38th Canadian Parliament


38th Canadian Parliament

The 38th Canadian Parliament was in session from October 4 2004 until November 29 2005. The membership was set by the 2004 federal election on June 28 2004, and it changed only somewhat due to resignations and by-elections, but due to the seat distribution, those few changes significantly affected the distribution of power. It was dissolved prior to the 2006 election.

It was controlled by a Liberal Party minority under Prime Minister Paul Martin and the 27th Canadian Ministry. The Official Opposition was the Conservative Party, led by Stephen Harper.

The Speaker was Peter Milliken. See also List of Canadian federal electoral districts for a list of the ridings in this parliament.

The parliament, which lasted only one session, was dissolved on 29 November 2005 by the Governor General, following a vote of non-confidence passed on 28 November by the opposition Conservatives, supported by the New Democratic Party and Bloc Québécois. Consequently, a federal election was held on 23 January 2006 to choose the next parliament.

Party standings

The party standings as of the election and as of dissolution were as follows:

Bills of the 38th Parliament

Important bills of the 38th parliament included:
*Bill C-32 - the Department of Foreign Affairs Act to split DFAIT in two departments, was a surprise defeat for the government
*Bill C-38 - the Civil Marriage Act, legalized Same-sex marriage across Canada.
*Bill C-43 - the Canadian federal budget, 2005
*Bill C-48 - an NDP add-on to the 2005 budget

[http://www.parl.gc.ca/LEGISINFO/index.asp?Lang=E&Chamber=C&StartList=2&EndList=200&Session=13&List=list Complete list of bills]

Members

:"For a full list of members of the House of Commons in the 38th Parliament of Canada, see List of House members of the 38th Parliament of Canada".

Officeholders

Speakers

*Hon. Peter Milliken (the Liberal member for Kingston and the Islands) was re-elected Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons by acclamation on October 4, 2004.Cite web|author=Government of Canada|publisher=Library of Parliament|title=Speakers of the Canadian House of Commons|url=http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/key/SP-BL/hoc-cdc/index.asp?Language=E|accessdate=2007-11-03]

*Hon. Daniel Hays (a Liberal Senator for Alberta) was the Speaker of the Senate .Cite web |title=The Hon. Daniel Hays |url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=61f595a5-1fc9-44c7-9931-0265e3376352&Language=E|accessdate=2008-09-08]

Other Chair occupants

House of Commons
* Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole—Hon. Chuck Strahl (the Conservative Member for Chilliwack—Fraser Canyon). [cite web
title = Member of Parliament Profile (Current) - Hon. Chuck Strahl
publisher =Parliament of Canada website
url =http://webinfo.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/ProfileMP.aspx?Key=78845&SubSubject=1004&Language=E
accessdate =2008-09-08
]
* Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole—Marcel Proulx (the Liberal Member for Hull—Aylmer). [cite web
title = Member of Parliament Profile (Current) - Marcel Proulx
publisher =Parliament of Canada website
date =
url = http://webinfo.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/ProfileMP.aspx?Key=78429&SubSubject=1004&Language=E
accessdate =2008-09-08
]
* Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole—Jean Augustine (the Liberal Member for Etobicoke—Lakeshore). [cite web
title = Officers and Officials of Parliament - Political Officers - House of Commons - Assistant Deputy Chairs of Committees of the Whole 1967 to Date
publisher =Parliament of Canada website
date =
url =http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/compilations/OfficersAndOfficials/PoliticalOfficers/HouseOfCommons/AssistantDeputyChairs.aspx
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doi =
accessdate =2007-12-02
]
Senate
* Hon. Shirley Maheu was the Speaker "pro tempore" of the Senate of Canada, (a Liberal Senator for Quebec). [cite web |url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=6b88107b-4cfd-4fd4-8ee0-5a7d6048936a&Language=E |title=The Hon. Shirley Maheu |publisher=Parliament of Canada website]

Leaders

*Prime Minister of Canada: Rt. Hon. Paul Martin (Liberal)
*Leader of the Opposition: Hon. Stephen Harper (Conservative)
*Bloc Québécois leader: Gilles Duceppe
*New Democratic Party leader: Hon. Jack Layton

