An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and the Canada Labour Code (adoptive and intended parents)

Sponsor

Rosemarie Falk  Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Third reading (House), as of Feb. 28, 2024

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Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Employment Insurance Act to introduce a new type of special benefits: an attachment benefit of 15 weeks for adoptive parents and parents of children conceived through surrogacy. It also amends the Canada Labour Code to extend parental leave accordingly.

Elsewhere

All sorts of information on this bill is available at LEGISinfo, an excellent resource from the Library of Parliament. You can also read the full text of the bill.

Votes

Sept. 20, 2023 Passed 2nd reading of Bill C-318, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and the Canada Labour Code (adoptive and intended parents)

Speaker's Rulings on DecorumPoints of OrderOral Questions

May 4th, 2023 / 3:15 p.m.
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Conservative

Kerry-Lynne Findlay Conservative South Surrey—White Rock, BC

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. We are looking for some consistency in the Speaker's rulings.

On March 31, 2023, in this House, the Liberal Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities said:

Madam Speaker, I am absolutely disgusted that the member opposite would outright lie, and yes, I am saying “outright lie”.

Later on, when asked by the Speaker to withdraw that statement, the same parliamentary secretary said:

Madam Speaker, I will withdraw the word but the sentiment remains, that it absolutely did not—

She was then cut off because of the noise in the room.

The point is that there should be consistency in rulings from the Chair. That member was not sanctioned, nor was time taken away from the Liberal Party. That person was not threatened with being kicked out of this House or any similar type of sanction. We want consistency in the rulings from the Chair so that we understand how we can and are able to conduct ourselves in this place.

Speaker's Rulings on DecorumPoints of OrderOral Questions

May 4th, 2023 / 3:15 p.m.
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Pickering—Uxbridge Ontario

Liberal

Jennifer O'Connell LiberalParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I will clarify, and perhaps this would help the members opposite. The Speaker's office asked me to withdraw and apologize. I respect the rules and decorum of this place, so I did just that. I would suggest that the members opposite follow the same suggestions and rulings.

Speaker's Rulings on DecorumPoints of OrderOral Questions

May 4th, 2023 / 3:15 p.m.
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Conservative

Kerry-Lynne Findlay Conservative South Surrey—White Rock, BC

Mr. Speaker, we have heard many times in this place that one cannot do indirectly what one cannot do directly. By saying that she withdrew the word but not the sentiment, she doubled down on what she was saying and on the remark she had made.

I need no lessons from the parliamentary secretary—

Speaker's Rulings on DecorumPoints of OrderOral Questions

May 4th, 2023 / 3:15 p.m.
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Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Speaker's Rulings on DecorumPoints of OrderOral Questions

May 4th, 2023 / 3:15 p.m.
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Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Anthony Rota

Order. I am trying to hear what the opposition whip is saying. There is a discussion going back and forth.

Please start from the top so that I can hear everything.

Speaker's Rulings on DecorumPoints of OrderOral Questions

May 4th, 2023 / 3:15 p.m.
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Conservative

Kerry-Lynne Findlay Conservative South Surrey—White Rock, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am conflicted as to whether the parliamentary secretary was saying that I do not know my job or do not know how to address the Speaker. I am talking to the Speaker, the Chair of these proceedings. My statement is that one cannot do indirectly what one should not do directly. Saying “I withdraw the word but not the sentiment” is doubling down on those words.

We all know it. However, this member was in no way sanctioned for the comments made on March 31, 2023.

Speaker's Rulings on DecorumPoints of OrderOral Questions

May 4th, 2023 / 3:20 p.m.
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Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Anthony Rota

The hon. member for New Westminster—Burnaby wants to rise on this point.

Speaker's Rulings on DecorumPoints of OrderOral Questions

May 4th, 2023 / 3:20 p.m.
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NDP

Peter Julian NDP New Westminster—Burnaby, BC

Mr. Speaker, we empower you to ensure that there is order in this House and that there is a respect for all members at all times, including the speakership. I have said this before. I think it is appropriate for every member now to understand that if there is disorder and they do not heed the Speaker, they may end up losing a question. That applies to all parties, and that is a fair and appropriate way to proceed.

When you ask for members to withdraw their remarks and apologize, Mr. Speaker, they should do so. You have asked this quite rightfully. This is appropriate, this is right and these are the powers that we have granted to you as Speaker.

Speaker's Rulings on DecorumPoints of OrderOral Questions

May 4th, 2023 / 3:20 p.m.
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Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Anthony Rota

The hon. government House leader.

Speaker's Rulings on DecorumPoints of OrderOral Questions

May 4th, 2023 / 3:20 p.m.
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Ajax Ontario

Liberal

Mark Holland LiberalLeader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, let me clarify that the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities was actually informed by the Speaker that if she was not to apologize, then she would not be able to speak in the House. She did then go the next week and apologize, unequivocally, in the House.

I understand that the opposition whip may not have been present when the member was in the House and did apologize, but the Speaker was very clear that if the member did not apologize, she would not be able to speak. Subsequent to what the member quoted, many days later, she rose in her place at the first opportunity, and she clearly and unequivocally apologized. I believe this was after we returned from a time in our constituencies.

Speaker's Rulings on DecorumPoints of OrderOral Questions

May 4th, 2023 / 3:20 p.m.
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Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Anthony Rota

The hon. member for Kelowna—Lake Country.

Speaker's Rulings on DecorumPoints of OrderOral Questions

May 4th, 2023 / 3:20 p.m.
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Conservative

Tracy Gray Conservative Kelowna—Lake Country, BC

Mr. Speaker, as to the matter of consistency, I would like to bring something to your attention for consideration.

On Tuesday, I had to start a question again twice, so a total of three times. I appreciate having the opportunity to be able to do that, but it was due to a vocal uproar from NDP and Liberal members. However, I want to note that at the time, the Speaker did not insinuate to the NDP or Liberals that their questions could be taken because of their excessive disruptions.

I would just like you to take that as part of your consideration as well.

Speaker's Rulings on DecorumPoints of OrderOral Questions

May 4th, 2023 / 3:20 p.m.
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Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Anthony Rota

I want to thank the hon. member for her input. I will be coming back to the House. I will look at what was done and what was asked. I know we have a record of everything. I want to make sure that I come back with the appropriate response to what happened in the past.

As of right now, I can speak for today. If someone uses unparliamentary language, I will ask them to withdraw it. If they do not withdraw it, I will not recognize them, because they are not recognizing the Chair's authority. I think that is fair. That is from now on. I am escalating this because the insanity in this place has been escalating since we got back from the break. I do not want to go into June with a “nuthouse”. I am sorry if “nuthouse” is not a parliamentary word, but that is exactly what it looks like.

As far as the questions go, it is really unfortunate—

Speaker's Rulings on DecorumPoints of OrderOral Questions

May 4th, 2023 / 3:20 p.m.
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Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Speaker's Rulings on DecorumPoints of OrderOral Questions

May 4th, 2023 / 3:20 p.m.
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Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Anthony Rota

Order. If you want to speak to each other, please just cross over and go see each other. Do not shout back and forth.

Now, let me finish. As far as the questions go, if one group is getting rowdy or trying to drown out the other side, it is no better than bullying in a schoolyard where a group is picking on one or another group. That is not acceptable in the House.

I will continue to do what I have done today. It is unfortunate that it was the member for St. Albert—Edmonton, because he was not a part of the problem. He just happened to be the victim of exchanging his question with a member at the back.

What will happen is that we will be using that as a tool to calm things down in the chamber. I hope people take it to heart and start respecting each other.

The hon. member for Lac-Saint-Jean, on the same point of order.