House of Commons Hansard #52 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was farmers.

Topics

Asbestos
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Mégantic—L'Érable
Québec

Conservative

Christian Paradis Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture)

Mr. Speaker, for more than 30 years, the Government of Canada has been supporting the safe use of chrysotile asbestos and recent scientific studies show that chrysotile fibre can be used safely in a controlled environment at the national or international level.

Justice
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Bloc

Maria Mourani Ahuntsic, QC

Mr. Speaker, by ramming through Bill C-10 on the Criminal Code, the Government of Canada is going to impose its values on the Government of Quebec and stick it with the bill as well. Quebec's National Assembly is currently debating whether the Government of Quebec should take action to establish its own criminal code.

Will the Prime Minister respond to Quebec's requests related to the Criminal Code, if Quebec asks him to?

Justice
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe
New Brunswick

Conservative

Robert Goguen Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice

Mr. Speaker, it will absolutely not be necessary for Quebec to create its own criminal code. I would like to invite the hon. member to carefully read Bill C-10 because it is designed to protect both Canadians and Quebeckers. That is what the people asked us to do and that is what we are doing.

Justice
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

That concludes question period for today.

Presence in the Gallery
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

I would like to draw to the attention of hon. members the presence in the gallery of the winners of the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards: Patrick deWitt, Phil Hall, Erin Shields, Christopher Moore, Cybèle Young, Donald Winkley, Perrine Leblanc, Louise Dupré, Georges Leroux, Martin Fournier, Caroline Merola, Marise Warda, and Charles Foran.

Presence in the Gallery
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear!

Presence in the Gallery
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

The Chair has notice of a question of privilege from the hon. President of the Treasury Board.

Standing Committee on Public Accounts
Privilege
Oral Questions

November 23rd, 2011 / 3:10 p.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Conservative

Tony Clement President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario

Mr. Speaker, it has come to my attention that certain changes were made to the evidence of the meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on November 2, 2011, including my testimony. Members of the NDP opposition have alleged that I made those changes. I did not, nor did anyone in my employ. These baseless and outrageous allegations form a serious breach of my privilege, which is impeding my work as a member of this House and as a minister of the Crown.

Mr. Speaker, I respectfully ask that you review this matter to determine how and why these changes were made and that you provide assurances to this House as to the reasons for any changes to the official record of this place. The suggestions from the opposition regarding any role by me are absolutely false, and I look forward to your attention to this matter.

In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, I believe you will find all the necessary information in my letter that I provided to you before question period.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Standing Committee on Public Accounts
Privilege
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

I will go to the member for Windsor—Tecumseh on the same point.

Standing Committee on Public Accounts
Privilege
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Joe Comartin Windsor—Tecumseh, ON

Mr. Speaker, this is coming as news to us. We would want the opportunity to review or perhaps see the letter that he has forwarded to your office so that we can see whether we will take a position on this given the accusations that we are now hearing from him that we have made accusations against him. That is all new to us and we would like the opportunity to respond.

Standing Committee on Public Accounts
Privilege
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

I look forward to the intervention from the member or anyone from the NDP if they do choose to make comments on this matter.

The hon. member for Vancouver Quadra on a point of order.

Question Period
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Joyce Murray Vancouver Quadra, BC

Mr. Speaker, the member for Vancouver South made a false statement about my social media communications and I would request that the member retract her remarks and correct the record. None of my tweets have referred to a carbon tax.

While she is at it, perhaps she could ask her colleague, the Minister of the Environment, why the government is such a dismal failure on the issue of climate change?

Question Period
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Question Period
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order, please. As I mentioned, question period has already concluded for today.

The hon. member for Etobicoke North on a point of order.

Question Period
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Kirsty Duncan Etobicoke North, ON

Mr. Speaker, I asked the Minister of the Environment a question and cited a response to an order paper question signed by the minister himself. The minister's response was that I should use more reliable sources. The minister's answer suggests that the minister's order paper response is wrong and has misled the House.

To give him the benefit of the doubt, I suppose the minister either misled the House in his order paper response or he is misleading the House now--