June 3, 1993

PC

Steve Eugene Paproski (Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Assistant Deputy Chairman:

Shall the title carry?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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NDP

Iain Francis Angus (Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Iain Angus (Thunder Bay-Atikokan):

Mr. Chairman, on the title, I wonder if I can put a question to the minister with regard to the request from the standing committee which recommended that WHMIS-type labelling and material safety data sheets be instituted for explosives. The government's response which was dated May 12 was that only the intent of WHMIS and not the existing formats can be adopted.

I wonder if the minister can explain to the House why it is not possible to take an already existing mechanism, for example the forms that are provided under WHMIS, and through regulations adopt them for explosives handling for those workers who are exposed to it.

If the minister is not in a position himself to provide that technical answer I wonder if he would undertake to review the specific request of the standing committee and, as it is drafting the regulations, see if there is a way an existing form which is known and used well by people can be adopted rather than trying to reinvent the wheel so to speak to accommodate an existing act.

I wonder if the minister could give consideration to accepting the recommendation of the standing committee's report that asked that WHMIS-type labelling and material safety data sheets be instituted for explosives. As I remind the minister, it was only the intent that was accepted.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Douglas Grinslade Lewis (Solicitor General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Doug Lewis (Solicitor General of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, in my previous incarnation as Minister of

Transport I had some dealings with the issue of packaging and transportation of dangerous goods.

My hon. friend makes an eminently sensible comment when he suggests that I undertake to ask that any regulations be written with the view of using existing, well understood forms and I would presume wording. Since the issue is really the safety of people, whether they are workers on the job or workers trying to clean up an accident, I have no difficulty whatsoever in giving the undertaking of the government to keep the intent issue in mind when regulations are being drafted.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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LIB

Maurice Brydon Foster

Liberal

Mr. Maurice Foster (Algoma):

Mr. Speaker, since the acting minister is the Solicitor General as well, I wonder if this legislation would have been beneficial in preventing the kind of action that occurred in Giant Yellowknife where a number of lives were lost. I wonder whether the strengthening of the Explosives Act would be beneficial in preventing that kind of incident again since he obviously would be aware of the investigation and details of that tragic event.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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LIB

Philip Derek Lewis

Liberal

Mr. Lewis:

Mr. Speaker, in my present incarnation as Solicitor General I am not in a position to make any comment on whether or not these changes would have had any effect on the incident in Yellowknife mines.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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Title agreed to. Bill reported.


LIB

Philip Derek Lewis

Liberal

Hon. Doug Lewis (for the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources) moved

that the bill be concurred in at the report stage.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Charles Deblois (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. DeBlois):

Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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?

Some hon. members:

Agreed.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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Motion agreed to.


PC

Charles Deblois (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. DeBlois):

When shall the bill be read the third time? With unanimous consent, now?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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?

Some hon. members:

Agreed.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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LIB

Philip Derek Lewis

Liberal

Mr. Lewis (for the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources) moved

that the bill be read the third time and passed.

June 3, 1993

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Charles Deblois (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. DeBlois):

Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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?

Some hon. members:

Agreed.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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Motion agreed to, bill read the third lime and passed.


PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Langlois:

Mr. Speaker, the House was so efficient this morning that we have more or less finished consideration of all bills on the Order Paper. I therefore suggest we call it one o'clock. I also wish to give notice to the House that after Question Period, at three o'clock, we will call Bill C-128, on child pornography.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Charles Deblois (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. DeBlois):

Is it agreed?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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?

Some hon. members:

Agreed.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXPLOSIVES ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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SITTING SUSPENDED

June 3, 1993