House of Commons Hansard #194 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was c-55.

Topics

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Toronto Centre—Rosedale
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I wish the hon. member had been with me when I was with the Prime Minister at the NATO meeting in Rome yesterday. If he thinks we have no influence in the world, he should travel with us. In every country I have had the privilege to go to people have asked us for the help of Canada precisely because we do have a consistent foreign policy.

The consistency in that policy is balance, tolerance, respect for others and a wish to help them end the violence between themselves when they are not able to do so, and we are proud of that record.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I wish to draw to the attention of hon. members the presence in the gallery of Dr. Nguyen Dinh Loc, Minister of Justice of Vietnam.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. Due to the problems caused by the loss of air conditioning in the Chamber and potential damage to the audio systems, I have authorized that the speakers at members' desks be turned off.

Members are therefore invited to use their earpieces to monitor the debate.

I know things will be much quieter for the rest of the afternoon anyway, but I thought members would want to have that bit of information.

Business of the House
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, on a similar train of thought, there has been consultation among House leaders on the following motion, which I would like to offer to the House, in view of the unfortunate incidents that occurred earlier this day. I believe you will find unanimous consent. I move:

That, for the remainder of this day and while the mechanical difficulties persist, whichever terminates earlier, the Speaker may relax the usual standards of dress for members present in the House provided that they do not hold the floor.

Of course, Mr. Speaker, provided that they do meet with the Speaker's concurrence, otherwise it goes without saying.

Business of the House
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

The House has heard the terms of the motion. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Business of the House
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

(Motion agreed to)

Business of the House
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

An hon. member

Don't let it go too far, Mr. Speaker.

Business of the House
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

We will all follow the advice of the hon. member for Edmonton North and make sure it does not go too far.

Government Response to Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:05 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 two petitions.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Bernard Patry Pierrefonds—Dollard, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 20th report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

This report contains corrections to the 19

th

report of the committee on the World Trade Organization, tabled on May 9 2002.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Ovid Jackson Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 10th report of the Standing Committee on Transport and Government Operations with regard to the estimates for 2002-03.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Leeds—Grenville
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Jordan Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the 60th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the membership of the legislative committee on Bill C-55, 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.

I also have the honour to present the 61st report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the membership of the Standing Committee on Transport. If the House gives its consent I intend to move concurrence in the 61st report later this day.

Supreme Court Act
Routine Proceedings

May 29th, 2002 / 3:10 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Maurice Vellacott Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, SK

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-466, an act to amend the Supreme Court Act (appointment of judges).

Mr. Speaker, the bill deals with the all important matter of judicial accountability. It deals only with the appointments to the Supreme Court of Canada. It would require parliament to review and approve the Prime Minister's proposed appointees for the country's top court.

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

Corrections and Conditional Release Act
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Maurice Vellacott Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, SK

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-467, an act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Criminal Code (truth in sentencing).

Mr. Speaker, the bill provides for truth in sentencing. It would require people who have been found guilty of a second or a subsequent indictable offence to serve a greater amount of their sentences than is currently necessary before qualifying for conditional release.

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