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(Gordon A. WATTS)
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Voting on Jason Kenney's Motion M-160 has just been completed in the House of Commons. The motion as proposed read:
"That, in the opinion of this House, the government should take all
necessary steps to release the 1911 census records once they have been deposited in the National Archives in 2003."
Unfortunately, during the final hour of debate on this motion, MP Mac Harb, ostensibly in support of allowing access to Historic
Census, proposed an amendment that watered down the main motion considerably. That motion of amendment changed the word "take" to
"consider taking". The government could "consider taking" action re: census records until the cows come home and it would not do
diddly to satisfy our concerns.
The amendment, on a recorded vote, passed 144 to 102 (one might wonder where the other 55 MPs were). The subsequent amended main
motion was "carried on division" (meaning there was no recorded vote). The motion passing without a recorded vote is disappointing
in that I had intended using a recorded vote to update the MPs
Scoreboard.. The fact that the vote was not recorded makes that very difficult. I felt that MPs voting in favour of M-160 would
also vote in favour of a Bill to allow access to historic census.
A point of interest is that both Stockwell Day and Joe Clark were in the House and both voted against the amendment. I do not recall
seeing leaders of the Liberals, Bloc, or NDP. They may have been there but I did not see them, nor do I recall hearing their names
called on the vote of the amendment. The Liberals were out in force, and the only two Liberals that voted against the amendment
were MPs Murray Calder and John Bryden. Industry Minister John Manley was conspicuous by his absence. Happy Hunting.
Gordon A. WATTS email@example.com
Port Coquitlam, BC
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