Excise Act, the Income Tax Act, the Tax Court of Canada Act and the Unemployment Insurance Act, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

Sales Tax And Excise Tax Amendments Act, 1999
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6 p.m.

The Speaker

The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at the second reading stage of Bill C-24.

Sales Tax And Excise Tax Amendments Act, 1999
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6 p.m.

Liberal

Bob Kilger Stormont—Dundas, ON

Mr. Speaker, if the House would agree, I would propose that you seek unanimous consent that members who voted on the previous motion, with the exception of the hon. member for Haldimand—Norfolk—Brant who had to leave to attend another meeting, be recorded as having voted on the motion now before the House, with Liberal members voting yea.

Sales Tax And Excise Tax Amendments Act, 1999
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6 p.m.

The Speaker

Is there agreement to proceed in such a fashion?

Sales Tax And Excise Tax Amendments Act, 1999
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6 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Sales Tax And Excise Tax Amendments Act, 1999
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6 p.m.

Reform

Jay Hill Prince George—Peace River, BC

Mr. Speaker, members of the Canadian Alliance will be voting against this motion.

Sales Tax And Excise Tax Amendments Act, 1999
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6 p.m.

Bloc

Stéphane Bergeron Verchères, QC

Mr. Speaker, members of the Bloc Quebecois will vote against the motion.

Sales Tax And Excise Tax Amendments Act, 1999
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6 p.m.

NDP

Yvon Godin Acadie—Bathurst, NB

Mr. Speaker, members of the New Democratic Party will be voting no on this motion.

Sales Tax And Excise Tax Amendments Act, 1999
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6 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Peter MacKay Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough, NS

Mr. Speaker, members of the solid Progressive Conservative Party will be voting no on this motion.

Sales Tax And Excise Tax Amendments Act, 1999
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6 p.m.

Reform

Jake Hoeppner Portage—Lisgar, MB

Mr. Speaker, I vote no on this motion.

(The House divided on the motion, which was agreed to on the following division:)

Division No. 1290
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May 10th, 2000 / 6 p.m.

The Speaker

I declare the motion carried. Accordingly the bill stands referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

(Bill read the second time and referred to a committee)

Division No. 1290
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6 p.m.

The Speaker

It being 6:04 p.m., the House will now proceed to the consideration of Private Members' Business as listed on today's order paper.

Pornography
Private Members' Business

6:05 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Szabo Mississauga South, ON

moved:

That, in the opinion of this House, section 163 of the Criminal Code should be amended to reflect a new definition of obscenity as follows: “For the purposes of this Act, any matter or thing is obscene where a dominant characteristic of the matter or thing is the undue exploitation of any one or more of the following subjects, namely, sex, violence, crime, horror or cruelty, through degrading representation of a male or female person or in any other manner.”

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to my Motion No. 69 regarding the issue of pornography.

Today in Canada sexually explicit material generally characterized as pornography is more available, more explicit and more violent than ever before. Most Canadians support the prohibition or restriction on what is considered beyond society's level of tolerance. Pornography is viewed as amoral and that it portrays sexes and their relationship as basically repugnant. It is also considered to cause harm and as a result, strong legislation is considered appropriate.

On the other hand, there are those who would argue that there is no convincing evidence of any causal relationship between pornography and actual physical harm significant enough to justify infringement on the constitutionality guaranteed—