House of Commons Hansard #60 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was federal.

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Quebec City Bridge
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Speaker

Perhaps the Chair might be permitted to point out to all hon. members the virtue of relative silence in the House. We have completed the list of questions today, an unusual thing.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

February 18th, 2005 / noon

Conservative

Peter MacKay Central Nova, NS

Mr. Speaker, throughout question period today the Minister of the Environment repeatedly referred to the government's plan on Kyoto in responding to questions from the opposition. I would ask respectfully that he table that plan for the House of Commons.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

Noon

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, it was tabled publicly three years ago. I have no problem in sending it to the member. It seems that he is a bit slow to read, three years after.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

Noon

Conservative

Jason Kenney Calgary Southeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, I would like to bring to your attention what I believe is an inappropriate editing, by a member, of the blues to the official Hansard transcript.

I refer to the record from the blues of yesterday wherein the Right Hon. Prime Minister in responding to a question during oral questions regarding the status of Lebanon said, “Mr. Speaker, I said in French and I said in English that the Syrians should withdraw from Syria. I have now said it three times. How many more times need I say it?”

The tapes will confirm that the blues were correct in the manner in which they recorded this statement, as have media reports. However, today's Hansard reveals that apparently somebody, presumably from the Prime Minister's Office, submitted a substantive change to the transcript so that it now reads, “I have said in French and I have said in English that the Syrians should withdraw from Libya”.

As Your Honour will know, Marleau and Montpetit makes it clear that only editorial changes ought to be made, and that “substantial errors must be brought to the attention of the House by means of a point of order as soon as possible after the sitting if the member wishes to have the verbatim record changed”.

I would submit, Mr. Speaker, that the change which was made in the official transcript was out of order and inappropriate, and I want to bring this matter to your attention so you could ensure that such substantive changes are not made in the future.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

12:05 p.m.

Ottawa—Vanier
Ontario

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, in that answer the Prime Minister gave yesterday, he said on a number of occasions that indeed Canada's position was to invite Syria to leave Lebanon. If you would check in that very answer to which the member is referring, the Prime Minister repeated Lebanon I am sure once and perhaps more than that.

Therefore, we are quite comfortable, Mr. Speaker, that once you have reviewed perhaps the tape, the blues and Hansard that you will see that the Prime Minister has been very consistent.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

12:05 p.m.

Conservative

Jason Kenney Calgary Southeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, in the spirit of my own point of order, I need to correct the record. The Hansard transcript says that the Prime Minister said, “Syrians should be withdrawn from Lebanon”. I misspoke, Sir, when I said Libya. It is Lebanon. That is what the transcript says.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

12:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I want to thank the hon. deputy government House leader and of course the hon. member for Calgary Southeast for raising this matter. I will look into the matter and come back to the House.

I appreciate the diligence of the member for Calgary Southeast in reading the blues and reading Hansard with such care and concern. I certainly will look into the matter. Whether this is such a dramatic change and will warrant intervention on the part of the Chair, I will have to decide after I have had a chance to look at the matter, and I will do so and get back to the House in due course.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Guimond Charlevoix—Montmorency, QC

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to submit a petition signed by citizens from the riding of Montmorency-Charlevoix-Haute-Côte-Nord, but also from the region of Quebec City. They believe that Canada's participation in all or part of the missile defence program would be contrary to their interests and values. They also ask Parliament to take action to oppose any participation by Canada in the U.S. missile defence program.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Conservative

Maurice Vellacott Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, SK

Mr. Speaker, this petition adds to probably some tens of thousands of other petitioners at this point, and to hundreds of letters I have received in my office on the subject.

These Canadians are calling upon Parliament to support the traditional, historic definition of marriage. The petitioners urge Parliament to be careful in its deliberations on the bill before us at the present time. I table that for the consideration of the House.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

Cheryl Gallant Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, ON

Mr. Speaker, the petitioners recognize that traditional marriage is the best foundation for society, families and the raising of children and that it is the exclusive domain of Parliament to uphold the definition of marriage.

The petitioners, therefore, ask that Parliament define marriage in federal law as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, I also rise with two petitions. The first one is from residents of my constituency of Langley.

The petitioners also ask that the House enact legislation to support the traditional definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, my second petition is from petitioners across our country asking for Parliament to deem autism a medical essential treatment. The petitioners also ask for academic chairs to be set up at universities in every province to teach treatment for autism.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

Charlie Penson Peace River, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have one petition today containing 25 signatures. The petitioners call upon Parliament to recognize the institution of marriage as being the lifelong union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Questions passed as Orders for Returns
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Saint Boniface
Manitoba

Liberal

Raymond Simard Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, if Question No. 26 could be made an order for a return, the return would be tabled immediately.

Questions passed as Orders for Returns
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

The Speaker

Is that agreed?