Floor leaders

The following were the parties' floor leaders during the 39th Parliamentcite web |url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/compilations/OfficersAndOfficials/PoliticalOfficers/HouseOfCommons/ParliamentaryLeaders/Party.aspx |title=Party House Leaders |accessdate=2007-11-04 |author=Government of Canada |date=2007-01-15 |work=ParlInfo |publisher=Library of Parliament] :

House of Commons
*Government House Leader: Hon. Tony Valeri
*Opposition House leader:
*#Hon. John Douglas Reynolds (to January 27, 2005)
*#Jay D. Hill (from January 30, 2005)
*Bloc Québécois House leader: Michel Gauthier
*New Democratic Party House leader: Libby Davies
Senate
*Leader of the Government in the Senate: Hon. Jacob Austin
*Leader of the Opposition in the Senate: Hon. Noël Kinsella

Whips

The party whips in this party were as followscite web |url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/compilations/OfficersAndOfficials/PoliticalOfficers/HouseOfCommons/Whips.aspx |title=House of Commons Whips] [cite web |url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/compilations/OfficersAndOfficials/PoliticalOfficers/Senate/GovernmentWhips.aspx |title=Senate Whips] :

House of Commons
*Chief Government Whip: Hon. Karen Redman
*Official Opposition Whip:
*#Jay D. Hill (to January 27 2005)
*#Hon. Robert Douglas Nicholson (from January 28 2005)
*Bloc Québécois Whip: Michel Guimond
*New Democratic Party Whip: Yvon Godin
Senate
*Government Whip: Hon. Rose-Marie Losier-Cool
*Opposition Whip: Hon. Marjory LeBreton

External links

* [http://www.parl.gc.ca/common/senmemb/house/members/CurrentMemberList.asp?Language=E&Parl=38&Ses=1&Sect=hoccur&Order=PersonOfficialLastName Members of the House of Commons]
* [http://www.thedemos.ca/government Write to Members of Parliament]

ee also

* List of Canadian federal electoral districts
* List of Canadian federal parliaments
* 38th Canadian House of Commons seating plan

References

*Cite web|author=Government of Canada|publisher=Library of Parliament|title=27th Ministry|url=http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/related/federal/27min-e.asp|accessdate=2006-12-01
*Cite web|author=Government of Canada|publisher=Library of Parliament|work=Members of the House of Commons: 1867 to Date: By Parliament|title=38th Parliament|url=http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/house/mpsparl.asp?Language=E&parl=90|accessdate=2006-11-30
*Cite web|author=Government of Canada|publisher=Library of Parliament|title=Duration of Sessions|url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/compilations/parliament/Sessions.aspx|accessdate=2006-05-12
*Cite web|author=Government of Canada|publisher=Library of Parliament|title=General Elections|url=http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/process/House/asp/Elections.asp?Language=E&gen=Y&Hist=Y|accessdate=2006-05-12
*Cite web|author=Government of Canada|publisher=Library of Parliament|title=Key Dates for each Parliament|url=http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/process/info/parl-dates.asp?lang=E&Hist=Y|accessdate=2006-05-12
*Cite web|author=Government of Canada|publisher=Library of Parliament|title=Leaders of the Opposition in the House of Commons|url=http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/house/OppLeader.asp?lang=E&Hist=Y|accessdate=2006-05-12
*Cite web |author=Government of Canada |publisher=Library of Parliament |accessdate=2007-04-24 |url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/lists/PartyStandingsHistoric.aspx?Menu=SEN-Politic&Section=b571082f-7b2d-4d6a-b30a-b6025a9cbb98 |title=Party Standings (1974 to date): At the Senate
*Cite web|author=Government of Canada|publisher=Library of Parliament|title=Prime Ministers of Canada|url=http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/key/pm/index.asp?Language=E&param=pi&param2=gen|accessdate=2006-05-12
*Cite web|author=Government of Canada|publisher=Library of Parliament|title=Speakers|url=http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/key/hf-parl-off/index.asp?Language=E&param=24&id=13&id2=29|accessdate=2006-05-12

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