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House of Commons Hansard #74 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was environment.

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Presence In The GalleryOral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I have three points of order which I am going to deal with today. I am going to begin with the hon. minister.

Business Of The HouseOral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Saint-Léonard Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano LiberalMinister of Labour and Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I wish to confirm that tomorrow will be an allotted day.

Business Of The HouseOral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I am now going to proceed to the first point of order that I have from the hon. member for Kootenay East.

Points Of OrderOral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Jim Abbott Reform Kootenay East, BC

Mr. Speaker, in question period today the Minister of Canadian Heritage accused me of being a lobbyist. I am an elected member of this House. I wonder if you might find it in your power to suggest that she apologize to me for calling me a lobbyist when I am just-

Points Of OrderOral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

We use different words in the House many times in our debates. I would rule that is not a point of order. It is probably a point of debate.

I will pass on to the next point of order, the hon. member for Cariboo-Chilcotin.

Points Of OrderOral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Reform

Philip Mayfield Reform Cariboo—Chilcotin, BC

Mr. Speaker, much earlier, in fact in the month of June this year, before the summer recess during a discussion of the Airbus affair in question period the Minister of Justice agreed to table a letter that he received from the RCMP.

Twice I have raised a point of order requesting this letter be tabled. Since returning from the summer recess, while checking with the Journals Branch on September 19, I was advised that nothing has been tabled concerning the Airbus affair.

Is the justice minister going to keep his promise or is this another example of the deceptive, sleight of hand government that the Liberals are so good at? I would ask the Minister of Justice-

Points Of OrderOral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

My colleague, I know that you are very concerned about this particular matter, but the word "deceptive" is rather inflammatory. I wonder, my dear colleague, if you would withdraw the word "deceptive"?

Points Of OrderOral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Reform

Philip Mayfield Reform Cariboo—Chilcotin, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am referring to the government's practice of not always doing what it says it will do.

Points Of OrderOral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

I put it to the hon. member. I wonder if he would consider withdrawing the word "deceptive".

Points Of OrderOral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Reform

Philip Mayfield Reform Cariboo—Chilcotin, BC

Mr. Speaker, I will accede to your request, sir.

Points Of OrderOral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

I do thank you for doing that. I think we are ready to proceed.

With regard to your specific point of order, a request that a letter be tabled, I checked and evidently such a request was made. I would ask the hon. member if he would appeal to the minister when the minister is back in the House and see if we can get some movement on that. That would be my suggestion at this point.

I go to another point of order, the hon. member for Regina-Lumsden.

Points Of OrderOral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

NDP

John Solomon NDP Regina—Lumsden, SK

Mr. Speaker, during question period today three ministers made reference to the fact that decisions which the government take are not influenced by American corporations. I think they have misled the House because Cargill has been very important-

Points Of OrderOral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Points Of OrderOral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

An hon. member

Sit down.

Points Of OrderOral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

My colleague, I would rule that is indeed a point of debate. Notwithstanding the fact that we do not always agree with the words that are used either in the questions or the answers, I would appeal to hon. members to recognize that these are points of debate that are arising.

No doubt the hon. member will want to use the particular words as he used today in a debate at some later time.

Government Response To PetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Fundy Royal New Brunswick

Liberal

Paul Zed LiberalParliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to two petitions.

Committees Of The HouseRoutine Proceedings

September 25th, 1996 / 3:15 p.m.

Liberal

John Finlay Liberal Oxford, ON

Madam Speaker, I have the honour to present in both official languages the third report of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

Pursuant to the order of reference of Tuesday, June 4, 1996, your committee has considered Bill C-6, an act to amend the Yukon Mining Act and the Yukon Placer Mining Act and has agreed to report it without amendment.

Committees Of The HouseRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Fundy Royal New Brunswick

Liberal

Paul Zed LiberalParliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Madam Speaker, I have the honour to present the 28th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the associate and various memberships on committees.

If the House gives its consent, I move that the 28th report be concurred in.

Committees Of The HouseRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Ringuette-Maltais)

Does the hon. parliamentary secretary have the unanimous consent of the House to move the motion?

Committees Of The HouseRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Committees Of The HouseRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

An hon. member

No.

Committees Of The HouseRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Ringuette-Maltais)

There is not consent.

PetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Szabo Liberal Mississauga South, ON

Madam Speaker, I have two petitions. The first petition comes from Edmonton, Alberta. The petitioners would like to draw to the attention of the House that managing the family home and caring for preschool children is an honourable profession which has not been recognized for its value to our society.

The petitioners therefore pray and call upon Parliament to pursue initiatives to eliminate tax discrimination against families who choose to provide care in the home for preschool children, the chronically ill, the aged or the disabled.

PetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Szabo Liberal Mississauga South, ON

Madam Speaker, the second petition comes from Hazelton, B.C. The petitioners would like to draw to the attention of the House that the consumption of alcoholic beverages may cause health problems or impair one's ability, and specifically that fetal alcohol syndrome or other alcohol related birth defects are 100 per cent preventable by avoiding alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

The petitioners therefore pray and call upon Parliament to enact legislation to require health warning labels to be placed on the containers of all alcoholic beverages to caution expectant mothers and others of the risks associated with alcohol consumption.

PetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Bloc

Benoît Tremblay Bloc Rosemont, QC

Madam Speaker, I rise today to present two petitions signed by over 2,000 people in my riding of Rosemont. These petitioners support the efforts of a mother, Micheline Tremblay, who has been trying for close to four years to have her son, Karim, returned to Canada, after he was abducted by his father and taken to Egypt, his father's place of birth.

Four years of legal action have still produced nothing, because there is no legal agreement between Canada and Egypt for co-operation in cases of child abduction.

The petitioners call on the Canadian government to bring the appropriate political pressure to bear on Egypt in order to ensure that Karim is immediately returned to Canada. The government must do everything possible to bring about a co-operation agreement between Egypt and Canada, in order to facilitate the rapid resolution of such situations, which are completely unacceptable.