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View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Chair.
As you are aware, we started to debate the motion that I presented in the last meeting about unanimous consent to table the plastics report as written. I think some of my colleagues felt that they needed the weekend to review and look at the report in more detail. As we know, the House rises Wednesday, so if we want to be respectful of the witnesses.... I know it is unusual. There are some minor changes that I might have made, but I think we should all agree that the report was very well done.
View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
I think I would look for the chair's ruling on whether it's appropriate because—
View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
Yes. Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Of course, we know we're coming to the end of our term, and we have a lot of work that's been done on a plastics study, so I'm looking to see if we could perhaps have unanimous consent to table the study as it is written.
View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Chair, you know what? Clearly, with eight minutes left in this meeting, I believe there is really an unwillingness to finish the unfinished business, so I will move to adjourn.
View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
It is, Chair, thank you. It's been short but sweet.
View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you to all the witnesses. We've certainly had very important testimony on this private member's bill. I want to start by doing a quick check-in.
There is no one presenting today who would say this bill would not impact indigenous peoples. Is that accurate, that this is a bill that would...? Is that an accurate statement?
I'm not seeing anyone saying it's not accurate, so we do know that this is a bill that would have impact on indigenous peoples and indigenous communities.
Where I struggle right now is that this government and many of the members here are committed to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. I want to read an article from it. Article 19 of the UN declaration reads:
States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them.
As I look at this private member's bill, and I know there is a commitment by the current government to implement the UN declaration, how can we move forward with this when clearly they have not lived up to that standard in article 19 of the UN declaration?
Perhaps I could start with Ms. Gue.
View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
Maybe I could clarify. I'm sorry.
When a government or an individual wants to table legislation, before it's tabled, they need to have had good-faith conversations with indigenous peoples and their representative organizations. To my awareness, that has not happened with this bill, so it would certainly be completely inconsistent with the UN declaration and what this House committed to. Perhaps that clarifies to some degree.
We have bills being tabled every day in the House where the government symbolically has said it is going to move forward with implementing the UN declaration, but it is not living up to the articles that are within the UN declaration.
View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
Yes, it is. I appreciate that, but—
View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
I think it's for Ms. Gue. I was trying to clarify what my concerns were and then I can open it up.
View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
The lack of having any sort of process, whether it's a private member's bill or government bill, is not consistent with the UN declaration.
View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
Does anyone else have any comments on that particular concern? Clearly, we have a bill that is very impactful.
Are there no other comments?
View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
I guess, really, we are looking at a bill that's dealing with a very critical issue, and we also have a declaration that is very critical. As you may be aware, the actual “how a government will implement its commitments” becomes very aligned and meshed, so that certainly speaks to concerns that we have when the government makes a commitment and then perhaps moves forward with legislation. We can look at a number of environmental legislation pieces where we have government officials announcing or saying they haven't consulted.
I guess I'm just trying to align those concepts as we try to deal with an issue.
Thank you.
View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Chair.
This government talks about the UN declaration, but this appears to be very symbolic. There was no conversation and there were no indigenous witnesses. Of course, there were some briefs. To throw in terms at this stage that don't have appropriate testimony.... Although it's important, I want to highlight the complete lack of consultation in spite of the words to the contrary.
(Amendment agreed to: yeas 7; nays 0)
View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Chair—just for clarity—you said clause 21, or it was interpreted as clause 21. I believe the vote is on clause 20.
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