House of Commons Hansard #157 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

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Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Liberal

Marcel Proulx Hull—Aylmer, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the 48th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the selection of votable items pursuant to Standing Order 92.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Ottawa—Vanier, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Regarding the tabling of the report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, is it possible to find out which items have been selected as votable items?

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

Noon

The Speaker

Certainly. The list is available at the table. The hon. member will no doubt find it there.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Stan Dromisky Thunder Bay—Atikokan, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present two petitions today.

The first petition from my constituents asks parliament to amend the Income Tax Act to include disabled people with extremely high medical expenses by a refundable medical expense supplement.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Stan Dromisky Thunder Bay—Atikokan, ON

Mr. Speaker, the second petition has more signatures to add to the tens of thousands of signatures on petitions by constituents from Winnipeg to Toronto asking the government to work and co-operate with Canadian Pacific Railway and VIA Rail to consider very seriously the reintroduction of the VIA passenger service from Toronto on the CPR tracks to Winnipeg. This was discontinued in 1990.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Aileen Carroll Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a petition signed by over 3,000 constituents in my riding of Barrie--Simcoe--Bradford. The petitioners, who were assisted by my office, request a commuter rail service between Barrie and Toronto.

I join the petitioners in bringing to the attention of the House that the highways linking Toronto and Barrie and the points between are congested with traffic. Such concentrated vehicle usage produces high levels of carbon dioxide, pollutes our air and adds to greenhouse gas effects. Therefore, the petitioners call upon parliament to restore VIA Rail service between Barrie and Toronto, Ontario.

Points of Order
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Ottawa—Vanier, ON

Mr. Speaker, I can hardly believe what I read in the report, and I am talking about the fact that Bill C-407 will not be voted on.

First, I wish to express my opposition to the adoption of this report and, second, I must advise you of my intention to raise a question of privilege at the next sitting of the House, because this is totally unacceptable.

Points of Order
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I regret to inform the member that the committee report was deemed adopted immediately after it was tabled in the House pursuant to the standing orders of the House of Commons.

Therefore there is nothing that can be done concerning that committee report. As I said, it is already deemed adopted.

If the member has complaints about the committee report he should raise the question before the committee itself. It is there to make decisions on this issue.

Points of Order
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Ottawa—Vanier, ON

Mr. Speaker, if I am not mistaken, when you were elected Speaker of this House you were entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring that the rules of the House would be applied appropriately.

I think you have before you a situation where the rules of this committee, or its subcommittee, have not been applied appropriately.

I intend to raise a question of privilege on this matter at the next sitting of the House after I have had the chance to look into it further.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Oak Ridges
Ontario

Liberal

Bryon Wilfert Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, Question No. 107 will be answered today.

Question No. 107—
Routine Proceedings

March 15th, 2002 / 12:05 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

Following the 1999 Supreme Court ruling that businesses may deduct fines, levies or penalties as a business expense on their income tax if such penalties were incurred for activities undertaken for the purposes of earning income: ( a ) which, if any, Canadian businesses deducted fines, levies or penalties from their taxes in each of the years 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000; ( b ) what were the penalties and dollar figures each of those companies claimed as a deduction for said penalties; and ( c ) which, if any, Canadian companies have deducted a fine or penalty or levy incurred for activities in another country?

Question No. 107—
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Thornhill
Ontario

Liberal

Elinor Caplan Minister of National Revenue

The information requested in the hon. member’s question is exempt from disclosure as the confidentiality provisions of section 241 of the Income Tax Act preclude the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency from disclosing any information concerning the income tax affairs of specific taxpayers.

Question No. 107—
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Bryon Wilfert Oak Ridges, ON

Mr. Speaker, I ask that the remaining questions be allowed to stand.

Question No. 107—
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Is that agreed?

Question No. 107—
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.