House of Commons Hansard #18 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was agreements.

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Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Conservative

Randy White Abbotsford, BC

Mr. Speaker, a third petition asks for Parliament to disallow conditional sentencing for sexual offences against children, mandate consecutive sentences in cases where violent acts against children are committed, promote measures of early identification and behaviour modification of potential sex predators and undertake a complete review of the entire issue of sexual exploitation of children.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Conservative

Randy White Abbotsford, BC

Mr. Speaker, the final petition asks Parliament to amend Bill C-23 allowing for retroactive inclusion of sex offenders serving a sentence or parole for sex offenders, and that sex offenders automatically be included in the national sex offender registry, something that the government has failed to look after.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Conservative

Jay Hill Prince George—Peace River, BC

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to introduce yet another in the long series of petitions that I have been presenting to the House of Commons.

This one is from the citizens of Schreiber, Ontario and St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Like those preceding them, they wish to draw to the attention of the House that Canadian Forces Housing Agency does provide on base housing and that it provides a valuable purpose by allowing military families to live in a military community. However they also wish to draw to the attention of the House that many of these homes that are provided are below acceptable living standards and that they are also subject to periodic and very substantial rent increases to those who are least able to afford them.

Therefore they call upon Parliament to immediately suspend any future rent increases for accommodation provided by the Canadian Forces Housing Agency until such time as the Government of Canada makes substantive improvements to these homes to bring them up to an acceptable standard for our military families.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

October 29th, 2004 / 12:20 p.m.

Beauséjour
New Brunswick

Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc 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

12:20 p.m.

Conservative

Greg Thompson St. Croix—Belleisle, NB

Mr. Speaker, I draw to your attention the Order Paper and Notice Paper of October 6 of this year. The first question on the order paper in the House was by the member for New Brunswick Southwest, yours truly, in regard to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans licence buy-out program.

The point I want to make, and I was up about a week ago on this same issue, is that my questions are now two Parliaments old. The ministry was aware of these questions back on April 15.

We have gone through an election. The government has had several months to answer those questions. I know the parliamentary secretary will get up and say that there is a 45 day period, but that is totally unacceptable. When he stood in his place a couple of weeks ago with respect to the same question that I put today, he made a commitment that he and the department would get back to me to discuss the answering of those questions and why the delay. He has not fulfilled that commitment.

The fact is that we are entitled to answers to those questions. We can only have four questions on the order paper, but when we go through several months, there is something wrong. Why is there a delay in answering those very specific questions on the licence buy-out program?

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc Beauséjour, NB

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for New Brunswick Southwest has more experience than I do in this House. He clearly knows that the rules provide for a 45 day delay. He says several months; 45 days normally is a month and a half.

On this side of the House we were so confident in the member's re-election, because of the effective work he has done in New Brunswick Southwest, that we would not have wanted to deprive him of being able to put on the order paper in this Parliament a question which he so enjoyed seeing on the order paper in the last Parliament.

I can assure you, Mr. Speaker, that we take the standing orders very seriously. There is no effort whatsoever on the part of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to not answer the question in a timely manner. There is so much good news coming from the aboriginal fisheries licence program and the aboriginal fisheries strategy that to put together all of this good news and to show how effective the program has been will take some time.

The program has been a considerable success in my own riding. I know the member for New Brunswick Southwest will want to celebrate this success when he gets his answer in the prescribed time period.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Marcel Proulx)

I think the member for New Brunswick Southwest has a grievance and the parliamentary secretary is taking good note, but this is not a point of order.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Conservative

Greg Thompson St. Croix—Belleisle, NB

Mr. Speaker, then debate; he turned it into a debate. I want an answer. He did not provide an answer.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Marcel Proulx)

This is not a point of order and we are not in debate.

Is it agreed that all questions be allowed to stand?

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Questions on the Order Paper
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12:25 p.m.

Conservative

Greg Thompson St. Croix—Belleisle, NB

No, Mr. Speaker.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Marcel Proulx)

This being Friday and the week having been tiring, we will listen to the hon. member very briefly.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Conservative

Greg Thompson St. Croix—Belleisle, NB

Mr. Speaker, thank you for your generosity. This is twice in one day and I am overwhelmed.

I want to urge the government to proceed with answering questions. The parliamentary secretary is falling back on a technicality. He talks about the 45 day answering period.

If the Chair will listen carefully, which I know you do and you did, he said a 45 day delay. He actually used the word delay. Why the need for delay? The exact same questions were on the order paper on April 15 two parliaments ago. That is completely unacceptable.

The parliamentary secretary is very clever because he stands up and talks about how great a guy I am, which is fine, but he is trying to dodge the bullet.

The fact is this is a program with no transparency. Every member in this place who has a fisheries component in their riding wants answers to these questions. I am sure the member himself would like some technical and accurate responses from the department. The fact is that the department has no idea and is completely lost on this file.

I urge the parliamentary secretary to talk to the minister of fisheries and get some answers, and get them soon.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc Beauséjour, NB

Mr. Speaker, I do not disagree with the member that this is an important question.

He referred to the standing orders as a technicality. I do not view them that way. If he would like to amend the standing orders, I am sure there is a process that he could look into.

In the meantime, I can assure the House that the government entirely respects the standing orders. I too look forward to the positive news and the great success story that will come out when the member gets an answer to his question on the order paper.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Marcel Proulx)

Is it agreed that all questions be allowed to stand?