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House of Commons Hansard #167 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was offence.

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Points Of OrderRoutine Proceedings

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An hon. member

Yes.

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The Speaker

If this is the case where we have one hon. member making an accusation and another hon. member apologizing in the House of Commons, then as far as I am concerned as a matter of privilege this matter is closed.

Points Of OrderRoutine Proceedings

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An hon. member

On a point of order—

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The Speaker

I will hear a point of order but not on this matter. Is it on this matter?

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Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson Progressive Conservative Charlotte, NB

Mr. Speaker, I think I was part—

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The Speaker

Order, please.

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Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson Progressive Conservative Charlotte, NB

If you can't get up on a point of order, what is the sense of being here?

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The Speaker

I ask the hon. member to put in his earpiece.

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Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson Progressive Conservative Charlotte, NB

You didn't hear the whole conversation, Mr. Speaker. That is the point I am trying to make.

Points Of OrderRoutine Proceedings

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The Speaker

Order, please. I have ruled on the particular point of privilege the member has raised. If this is another point of order then I will listen to another point of order. If it is on the same point of order I will not listen to it.

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Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson Progressive Conservative Charlotte, NB

Mr. Speaker, it is a point of order in the sense that the same situation happened to me as another member of parliament. That is the point I want to make.

Further to that, it was the same language and the same tone as used by the member for Kenora—Rainy River to me as a member of parliament based on a question that I had for the Minister of Transport on the same individual, Mr. Doug Young. I think it is out of character for the member to do that, but the same language and the same inference was used.

The point I want to make is simply that in the apology he said that if he were serious I would not be standing here today. In other words, how do we know when he is serious and when he is not?

Points Of OrderRoutine Proceedings

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The Speaker

The hon. member is naming the member for Kenora—Rainy River. I did not hear any of the other words in the exchange in this whole thing.

In the House when there is one member accusing another and the other member is apologizing, I would hope that would end the situation. I would hope this type of thing would not happen. This question of privilege is closed.

The House resumed consideration of the motion that Bill S-21, an act respecting the corruption of foreign public officials and the implementation of the convention on combating bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions and to make related amendments to other acts, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

Corruption Of Foreign Public Officials ActGovernment Orders

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Reform

Bob Mills Reform Red Deer, AB

Madam Speaker, to reiterate where I was coming from, the first major concern we have is that the bill was put forward in December 1997. It is now a year later and the bill is coming before us to be rushed through on literally the last day of debate. That is the first point.

The second is that this came via the Senate. We have to ask ourselves why an unelected, unaccountable body such as the Senate would bring forward a bill that is as important as has been mentioned in the committee.

The government obviously should manage its affairs much better. It should bring bills through the House of Commons and not through the Senate.

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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Thibeault)

Is the House ready for the question?

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Some hon. members

Question.

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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Thibeault)

Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Liberal

Don Boudria Liberal Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, ON

Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I think you would find unanimous consent to proceed now to committee of the whole to do the next stage of the bill immediately.

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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Thibeault)

Is there unanimous consent to proceed to committee of the whole?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

(Motion agreed to, bill read the second time and, by unanimous consent, the House went into committee thereon, Ms. Thibeault in the chair)

Corruption Of Foreign Public Officials ActGovernment Orders

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Assistant Deputy Chairman

Order, please. House in committee of the whole on Bill S-21, an act respecting the corruption of foreign public officials and the implementation of the convention on combating bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions and to make related amendments to other acts.

(Clauses 2 to 13 inclusive agreed to)

(Clause 1 agreed)

(Title agreed to)

(Bill reported and concurred in)

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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Thibeault)

When shall the bill be read the third time? By leave, now?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Brant Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Liberalfor the Minister of Foreign Affairs

moved that the bill be read the third time and passed.