Eleni BAKOPANOS

BAKOPANOS, The Hon. Eleni, P.C., B.A. (Hons.)

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Ahuntsic (Quebec)
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleni_Bakopanos
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=f778349b-4972-42c9-a933-63b201d420b1&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
policy adviser, political analyst, public servant

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Saint-Denis (Quebec)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Ahuntsic (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (July 10, 1997 - August 31, 1999)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Ahuntsic (Quebec)
  • Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole (January 30, 2001 - February 1, 2004)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development with special emphasis on Social Economy (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Ahuntsic (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development with special emphasis on Social Economy (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Social Development with special emphasis on Social Economy (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 570)


November 24, 2005

Hon. Eleni Bakopanos (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Social Development (Social Economy), Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, we welcome the report of Campaign 2000. However, I would like to remind all members here what it recommended in 2005 and what the government has done. We have an effective child benefit system with $12 million in the national child tax benefit.

We have a universal accessible system of quality early learning and child care, something that the government has done. In fact, we signed our 10th agreement this morning with New Brunswick.

We have a significant increase in affordable housing. We have more affordable housing today, thanks to the minister of housing. There are more good jobs. There is no other government's--

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Child Poverty
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November 24, 2005

Hon. Eleni Bakopanos

You never listen.

I know you do not have any respect for this decision, but the point of order was that one—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
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November 24, 2005

Hon. Eleni Bakopanos

Mr. Speaker, I really think that the hon. member is being dishonest when he says that we have two faces.

We should say exactly what happened in this House. No one is against seniors. On the contrary, it is the government that introduced legislation in this regard. We did all we could to get assistance.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
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November 24, 2005

Hon. Eleni Bakopanos

Yes, you do not have any respect and you do not have any respect for the members either. Yesterday you said that the Quebec members said no. Not one member from Quebec said no yesterday. I wanted to say that too.

I would like a clarification, Mr. Speaker. We voted yesterday to ensure that this bill would be sent to committee. We were ready to send it to committee, but it is the Bloc that wants an election, not us.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
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November 24, 2005

Hon. Eleni Bakopanos (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Social Development (Social Economy), Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I believe the vote that took place in the House last night was misrepresented outside. I would like to bring to the attention of the House that this may even a point of privilege, my privilege as a member in this House, in terms of how I and members on the Liberal side voted last night.

We voted on a section of a particular private member's bill, the private member's bill of the member for Champlain, a member who is now retiring and who we wish a good retirement, which you, Mr. Speaker, had ruled sections 2, 3, 4 and 6, the retroactivity part of that bill, as being out of order. What you said in your judgment when that bill was read for the first time was:

--its provisions would infringe on the financial initiative of the Crown and thus prevent the Chair from putting the question to a vote at third reading.

You did allow the bill to be voted on at second reading. You went on to say that if it were supported at second reading, which is exactly what happened yesterday in this House, it would then proceed to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. That is exactly what was voted on in the House last night.

When the hon. House leader of the Bloc rose last night, the Chair did not point out to the hon. member that was exactly the ruling that took place in this House.

I would like the Chair to reiterate what you had reiterated when that bill was first put, that it could have second reading but not third reading in this House because it was ruled out of order, especially sections 2, 3, 4 and 6, which concerned the retroactivity part of the bill.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
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