House of Commons Hansard #12 of the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was money.

Topics

Taxation
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Whitby—Oshawa
Ontario

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, as I am sure the member opposite know, there is provision in the budget and in the budget bill to make a 25% one time change for 2008 in transfers outside of the RRIF. That takes into recognition the diminution in markets during 2008.

Elections Canada
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

NDP

Charlie Angus Timmins—James Bay, ON

Mr. Speaker, we now learn that in the 2008 federal election up to 450,000 Canadians were denied their right to vote. Senior citizens, students and first nations people were arbitrarily disenfranchised, thanks to the government's disastrous electoral identification legislation.

However, the Conservatives did not just blow it once, they blew it twice and, in both cases, they ridiculed witnesses, ignored evidence and relied on those twin pillars of conservativism, which are indifference and incompetence. The result is that numerous close races may have been compromised.

What steps will the government take to redress and to ensure that every Canadian who has the right to vote is able to vote?

Elections Canada
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia
Manitoba

Conservative

Steven Fletcher Minister of State (Democratic Reform)

Mr. Speaker, it is nice to be heard and all Canadians will be heard through the voting process, which is exactly what this government has ensured by ensuring there is integrity in the voting system. All party support for our colleagues on the committee on procedure and House affairs was followed through on by this government. Perhaps they are sad that they only get one vote but everyone gets one. We are pleased to ensure that our country remains strong, democratic and free.

The House resumed from February 5 consideration of the motion.

Opposition Motion--Canada-United States Relations
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order, please. It being 3:02 p.m., pursuant to order made on Thursday, February 5, the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion of the member for Kings—Hants relating to the business of supply.

The hon. member for Cape Breton--Canso is rising on a point of order.

Opposition Motion--Canada-United States Relations
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3 p.m.

Liberal

Rodger Cuzner Cape Breton—Canso, NS

Mr. Speaker, notwithstanding the order adopted on Thursday, February 5, the order for the deferred recorded division on the opposition motion in the name of the member for Kings—Hants be discharged and the motion be deemed adopted unanimously.

Opposition Motion--Canada-United States Relations
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Is there agreement to proceed in this fashion?

Opposition Motion--Canada-United States Relations
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Opposition Motion--Canada-United States Relations
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I declare the motion adopted.

(Motion agreed to)

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Government Orders

3 p.m.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE

Mr. Speaker, as the Minister of Agriculture did last week, today the Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State for Agriculture blatantly misinformed the House on the poultry rejection program.

That program came into place in 2007 and the government continues to misinform the House as to when it came into place.

I would ask the ministers to table documents in this place that show otherwise.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Government Orders

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The point of order appears to the Chair to be rather more a continuation of question period.

I know that members sometimes object but the minister did not read from a document so he is not under an obligation to table anything. His statements are one thing but he was not reading from a document.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Government Orders

3:05 p.m.

NDP

Charlie Angus Timmins—James Bay, ON

Mr. Speaker, during question period, the hon. Minister of State for Democratic Reform misinformed the House in terms of the issue of electoral legislation. I think he would want to be accurate and retract the comment.

It was very clear in both pieces of legislation that the New Democrats voted against them at committee. We brought forward witnesses. We voted against them in the House. It is incumbent upon him as minister to know his portfolio and to correct the record. I am sure he would be wanting to correct that record.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Government Orders

3:05 p.m.

Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia
Manitoba

Conservative

Steven Fletcher Minister of State (Democratic Reform)

Mr. Speaker, what I was referring to was the voter identification measures passed in the last Parliament that were recommended by all party support. I am sorry that member seems to have a challenge hearing what I am saying but that is not a defence.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Government Orders

3:05 p.m.

NDP

Yvon Godin Acadie—Bathurst, NB

Mr. Speaker, this is on the same subject. It is very clear. There was a vote in the House of Commons and the NDP was the only party to vote against this change at Elections Canada concerning voter identity. It was very clear. Just check the recorded division in the House of Commons.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Government Orders

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I am glad the matter has been clarified and I think that is the end of that point of order. Does the minister of state wish to intervene yet again on this point? I will hear him but I do not want to hear an argument about facts.