House of Commons Hansard #127 of the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was support.

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Political Party Financing
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Bloc

Luc Thériault Montcalm, QC

Mr. Speaker, throughout the session, the government has provided us with a myriad of opportunities to criticize its $1,500 cocktail parties offering privileged access to the Prime Minister.

In the report of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform, Jean-Pierre Kingsley proposed returning to the per-vote subsidy system of party financing in order to make things fair. The Bloc Québécois introduced a bill that would do just that. It is a balanced bill that eliminates sectoral financing and the undue influence of major donors.

What is the government going to do? Will it play back its prerecorded message about having the strictest rules or will it restore the per-vote subsidy system of party financing?

Political Party Financing
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Waterloo
Ontario

Liberal

Bardish Chagger Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism

Mr. Speaker, far from a prerecorded message, these are facts that I am sharing with members of the House and Canadians.

Our government will continue to consult and engage with Canadians so that we can respond to the real challenges they are facing.

Political Party Financing
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Bloc

Simon Marcil Mirabel, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance urged me to read the provisions of Bill C-29. He said:

He might want to know what he is talking about before asking a question. I can tell him very clearly that, in Marcotte, the Supreme Court asked us to clarify consumer protection provisions.

I read the Marcotte ruling. The court does not call on the federal government to do anything; rather, it requires the banks to respect Quebec and Quebec laws. In fact—

Political Party Financing
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Geoff Regan

I thank the hon. member for Mirabel for raising this point of order; however, this is a mater of debate.

The hon. member for Vancouver Kingsway, also on a point of order.

Political Party Financing
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

NDP

Don Davies Vancouver Kingsway, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am seeking unanimous consent for a very urgent motion. I think all members of the House know that the opioid crisis is a national health emergency taking the lives of Canadians on a daily basis.

Although it has taken a year, the government has tabled a bill that moves us in the right direction by, among other things, repealing the previous government's Bill C-2. The NDP believes there is a critical and irrefutable need to get this bill passed as soon as possible. It will save lives. Therefore, I am asking for unanimous consent for the following motion.

I move that, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, Bill C-37, an act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make related amendments to other acts shall be deemed to have been read a second time and referred to committee of the whole, deemed considered in committee of the whole, deemed reported without amendment, deemed concurred in at report stage, and deemed read a third time and passed.

Political Party Financing
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Geoff Regan

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

Political Party Financing
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3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

No.

Political Party Financing
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3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Geoff Regan

There is no consent.

The hon. member for Red Deer—Lacombe is rising on a point of order.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Conservative

Blaine Calkins Red Deer—Lacombe, AB

Mr. Speaker, my point of order is arising out of question period in regard to the supplementary question I was asking. Mr. Speaker, if you check the record, and if you will permit me to read what I said into the record, the record will show this. My question was “Mr. Speaker, it is actually insulting and, frankly, embarrassing”.

I will not go to that part, but I think the part that is in question is this: “She is forced to do the dirty work for her leader, who most of the time cannot even be bothered to show up and answer these questions himself in the House”.

That did elicit a response. Mr. Speaker, I refer you to page 614, chapter 13, “Rules of Order and Decorum” in House of Commons Procedure and Practice. It states: “Allusions to the presence or absence of a Member or Minister in the Chamber are unacceptable”.

Mr. Speaker, you will note that nowhere in my comments did I refer specifically, today, to the presence or absence of any individual at that particular point in time in the House. That is where I would ask you to reconsider what you have done.

I will also point out that in the rules of debate in Beauchesne's, on page 141, it says in paragraph 481(c): “refer to the presence or absence of specific members”. The presence or absence of a specific member was not anywhere in the context of the conversation I was having in delivering my question on a matter that has been widely reported in the public debate, namely, the attendance record of the Prime Minister during question period.

Therefore, Mr. Speaker, I ask that you review what I actually said and, hopefully, we can come to an understanding where you and I are back on good terms.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Geoff Regan

I am sure the hon. member for Red Deer—Lacombe would not allow my ruling to come between us.

I am also sure that we will be back on good terms again once he returns to page 614 in House of Commons Procedures and Practice and looks at the line above the one he read, which says a member “cannot do indirectly what cannot be done directly”.

The House resumed consideration of the motion that Bill C-31, An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
Government Orders

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Geoff Regan

The hon. member for Lac-Saint-Louis had three-and-a-half minutes remaining in his debate.

Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
Government Orders

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Francis Scarpaleggia Lac-Saint-Louis, QC

Mr. Speaker, we were at questions and comments.

Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
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3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Geoff Regan

Questions and comments, the hon. member for Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston.

Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
Government Orders

December 13th, 2016 / 3:05 p.m.

Conservative

Scott Reid Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise on the same point of order, if you will forgive me, and I stand to be corrected. I too am looking at page 614 of House of Commons Procedure and Practice, and my understanding is that the reference you made here is to the then current presence or absence of a member in the House of Commons. It would, for example, be inappropriate for me now to comment on whether or not the Prime Minister is currently in the chamber, but if it is the case that we are not allowed to refer to the past or future absence of a member, I would like you to draw that to our attention so that we can all act accordingly, if that is in fact the way the rules work.