April 3, 1998 (36th Parliament, 1st Session)


Roy H. Bailey


Mr. Roy Bailey (Souris—Moose Mountain, Ref.)

Madam Speaker, I would like to ask a question of my colleague who just spoke.
As I understand it, the opposition which my colleagues made to this was the fact that the issuance of the bill that came from the Senate was in violation of Standing Order 80 that says:
All aids and supplies granted to the Sovereign by the Parliament of Canada are the sole gift of the House of Commons—
Section 53 of the Constitution Act provides that only the House of Commons may table money bills. It goes on to say that bills which require the expenditure of public funds or invoking a tax or an impost. That means fines, levies, duties and penalties. These bills are totally out of order with Standing Order 80 and run opposite to section 53.
Does the member agree that these bills should not originate in the Senate but should come from here first?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985
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