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2016-10-06 12:24 House intervention / intervention en chambre

Debate on the Standing Orders and Procedure, Divisions, Electronic devices, Electronic voting, Information collection, Member not in his seat during vote, Parliamentary reform, Recognition to speak, Standing Orders of the House of Commons, Tablet personal computers,

Attribution de droit de parole, Débats exploratoires, Dispositifs électroniques, Réforme parlementaire, Règlement de la Chambre des communes, Tablettes électroniques, Vote électronique

Mr. Speaker, this debate reminds me somewhat of the Christmas truce, 1914, and I would really like to see this level of debate always be the case.

The idea of voting by iPad is really quite interesting, but it risks, as the member knows, people being able to vote from outside the House. It is not something we would like to do. I think we all agree on that.

The desks that we already have contain the wiring, the circuitry, to do electronic voting right here. The risk of that, of course, is that we will repeat what happens in American state legislatures in John Oliver's video on Last Week Tonight. It is highly entertaining, as people have voting sticks to reach across and vote for each other. There is one where someone reaches to vote and someone else reaches to vote for them too. It is absolutely hysterical.

However, it gives us an opportunity to look at technical fixes to these desks themselves, to possibly include an embedded screen. There is nothing saying we have to keep a 150-year-old desk design. I do not see the reason to do that.

We could, for example, have something akin to a flight attendant call button to get the attention of the pages, which sometimes is very easy. Other times, they are rather occupied. We could also use it to get the Speaker's attention for us to speak. That could be tracked in a database very, very quickly, so that the person who spoke the longest would be flagged to the Speaker, as opposed to the person who got up first.

There are many, many opportunities. I would like my colleague's comments on that.

Monsieur le Président, l'actuel débat me rappelle en quelque sorte la trêve de Noël qui a eu lieu en 1914. J'aimerais que ce niveau de débat devienne la norme.

L'idée de voter par iPad est intéressante, mais, comme la députée le sait, elle comporte le risque que quelqu'un puisse voter depuis l'extérieur de la Chambre, chose que nous voulons éviter. Je crois que nous sommes tous d'accord là-dessus.

Les pupitres actuels contiennent déjà le câblage nécessaire pour permettre le vote électronique à la Chambre. Bien entendu, nous risquons de répéter ce qui s'est produit dans les assemblées législatives de certains États américains, que montre la très amusante vidéo tirée de l'émission Last Week Tonight animée par John Oliver. On y voit des membres de la Chambre des représentants étendre le bras pour prendre leur voisin de vitesse et voter à leur place. C'est tout à fait hilarant.

Instaurer cette mesure nous donnerait l'occasion d'envisager des modifications techniques aux pupitres, comme un écran intégré. Je ne vois pas de raison qui nous oblige à conserver à tout prix un pupitre conçu il y a 150 ans.

Par exemple, nous pourrions nous doter d'un dispositif semblable au bouton servant à appeler les agents de bord dans les avions, pour attirer l'attention des pages — ce qui est plus ou moins facile, selon qu'ils sont occupés ou non — ou celle de la présidence, pour obtenir la parole. Les données pourraient être recueillies très rapidement et la présidence pourrait accorder la parole au député qui n'a pas parlé depuis le plus longtemps plutôt qu'au député qui s'est levé en premier.

Les possibilités sont nombreuses. J'aimerais entendre les observations de la députée là-dessus.

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Posted at 15:26 on October 06, 2016

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