House of Commons Hansard #136 of the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was jobs.

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Agriculture and Agri-FoodCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

Liberal

Kevin Lamoureux Liberal Winnipeg North, MB

Mr. Speaker, the member asked if it was so hard to say that. No, it is easy to say that because the member does not mind me talking about that.

Where the member gets sensitive is when we acknowledge that if we do not show up for work, we cannot expect to get—

Agriculture and Agri-FoodCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Conservative Barry Devolin

Order. The Chair has been quite lenient in terms of this discussion. The member for Winnipeg North had risen to discuss the matter before the House rather than to continue debating with the opposition House leader as to whether in fact what he was saying was relevant or not.

When the Chair says that the members must speak with relevance to the matters before the House that leniency does end at some point. Therefore, perhaps the member for Winnipeg North could in fact address the substance of the motion to remove all doubt from his colleagues who think that he only has procedural argument. It would appear that possibly he may be ready to do that at this time.

The hon. member for Winnipeg North.

Agriculture and Agri-FoodCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

Liberal

Kevin Lamoureux Liberal Winnipeg North, MB

Mr. Speaker, I stood to raise this issue because it is important that we all recognize, in looking at agriculture and this particular report, that there are two areas that I want to address, the area of process and the area of agriculture to Canada. I have attempted to do it in terms of—

Agriculture and Agri-FoodCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

12:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Conservative Barry Devolin

Order. The Chair is going to give this member 20 seconds to address the substance, and failing to do so, the floor will be taken from him. There will be no more tolerance for this ongoing conversation.

The hon. member for Winnipeg North.

Agriculture and Agri-FoodCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Liberal

Kevin Lamoureux Liberal Winnipeg North, MB

Mr. Speaker, I am somewhat surprised, but let me get right to the essence of it, just to make sure that everyone is happy.

Pork is a very important industry in the province of Manitoba. This report deals with trade and CETA, and so forth. Take a look at the pork industry in the province of Manitoba. New Democrats might laugh, but I can assure them that it is an important industry in the province of Manitoba. It is an important industry to all Canadians. They should be ashamed of their behaviour in not allowing for legitimate debate on reports and the airing of opinions.

I look at the pork industry as an industry that employs hundreds of people in the province of Manitoba and as the official opposition House leader laughs, I can tell him that the hundreds of people who are employed in the pork industry would not believe the NDP's approach in dealing with this particular report is funny. It brought the report forward today without any real tangible notice or anything of that nature. It brought it up right after question period and now I want to be able to address the report and—

Agriculture and Agri-FoodCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Conservative Barry Devolin

Order. The member has been warned twice that he has worn out his introduction to this matter and that he ought to be addressing the substance. He has failed to do so on three occasions. Consequently, we will resume debate.

Agriculture and Agri-FoodCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

York—Simcoe Ontario

Conservative

Peter Van Loan ConservativeLeader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I agree with the hon. member that agriculture is very important and many in the government caucus feel the same way.

However, I am cognizant of the fact that we should, right now, be in government orders debating a budget bill that has time allocated to it and people want an opportunity to speak to it. I have consulted briefly with the opposition House leader and I hope we have an arrangement that will allow the debate that I know many on my side want to participate in to take place, without further detracting from the budget debate, and that is to support the following motion. I move:

That the debate be now adjourned.

Agriculture and Agri-FoodCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Conservative Barry Devolin

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

Agriculture and Agri-FoodCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Agriculture and Agri-FoodCommittees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Conservative Barry Devolin

(Motion agreed to)

Canada PostPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

NDP

Dan Harris NDP Scarborough Southwest, ON

Mr. Speaker, for the past several months, my office has been regularly receiving petitions from constituents opposed to the cuts by Canada Post to home delivery. I submitted 1,000 such signatures in June and let me say that the residents of Scarborough Southwest were not amused by the government's response.

Here are 1,000 more signatures and a second chance for the government to show respect to my constituents in Scarborough Southwest.

Genetically Modified FoodsPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Green

Elizabeth May Green Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present two petitions.

The first petition calls for the labelling of genetically modified foods. The petition has been signed by residents on Vancouver Island from within Saanich—Gulf Islands, as well as from Nanaimo and other locations.

NeonicotinoidsPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

12:20 p.m.

Green

Elizabeth May Green Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Mr. Speaker, the second petition calls for the ban of a pesticide, which has been in the media quite a lot and is having significant impacts on the mortality of pollinators, the neonicotinoids. The petition has been signed by residents from my riding of Saanich—Gulf Islands.

Canada PostPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

October 31st, 2014 / 12:25 p.m.

Conservative

Patricia Davidson Conservative Sarnia—Lambton, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition today that I am going to present that calls upon the Government of Canada to reverse the cuts announced by Canada Post.

Canada PostPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Simms Liberal Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, NL

Mr. Speaker, I want to again add my voice to the debate about Canada Post. I have a petition with well over 200 signatures regarding the reduction of hours of service, specifically for Saturday. In a lot of the smaller communities, the hours have been eliminated, quite frankly, for Saturday service. Other communities are suffering problems due to the elimination of the entire operation, but this petition comes from the town of Peterview in my riding.

AgriculturePetitionsRoutine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

NDP

Tyrone Benskin NDP Jeanne-Le Ber, QC

Mr. Speaker, even though I represent an urban riding, I have a petition here signed by over 100 people who are citing the right to save seeds.

We have a number of farmers' markets in Montreal, and these residents want to make sure that farmers are allowed to save seeds and reuse seeds at their will.

Genetically Modified FoodsPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

NDP

Craig Scott NDP Toronto—Danforth, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a petition that has been organized and collected by The Big Carrot in Toronto—Danforth that has shown long-standing concern about genetically modified organisms.

The petitioners, hundreds of them from across Toronto, note that Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are reviewing a request to approve a GM non-browning apple. They note that the BC Fruit Growers' Association has requested a moratorium on the same.

The petitioners are calling on Parliament to stop the approval and release of these kinds of genetically modified apples.

Questions Passed as Orders for ReturnsRoutine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre Saskatchewan

Conservative

Tom Lukiwski ConservativeParliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, if Question No. 670 could be made an order for return, this return would be tabled immediately.

Questions Passed as Orders for ReturnsRoutine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Conservative Barry Devolin

Is that agreed?

Questions Passed as Orders for ReturnsRoutine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Question No. 670Questions Passed as Orders for ReturnsRoutine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

NDP

Pierre Nantel NDP Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, QC

With regard to the Department of Canadian Heritage: (a) does the Department have an internal policy on the processing times for grant and contribution applications for the various program components administered by the Department, and if so, (i) does this internal policy set out the maximum processing times for the Department and for the Minister’s office, and if so, what are they, (ii) are internal or external evaluations done to measure the Department’s compliance with its policy on processing times for grant and contribution applications for programs administered by the Department; and (b) for all of the Department’s various program components, what is the average processing time for grant and contribution applications between the time the Department receives the grant application and the time the Department publicly announces its final decision to the applicant, broken down by program component and quarter, for fiscal years 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015?

(Return tabled)

Questions Passed as Orders for ReturnsRoutine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Conservative

Tom Lukiwski Conservative Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre, SK

Mr. Speaker, I ask that the remaining questions be allowed to stand.

Questions Passed as Orders for ReturnsRoutine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Conservative Barry Devolin

Is that agreed?

Questions Passed as Orders for ReturnsRoutine Proceedings

12:25 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.