House of Commons Hansard #18 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was federal.

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Points of Order
Oral Question Period

3:25 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I understand that the Chair is preparing to announce the opposition day motion for tomorrow.

As the Speaker will know, this new convention we have of having these announcements from the Chair was made pursuant to recommendation No. 37 of the modernization committee report. The modernization committee report stated that moving up the notice requirement should facilitate the preparation for debate, including the scheduling of speakers. Mr. Speaker will no doubt be familiar with the entirety of that recommendation.

It has been drawn to my attention that two motions have been asked to be placed on the order paper for tomorrow. Before the Speaker announces which one of those motions, in the unlikely event that the Speaker would announce that there are two of them, I want to draw to the attention of Mr. Speaker that the modernization committee report, later translated into the standing order, had as an objective to ensure that members knew precisely the topic being raised the following day in the House. Listing two, three, four, or next week, six dozen items would effectively prevent members of Parliament from having the benefit of that information which was contained in the modernization committee report which was adopted unanimously by this House of Commons.

Therefore, Mr. Speaker, as you prepare to tell us what the item is for debate tomorrow, I would like to call upon the Chair to ensure that there is only one item that is brought to our attention and in so doing, the letter and the intention of the modernization committee report will be respected.

If Mr. Speaker feels that he has to perhaps review what the modernization committee report said, along with the accompanying new standing order, and perhaps render a decision later this afternoon, I would be very pleased to hear that at the appropriate time. I wanted to bring this to the attention of the Chair so that all who say we want more modern rules in the House of Commons clearly live by what we say and what we announce, not by what loopholes we think we can concoct.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

3:25 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Reynolds West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast, BC

Mr. Speaker, it is very interesting to hear from the government House leader about the rules that we may concoct. He sat on the same modernization committee with me. He would also remember that the report recommended ministerial announcements be made in the House, which is not done very often these days. We have raised that as a point of order.

I might also mention that normally the government has several items on the agenda but the government has none. Therefore, it is quite interesting the government would complain about this.

As my final point, I find it very interesting that the government House leader knows what we have on the order paper before the Speaker has even announced it in the House.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

3:25 p.m.

The Speaker

In the circumstances, I am certainly prepared to take under consideration the point raised by the hon. government House leader and responded to by the hon. member for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast.

It seems to me that where two motions are received, and in my recollection this happened not that long ago, last summer if I am not mistaken, but I wish to indicate that my intention would be to indicate tomorrow morning which of the two will be called, unless some other arrangement has been made.

Business of the House
Oral Question Period

3:25 p.m.

The Speaker

Accordingly, it is my duty pursuant to Standing Order 81(14) to inform the House that the following two notices of motion have been filed with the Clerk.

The votable motion standing in the name of the hon. member for Wetaskiwin reads as follows:

That this House support the election of senators, who would then have a democratic mandate to carry out their constitutional responsibilities, by calling on the Prime Minister to take an important first step toward this goal and appoint Burt Brown, who was duly elected as a Senator by the Province of Alberta, to fill the upcoming Alberta vacancy in the Senate.

The other votable motion, standing in the name of the hon. member for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast reads as follows:

That Standing Order 106 be amended

(a) by replacing section (2) with the following:

“(2) At the commencement of every session and, if necessary, during the course of the session, each standing or special committee shall elect a Chair and two Vice-Chairs, of whom the Chair and one Vice-Chair shall be Members of the government party and one Vice-Chair shall be a Member of the Opposition. In the case of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Chair shall continue to be a Member of the Official Opposition and the Vice-Chairs shall be Members of the government party. In the case of the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations, the Co-Chair acting on behalf of the House shall be a Member of the Official Opposition and the Vice-Chairs shall be Members of the government party.”

