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House of Commons Hansard #114 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was parties.

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The House resumed consideration of Bill C-24, an act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act (political financing), as reported (with amendment) from the committee, and of the motions in Group No. 1.

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June 9th, 2003 / 3:15 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Calgary East has three minutes remaining in the time allotted for his remarks.

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Canadian Alliance

Deepak Obhrai Canadian Alliance Calgary East, AB

Mr. Speaker, I would like to emphasize again the question that has come up on Bill C-24 from my constituents which the government should answer. The bottom line is simply, why should the taxpayers pay their hard-earned money to the political parties? That is the question they are asking.

Before question period I was talking about the bureaucracy that will be created by the bill. As my colleague from South Surrey—White Rock—Langley said, community associations would have to put up with this bureaucracy and they are volunteers. Why are we placing such a huge burden on volunteers? Are they to become partial bureaucrats, unpaid bureaucrats, because they are in favour of the ruling party and they can get money out of this? The people of Calgary East are asking those questions.

In conclusion, the people of Calgary East are opposed to the bill. Therefore, I would like to make the point on their behalf that I am also opposed to the bill.

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The Speaker

Is the House ready for the question?

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Some hon. members

Question.

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The Speaker

The question is on the amendment to Motion No. 4. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the amendment?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Some hon. members

No.

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The Speaker

All those in favour of the amendment will please say yea.

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Some hon. members

Yea.

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The Speaker

All those opposed will please say nay.

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Some hon. members

Nay.

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The Speaker

In my opinion the nays have it.

And more than five members having risen:

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The Speaker

The vote on the amendment to Motion No. 4 stands deferred.

The next question is on Motion No. 8. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Canadian Alliance

Ken Epp Canadian Alliance Elk Island, AB

Mr. Speaker, on a point of order. Have we dealt with Motion No. 4 already?

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The Speaker

The amendment to Motion No. 4 has been called and the vote has been deferred.

The question is on Motion No. 8. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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The Speaker

I declare the motion carried.

(Motion No. 8 agreed to)

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Bloc

Francine Lalonde Bloc Mercier, QC

Mr. Speaker, did we just adopt Motion No. 4?

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The Speaker

The recorded division on Motion No. 4 was deferred.

Motion No. 8 was carried.

The next question is on Motion No. 9. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Some hon. members

No.

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The Speaker

All those in favour of the motion will please say yea.

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Some hon. members

Yea.