House of Commons Hansard #82 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was money.

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Firearms Program
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Vancouver East.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs has just concluded four weeks of hearings across Canada, where there is overwhelming opposition to the first nations governance act.

When it comes to its own practice of governance, the government is clearly anti-democratic in ramming through this flawed legislation. Will the minister today commit to go back to the drawing board, abide by the democratic principle of respect for first nations and hear their opposition to the bill? Will he go back to the drawing board because there is so much opposition, overwhelmingly so?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Kenora—Rainy River
Ontario

Liberal

Bob Nault Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, I do not think we have to take any lessons from the NDP about good governance. I have had the opportunity to see Bob Rae in action.

I can say, though, that what we are doing is looking very closely at wanting to improve the lives of first nations citizens. How we improve the lives of first nations citizens is by putting in the fundamentals of good governance.

The committee has just concluded its hearings. It is now looking at the discussions and the amendments that possibly could be made. We did send the bill to committee before second reading to give committee members plenty of time to look at it in detail. We hope that they will come back with a report that will make the lives of first nations--

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

The right hon. member for Calgary Centre.

Iraq
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Joe Clark Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have a short question for the Minister of National Defence.

On Thursday, March 20, the government voted in favour of a motion that read, and I quote:

That this House call upon the government not to participate in the military intervention initiated by the United States in Iraq.

Was the Minister of National Defence aware at the time of the vote that members of the Canadian Forces currently on exchange with foreign units could find themselves in front line combat situations?

Iraq
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Markham
Ontario

Liberal

John McCallum Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, the right hon. member I am sure is aware that while the motion he describes was indeed passed by the House, there was an amendment to that motion which was defeated by a massive four to one margin, a motion calling upon the government to bring back the ships and bring back the exchange officers.

Contrary to what we have been hearing from that corner of the House, the government would, if anything, be in contempt of Parliament if we did what the NDP is suggesting and brought back our ships and exchange soldiers, which of course we are not proposing to do.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I would like to draw to the attention of all hon. members the presence in the gallery of the Honourable Neil Andrew, M.P., Speaker of the House of Representatives of Australia, and his accompanying delegation.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I would also like to draw to the attention of hon. members the presence in the gallery of the Honourable Stan Hagen, Minister of Sustainable Resource Management and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries of the Government of British Columbia.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

The House resumed from March 28 consideration of the motion that Bill C-314, an act to amend the Canada Transportation Act, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

Canada Transportation Act
Private Members' Business

April 1st, 2003 / 3 p.m.

The Speaker

It being 3:03 p.m., the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at second reading stage of Bill C-314 under private members' business.

Call in the members.

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

Canada Transportation Act
Private Members' Business

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

I declare the motion lost.

The House resumed from March 31 consideration of the motion that Bill C-20, an act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children and other vulnerable persons) and the Canada Evidence Act, be read the second time and referred to a committee, and of the motion that the question be now put.

Criminal Code
Government Orders

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the previous question at the second reading stage of Bill C-20.