November 18, 2005

LIB

Pierre Pettigrew

Liberal

Hon. Pierre Pettigrew (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have the greatest respect for each of the former premiers of Quebec, even those rejected by the PQ and the one they booed the other evening.

Political life is so demanding that anyone who devotes himself to it deserves our admiration. I am very sorry to think I may have hurt the feelings of one of them. I was referring to the losing speeches by the PQ—their speeches in defeat—when I passed comment on the tributes being paid one after the other, the other night. I certainly do not think that the people who held such office were losers.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Premiers of Quebec
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The Speaker

That concludes question period for today.

The hon. member for Prince George—Peace River is rising on a point of order.

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Subtopic:   Premiers of Quebec
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CPC

Jay Hill

Conservative

Mr. Jay Hill

Mr. Speaker, apparently the misrepresentations and untruths are starting even before the election campaign gets under way. Today, during question period the Minister of Finance stated that if an election were to occur, then it is clear that the official opposition would have denied seniors the increase in their guaranteed income supplements. The hon. Minister of Finance knows full well that the increase was already under Bill C-43, the original Liberal government budget before we got into the NDP budget, so he should correct the record.

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Subtopic:   Premiers of Quebec
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The Speaker

It does not sound like a point of order to me. It sounds very much like a matter of debate. The hon. member for Prince George—Peace River knows that if he wants to debate questions and answers he can do so in the late show. He can make an application for a debate in the late show and have some fun then.

Do we have another point of order? The hon. member for Cariboo--Prince George is rising on another point of order.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Premiers of Quebec
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CPC

Dick Harris

Conservative

Mr. Richard Harris

Mr. Speaker, on the same point of order if I may--

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Premiers of Quebec
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The Speaker

Order, please. It was not a point of order. The hon. member must have heard me. I said it was a matter of debate.

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Subtopic:   Premiers of Quebec
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CPC
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The Speaker

The hon. member is rising on a new point of order.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Premiers of Quebec
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CPC

Dick Harris

Conservative

Mr. Richard Harris

Mr. Speaker, I watch you get up and down in the House during question period and caution people about making statements that misrepresent facts. I did not know that on some days of the week that members of the cabinet can in fact rise in the House and misrepresent the truth on issues. Am I to understand that this is permitted?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Premiers of Quebec
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The Speaker

I think the hon. member knows that the Speaker may correct language, but whether a member is misrepresenting facts or not is something the Speaker has no opinion on and never makes any conclusion. Language, yes, but whether the statements contained in a question or an answer are factual or a matter of dispute is beyond me.

I know the hon. member would enjoy a debate perhaps on some of these matters and I invite him to apply for a late show debate the next time he asks a question and gets an answer he does not like. It is the best approach.

The hon. parliamentary secretary on another point of order.

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Subtopic:   Premiers of Quebec
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LIB

Sue Barnes

Liberal

Hon. Sue Barnes

Mr. Speaker, I am not sure if I mentioned education and I do not want to mislead the House. I want to ensure that education is also part of the FMM agenda.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Premiers of Quebec
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The Speaker

I am sure no hon. member wants to mislead the House.

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Subtopic:   Premiers of Quebec
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LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

Hon. Don Boudria (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the 52nd report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding its order of reference of Wednesday, June 22, in relation to Bill C-312, an act to amend the Canada Elections Act (appointment of returning officers).

The committee has considered Bill C-312 and reports the bill with amendments.

I also have other reports from the same committee. We have been very busy. I have the honour to present the 53rd report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding its order of reference of Tuesday, October 18, in relation to Bill C-63, an act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act.

The committee has considered Bill C-63 and reports the bill with one amendment.

In addition, I have the honour to present the fifty-first report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the question of privilege relating to an inquiry conducted by the ethics commissioner.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
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LIB

John McKay

Liberal

Hon. John McKay (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the 18th report of the Standing Committee on Finance on Bill C-57, An Act to amend certain acts in relation to financial institutions and agreed on Thursday, November 18, 2005, to report it with amendments.

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Subtopic:   Committees of the House
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CPC

Cheryl Gallant

Conservative

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as of January 3, 2003, thousands of law-abiding Canadians, through no fault of their own, have become criminals through the possession of unregistered firearms. Any individual who now tries to register a firearm is exposed to federal prosecution.

Conflicting statements made by the Minister of Justice and the Canada Firearms Centre regarding the threat of prosecution is only adding to the confusion. It is recognized in 9 out of 10 provinces, as well as by MPs, senators and the Auditor General of Canada, and all agree that the firearms registry is completely out of control.

The people of Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke who have signed this petition are asking that there be an immediate amnesty for all owners of long barrel firearms registered after January 1, 2003.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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BQ

Roger Clavet

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Roger Clavet (Louis-Hébert, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, it is my duty today to table in this House a petition signed by many citizens of Quebec, asking that Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport be returned to its original name of Dorval International Airport.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau was responsible for expropriating some of Quebec's finest farmland to build Mirabel airport. He was the Prime Minister who enacted the War Measures Act in 1970, a very sad page in the history of Quebec. In 1982, he unilaterally patriated the Constitution in spite of the fact that the Quebec National Assembly was unanimously opposed. Therefore, the undersigned petitioners ask that this Montreal airport be returned to its original name of Dorval International Airport.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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CPC

Pierre Poilievre

Conservative

Mr. Pierre Poilievre (Nepean—Carleton, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to rise today to present petitions from thousands of my constituents who support the Queensway Carleton Hospital's bid to obtain a land deal of $1 rent per year. Currently, the Liberal government has charged tens of thousands of dollars a year, amounting to almost $1 million in rent, and is planning a massive rent increase at the termination of the existing lease, all the while charging only $1 to a local golf course that also sits on NCC land. I am proud to introduce this petition on behalf of my constituents.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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CPC

Randy Kamp

Conservative

Mr. Randy Kamp (Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition from citizens of British Columbia, who rightly believe that IBI-ABA therapy can dramatically help children with autism. They are calling upon Parliament to amend the Canada Health Act and corresponding regulations to include that therapy for children with autism as a medically necessary treatment, and require that all provinces provide and fund this essential treatment for autism.

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Subtopic:   Petitions
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LIB

Charles Hubbard

Liberal

Hon. Charles Hubbard (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, if Question No. 219 could be made an order for return, this return would be tabled immediately.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
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The Acting Speaker (Mr. Marcel Proulx)

Is that agreed?

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Subtopic:   Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
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November 18, 2005