October 14, 1983 (32nd Parliament, 1st Session)


Yvon Pinard (President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)


Hon. Yvon Pinard (President of the Privy Council):

Mr. Speaker, may I refer you to page 27998 of yesterday's Hansard? The Chairman of the Special Committee on Parliamentary Reform (Mr. Lefebvre) said the following-this is very short-and I quote:
Madam Speaker, because my position as Chairman of the Committee was brought into question by the words that were spoken, I want to say that there definitely was an understanding by the members of that Committee that these reports-
-and one of these reports is the one the Hon. Member is debating-
-would be arrived at by consensus, that there would be unanimous decisions on the understanding there would be no move to concur in the House.
The Member for Nepean-Carleton (Mr. Baker) is betraying his colleagues, the members of the Committee, and he is breaking his word, and in the circumstances I submit, with respect, that he is acting contrary to an understanding among Committee Members and that he should not be heard in the House today, because-

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