House of Commons Hansard #45 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was accountability.

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Chinese Canadians
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Durham
Ontario

Conservative

Bev Oda Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to say that tomorrow will be a historic day for the Chinese community and all Canadians. This Prime Minister and the government will fulfill their election promise. An apology will be made in the House and we will be addressing appropriate acknowledgement.

Veterans Affairs
Oral Questions

June 21st, 2006 / 3 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, in October of last year a letter was sent to Joyce Carter, who is a widow of a war veteran in Cape Breton. In the letter the Prime Minister states that a Conservative government would immediately extend the veterans independence programs for all widows of all veterans regardless of the time of death. However, we hear from Veterans Affairs Canada that may not be so.

I want to give the Prime Minister and the government an opportunity to look at the camera, talk to Joyce Carter through the media and tell her that we will immediately extend the VIP program for all widows of all veterans regardless of the time of death.

Veterans Affairs
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

New Brunswick Southwest
New Brunswick

Conservative

Greg Thompson Minister of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Speaker, the first thing we want to clarify is that the letter was not written by the Prime Minister.

In terms of the Department of Veterans Affairs, we will be spending an additional $350 million this year alone, which is $350 million more than the previous government.

One of the first things I did as minister was to initiate a health care review. The information from that health care review will be the knowledge base that we will use as we move forward to continue to improve services for veterans and their families, and that includes widows.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Liberal

Borys Wrzesnewskyj Etobicoke Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, last week Canada was missing in action at a UN contact group emergency meeting on the crisis in Somalia, which did not meet about the drought but about the looming civil war.

The Somali transitional government has 17 ministers and parliamentarians with Canadian passports and hundreds of Somali Canadians are volunteering on the ground. The Conservatives have abandoned them and have missed a chance to show international peace building leadership.

Civil war and famine are at Somalia's gates. Will the foreign minister at least engage with the UN emergency contact group and the AU peacekeeping mission?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Central Nova
Nova Scotia

Conservative

Peter MacKay Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Mr. Speaker, Canada is, of course, engaged in this process. We called immediately for a ceasefire and we urged all parties to fully respect their obligations under international law, including the full protection for aid workers and their safe and unimpeded access to the needs of the people of Somalia. We have also called for an end to the occupation of a major hospital operated by the Somali Red Crescent Society.

Canada has been there. We have been involved. We will continue to do so and continue to aid this wartorn country. We will continue to do as much as we can in concert with other international partners.

Federal Accountability Act
Government Orders

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

It being 1:05 p.m., pursuant to the order made Tuesday, June 20, the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded divisions on the motions at the report stage of Bill C-2.

Call in the members.

Before the taking of the vote:

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3:05 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird President of the Treasury Board

Mr. Speaker, I think if you were to ask you would find unanimous consent to amend Motion No. 30, which will be voted on in short order. I move:

That Bill C-2, in Clause 315, be amended by replacing lines 19 to 21 on page 207 with the following:

“provincial government or municipality, or any of their agencies;

(c.1) a band, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Indian Act, any”

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3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Is it agreed that Motion No. 30 be amended as outlined by the hon. President of the Treasury Board?

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3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

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3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

(Amendment agreed to)

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3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The question is on Motion No. 1.

The House divided on Motion No. 1, which was agreed to on the following division:)

Vote #25

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3:15 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I declare Motion No. 1 carried.

The next question is on Motion No. 3.