Canada, House of Commons Debates, “Emergencies Act”, 33rd Parl, 2nd Sess (27 April 1988)
By: Canada (Parliament)
Citation: Canada, House of Commons Debates, 33rd Parl, 2nd Sess, 1988 at 14873.
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MEASURE TO ENACT
The House resumed from Monday, April 25, consideration of the motion of Mr. Beatty that Bill C-77, an Act to authorize the taking of special temporary measures to ensure safety and security during national emergencies and to amend other Acts in consequence thereof, be read the third time and passed. Hon. Doug Lewis (Minister of State and Minister of State (Treasury Board)): Mr. Speaker, there have been discussions among the Parties, leading to all-Party agreement on the disposition of Bill C-77, an Act to authorize the taking of special temporary measures to ensure safety and security during national emergencies and to amend other Acts in consequence thereof.
As will be seen from the projected order of business for today, Bill C-77 was to be called at 6 p.m. this evening, with the question on the motion for third reading to be put immediately. As all three Parties are in favour of the Bill, there is unanimous agreement that Bill C-77 be called as the first item of business this afternoon, with the question being put immediately, in order that the Bill may be referred to the Senate, with the unanimous consent of the House.
Mr. Nelson A. Riis (Kamloops—Shuswap): Mr. Speaker, there have indeed been discussions among the Parties, and we certainly are prepared to co-operate with the Government at this point in respect of Bill C-77.
The way in which the progress of Bill C-77 has been handled, both in the House and in committee, presents us with a fine example of just how well this House and its related committees can work.
The Hon. Member for Brant (Mr. Blackburn), and the Hon. Member for Spadina (Mr. Heap) put forth 43 amendments, all of which were accepted by the Government. Those amendments improved the Bill.
Bill C-77 will replace the War Measures Act, a piece of legislation which we have been wanting to replace for some time.
All concerned, through their co-operation, made the process a success. For our part, we appreciate the co-operation shown by the Government, and in particular the willingness on the part of the Government to accept the amendments put forward during consideration of the Bill.
Mr. Speaker: Is the House agreed that I put the question on the motion for the third reading of Bill C-77? Some Hon. Members: Agreed.
Mr. Speaker: The question is as follows: It is moved by Miss Carney, for Mr. Beatty, seconded by Mr. Clark (Yellowhead), that Bill C-77, an Act to authorize the taking of special temporary measures to ensure safety and security during national emergencies and to amend other Acts in consequence thereof, be now read a third time and passed.
Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?
Some Hon. Members: Agreed.
Mr. Speaker: I declare the motion carried.
Bill read the third time and passed.