House of Commons Hansard #106 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was budget.

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Privilege
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April 4th, 2012 / 3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Bob Rae Toronto Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, in the report of the Auditor General, he states on page 3—

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An hon. member

That is debate.

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Liberal

Bob Rae Toronto Centre, ON

No, it is not debate. It has to do with misleading the House, if members would please just give me the opportunity to say why:

Both National Defence and Public Works and Government Services Canada disagree with the conclusions set out in paragraphs 2.80 and 2.81.

The Prime Minister, the Minister of National Defence, the Associate Minister of National Defence and the Minister of Public Works and Government Services all stated that the government accepted the conclusions and recommendations of the report, but in fact when we look at what it is that National Defence and Public Works disagreed with, it is the entire substance of the report with respect to its factual findings on the lack of notice given to the public and to government with respect to critical information.

We were misled today, clearly and emphatically, by the Prime Minister.

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Edmonton—Spruce Grove
Alberta

Conservative

Rona Ambrose Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women

Mr. Speaker, I say to the member that our government believes very strongly that the Auditor General's recommendations and conclusions were accurate, and we agree with them.

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Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

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Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order, please. I have not heard anything at this point that leads me to believe that this is a point of privilege.

If the member for Toronto Centre feels that statements need to be re-addressed, he can bring it up at a future question period, but question period is now over, and I have not heard anything that leads me to believe that it is a point of privilege.

I see the member for Toronto Centre rising. I will give him one more chance to tell the chair what he feels is a question of privilege, but dispute over the facts has never been counted as a question of privilege.

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Liberal

Bob Rae Toronto Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, I listened carefully to what the minister just said. She said the Government of Canada accepts the recommendations and conclusions, and conclusions, of the Auditor General.

This runs in the face of what is stated on page 3 of the report.

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Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

It is not up to the chair to determine the accuracy of statements.

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Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

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Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order, please. The hon. government House leader is also rising.

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York—Simcoe
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Conservative

Peter Van Loan Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, officials may have the views they have and he may have the views he has. This government has clearly expressed, through the ministers here, the views we have that we accept the findings of the Auditor General and the recommendations.

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NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, during question period, the hon. member for Crowfoot, a gentleman for whom I have great respect, said, “The gun registry did not save one life”.

Unlike the Minister of National Defence and the—

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That is debate.

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Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order, please. I have said it before several times. If members take exception to something that was said during question period and they have a difference of opinion, they can bring that up in a future question period or perhaps during statements or any other different type of debate that goes on, but they are not to be raised through points of order well after question period.

The hon. member for Wascana.

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Liberal

Ralph Goodale Wascana, SK

Mr. Speaker, my point relates to the intervention just moments ago by the government House leader where the government House leader said categorically that the government accepts both the conclusions and the recommendations of the Auditor General.

Do I take it then the government is saying it is withdrawing the point that appears on page—