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View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
2021-04-15 10:06 [p.5643]
Mr. Speaker, I rise today on a point of order with respect to the events that unfolded in the House yesterday during question period.
I would like to say that the conduct of the person who took the screenshot is not only extremely unfortunate, but it is mean-spirited and life-changing for one of our colleagues. Taking a photo of someone who is changing clothes and in the nude, and sharing it without their consent could very well be criminal. Did the person who took the screenshot give any thought to the ramifications of their actions? Did they think of the member's family, children, friends, or the fact that the Internet is forever? Are we really at a point in our politics where it is acceptable to try to destroy the reputation of and humiliate a colleague because someone finds a very unfortunate error and unintentional mistake to be funny? Our politics has taken a very dark and destructive turn, if this is the case.
It is difficult to accept that the MP for Pontiac, who has been such a champion for environmental protection and climate action, could be treated with such callous disrespect, so I would request that the Speaker commence an immediate investigation to determine who took the photo, so that the House can decide the appropriate action to take.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I want to thank the hon. member for his intervention. I will take it under advisement, look into the situation and get back to the House if necessary.
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I hate to interrupt the member, but I believe she forgot to indicate that she is splitting her time with the member for Beaches—East York.
View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
View Marilène Gill Profile
2021-04-15 14:44 [p.5680]
Mr. Speaker, for the last two questions, there has been a lot of background noise in the House, and I am having a hard time hearing, even with my earpiece.
I would like you to remind my colleagues to respect other colleagues who have the floor.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
The hon. member is right. I was going to say something after the answer, but this forces me to say it now. I thank the member for raising the issue.
I want to remind members that, if they want to talk, they can go to the other side while keeping two metres apart. That is fine. If they are 20 metres apart, that is a problem because then they have to shout, and that is unacceptable in the House.
I know that debates in the House can get heated, but I want to make sure members know how this works.
It is hard to estimate the distance, but I am sure the hon. members in the chamber can figure out the difference between two metres and 20 metres.
The hon. minister.
View Fayçal El-Khoury Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Fayçal El-Khoury Profile
2021-04-15 15:24 [p.5686]
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. When I asked my question to the minister, accidentally a microphone was open and the answer of the minister was not heard properly.
Is it possible to allow me, please, to re-ask the question to the hon. minister in order that everyone can hear the question properly?
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
It was a very slight interruption, but we will ask the House.
All those opposed to the hon. member moving the motion will please say nay.
Agreed. The House has heard the terms of the motion. All those opposed to the motion will please say nay.
We will go ahead, and the member can ask the question once more.
Please go ahead.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
In my statement of March 22, 2021, regarding Private Members' Business, I expressed my concern about Bill C-265, an act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (illness, injury or quarantine), sponsored by the member for Salaberry—Suroît.
At the time, I encouraged the hon. members who wished to make arguments regarding the need for a royal recommendation for this bill to do so, which the members for Kingston and the Islands and Elmwood—Transcona did during points of order on April 12 and 14, respectively. I thank them for the precedents and the information they shared during their interventions. I am now ready to rule on the matter.
During his intervention, the member for Kingston and the Islands argued that Bill C-265 would extend sickness benefits and would thus seek to authorize a new and distinct charge on the consolidated revenue fund not authorized in statute. He added that there is no existing authorization to cover this new and distinct charge and that a royal recommendation is therefore necessary.
Here is what it says at page 838 of House of Commons Procedure and Practice, third edition, and I quote:
Without a royal recommendation, a bill that either increases the amount of an appropriation, or extends its objects, purposes, conditions and qualifications is inadmissible on the grounds that it infringes on the Crown’s financial initiative.
Furthermore, a royal recommendation may only be obtained by a minister, the granting of such recommendation being a prerogative of the Crown.
In order to determine if Bill C-265 requires a royal recommendation, the Chair can rely on a number of similar precedents, including the ruling made by my predecessor on Bill C-269, an act to amend the Employment Insurance Act regarding improvement of the employment insurance system, and Bill C-308, an act to amend the Employment Insurance Act regarding improvement of the employment insurance system, both of which would have, among other things, extended the length of the benefit period.
A reading of Bill C-265 reveals that it would amend paragraphs 12(3)(c) and 152.14(1)(c) of the Employment Insurance Act to increase the maximum benefit period in the case of a prescribed illness, injury or quarantine from 15 weeks to 50 weeks.
Clearly, the bill’s goal is to permanently lengthen the period for employment insurance benefits, which would increase the expenditures made under the act’s system. It is, therefore, my opinion that Bill C-265 would increase an existing appropriation and must be accompanied by a royal recommendation before it can proceed to a final vote in the House on third reading.
When this item is next before the House, the debate will only be on the motion for second reading of the bill, and the question will be put to the House at the end of this debate.
I would like to thank the hon. members for their attention.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, since the beginning of the pandemic, the Chair has repeatedly reminded members of the importance of respecting decorum and the dress code.
I think we broke a record today, because during question period, we saw a member in his birthday suit. Naked. It might be worth reminding members, especially the men, that a jacket and tie are mandatory, but so are a shirt, underwear and pants.
It is just a simple reminder. We could see that the member is in great shape, but I think members need to be reminded to be careful and check if their camera is on.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I thank the hon. member for Salaberry—Suroît for her observations. I did not see that, but while the member was speaking, I conferred with the technicians and they did indeed see something.
I would like to remind members to always be vigilant when they are near a camera and a microphone.
Is the hon. member for Kingston and the Islands rising on the same point of order?
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a different point of order. During question period today, the Conservatives referred to the first female justice minister. They misquoted that. It was actually Kim Campbell. I recognize they probably do not know that because it was a different Conservative Party at a different time, but the first female justice minister was—
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I want to thank the hon. member for that information, but it is starting to turn into debate at this point.
View Shannon Stubbs Profile
CPC (AB)
View Shannon Stubbs Profile
2021-04-14 15:16 [p.5566]
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I believe that if you seek it you will find unanimous consent for the following motion.
I move that given (a) the risk to Canada's national security posed by Huawei, (b) the fact that China's national security laws require all companies to support, assist and co-operate with China's Communist Party intelligence work, (c) the fact that Canada's Five Eyes partners have already banned Huawei, and (d) the government's failure to respond to a motion passed in the House on November, 20, 2020, calling on the government to ban Huawei, the House repeat its call on the government to ban Huawei from Canada's 5G network.
View Rachel Bendayan Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Rachel Bendayan Profile
2021-04-14 15:19 [p.5566]
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order.
During debate at the late show last night, I mistakenly claimed that the member for Calgary Nose Hill signed a letter calling for an end to the lockdowns that are helping to protect our most vulnerable from COVID-19. I was wrong. It was a tweet in support of ending lockdowns, which was reported by the Western Standard as the MP for Calgary Nose Hill “joins Alberta UCP MLAs in blasting Kenney's third COVID lockdown”.
I do apologize for the error and ask that the record be corrected.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I want to thank the hon. member for that clarification.
The hon. member for Mégantic—L'Érable.
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