House of Commons Hansard #115 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was fisheries.

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Presence in Gallery
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear!

3 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I have the honour to inform the House that a communication has been received as follows:

Rideau Hall

Ottawa

February 21, 2007

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to inform you that the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, signified royal assent by written declaration to the bills listed in the Schedule to this letter on the 21st day of February, 2007, at 11:05 a.m.

Yours sincerely,

Sheila-Marie Cook

Secretary to the Governor General

The schedule indicates the bills assented to were Bill C-28, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on May 2, 2006, and Bill S-1001, An Act respecting Scouts Canada.

Alleged Remarks by Prime Minister during Oral Questions
Privilege
Royal Assent

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Wascana, SK

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege pertaining to the deeply disturbing events that took place during question period today. The issue that seized question period is a terribly serious issue and it cannot be treated with the frivolous disregard that we saw from the government over the course of the last hour or so.

There can be no doubt about the Prime Minister's intention. He can try to hide behind the excuse that he did not get an opportunity to read his insult into the record, but there is no doubt about what that insult was intended to be.

This is a matter that has impugned the character and the reputation of an hon. member of this House. The Prime Minister was asked on no less than 12 occasions to withdraw those remarks and to apologize to this House. That opportunity, that invitation, was ignored by the Prime Minister.

He has avoided the opportunity of doing the right thing, the honourable thing, and that kind of conduct in this House by the Prime Minister or anyone else simply cannot be condoned. To move on to the ordinary flow of business without first raising this issue is absolutely untoward.

Therefore, Mr. Speaker, I invite you to review the record of what happened here very carefully. As soon as people have had an opportunity to read the transcript in Hansard from question period and as soon as members have informed themselves of the Hansard record, I invite you to hear arguments in this House about how the reputation of this member of Parliament, an hon. member, has been impugned by the Prime Minister and by the government, and that cannot be allowed to stand.

Alleged Remarks by Prime Minister during Oral Questions
Privilege
Royal Assent

3:05 p.m.

York—Simcoe
Ontario

Conservative

Peter Van Loan Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform

Mr. Speaker, on the same question of privilege, I heard the opposition House leader actually raising a question of privilege that did not relate to himself, and I understand that is not the way in which questions of privilege are to be raised in this House. Second, it is a very unusual question of privilege relating to something that was not said and that is particularly unusual.

I however would like to raise a question of privilege about something that was in fact said by the member for Wascana and therefore is very much in order, and that is his comments today where he accused the Prime Minister in fact of being deceitful.

As the Speaker well knows and all member of this House know, that is unparliamentary. On February 23, 1970 at page 3953 of Hansard and on May 19, 1970 at page 7087 of Hansard, Mr. Speaker, you will find that it was ruled unparliamentary to accuse another member of being deceitful.

All of us who were here heard those words actually spoken by the member for Wascana, and therefore he should withdraw those words and apologize to the House.

Alleged Remarks by Prime Minister during Oral Questions
Privilege
Royal Assent

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Wascana, SK

Mr. Speaker, if the House leader is in fact offended by that reference, of course I withdraw it. However, it does not undermine the basic point today, that the behaviour of the government is unacceptable and that behaviour must be corrected on the record of the House of Commons.

Alleged Remarks by Prime Minister during Oral Questions
Privilege
Royal Assent

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Navdeep Bains Mississauga—Brampton South, ON

Mr. Speaker, I would also like to raise a question of privilege with respect to the comments that were made in the House today. I had the opportunity to listen to the Prime Minister attack my integrity, the integrity of my family, and I would personally ask that the Prime Minister apologize.

Alleged Remarks by Prime Minister during Oral Questions
Privilege
Royal Assent

3:10 p.m.

Conservative

Peter Van Loan York—Simcoe, ON

Mr. Speaker, I will simply restate the point that I made. I did not hear any words spoken in this House. I did hear an article referenced. If the hon. member has a difficulty with what was actually in that article, words which were never spoken by any member of this House, then his remedy lies within the courts with that newspaper.

Alleged Remarks by Prime Minister during Oral Questions
Privilege
Royal Assent

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Wascana, SK

Mr. Speaker, the government House leader cannot do indirectly what he cannot do directly.

The House leader said that he heard nothing spoken. I would refer him to the written Hansard of today where the Prime Minister is quoted as saying: “The Vancouver Sun has learned that the father-in-law of the member of Parliament for Mississauga—Brampton South--”.

That clearly identifies the article. There is absolutely no doubt about what was intended here and the government cannot hide behind a fiction.

Alleged Remarks by Prime Minister during Oral Questions
Privilege
Royal Assent

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, it was very difficult to actually hear the comments that were made during question period because of the complete bedlam that took place.

We would like the opportunity, if you are not making a ruling immediately, Mr. Speaker, to actually review what the Hansard said because the response that was given is something we would like to look at. We would like to reserve the right to make a comment after we look at the Hansard when it comes up and we actually see the comments that were made.

Alleged Remarks by Prime Minister during Oral Questions
Privilege
Royal Assent

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

That is exactly what the Speaker will do when we have finished the mini debate that is taking place on this item now. I suggest that we leave the matter here, so that all hon. members will have the opportunity to review the Hansard, and so that we are not arguing on the basis of what might have been said during the excessive noise that occurred during question period today.

Justice and Human Rights
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

February 21st, 2007 / 3:10 p.m.

Conservative

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the ninth report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

In accordance with the order of reference of Tuesday, June 13, 2006, the committee has considered Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (minimum penalties for offences involving firearms) and to make a consequential amendment to another Act, and has agreed on Tuesday, February 20, 2007, to report it with amendments.

Procedure and House Affairs
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Conservative

Gary Goodyear Cambridge, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 35th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.

Pursuant to Standing Order 111.1, the committee examined the qualifications and the competence of the nominee, and agreed that the nomination of Mr. Marc Mayrand as Chief Electoral Officer of Canada be concurred in.

Finance
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Massimo Pacetti Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present in both official languages, the Thirteenth Report of the Standing Committee on Finance in relation to Bill C-37, An Act to amend the law governing financial institutions and to provide for related and consequential matters, with amendments.

I would like to thank all the members for handling the bill expeditiously and allowing me to chair the committee once again.

Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Conservative

Dean Allison Niagara West—Glanbrook, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the ninth report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities regarding Bill C-257.

International Mother Language Day
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Sukh Dhaliwal Newton—North Delta, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-407, An Act respecting an International Mother Language Day.

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour for me today to table my first private member's bill, an act to declare February 21 international mother language day.

Many thanks should be given to the mother language lovers of the world for their tireless efforts in advocating this cause. As one of the diverse and multicultural countries that promotes these values around the world, it is vital that Canada take the lead in supporting these worthy initiatives.

I hope that all members will see the importance of supporting the bill.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)