(b) by inserting the following new section (3):

“(3) When more than one candidate is nominated for the office of Chair or Vice-Chair of a committee, the election shall be conducted by secret ballot as follows:

(a) the clerk of the committee, who shall preside over the election, shall announce the candidates to the committee members present and provide them with ballot papers;

(b) committee members wishing to indicate their choice for Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the committee shall print the first and last names of the candidate on the ballot paper;

(c) the committee members shall deposit their completed ballot papers in a box provided for that purpose;

(d) the clerk of the committee shall count the ballots and announce the name of the candidate who has received the majority of votes;

(e) if no candidate has received a majority of votes, a second ballot shall be taken, provided that the candidate with the least number of votes shall be dropped from the second ballot; balloting shall continue in this manner until a candidate receives the majority of votes, at which time the clerk shall destroy the ballots and in no way divulge the number of ballots cast for any candidate.”;

and that the Clerk be authorized to make any required editorial and consequential amendments and that the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs conduct a review of this new procedure before a second application takes place.

Copies of the motions are available at the table.

Having received two notices of motion, pursuant to Standing Order 84(14)(c), tomorrow, if required, I will determine which motion shall have precedence.

Board of Internal Economy
Oral Question Period

3:30 p.m.

The Speaker

I have the honour to inform the House that Mr. Loyola Hearn, member for the electoral district of Saint John's West, has been appointed member of the Board of Internal Economy in place of Mr. Peter MacKay, member for the electoral district of Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough.

Immigration
Routine Proceedings

3:30 p.m.

Bourassa
Québec

Liberal

Denis Coderre Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to section 94 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, I am pleased to table, in both official languages, the annual report on immigration for the year 2002.

Government Response to Petitions
Routine Proceedings

October 30th, 2002 / 3:30 p.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Parliamentary Secretary to the 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 one petition.

Public Safety Act, 2002
Routine Proceedings

3:30 p.m.

Bourassa
Québec

Liberal

Denis Coderre for the Minister of Transport

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-16, An Act to amend certain Acts of Canada, and to enact measures for implementing the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, in order to enhance public safety.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:30 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have three reports to present today. I will explain them very clearly so that all parties know exactly which one is being presented at a particular time.

I have the honour to present the third report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the review of the radio and television broadcasting of the proceedings of House committees. This is the one dealing with televising of committees and opening up committees to television.

If the House gives its consent I intend to move concurrence in the third report later today.

I also have the honour to present the fourth report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the committee's consideration of the existing procedures governing private members' business.

This is the report reintroducing the report which was placed before the previous parliament.

I also have the honour to present the fifth report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the membership and associate membership of some committees of the House.

If the House gives its consent, I intend to move concurrence in the fifth report, which simply changes the membership and associate membership of a few committees, later this day.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Reynolds West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast, BC

Mr. Speaker, if the House would give its consent we would be pleased to concur on these motions right now.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

We will deal with that when we get to motions.

Supreme Court Act
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Maurice Vellacott Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, SK

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-272, an act to amend the Supreme Court Act (appointment of judges).

Mr. Speaker, the bill is pretty straightforward and quite self-explanatory. I am simply reintroducing a bill that would provide parliamentary accountability for Supreme Court of Canada appointments.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Correctional and Conditional Release Act
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Maurice Vellacott Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, SK

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-273, an act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Criminal Code (truth in sentencing).

Mr. Speaker, I am endeavouring to move this along quickly and be very curt and to the point. I am also reintroducing this bill that amends the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to simply provide for truth in sentencing.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Maurice Vellacott Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, SK

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-274, an act to amend the Criminal Code (impaired driving).

Mr. Speaker, this third bill is simply meant to strengthen the penalty against those found guilty on more than one occasion of impaired driving or a failure to provide a blood or breath sample.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Canada Transportation Act
Routine Proceedings

3:35 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Maurice Vellacott Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, SK

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-275, an act to amend the Canada Transportation Act.

Mr. Speaker, the bill simply but significantly amends the Canada Transportation Act to address rail transportation inefficiencies primarily as they impact western farmers.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)