Evidence of meeting #45 for Procedure and House Affairs in the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was champion.

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On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

Clerk of the Committee  Mr. Andrew Lauzon
Dara Lithwick  Committee Researcher

11:45 a.m.

NDP

Don Davies NDP Vancouver Kingsway, BC

Yes, there was some sort of rule around it, I think.

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Liberal

Arnold Chan Liberal Scarborough—Agincourt, ON

I'm going to read Standing Order 31, which simply says,

A Member may be recognized, under the provisions of Standing Order 30(5), to make a statement of not more than one minute. The Speaker may order a Member to resume his or her seat if, in the opinion of the Speaker, improper use is made of this Standing Order.

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An hon. member

Without ever defining what proper use is.

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Liberal

Arnold Chan Liberal Scarborough—Agincourt, ON

Without ever defining what that means.

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Liberal

David Graham Liberal Laurentides—Labelle, QC

That's why they have a Speaker.

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Liberal

Arnold Chan Liberal Scarborough—Agincourt, ON

It's really at the discretion of the Speaker.

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NDP

Don Davies NDP Vancouver Kingsway, BC

I don't agree with this proposal, because I don't think you could define “non-partisan statements”.

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Liberal

David Graham Liberal Laurentides—Labelle, QC

That's too suggestive.

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Liberal

Anita Vandenbeld Liberal Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

You're at number 9 after this.

You're talking about number 8, the definition of it, if we wanted to do that.

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Liberal

David Graham Liberal Laurentides—Labelle, QC

Everything that happens in Parliament is theoretically of interest and concern to constituents, so I don't...it's such a subjective thing that it's pointless.

December 8th, 2016 / 11:45 a.m.

Dara Lithwick Committee Researcher

We were at number 8, and now you're about to start number 9.

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NDP

Don Davies NDP Vancouver Kingsway, BC

The Speaker in the last Parliament did remind people occasionally when people were using their S. O. 31 statements to attack.... I can't remember.

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Conservative

Blake Richards Conservative Banff—Airdrie, AB

Yes, he was dressing people down for that. He got up and made a ruling that he wouldn't allow it anymore, and if it happened, then the member would be shut off.

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Liberal

Arnold Chan Liberal Scarborough—Agincourt, ON

Well, if you're attacking a specific member, yes.

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Conservative

Blake Richards Conservative Banff—Airdrie, AB

Yes, I think it was maybe even a bit more broad than just a specific member. It's attacking a member or using a...“partisan” isn't quite the word I'm looking for, but if you were using them as attack statements, even on the other parties or whatever.

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Liberal

Anita Vandenbeld Liberal Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

It sounds like this is worth further discussion, so just to keep the discussion going, I'll sponsor it.

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Liberal

The Chair Liberal Larry Bagnell

Get your name on the list.

Number nine.

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NDP

Don Davies NDP Vancouver Kingsway, BC

So that's championed?

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Liberal

The Chair Liberal Larry Bagnell

Yes.

Topic 9 is on notice of questions: add a requirement for notice of a question to be submitted before it can be asked.

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Liberal

David Graham Liberal Laurentides—Labelle, QC

Not a requirement.

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Liberal

The Chair Liberal Larry Bagnell

Is there no champion?

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Liberal

David Graham Liberal Laurentides—Labelle, QC

It's good practice if you want an answer, but it's not a requirement.

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Liberal

The Chair Liberal Larry Bagnell

Topic 10 is a Prime Minister questions day: designate a question period for questions to the Prime Minister.

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Conservative

Blake Richards Conservative Banff—Airdrie, AB

I'm not arguing for it, but he does only come one day a week now.

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Liberal

The Chair Liberal Larry Bagnell

Topic 11 is on repetition: restrict number of times the same question can be posed and prohibit repetition of answers.

Mr. Chan, are you championing that?