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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I am now prepared to rule on the question of privilege raised yesterday by the member for Calgary Centre.
The member contended that the decision taken by unanimous consent to adjourn the sitting of June 21, 2022, constitutes a breach of his privileges. He noted that due to the technical difficulties with our video conferencing system, he was unable to participate in the proceedings of the House when this decision was made. He equated this matter with previous situations where members were prevented from physically accessing the chamber and asked that the Chair find a prima facie question of privilege.
I thank the member for raising this matter. As I indicated in my statement yesterday, the sitting of June 21, 2022, was suspended due to a connectivity problem external to the House of Commons
It is clear to the Chair that there was no deliberate attempt to interfere with the member's ability to participate in the proceedings. When it was brought to the Chair's attention that there was a widespread outage preventing members from participating, the sitting was suspended. Once it became apparent that it would not be possible to resolve the matter quickly, following discussions with representatives of all parties, the sitting was resumed to allow a motion to adjourn to be presented. The motion was adopted with the unanimous agreement of all members present.
The Chair recognizes that the member was not able to provide his consent for that decision. It was specifically because some members could not participate that the House agreed to adjourn early. The decision was made with the express intent of protecting the rights of those members participating by videoconference. Continuing to sit in those circumstances would have been more problematic for the privileges of members than making a decision to adjourn,
Therefore, the Chair cannot find that this matter constitutes a question of privilege.
I thank all members for their attention.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
The question is on the motion.
If a member of a recognized party present in the House wishes to request a recorded division or that the motion be adopted on division, I would invite them to rise and indicate it to the Chair.
The hon. opposition House leader.
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Lib. (ON)
Call in the members.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I am going to interrupt the hon. minister. I am about 20 feet away from him, and I am having a hard time hearing him.
I would ask the minister to continue, and if this continues, we will have to start from the top.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I am going to have to interrupt.
The hon. minister can start from the top, please.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Before we go on to the answer, there are two things: I want everyone to respect each other, and when we are making statements in the House, please be very judicious on the words you use accusing someone of being something. I am hearing names from one side and other absolute terms from the other. I just want to remind everyone to be judicious. We want to leave on a nice note before the summer.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Order, please.
I am going to stop the member for a second, again.
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Lib. (ON)
I will follow the advice of the hon. member and let the hon. minister start again.
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Lib. (ON)
The hon. member for Vancouver Kingsway.
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Lib. (ON)
Order.
I want to remind hon. members to use language judiciously, as though they were in a classroom talking to students. I am sure nobody would want to hear language like that in a classroom. There are children watching this program, so let us try to keep it clean.
Order.
The hon. Deputy Prime Minister.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
The hon. member for Banff—Airdrie.
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Lib. (ON)
I am just going to interrupt. I am having a hard time hearing. I have speakers on all sides of me here and it is very tough to hear. I am just going to ask everybody to calm down. By the sounds of it, everybody wants to get back to the part of the country that they come from so that they can be with their constituents. Let us see if we can get this done peacefully and nicely so that we can all go off and say goodbye for the summer.
The hon. Deputy Prime Minister.
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Lib. (ON)
I am going to have to wait a moment. Please let me know when we can continue.
I think we can continue.
The hon. minister.
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