Points of Order – Business of Supply


The Acting Speaker: Order, please. That is all the time provided for the business of supply.

It being 5:15, it is my duty to interrupt the proceedings and put forthwith every question necessary to dispose of the business of supply.

The question is on the motion. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Some hon. members: Agreed.

The Acting Speaker: I declare the motion carried.

(Motion agreed to)

Hon. Ralph Goodale: Mr. Speaker, just as a matter of clarity on that last vote. Is it fair to say that the motion was carried unanimously?

The Acting Speaker: I appreciate the intervention by the hon. member for Wascana. The Journals will show that the motion was adopted. Generally it does not add the additional language that it was unanimous but certainly hon. members present will understand that to be the case.

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I found a precedent that occurred when a previous Speaker, John Fraser, was in the Chair in 1987. All members present conceded that the motion as adopted was in fact unanimous and should be recorded as such. The Speaker at the time said that the House was the master of its own proceedings and should all members unanimously consent that the motion that was carried unanimously should be recorded as such, the Speaker would record it as such.

I ask if all members think that is a good idea?

The Acting Speaker: Is the hon. member for Saanich–Gulf Islands seeking unanimous consent that the motion be declared adopted unanimously?

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, that is exactly how I wish I had put it.

The Acting Speaker: Does the hon. member for Saanich–Gulf Islands have the consent of the House for her proposal?

Some hon. members: Agreed.

Some hon. members: No.