February 17, 1993

PC

Gerald R. Ottenheimer (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I am sorry, the invitation may or may not be accepted, but that is not a point of order. That is a continuation of debate.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POINT OF ORDER
Sub-subtopic:   COMMENTS DURING QUESTION PERIOD
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PC

Jean J. Charest (Minister of the Environment)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Jean J. Charest (Minister of the Environment):

Mr. Speaker, for the sake of clarification, it should be made very clear that the government undertook to do a federal environmental assessment of the NAFTA. It was public and it was known by all the members in this House who are interested in that issue.

I was surprised by the comment of the member yesterday, because when I commented on this environmental assessment that had been made public, she was in the room at that time or I thought she was. At least, it was somebody who looked a lot like her.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POINT OF ORDER
Sub-subtopic:   COMMENTS DURING QUESTION PERIOD
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PC

Gerald R. Ottenheimer (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

The difficulty with this is that it is another way of extending debate. It is getting around the rules and I do not think we can do that.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POINT OF ORDER
Sub-subtopic:   COMMENTS DURING QUESTION PERIOD
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ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO PETITIONS

PC

Charles A. Langlois (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Charles A. Langlois (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Industry, Science and Technology):

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 11 petitions.

February 17, 1993

[.Editor's Note: See today's Votes and Proceedings.]

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO PETITIONS
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ENVIRONMENT

SIXTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE

PC

David Samuel Horne MacDonald

Progressive Conservative

Hon. David MacDonald (Rosedale):

Madam Speaker, I have the honour to present the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Environment, in both official languages, in relation to the appointment by the United Nations of Elizabeth Dowdeswell to the position of Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program, UNEP. Elizabeth Dowdeswell is the third person and the second Canadian to hold this prestigious position, succeeding Dr. Mostafa D. Tolba from Egypt who in turn replaced the original director, Maurice Strong.

The challenges facing Ms. Dowdeswell are daunting. The problems facing humanity can no longer be categorized as simply environment or economical or only affecting a country or a single continent. The solutions are complex and transgress international borders and cultures, ultimately affecting every human being.

It is a tribute to Canada that of the three UNEP executive directors two have been Canadians.

Our committee has worked closely with Ms. Dowdeswell during the course of its series entitled "Our Changing Atmosphere" as well as in the activities leading up to and including the earth summit. Members have been impressed by her thoroughness, determination and judgment, qualities which will serve her well in her new position.

We therefore wish to congratulate Ms. Dowdeswell on her election to this most senior international position in the environmental field. We wish her, on behalf of all Canadians, courage and success in what might very well be the most challenging times facing our global environment.

Routine Proceedings

Topic:   ENVIRONMENT
Subtopic:   SIXTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURES RESTRAINT ACT, 1993 NO. 2 MEASURE TO ENACT

PC

John Horton McDermid (Minister of State (Finance and Privatization))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. John McDermid (for Minister of Finance) moved

for leave to introduce Bill C-113, an act to provide for government expenditure restraint.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURES RESTRAINT ACT, 1993 NO. 2 MEASURE TO ENACT
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PC

Andrée Champagne (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Madam Deputy Speaker:

Pursuant to Standing Order 68(2), the motion is deemed adopted.

Mr. McDermid (for Minister of Finance) moves that the bill be now read the first time and printed.

Pursuant to Standing Order 69(1), the motion is deemed adopted.

Bill read the first time and printed.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURES RESTRAINT ACT, 1993 NO. 2 MEASURE TO ENACT
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MEAT IMPORT ACT

MEASURE TO AMEND

PC

Kenneth Gardner Hughes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Ken Hughes (Macleod) moved

for leave to introduce Bill C-406, an act to amend the Meat Import Act.

Topic:   MEAT IMPORT ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Andrée Champagne (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Madam Deputy Speaker:

Pursuant to Standing Order 68(2), the motion is deemed adopted.

Topic:   MEAT IMPORT ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Kenneth Gardner Hughes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hughes:

Madam Speaker, this bill proposes that Canada amend its Meat Import Act to increase our control over offshore imports and consequently defend our industry against possible U.S. trade sanctions.

I am introducing this bill after speaking with many beef producers who want the government to defend our industry against this potential threat. It is really a defensive measure. By doing so this bill recognizes that the Canadian and American beef market is becoming a single market. Harmonization of certain standards, procedures and import regimes will reduce the risk of trade conflict between our two nations and the industries of those two nations.

Topic:   MEAT IMPORT ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Andrée Champagne (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Madam Deputy Speaker:

Mr. Hughes moves that the bill be now read the first time and printed.

Pursuant to Standing Order 69(1), the motion is deemed adopted.

Bill read the first time and printed.

February 17, 1993

Routine Proceedings

Topic:   MEAT IMPORT ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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JUSTICE AND THE SOLICITOR GENERAL

SUBCOMMITTEE ON RECODIFICATION

February 17, 1993