September 28, 2000

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The Speaker

Before we begin the daily routine of business I address myself directly to the Minister of Human Resources Development.

Yesterday there was a question of privilege introduced by the hon. member for Acadie—Bathurst with regard to an alleged leaking of a document, specifically the bill. Is the minister prepared to address that at this point, or will she do it after question period?

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Jane Stewart

Liberal

Hon. Jane Stewart

Mr. Speaker, it was my intention to do it after question period, if that is acceptable to the House.

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The Speaker

It would be acceptable to the House for you to do it then. We will expect your response.

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Derek Lee

Liberal

Mr. Derek Lee (Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Lib.)

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

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Government Response To Petitions
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LIB

Jane Stewart

Liberal

Hon. Jane Stewart (Minister of Human Resources Development, Lib.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-44, an act to amend the Employment Insurance Act.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance Act
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Dave Chatters

Reform

Mr. David Chatters (Athabasca, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, if you were to seek consent of the House I think you would find, as a result of all party consultations, there is agreement to the following motion:

That all report stage motions standing in the name of the member for Dauphin—Swan River be changed to stand in the name of the member for Edmonton North.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marine Conservation Areas Act
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The Deputy Speaker

Perhaps the hon. member for Athabasca could enlighten the Chair on which bill this motion concerns. That would be helpful.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marine Conservation Areas Act
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Dave Chatters

Reform

Mr. David Chatters

Mr. Speaker, it is Bill C-8.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marine Conservation Areas Act
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The Deputy Speaker

The House has heard the proposal of the hon. member for Athabasca. Is there unanimous consent for the motion?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marine Conservation Areas Act
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

(Motion agreed to)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marine Conservation Areas Act
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LIB

Rose-Marie Ur

Liberal

Mrs. Rose-Marie Ur (Lambton—Kent—Middlesex, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I wish to present a petition on behalf of citizens in the Grand Bend, Thedford and London area.

They urge the government to eliminate the gas additive MMT as it has a negative impact both on people's health and our ecosystem at large.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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Gérard Asselin

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Gérard Asselin (Charlevoix, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I am pleased to present a petition bearing the signatures of a number of constituents in the riding of Charlevoix.

This is just one more in a series of petitions presented in this House relating to rapidly escalating gasoline prices.

The petitioners call upon the government to act to lower the excessive price of crude oil and to devote sufficient funding to alternative energy research.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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Werner Schmidt

Reform

Mr. Werner Schmidt (Kelowna, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, I present three petitions on behalf of my colleague, the member for Okanagan—Shuswap.

The first petition is signed by 47 constituents in that riding. These Canadians ask parliament to take all measures necessary to ensure that possession of child pornography remains a serious criminal offence.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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Werner Schmidt

Reform

Mr. Werner Schmidt (Kelowna, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, the second and third petitions are signed by a total of 103 residents.

They ask that parliament withdraw Bill C-23 and affirm the opposite sex definition of marriage in legislation and ensure marriage is recognized as a unique institution.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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Jocelyne Girard-Bujold

Bloc Québécois

Ms. Jocelyne Girard-Bujold (Jonquière, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I am pleased to present a petition signed by 350 constituents in the riding of Jonquière.

The petitioners are calling upon parliament to take all of the steps necessary to ensure that the public and its representatives are consulted on the principle of importing MOX plutonium.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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Derek Lee

Liberal

Mr. Derek Lee (Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, Question No. 92 will be answered today. .[Text]

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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John Williams

Reform

Mr. John Williams

Do any of the following agencies provide governor in council appointees with tax free allowances and if so ( i ) what is the amount of the individual allowances and ( ii ) the reason for the allowances, for example, second residences and/or transportation: ( a ) Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages; ( b ) National Film Board of Canada: ( c ) Canada Industrial Relations Board; ( d ) Canadian Dairy Commission; ( e ) Atomic Energy Control Board; ( f ) Canadian Space Agency; ( g ) Immigration and Refugee Board; and ( h ) Privy Council Office?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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Joe Jordan

Liberal

Mr. Joe Jordan (Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister, Lib.)

No “tax free” allowances are provided to governor in council appointees, however, some of these appointees do receive allowances which are specified as being “net after tax”. They are not tax free. These types of allowances normally cover travel and living expenses incurred during temporary relocation and are generally in line with those available under the Treasury Board integrated relocation policy.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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LIB

Derek Lee

Liberal

Mr. Derek Lee

I ask, Mr. Speaker, that the remaining questions be allowed to stand.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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The Deputy Speaker

Is that agreed?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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September 28, 2000