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No. 37

Tuesday, February 25, 1997.

1 o'clock p.m.

Prayers.

During Oral Questions, Mr. Speaker called Hon. Mr. Valcourt to order for certain remarks which could be taken to imputing motives to a Member in the House which is not within the realm of parliamentary acceptance. Mr. Speaker asked the Member to withdraw the remarks, which he did.

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Bills Introduced

The following Bill was introduced and read a first time:

By Ms. Weir:

Bill 101, Charter of Environmental Rights and Responsibilities.

Ordered that the said Bill be read a second time at the next sitting.

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Government Motions re Business of House

Hon. Mr. Frenette announced that the House would proceed with regular business and that following Private Members' Motions, the House would resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole to consider legislation.

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Third Reading

The following Bills were read a third time.

Bill 49, An Act to Amend the Hospital Services Act.

Bill 74, An Act to Amend the Family Services Act.

Bill 79, An Act to Amend An Act Respecting Health Professionals.

Bill 81, An Act to Amend the Members Superannuation Act.

Ordered that the said Bills do pass.

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Second Reading

The following Bills were read the second time and ordered referred to the Committee of the Whole House:

Bill 90, An Act to Amend the New Brunswick Highway Corporation Act.

Bill 91, An Act to Amend the University of New Brunswick Act.

Bill 92, An Act to Amend the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission Act.

Bill 93, An Act to Amend the Elections Act.

Bill 94, An Act to Amend the Municipal Elections Act.

Bill 95, An Act to Amend the Police Act.

Bill 96, An Act Respecting Pensions.

Bill 97, Supplementary Appropriations Act 1996-97.

Bill 98, Supplementary Appropriations Act 1997-98.

Bill 99, Small Claims Act.

Bill 100, An Act to Amend the Family Services Act.

Ordered that the said Bills be read a second time at the next sitting.

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Debate resumed on the amendment to Motion 102, moved by Hon. Mrs. Breault, seconded by Hon. Mrs. Trenholme, as follows:

AMENDMENT

That Motion 102 be amended:

1. In the first paragraph, by deleting the words "has never considered" and inserting "considers", then deleting the word "mainstay of" and inserting "necessity for the".

2. In the second paragraph, by deleting the words "to make a priority of" and inserting "continue to support", by deleting the words "a mainstay" and inserting "an important element," by deleting the words "on a par with the service and natural resources sector" and inserting "and a vital part of New Brunswick's quality of life".

And after some time, Mr. Speaker requested Mr. Mockler to withdraw certain unparliamentary remarks which he had quoted from an article.

With leave of the House, Ms. Weir welcomed to the Assembly, Mr. Jack Harris, Member of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Leader of the provincial New Democratic Party.

Debate continued on the amendment to Motion 102.

And the debate being ended, and the question being put, the amendment was carried on the following recorded division:

            YEAS - 30

Hon. Mr. Duffie        Hon. Mr. Lockyer        Mr. Johnson

Hon. Mr. Frenette      Mrs. Jarrett            Mr. Kavanaugh

Hon. Mr. Graham        Mr. McAdam              Mr. Olmstead

Hon. Mrs. Barry        Hon. Mr. MacIntyre      Mr. Flynn

Hon. Mr. Blaney        Hon. Mrs. Day           Mr. MacDonald

Mr. McKay              Mr. Allaby              Mr. MacLeod

Hon. B. Thériault      Mr. Steeves             Mr. Doyle

Hon. Mrs. Breault      Mr. Wilson              Mr. D. Landry

Hon. C. Thériault      Mr. Jamieson            Mr. Devereux

Hon. Mr. Tyler         Mr. A. Landry           Mrs. Kingston

            NAYS - 7

Mr. Sherwood           Mr. Mockler             Mr. Volpé

Mr. Robichaud          Ms. Weir                Mr. D. Graham

Hon. Mr. Valcourt

Debate resumed on Motion 102 as amended, as follows:

WHEREAS the government considers the contribution of the cultural sector to be a fundamental necessity for the development of our heritage and economy;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Legislative Assembly request the government continue to support cultural development as an important element of our economic and social development and a vital part of New Brunswick's quality of life.

And after some time, Mr. Speaker asked Hon. Mr. Valcourt to withdraw the term "buffoon" as used in reference to Members opposite, which he did.

And the debate being ended and the question being put, Motion 102 as amended was carried on the following recorded division:

            YEAS - 32

Hon. Mr. Duffie        Hon. Mr. Smith        Mr. Kavanaugh

Hon. Mr. Blanchard     Mrs. Jarrett          Mr. Olmstead

Hon. Mr. Frenette      Mr. McAdam            Mr. Flynn

Hon. Mr. Graham        Hon. Mr. MacIntyre    Mr. MacDonald

Hon. Mrs. Barry        Hon. Mrs. Day         Mr. Byrne

Mr. McKay              Mr. Allaby            Mr. MacLeod

Hon. B. Thériault      Mr. Steeves           Mr. Doyle

Hon. Mrs. Breault      Mr. Wilson            Ms. D. Landry

Hon. C. Thériault      Mr. Jamieson          Mr. Devereux

Hon. Mr. Tyler         Mr. A. Landry         Mrs. Kingston

Hon. Mr. Lockyer       Mr. Johnson

            NAYS - 7

Mr. Sherwood           Mr. Mockler           Mr. Volpé

Mr. Robichaud          Ms. Weir              Mr. D. Graham

Hon. Mr. Valcourt

And after some time, Mr. Speaker interrupted proceedings and announced that the time allotted for Private Members' Motions had expired.

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Committee of the Whole

The House resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole with Mr. MacDonald in the Chair.

During consideration of Bill 44, Harmonized Sales Tax Act, Ms. Weir moved the following amendment:

AMENDMENT [section 31]

Section 31 is amended by adding the following subsection:

(3) Copies of any agreement entered into pursuant to section 31(1) shall be made available to any resident of the Province upon request.

And a debate arising, after some time, the question having been put, the amendment was negatived on the following recorded division:

            YEAS - 5

Mr. Sherwood           Ms. Weir              Mr. D. Graham

Mr. Robichaud          Mr. Volpé

            NAYS - 28

Hon. Mr. Blanchard    Hon. Mr. Smith         Mr. Kavanaugh

Hon. Mr. Frenette     Hon. Mr. Savoie        Mr. Olmstead

Hon. Mr. Graham       Hon. Mr. Richard       Mr. Flynn

Hon. Mr. Lee          Hon. Mrs. Day          Mr. Byrne

Hon. Mrs. Barry       Mr. Allaby             Mr. MacLeod

Mr. McKay             Mr. Steeves            Mr. Doyle

Hon. B. Thériault     Mr. Wilson             Mr. D. Landry

Hon. Mrs. Breault     Mr. A. Landry          Mr. Devereux

Hon. Mr. Tyler        Mr. Johnson            Mrs. Kingston

Hon. Mr. Lockyer

And after some further time spent in Committee of the Whole, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair and Mr. MacDonald, the Chairman, after requesting Mr. Speaker revert to the Order of Presentations of Committee Reports, reported:

That the Committee had directed him to report progress on the following Bill:

Bill 44, Harmonized Sales Tax Act.

And the Committee asked leave to make a further report.

Pursuant to Standing Rule 78.1, Mr. Speaker then put the question on the motion deemed to be before the House, that the report be concurred in, and it was resolved in the affirmative.

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And then, 5.57 o'clock p.m., the House adjourned.


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