House of Commons Hansard #77 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was years.

Topics

National Defence
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Central Nova
Nova Scotia

Conservative

Peter MacKay Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, as I have said, a very positive event was held yesterday at the Department of National Defence attended by about 40 individuals. It was an event that was very much focused on the contributions made by members of the Muslim community, of the Islamic faith in Canada, who are members of the Canadian Forces. This event was meant to focus on the positive, not to stir up controversy, not to embrace violence and not to bring into the discussion any comments by organizations that do not espouse that approach.

I am very proud of the efforts made by the Department of National Defence and we will continue to reach out in that spirit.

Census
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Bloc

Nicole Demers Laval, QC

Mr. Speaker, in April, the House of Commons unanimously adopted a motion recognizing unpaid work. By abolishing the long form census, the government will no longer be able to estimate unpaid work as measured by question 33, which is not included in the short form census.

How can this government both recognize the importance of volunteer work, and get rid of a tool to help adjust its programs to the needs of volunteers?

Census
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Conservative

Tony Clement Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, certainly we do value unpaid work; there is no question about that. All I can tell the hon. member is that this question was canvassed via Statistics Canada with stakeholders. They came to the conclusion that there were other means to get that information, other than the census. We relied on that advice from Statistics Canada as we do from time to time or more often than that. We accepted the advice of the experts and Statistics Canada on this question.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I would like to draw to the attention of hon. members the presence in the gallery of the Honourable Conor Murphy, Minister for Regional Development in the Northern Ireland Executive.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear!

Presence in Gallery
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order. I am going to hear a question of privilege from the hon. Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

Comments attributed to Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development
Privilege
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Haldimand—Norfolk
Ontario

Conservative

Diane Finley Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, I am rising on a question of privilege. During the opening questions this afternoon, the leader of the official opposition attributed certain statements and comments to me that he said I made publicly. This was erroneous. I did not make those statements as transcripts of the event would indicate and prove.

In the interests of accuracy and honesty and respect for this House, I do ask that the leader of the official opposition withdraw those comments and apologize.

Comments attributed to Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development
Privilege
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I am sure the leader of the opposition will examine those comments in light of the minister's statements and we will hear from him in due course.

The hon. opposition House leader is rising on a point of order.

Document Pertaining to Access to Information Requests
Points of Order
Oral Questions

October 5th, 2010 / 3:05 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

David McGuinty House Leader of the Official Opposition

Mr. Speaker, during question period, the government House leader bandied about a handbook of some kind, a binder. I wonder if the hon. government House leader would be prepared to table that document immediately. It is something that he referred to at least once if not twice during his answers to questions put to him today.

Document Pertaining to Access to Information Requests
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I can tell my colleague, the House leader for the official opposition, that this book comes from former Liberal minister Jim Peterson's former director of parliamentary affairs, Lou Riccoboni, who is identified as the interferer in chief.

Tab A outlines the general attempts by the Liberal minister's staff to interfere in ATI requests. Tab B provides summary statistical information on delays to ATI requests by the minister's office. Tab C provides written documentary evidence demonstrating that the minister's director of parliamentary affairs had to sign off in order to release access to information requests to non-partisan public servants. Members will see that Mr. Riccoboni had to physically okay the release of these requests. The first page in Tab C outlines and provides a template on how Minister Peterson's office would interfere with ATI requests.

There are also numerous examples that I can provide. I would hope that all members of the House would look into this important matter.

Document Pertaining to Access to Information Requests
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I think the question was whether the minister would table the document, fascinating as it may be to hear it read. Perhaps the minister could clarify that point because I know we are going to get it again if he does not.

Document Pertaining to Access to Information Requests
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Conservative

John Baird Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Pardon me, Mr. Speaker. My earphone was not working. Could you repeat.

Document Pertaining to Access to Information Requests
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I wonder if the minister is going to table the document. Reading from it is fine. He can read the whole thing if he wants. The question was whether he was going to table it. That is what we are waiting for.

Document Pertaining to Access to Information Requests
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Conservative

John Baird Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Mr. Speaker, before you asked me if I would table it, you said I could read it if I want. Mr. Speaker, I want.

Document Pertaining to Access to Information Requests
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

David McGuinty Ottawa South, ON

Mr. Speaker, for the third time, through you, could we ask the minister to just give us a straight answer. Is he going to table the document or not?