November 22, 2004 (38th Parliament, 1st Session)

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The Speaker

The Chair has examined Bill C-243, an act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (establishment of the Office of the Victims Ombudsman of Canada) to determine whether its provisions would require a royal recommendation and thus prevent the Chair from putting the question at third reading.
As its title suggests, this bill would create the position of victims ombudsman of Canada, with remuneration for such officers and employees as are necessary to perform the functions and duties. It is abundantly clear that this legislative initiative would authorize the spending of public funds. In accordance with Standing Order 79(2), such a bill must be accompanied by a royal recommendation.
Therefore, in its present form, I will decline to put the question on third reading unless a royal recommendation is received for this bill.
Today, the debate is on the motion for second reading which will continue as scheduled.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Corrections and Conditional Release Act
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