October 5, 2000

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The Deputy Speaker

Order, please. Pursuant to section 66 of the Official Languages Act I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the annual report of the Commissioner of Official Languages covering the period between January 1, 1999 and March 31, 2000.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(4)( a ), this report is deemed to have been permanently referred to the Standing Joint Committee on Official Languages.


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LIB

Derek Lee

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table, in both official languages, a number of order in council appointments recently made by the government.

Pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order 110(1) these are deemed referred to the appropriate standing committees, a list of which is attached.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Order In Council Appointments
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LIB

Derek Lee

Liberal

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

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

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Government Response To Petitions
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Raymonde Folco

Liberal

Ms. Raymonde Folco (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Human Resources Development, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table the government's response to the report tabled on June 1, 2000 by the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. This report is entitled “Seeking a Balance: Final Report on Human Resources Development Canada Grants and Contributions”.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Human Resources Development
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BQ

Maurice Dumas

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Maurice Dumas (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), I have the honour to present to the House, in both official languages, the report of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which represented Canada at the 103rd Inter-Parliamentary Conference, held in Amman, Jordan, from April 30 to May 6, 2000.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Interparliamentary Delegations
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Bryon Wilfert

Liberal

Mr. Bryon Wilfert (Oak Ridges, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1) I have the honour to present to the House, in both official languages, the report of the chair of the Canada-Japan Interparliamentary Group annual visit to Diet members, September 4 to 10, 2000.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Interparliamentary Delegations
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Svend Robinson

New Democratic Party

Mr. Svend J. Robinson (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-501, an act to amend the Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act (marriage between persons of the same sex).

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour of tabling a bill today which would amend federal law to recognize the right of gay and lesbian people to marry. Currently federal common law restricts the institution of marriage to marriage between one man and one woman. This is a clear denial of the right to equality for gay and lesbian people extended under the charter of rights and freedoms which, by the way, was pioneered by the late Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

The time is long overdue for recognition that the relationships of gay and lesbian people are just as strong, just as loving and just as committed as those of heterosexual couples. The bill in no way diminishes the strength of heterosexual marriage. It does not in any way affect the religious status of marriage. It would amend federal law to ensure full equality for gay and lesbian couples and to extend to those of us who are involved in relationships the right to marry under federal law.

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

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
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The Deputy Speaker

Would the hon. member for Saskatoon—Humboldt tell the Chair which of the bills standing in his name on the order paper he is proposing to introduce?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
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Jim Pankiw

Reform

Mr. Jim Pankiw

Mr. Speaker, I gave notice of this on Friday. I am not sure exactly what number has been assigned to it. It is an act to amend the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
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The Deputy Speaker

I would like to inform the hon. member that the only bills we have on notice at the moment are an an act to amend the Canada Elections Act (hours of polling in Saskatchewan) and an act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act and the Canada Elections Act (fixed election dates).

I understand that notice may have been given yesterday of a bill and if that is the case it would not be on the order paper for introduction until tomorrow.

I am told the hon. member did file his notice on Friday last, after 2.30. Because the notice time had closed and since the House did not sit on Monday or Tuesday it does not count as notice time, so he has to wait the appropriate time. It counts as having been delivered yesterday for that purpose because he was too late on the Friday. That is why there is this delay. He will be able to do it tomorrow.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
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Jim Pankiw

Reform

Mr. Jim Pankiw

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I realize now what has happened. Obviously as a result of the death of a former Prime Minister the House did not sit on Monday and Tuesday, so that is why this has happened. Rather than having to wait until tomorrow, I wonder if I could have unanimous consent of the House to introduce it today in light of the circumstances.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
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The Deputy Speaker

Does the House give its consent for the hon. member to proceed with the introduction of this bill?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
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An hon. member

No.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
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LIB

Mauril Bélanger

Liberal

Mr. Mauril Bélanger

Mr. Speaker, I rise today, as I did yesterday, to seek unanimous consent to adopt without debate Motion No. 37, which would seek concurrence in the second report of the official languages joint committee, encouraging that the city of Ottawa, the capital of Canada, be officially bilingual.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
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The Deputy Speaker

Is there unanimous consent for the adoption of Motion No. 37 standing under government orders on the order paper?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Subtopic:   Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
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Some hon. members

No.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
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Jim Pankiw

Reform

Mr. Jim Pankiw

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Unanimous consent was denied to my request to introduce a bill today, but I believe that the hon. member who denied it may have misunderstood. In any case, I believe I do now have unanimous consent of the House to introduce the bill today.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
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The Deputy Speaker

Does the hon. member have unanimous consent of the House to proceed with the bill at this time?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
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October 5, 2000