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.

Topics

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

Noon

Papineau
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I am sorry that a brand new member of this House is already playing this complex victimization game that is so typical of his political party.

I can assure the House that we were very pleased to facilitate things for Premier Charest's request to meet with the President of Mexico. Everything was done in a totally regular fashion. We are waiting for the reply of the Mexican presidency and we will transmit that reply to Mr. Charest as soon as we receive it.

Bankruptcies
Oral Question Period

Noon

NDP

David Christopherson Hamilton Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the minister of labour.

Will the minister acknowledge that he is aware of the lobbying efforts on behalf of the United Steelworkers of America who are here fighting for their members' pension rights in the cases of bankruptcy? The minister would also know that his House leader made serious commitments with regard to making these changes during the election campaign.

My colleague from Winnipeg Centre will be introducing legislation supported by the Bloc that would make the changes that would help protect workers' pensions.

Will you commit to send at least--

Bankruptcies
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Speaker

I am sure the hon. member is addressing himself to the minister.

Bankruptcies
Oral Question Period

Noon

Vancouver Kingsway
B.C.

Liberal

David Emerson Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, the member will know that CCAA and Canadian insolvency and bankruptcy legislation comes under the Minister of Industry. We are focusing right now on a review of that legislation. It does form a very important part of our approach to transforming the economy going forward.

I am fully aware of the United Steelworkers' position paper. I have read it. It is very interesting. It puts a strong focus on workers' rights. We have to balance those rights against the rights of other creditors.

Transport
Oral Question Period

Noon

Conservative

Greg Thompson St. Croix—Belleisle, NB

Mr. Speaker, about 30 years ago the Canadian government said no to the passage of U.S. oil tankers through Head Harbour Passage to a proposed oil refinery in Eastport, Maine. Now 30 years later there is a proposal on the table in the U.S. for a liquefied natural gas terminal.

The passage is still dangerous. Has the Government of Canada taken a firm position on that?

Transport
Oral Question Period

Noon

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, the position of the Government of Canada has not changed. We have not received any information that we need to change it so we will not change it.

House of Commons
Routine Proceedings

Noon

The Speaker

I have the honour to lay upon the table the performance report of the House of Commons administration for 2003-04.

Points of Order
Routine Proceedings

October 29th, 2004 / noon

Ahuntsic
Québec

Liberal

Eleni Bakopanos Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Social Development (Social Economy)

Mr. Speaker, during question period, the hon. deputy leader of the official opposition, the member of Parliament for Central Nova, referred in his question to the “ famiglia ” in a tone making reference to a former member of the House.

On behalf of my constituents of Italian origin and all Canadians of Italian origin, I am compelled to ask the member to withdraw unconditionally his remarks which I and my colleagues find to be offensive, unparliamentary and racist remarks.

Points of Order
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Conservative

Peter MacKay Central Nova, NS

Mr. Speaker, I think it is the old case of we doth protest too much.

If the hon. member is looking for some kind of an inference, she is drawing a long bow and if some negative inference to the Liberal Party or in fact, if some negative inference from organized crime being compared to the Liberal Party was drawn, then I would withdraw.

Points of Order
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Eleni Bakopanos Ahuntsic, QC

Mr. Speaker, according to the statutes, and I have sat in that chair and you will agree with me that what the member said was not withdrawing the remark.

I consider the remark to be very offensive to all members of the House. It was said in a certain tone and there is reference in the statutes in terms of the tone that is used in the House.

I ask the hon. member again, on behalf of all members and all Canadians of Italian origin, to withdraw that remark.

Points of Order
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Obviously the hon. member for Central Nova is not rising.

I must say the Chair is unfamiliar with the word. I do not know what to suggest. I am unable to form any conclusion. I am sorry, I do not know the word and therefore I will have to look into the matter and I will get back to the House in due course.

Points of Order
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Points of Order
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Order. We will move on to tabling of documents.

Points of Order
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Points of Order
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

An hon. member

Get a life.