House of Commons Hansard #48 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was iraq.

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Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a petition from citizens of various parts of Ontario who are concerned about the fact that the Canada Post Corporation Act prohibits rural route mail couriers from having collective bargaining rights and they call upon Parliament to repeal section 13(5) of the Canada Post Corporation Act.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, I would like to present a petition on behalf of citizens of Northumberland county who petition on behalf of numerous people who suffer illnesses such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, diabetes, cancer, muscular dystrophy and spinal cord injury. They point out that ethical stem cell research has proved to be valuable for addressing the conditions of such people and they call upon Parliament to focus its legislative efforts on adult stem cell research to find cures and therapies necessary to treat such illnesses and to help Canadians with those illnesses.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

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

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

Is that agreed?

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

January 29th, 2003 / 3:55 p.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, would you be so kind as to call Notices of Motions for the Production of Papers Nos. P-15 and P-16 in the name of the right hon. member for Calgary Centre.

Motion No. P-15

That an Order of the House do issue for the production of copies of all reports of the Ethics Counsellor concerning the former Solicitor General.

Motion No. P-16

That an Order of the House do issue for the production of copies of all reports of the Ethics Counsellor concerning the former Minister of National Defence.

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Rick Borotsik Brandon—Souris, MB

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I would like to have the parliamentary secretary please explain to the House why it is that he has had answers on the production of papers for two of the questions that have been tabled by the right hon. member for Calgary Centre, but there are still ten outstanding. Could the parliamentary secretary please tell us why the other ten have not been answered?

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Liberal

Geoff Regan Halifax West, NS

Obviously, Mr. Speaker, I do not have the information on that in front of me. I will have to check that and get back to my hon. colleague. I believe those answers are in departments and are on their way here. I hope to have them soon, but I will get back to my hon. colleague on the status of those answers.

Mr. Speaker, the report in question is considered advice provided for the use of government and is exempt from release--this is Motion No. P-15, by the way--as per the Prime Minister's statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday, October 22, 2002. On that date, in response to a question from the hon. Leader of the Opposition, the Prime Minister stated:

I received the report from the ethics counsellor. He is a counsellor to me. When he is advising me, the ministers, members of Parliament or bureaucrats, these communications are privileged between the adviser and the Prime Minister.

Therefore I ask the right hon. member to withdraw his motion.

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Joe Clark Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, I do not withdraw that motion. I think it is nonsense for the reports of the ethics counsellor to be hidden from this Parliament. It is a question of fundamental principle and right of this Parliament and the people of Canada to know the facts, so the question stands, Sir.

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The matter is transferred for debate pursuant to Standing Order 97(1).

Notice of Motion for the Production of Papers No. P-16 in the name of the right hon. member for Calgary Centre.

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Liberal

Geoff Regan Halifax West, NS

Mr. Speaker, there was no written report on this issue, therefore I ask the right hon. member to withdraw his motion.

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Joe Clark Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, I will take that matter to debate.

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

Accordingly the matter is transferred for debate pursuant to Standing Order 97(1).

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Liberal

Geoff Regan Halifax West, NS

Mr. Speaker, I ask that all other Notices of Motions for the Production of Papers be allowed to stand.

Motions for Papers
Routine Proceedings

4 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

Is that agreed?