House of Commons Hansard #84 of the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was unemployed.

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Bill C-308
Point of Order
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Lessard Chambly—Borduas, QC

Mr. Speaker, I would like to respond to something my honourable colleague said. I did notify the Speaker that we intended to respond to the government's claims in due course.

Bill C-308
Point of Order
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

In any case, I am sure that the Chair will consider the arguments raised by both members about this issue.

The hon. member for Windsor West is rising on a point of order.

Response to Oral Question
Point of Order
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

NDP

Brian Masse Windsor West, ON

Mr. Speaker, in his response to my question, the Minister of Industry referred to a report and I would ask that the report be tabled in the House, as is customary.

Response to Oral Question
Point of Order
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I am sure when the minister is available, we will hear a response to the hon. member's point.

The hon. member for Welland is rising on a point of order also.

Members' Remarks
Point of Order
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

NDP

Malcolm Allen Welland, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order to correct the record.

Yesterday, the hon. member for Cambridge asserted during debate on Bill C-50 that I had never come to him to ask for help to get funds for projects in the Welland riding while he also stated that others surrounding my riding had done so. He was mistaken.

I repeatedly asked him and his government for money to help the Welland riding and I am therefore asking for unanimous consent to table letters sent by me to him on January 19 and April 3 of this year, plus his response to me dated April 7 of this year. These letters deal with funding requests important to Welland riding projects, which deserve government support.

Members' Remarks
Point of Order
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I do not think the hon. member has raised a point of order. It is really a matter of debate. In that respect we will not treat it as a point of order.

I understand he is also requesting unanimous consent to table some documents. Does the hon. member have consent?

Members' Remarks
Point of Order
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

No.

Members' Remarks
Point of Order
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Massimo Pacetti Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel, QC

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order.

For the last two days I have been targeted on three occasions during Members' Statements allotted time period and once today during Question Period based on a statement I made in committee. Either members across do not know how to read or they just have something to hide.

The quote is a partial quote that came from a serious discussion during our prebudget consultations at finance committee, and it was during a seven-minute question-and-answer period with the poverty group. It had nothing to do with child care. It had nothing to do with daycare. It had nothing to do with choice. It just had to do with poverty and how we could rectify the problem of children going to school with empty stomachs.

Those members are making a mockery of this. My point has been taken out of context. I feel that if we have to have a discussion on poverty the place to do it is in the House. To accuse me of being anti-family, anti-choice, anti-daycare, anti-child care is unparliamentary. I cannot accept this going on. I am asking you, Mr. Speaker, to take action.

The only people who have not taken action on child care are members across.

Members' Remarks
Point of Order
Oral Questions

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I do not know what action the Speaker can take in the circumstances. As the hon. member knows, the Speaker does not get into debate on subjects of this kind and it appears there is a debate.

Allegations have been made, which happens from time to time on both sides of the House, in fact, with some frequency. It is difficult for the Chair to decide which statements are accurate in every case. I do have opinions sometimes, but of course I cannot express those.

In the circumstances, I suggest that perhaps the hon. member may want to sit down with some of his colleagues who are making these statements in a committee hearing and have a vigorous discussion. It could easily happen there, and it might be very rewarding for all concerned.

I will leave it at that for the moment. I do not think there is more I can do to provide the assistance the hon. member appears to want.

Oral Questions
Point of Order
Oral Questions

12:10 p.m.

NDP

Jack Harris St. John's East, NL

Mr. Speaker, I rise also on a point of order.

During Question Period, I made reference to a statement by Premier Williams concerning sovereignty of the country. This is contained in a letter of September 11, 2009 to the Prime Minister.

I wonder if you would find unanimous consent to table this letter in the House.

Oral Questions
Point of Order
Oral Questions

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Does the hon. member for St. John's East have the unanimous consent of the House to table this document?

Oral Questions
Point of Order
Oral Questions

12:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

No.

Privacy Commissioner
Routine Proceedings

September 18th, 2009 / 12:10 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I have the honour to lay upon the table the annual reports on the Access to Information and Privacy Act of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for the year 2008-09.

These reports are deemed to have been referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Health
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

Joy Smith Kildonan—St. Paul, MB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the fifth report of the Standing Committee on Health concerning Canada's public health care system and the sixth report regarding reports of body bags being shipped to first nations communities by Health Canada.

National Holocaust Monument Act
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Conservative

Tim Uppal Edmonton—Sherwood Park, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-442, An Act to establish a National Holocaust Monument.

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured today to rise in the House to introduce my private member's bill, an act to establish a national Holocaust monument.

At present there is no public monument to honour either the victims or the Canadian survivors of the Holocaust. I believe that such a monument is important in order to remember what happens when humanity and fundamental basic rights are discarded.

The national Holocaust monument shall forever remind Canadians of one of the darkest chapters in human history and of the dangers of state-sanctioned hatred and anti-Semitism. Hitler and the Nazis extinguished the lives of millions, including Jews, disabled persons, homosexuals, political prisoners and Romas.

Even today propagators of hate, like the President of Iran, express doubts that the Holocaust was a real event. This makes it even more critical that the Holocaust continue to have a permanent place in our nation's consciousness and memory.

This monument will serve as a symbol of Canadian values and diversity as much as it will be a memorial for the millions of victims and families destroyed. This monument will be a testament to the Canadian commitment and resolve to never forget and always stand up against such atrocities.

I would like to acknowledge Laura Grosman as the driving force behind this initiative, and my colleague, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas) for his guidance, as well as members of my own caucus and the opposition who have expressed their willingness to work with me in moving this bill forward.

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