December 20, 1974

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (President of the Privy Council) moved:

That when this House adjourns on Friday, December 20, 1974, it shall stand adjourned until a time fixed by Mr. Speaker, after consultation with the government, when the House may meet for the purpose of dealing with any subsequent proceeding on or the giving of royal assent to any bill or bills passed by this House at the time of the said adjournment;

That, after the giving of royal assent to the said bill or bills or in the event the House does not meet for that purpose, the House shall be adjourned or stand adjourned, as the case may be, until Wednesday, January 22, 1975, provided that at any time prior to that date, if it appears to the satisfaction of Mr. Speaker, after consultation with the government, that the public interest requires that the House should meet at an earlier time during the adjournment, Mr. Speaker may give notice that he is so satisfied, and thereupon the House shall meet at the time stated in such notice, and shall transact its business as if it had been duly adjourned to that time;

And that, in the event of Mr. Speaker's being unable to act owing to illness or other cause, the Deputy Speaker or the Deputy Chairman of Committees shall act in his stead for the purpose of reconvening the House.

He said: Mr. Speaker, today is the fifty-eighth sitting of this session of Parliament. The government has put before parliament 61 bills, and I am hopeful that as a result of the adoption of the ways and means motion we will have another one, an income tax bill, this afternoon. There has been action on another three government bills initiated in the Senate. This House has passed 15 of those bills and it is hoped it will pass more today. In addition, the Commons has passed two private members' bills.

Among the items that have been approved in this session of parliament have been some of great importance to the country. I might just mention some of them. There were the veterans' pension increases, the bill extending Canada Pension Plan benefits, the Federal Business Development Bank bill, the Indian petroleum royalties legislation, the representation bill, three appropriation acts, and several other items of an administrative character which nevertheless were of considerable urgency.

We have also made some progress on the Canadian Business Corporation bill which is now at the report stage, on the competition legislation and on the petroleum administration legislation. We have received from one of

our standing committees a report on egg marketing. We have launched investigations in standing committees on conflict of interest, employer-employee relations in the public service and the provision of information on government activities. I think there has been very considerable accomplishment in this session of parliament. However, in the period that begins after the adjournment we must turn our attention to a number of extremely important measures that are on the order paper. I will not take the time of the House to mention them; they are available and hon. members can read them.

In concluding these brief remarks, I wish first to pay tribute to you, Mr. Speaker, for the way in which in this first session of this parliament you have performed your task. You, sir, have lived up to more than our expectations.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Sharp:

May I take this opportunity to thank the House leaders of the other parties, the hon. member for Peace River (Mr. Baldwin), the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) and the hon. member for Lotbiniere (Mr. Fortin). As government House leader, I can say I have received very close and warm co-operation from these gentlemen. If it had not been for that, we would not have accomplished so much in this session.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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Gerald William Baldwin (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. W. Baldwin (Peace River):

Mr. Speaker, I will have a few kind words to say about the hon. gentleman before I conclude.

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Some hon. Members:

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PC

Gerald William Baldwin (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Baldwin:

However, let me say that I particularly concur with his remarks about Your Honour and the extent to which in these few short months you have grappled with the problems of this sometimes unruly House. Your Honour will have learned by now that the view from the top is different from the view down here. It is only when you get to an even higher level, even higher than you, Mr. Speaker, that the view becomes much more simple and clear.

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Some hon. Members:

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PC

Gerald William Baldwin (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Baldwin:

With regard to the legislative program, some good measures were passed. Some although they were not initiated by the opposition were suggested by the opposition some time ago. There were a few that were introduced at the instance of the government alone. There were a few bills, the bread and butter issues, which had to be dealt with by amendments. This is part of the grist of this legislative mill.

I can say that the government House leader has been most co-operative in many respects. He has been willing to

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sit down and discuss with us in advance problems which he anticipated would be occurring. This has been a very useful exercise and I give him credit for that. I can also say there has been a great deal of co-operation from this party. After six or seven years in this position, I find it remarkable that when problems are detected, consultations between House leaders or representatives of the parties behind Your Honour's chair and sometimes from out seats can facilitate the proceedings of this House. This has been excellently demonstrated during this part of the session.

One thing for which I do commend the government very sincerely is the extent to which they are now moving toward recognition of the fact that some benefit is derived from private members' bills and motions. I hope that in the procedure committee next year this matter will be covered in the changes to the rules, because from members of this House outside the cabinet, members who are in close contact with their constituents, there come ideas and proposals which need to be discussed, voted upon and considered in committee. I detect many signs that the rather glacial-like approach which existed some six years ago is now melting and we are getting much more co-operation from the government in accepting private members' views. For that I commend the hon. gentlemen in the government.

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Some hon. Members:

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NDP

Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, this is a debatable motion, but it came to me as somewhat of a surprise that the government House leader chose to initiate debate on it. In fact, it came as a particular surprise that he should rise to list the few things the government has done, without realizing that that invites those of us on this side of the House to list the many things the government has not done.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Broadbent:

Eleven bills passed.

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NDP

Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

I know that my hon. friends are sensitive about one thing that has not been done.

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An hon. Member:

Especially Warren Allmand.

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NDP

Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Perhaps before I say the two or three things I want to say about the business of the House, I could express my thanks to the government House leader for his kind words toward his opposite numbers, the House leaders on this side. It is a little better than something he said about me a few days ago, but he has since given me his personal apology for what he said on CBC radio a few nights ago and I accept that and his good wishes now as wiping that out. I also want to thank the government House leader, on behalf of all my colleagues in this party, for the good wishes he extended for the Christmas season. All of us extend those greetings back to the government, to the other parties in the House, and indeed to all members of this House; and to you, sir, and your family we extend best wishes for a very

(Mr. Baldwin.]

joyful Christmas and a happy 1975. Having said those things-

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Some hon. Members:

"But"!

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NDP

Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

-and having said them quite sincerely, I should like, with equal sincerity and seriousness-

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December 20, 1974