April 29, 1988

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS


[ Translation]


VACANCY

PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to inform the House that I have received a communication notifying me that a vacancy has occurred in the representation, namely, Clement Cote, Member for the electoral district of Lac-Saint-Jean, by resignation. Accordingly, I have addressed my warrant to the Chief Electoral Officer for the issue of a new writ of election for the said electoral district.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   VACANCY
Sub-subtopic:   LAC-SAINT-JEAN-CLEMENT M. COTE, BY RESIGNATION
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GOVERNMENT ORDERS

CRIMINAL CODE


The House proceeded to the consideration of Bill C-89, an Act to amend the Criminal Code (victims of crime), as reported (with amendment) from a legislative committee.


PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Ray Hnatyshyn (Saskatoon West) moved:

That Bill C-89 be amended in Clause 7, in the French version, by striking out lines 20 to 25 at page 15 and substituting therefor:

"(1.4) pour ['application du present article, la victime est:

a) la personne qui subit des pertes ou des dommages materiels ou moraux par suite la perpetration d'une infraction".

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

The motion has been put. Does the Minister wish to continue with debate?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hnatyshyn:

Mr. Speaker, this comes as a surprise to me. I was not expecting to speak at this stage. I had understood that there had been discussions between my acting Parliamentary Secretary and the Opposition critics-

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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An Hon. Member:

He is doing a bad job for you.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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NDP

Nelson Andrew Riis (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Riis:

There have been no discussions.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hnatyshyn:

-with respect to this amendment, an amendment which is technical in nature. It simply corrects the French version. It is not a substantive amendment.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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NDP

Nelson Andrew Riis (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Riis:

We were told yesterday what the business of the House was to be for today, and-

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hnatyshyn:

If it is the intention of the Opposition to stall this Bill for reasons unrelated to its merits, I would very much regret that decision. Bill C-89 has to do with victims of crime, and it is one which is universally supported.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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NDP

Nelson Andrew Riis (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Riis:

It was not discussed as part of the business of the House for today.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hnatyshyn:

If the House Leader of the New Democratic Party wants to carry on his negotiations, perhaps he could go behind the curtains and allow me the courtesy of finishing my remarks. He knows and I know that Rule 904 does exist. If I were inclined to invoke that, we could spend the rest of the day talking about this Bill. I do not operate that way. I think the New Democratic Party should try to be straightforward. If New Democrats are trying to delay and disrupt the proceedings of the House then let them stand up and say so. 1 understood that this matter had been cleared. We are quite prepared to go ahead with this other technical matter. If that is not the case and there is some problem that 1 have not communicated fully, then I apologize.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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NDP

William Alexander (Bill) Blaikie

New Democratic Party

Mr. Blaikie:

Don't be a cry-baby.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hnatyshyn:

If anyone had a reason to be a cry-baby after what happened in Manitoba, the Hon. Members over there should be out there with Kleenex.

If there is not an inclination to proceed, we can have a vote on this technical amendment and show how childish the New Democrats are, and 1 will come back another day.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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LIB

Robert Phillip Kaplan

Liberal

Mr. Kaplan:

Mr. Speaker, I came to the House with an understanding from the Government that there had been an all-Party agreement to deal with this matter. I was not expecting it to be first on the list until very late in the day yesterday. I am here and prepared to proceed. I hope we can deal with this Bill now, as the Government says. It is a step about which I would like to comment. It deals with the problems of victims and their legitimate claims for better treatment under the criminal law. I did come on the under-

April 29, 1988

Criminal Code

standing that there was an agreement about which 1 had not myself consulted with the New Democratic Party.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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April 29, 1988