House of Commons Hansard #31 of the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was loans.

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The House resumed from December 4 consideration of the motion.

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

Vote #20

Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Private Members' Business

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I declare the motion lost.

Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Private Members' Business

3:15 p.m.

Conservative

Jay Hill Prince George—Peace River, BC

Mr. Speaker, since we have all members in attendance and in the interest of efficiency, I think you might find unanimous consent to put the question immediately on the Ways and Means Motion No. 5 listed on today's order paper.

Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Private Members' Business

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Is there unanimous consent to proceed in this way?

Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Private Members' Business

3:15 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

No.

Alleged Behaviour of Member for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
Points of Order
Private Members' Business

December 5th, 2007 / 3:15 p.m.

NDP

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

Mr. Speaker, last evening I was in the House to raise a question on behalf of my constituents. At that time, I saw the member for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam with an open laptop on his desk and on the screen was an image of a scantily clad woman. This was in my clear view and in the clear view of the public gallery.

I feel very strongly that this is not only disrespectful of women, but it is disrespectful of the House. It reflects an attitude of objectifying women. We know that when women and other human beings are objectified and dehumanized, they become the objects of violence and abuse.

On the eve of December 6, we have to be mindful that we represent all the people of our communities, men and women, and that we are national leaders here. This is a place of power. That power must be used respectfully and it must be used with humility.

I ask that the member apologize to members of the House.

Alleged Behaviour of Member for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
Points of Order
Private Members' Business

3:15 p.m.

Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
B.C.

Conservative

James Moore Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

Mr. Speaker, with respect, I do not have the faintest idea what my colleague is talking about. Members in the House who have known me as a member of the House since 2000 know I treat the House with respect. With respect to what she is alleging, I do not have the faintest idea what she is talking about.

Alleged Behaviour of Member for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
Points of Order
Private Members' Business

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I have to say that whatever is being talked about does not strike me as being a point of order. The House some time ago allowed members to bring computers into the House. What appears on the screens of computers is not under the control of the Chair. I would suggest that if members have concerns about this, they raise it with the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs. If it wants to pass a rule saying computers are not allowed in the House, it can do so.

I am not getting into anything about content on computers. I am sure the hon. member for London—Fanshawe was not suggesting that the Chair control in any way the computer screens of hon. members. I cannot do that.

Alleged Behaviour of Member for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
Points of Order
Private Members' Business

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Karen Redman Kitchener Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise on the same point of order. I would like to point out that I believe all members of the House are honourable. I know this is a very serious allegation. I would hope the member, who has been accused of this point of order, would look in his heart and perhaps look on his laptop on a day—

Alleged Behaviour of Member for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
Points of Order
Private Members' Business

3:15 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Alleged Behaviour of Member for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
Points of Order
Private Members' Business

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Karen Redman Kitchener Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, this is a serious allegation and I would hope the member, who has been named, would come back with more of an investigation to be able to—

Alleged Behaviour of Member for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
Points of Order
Private Members' Business

3:20 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I have dealt with this matter. I do not believe that this kind of allegation is a point of order in the House. I will allow the hon. parliamentary secretary to say something more, but I am very concerned. This is not a matter of House procedure.

The hon. parliamentary secretary.

Alleged Behaviour of Member for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
Points of Order
Private Members' Business

3:20 p.m.

Conservative

James Moore Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, with respect, I have taken great efforts throughout my political career to treat all my colleagues with the deepest of respect. I do not know where this attack is coming from, where these allegations are coming from. It is utterly baseless, utterly nonsensical.

I thank my colleagues every day and my constituents every day for giving me the honour of serving in the House. I would never do anything like what is being described to me today. I take great offence to what is being alleged here. I would never do what has been talked about. I respect the House too much to even consider doing what has been described to me. I love this place, I love serving my constituents and I am offended that this has even been alleged.

Government Response to Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Tom Lukiwski Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8) I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 29 petitions.

Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Conservative

Merv Tweed Brandon—Souris, MB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the first report of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

In accordance with its order of reference on Monday, October 29, your committee has considered Bill C-8, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (railway transportation), and agreed, on Tuesday, December 4, to report it with an amendment.