Hon. George Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Senior Citizens) moved
for leave to introduce Bill C-105, an Act to amend the Pension Act, the War Veterans Allowance Act, to repeal the Compensation for Former Prisoners of War Act, and to amend another Act in relation thereto.
Topic: PENSION ACT, WAR VETERANS ALLOWANCE ACT AND COMPENSATION FOR FORMER PRISONERS OF WAR ACT MEASURE TO AMEND
CANADIAN POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION COUNCIL ACT MEASURE TO ENACT
On the Order: Private Members' Business-Bills
November 19, 1987-resuming debate on the Motion of Mr. Rompkey, seconded by Mr. Robichaud, for the second reading and reference to a legislative committee of Bill C-228, an Act to provide for a Canadian PostSecondary Education Council.
Douglas Grinslade Lewis
(Minister of State (Government House Leader); Minister of State (Treasury Board))
Mr. Speaker, before you proceed to call motions which are presently on the Order Paper, I would advise the House that there have been discussions between the Parties. I think you will find unanimous consent for me to put the following motion immediately.
That, the Order for second reading and reference to a legislative committee of Bill C-228, an Act to provide for a Canadian Post-Secondary Education Council (Mr. Rompkey), be discharged and the subject thereof referred to the Standing Committee on Secretary of State.
Topic: CANADIAN POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION COUNCIL ACT MEASURE TO ENACT
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. We appreciate the fact that over the weekend the Government has not had time to give us notice of anything it wanted to discuss on Orders of the Day. Therefore, it is impossible for us to arrange for debate. As Party Whip in charge of organizing my caucus, I find it difficult to arrange our duties in the House in an orderly and proper manner.
1 would like to ask unanimous consent of the House that the motion dealing with the third report of the Standing Committee on Research, Science and Technology be considered as the order of the day until one o'clock, without prejudicing the right of the Member for Egmont (Mr. Henderson) in putting a motion under Standing Order 29, notice of which I believe has been delivered in due course. He would like to put that motion to you at this time. If there is unanimous consent, we could proceed that way and continue with the order of the day, which would be the third report of the Standing Committee on Research, Science and Technology.
Mr. Lewis Mr. Speaker, I have had an opportunity to consider my colleague's suggestion. I appreciate that a motion pursuant to Standing Order 29 comes after motions in the order of Routine Proceedings on the Order Paper.
There have been discussions among the Parties as to what would be the best way to conduct business this morning, in view of the fact that it is a Monday and it is difficult to schedule Members' time as well as airline flights.
I think it has been generally agreed that it would be useful to debate my colleague's motion on the third report of the Standing Committee on Research, Since and Technology after you have had an opportunity to consider the request of the Hon. Member for Egmont (Mr. Henderson) for an emergency debate.
The Chair should make it clear to Hon. Members what has been proposed by the Hon. Member for Ottawa-Vanier (Mr. Gauthier) and has been agreed to by the Minister of State (Mr. Lewis) on behalf of the Government. The usual procedure would require that an application for an emergency debate not take place until the end of Routine Proceedings. Of course, if we have debate on the Hon. Member's motion now we will not get to that today.
The suggestion has been made and agreed to by the Government-but not by the NDP as of yet-that the Chair consider the application for an emergency debate by the Hon. Member for Egmont (Mr. Henderson) at this time. Of course, this could only be done with consent of the House. I would ask
for some guidance from the New Democratic Party as to its position.