December 17, 1987

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE

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Melbourne Alexander Gass

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mel Gass (Malpeque):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the first report of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, in both official languages.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS-FIRST REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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FISHERIES AND OCEANS-THIRD REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE

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Gerald J. Comeau

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gerald Comeau (South West Nova):

Mr. Speaker, 1 have the honour to present the third report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, in both official languages.

[ Translation]

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   FISHERIES AND OCEANS-THIRD REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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OFFICIAL LANGUAGES-FIFTH REPORT OF STANDING JOINT COMMITTEE

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Gabriel Desjardins

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gabriel Desjardins (Temiscamingue):

Mr. Speaker, as Co-chairman of the Standing Joint Committee on Official Languages, 1 have the honour to present the fifth report of the committee, in both official languages.

Pursuant to Standing Order 99(2) of the House of Commons, the committee requests the Government to table a comprehensive response to the report within 150 days.

[Editor's Note: For texts of above reports, see today's Votes and Proceedings.]

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   OFFICIAL LANGUAGES-FIFTH REPORT OF STANDING JOINT COMMITTEE
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PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS

REINTRODUCTION OF PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL

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Michael Morris Cassidy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Mike Cassidy (Ottawa Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask consent, which I believe I need, in order to have an

Act to provide the political rights of public employees introduced again into the House. The Clerk, 1 think, understands better than I exactly what is the procedure. We were in consultation with the Privy office yesterday and 1 understand that this procedure is necessary in order to allow a Bill which 1 had previously debated for one hour in this House back into the hopper for the private Members' draw taking place this afternoon.

I would appreciate all Members granting me the necessary consent to revert to introduction of Private Members' Bills and then to have this Bill introduced. I was trying to listen and do this at the same time.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
Subtopic:   REINTRODUCTION OF PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL
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John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

The House has heard the request of the Hon. Member for Ottawa Centre. I should advise all Hon. Members that this can only be done with unanimous consent. I think the Hon. Member realizes that.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
Subtopic:   REINTRODUCTION OF PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL
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Frederick James (Jim) Hawkes (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Jim Hawkes (Parliamentary Secretary to Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Privy Council):

Mr. Speaker, the normal pattern on a unanimous consent request at this time would be some prior consultation. At first blush, 1 do not think there is any problem, but I think we should go through the consultation process before we grant the unanimous consent.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
Subtopic:   REINTRODUCTION OF PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL
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Michael Morris Cassidy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cassidy:

Mr. Speaker, I would be quite happy to do that provided that perhaps there will be some disposition, assuming there is nothing irregular, to do this in the next few minutes because of the need to fit in under the deadline for the draw. 1 have to apologize, but was rather tied up with tax reform matters yesterday and we just managed to start to get in under the wire at 5.30 or 6 p.m. yesterday with respect to the draw.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
Subtopic:   REINTRODUCTION OF PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL
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Frederick James (Jim) Hawkes (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hawkes:

Mr. Speaker, as long as we know exactly what we are facing. We are always concerned about precedents. If it is missing a deadline, that is one set of circumstances. If it opens the door to Parliament's reconsideration of matters already dealt with, which is one of the fundamental principles in this place, then we are in a somewhat different ball park. I just do not know what the situation is because consultation did not occur. We would be pleased to have those consultations at the earliest moment.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
Subtopic:   REINTRODUCTION OF PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL
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John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Perhaps the Chair can assist the Hon. Parliamentary Secretary and Hon. Members. First, if the House decides to do something by consent, I should make it

December 17, 1987

Petitions

very clear that that is not viewed by the Chair as any type of precedent. I might share with Members my view of precedent. It is not the automatic following of something that has been done once. I want to assure the Hon. Parliamentary Secretary that if something can be worked out here, the Chair will not feel that it is any type of precedent. 1 do understand and appreciate the support of the Parliamentary Secretary for maintenance, under those circumstances, to the ordered way of doing things. I know that the Hon. Member for Ottawa Centre (Mr. Cassidy) feels the same way.

I am only suggesting to the Hon. Parliamentary Secretary and the Hon. Member for Ottawa Centre that perhaps they could have a quick consultation, and it might be the disposition of the House to come back in a few minutes and revert to this matter. If there is a general disposition to go along with something, I do not want to see it stopped for any narrow grounds. I am in the hands of the House. The Hon. Member for Ottawa Centre.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
Subtopic:   REINTRODUCTION OF PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL
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Michael Morris Cassidy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cassidy:

Mr. Speaker, I agree that that is the most constructive way to proceed. Therefore, I withdraw my request for consent at this time pending consultations with the Parliamentary Secretary. We will do that right away.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
Subtopic:   REINTRODUCTION OF PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL
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PETITIONS

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Robert Alfred Corbett

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of a number of concerned citizens of Sussex, New Brunswick, I wish to present a petition.

My constituents pray that the Parliament of Canada will act to establish necessary measures to ensure that the homeless and poorly lodged Canadians live in adequate and healthy housing, and have access to a variety of rehabilitation programs in order to reintegrate into Canadian society.

The Canadian Council on Social Development has indicated that 100,000 people were homeless sometime during 1986, that there are increasing numbers joining those ranks, and that soup kitchens are not an adequate response. I petition the House of Commons on behalf of the petitioners that something be done to alleviate the situation.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR NECESSARY GOVERNMENT ACTION TO INCREASE HOUSING FOR THE NEEDY
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Walter Leland Rutherford (Lee) Clark (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lee Clark (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a petition on behalf of a number of residents of Portage- Marquette, my neighbouring riding, and particularly those who reside in the Riding Mountain area and neighbouring communities.

Understandably, the petitioners are concerned about reduction in postal service in their area, and petition Parliament on behalf of all who reside in that area, with the request that Canada Post should not reduce service to rural communities, and that rural Canadians should not in any way be treated inequitably by that Crown corporation.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   CANADA POST-OPPOSITION TO CORPORATE PLAN
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William John Vankoughnet

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Vankoughnet (Hastings-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a petition signed by hundreds of constituents of the federal constituency of Hastings-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington who are asking for changes in our road safety regulations.

The petitioners believe that rear seatbelts in passenger cars are inadequate, and that the suffering of crash victims could be reduced or avoided through improved seatbelts. They also believe that medical care costs can be reduced or eliminated.

For those reasons, the petitioners urge the Government to make a commitment with respect to the mandatory installation of adjustable shoulder safety belts for all rear seat passenger cars, and the installation of airbags for front seat passengers.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   MANDATORY INSTALLATION IN CARS OF AIRBAGS AND THREE-POINT SEATBELTS
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December 17, 1987