House of Commons Hansard #26 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was allegations.

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Allegations regarding the former Minister of State for the Status of Women
Points of Order
Government Orders

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

No.

Allegations regarding the former Minister of State for the Status of Women
Points of Order
Government Orders

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NDP

The Acting Speaker Denise Savoie

There is no consent.

Allegations regarding the former Minister of State for the Status of Women
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NDP

Bill Siksay Burnaby—Douglas, BC

The problem is that this exchange does not seem to agree with the statements of the ministers on this matter. The Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities said the following during question period on Monday:

Mr. Speaker, as the Prime Minister reported to Canadians this past Friday, allegations came forth from a third party. Those allegations were forwarded to officials at the RCMP and with the Office of the Ethics Commissioner in Ottawa. The RCMP and the Ethics Commissioner will come to their own conclusions, as is proper on the issue.

In response to another question he then said:

When the allegations of the third party arose, our government acted both quickly and appropriately and forwarded them on to both the RCMP and to the Office of the Ethics Commissioner.

In response to another question, he then said:

Mr. Speaker, it was for the very reasons that the member described that the Prime Minister, when he received these allegations, allegations that are unproven to him or anyone else, referred these allegations to the Royal--

Allegations regarding the former Minister of State for the Status of Women
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Government Orders

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NDP

The Acting Speaker Denise Savoie

Order, please. I regret to interrupt the hon. member, but as it is 2 o'clock, and I had been told it would be a very short intervention, he may continue his intervention after question period.

Allegations regarding the former Minister of State for the Status of Women
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Conservative

Mike Wallace Burlington, ON

It is not a point of order; it is debate.

Allegations regarding the former Minister of State for the Status of Women
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NDP

Yvon Godin Acadie—Bathurst, NB

It is 2 o'clock.

Allegations regarding the former Minister of State for the Status of Women
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Government Orders

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NDP

The Acting Speaker Denise Savoie

I believe it is best to pursue this point of order after question period, because there is little time to either rule on it or to give it any consideration.

Allegations regarding the former Minister of State for the Status of Women
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Government Orders

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Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Tom Lukiwski Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Madam Speaker, to clarify matters before question period, I think would be helpful for the entire House, and it would be a quick clarification. The Prime Minister has been--

Allegations regarding the former Minister of State for the Status of Women
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Government Orders

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Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Allegations regarding the former Minister of State for the Status of Women
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Government Orders

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NDP

The Acting Speaker Denise Savoie

As it is 2 o'clock and there is limited time for statements by members, we must begin. The hon. member for Calgary Centre.

The Economy
Statements By Members

1:55 p.m.

Conservative

Lee Richardson Calgary Centre, AB

Madam Speaker, I am proud to have represented Canada earlier this spring at the Jeddah Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia where I spoke about Canada's perspectives on the worldwide economic recession and our goals for the G20 summit in Canada this summer.

Canada is leading the recovery. The leadership and economic foresight of our Prime Minister are evident in several key areas, including reducing Canada's debt by $38 billion over three years, significantly reducing the taxes of Canadians, the strength of our banking system, Canada's economic action plan, and our continued pursuit of free trade while avoiding damaging protectionism.

Canada is an example to other nations. Our foresight and sound economic strategy have made us a global leader and the natural choice as the host of the G20 and president of this year's G8 summit.

Although there are still uncertain times ahead, Canadians can take pride in our progress while looking forward to an even stronger economic future.

Robert Attersley
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Alan Tonks York South—Weston, ON

Madam Speaker, Robert “Bob” Attersley, who was an Olympic medallist and Whitby's longest serving mayor, passed away recently after a brief illness.

It has been written that he could have been a professional hockey player because he was that good. Instead, he chose business and politics and his community was richer for it.

Bob Attersley, who grew up in Oshawa, first won Whitby's heart as a young hockey hero. He scored the winning goal for the Whitby Dunlops against the Russians during the World Championship Hockey Tournament in 1958, and was an Olympic silver medallist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen in 1960.

During his nearly 30-year political career, he served as councillor, deputy reeve, mayor and was a member of the Shriners/Jesters and Rotary Club as well as numerous boards and commissions.

Bob, according to his wife of 55 wonderful years, was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Joan went on to say, “Bob was the most positive person I ever met. He loved life, his friends, everything he did. He saw the best in everyone”. Those of us who knew him would agree.

I am sure that all members of this House will join me in extending condolences to the Attersley family on the passing of this great Canadian.

World March of Women
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Bloc

Guy André Berthier—Maskinongé, QC

Mr. Speaker, I recently met with two representatives of women's centres in Berthier—Maskinongé—Avec des elles in Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon and the Centre des femmes L'Héritage in Louiseville—to discuss the demands of the third World March of Women, which is taking place from March 8 to October 17, 2010.

These women are calling on the Liberal government to guarantee women's right to decide whether or not to have children, which means maintaining and improving free, accessible abortion services. They also condemn the violence done to women during armed conflict.

They are asking Canada to sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and implement the rights set out in the declaration, especially those of indigenous women and children. Lastly, they are demanding that the federal government recognize that water is a basic right and must be excluded from NAFTA.

At the Table Campaign
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

NDP

Megan Leslie Halifax, NS

Mr. Speaker, this summer the eyes of the world will be focused on Canada as we host the G8 and G20 summits. Decisions at these and other global summits in 2010 will be critical to the future of life on our planet.

Canadian civil society partners have created the At the Table campaign to ensure that the voices of Canadians and citizens around the world are heard at the tables of the G8 and the G20.

At the Table has identified three key priorities: poverty and inequality, climate change, and the global economy. These are issues close to my heart and the hearts of all my NDP colleagues as we have fought hard to see the millennium development goals realized and our international climate change obligations realized.

Congratulations to the civil society partners in this innovative campaign. Together we will be louder and stronger, and governments around the world will have to listen.

Kitchener-Waterloo Citizen of the Year
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Conservative

Peter Braid Kitchener—Waterloo, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Rosemary Smith as the 2009 Citizen of the Year for Kitchener-Waterloo. This prestigious award, presented by the Lions Club, acknowledges the contributions of outstanding leaders in our community.

Rosemary is the CEO of the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, an organization that encourages charitable giving and supports local programs and initiatives. The foundation benefits the people of our region and helps to make Kitchener-Waterloo the best place to live, work and raise a family.

As a long-time leader and community builder, Rosemary's commitment to Kitchener-Waterloo has made a lasting difference. She is an inspiration, reminding us that we can all play a role in making our communities more healthy, vibrant and prosperous.

I ask all members to please join me in saluting Rosemary Smith and recognizing the important contributions of all community leaders.