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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
39th PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION

Journals

No. 93

Thursday, December 7, 2006

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Ms. Oda (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women) laid upon the Table, — Annual report of the Canadian Television Fund for the year 2004-2005, together with the Auditors' report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-391-28.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Prentice (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled “Plan of Action for Drinking Water in First Nations Communities — Progress Report”. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-391-29.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Prentice (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians) laid upon the Table, — Report of the Expert Panel on Safe Drinking Water for First Nations. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-391-30.


Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Bernier (Minister of Industry), seconded by Ms. Verner (Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for la Francophonie and Official Languages), Bill C-41, An Act to amend the Competition Act, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Murphy (Charlottetown), from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, presented the Tenth Report of the Committee, “Chapter 4, Canadian Firearms Program of the May 2006 Report of the Auditor General of Canada”. — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-118.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 5, 13, 16, 23 to 25, 27 and 28) was tabled.


Mr. Murphy (Charlottetown), from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, presented the 11th Report of the Committee, “Chapter 2, National Defence — Military Recruiting and Retention of the May 2006 Report of the Auditor General of Canada”. — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-119.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 5, 13, 19, 20, 28 to 30) was tabled.


Mr. Murphy (Charlottetown), from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, presented the 12th Report of the Committee, “Public Accounts of Canada 2006”. — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-120.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 13, 17, 29 and 30) was tabled.


Mr. Goodyear (Cambridge), from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented the 24th Report of the Committee (items to remain votable). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-121.

Pursuant to Standing Order 91.1(2), the report was deemed concurred in.


Ms. Sgro (York West), from the Standing Committee on Status of Women, presented the 11th Report of the Committee (strategy to combat human trafficking in Canada). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-122.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 24) was tabled.


Mr. Pallister (Portage—Lisgar), from the Standing Committee on Finance, presented the Eighth Report of the Committee, “Canada: Competing to win”. — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-123.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 15 to 37, 39 to 45, 49, 51 and 54) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. McTeague (Pickering—Scarborough East), seconded by Mr. Marston (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek), Bill C-392, An Act to amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act (RCMP members and special constables) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Nash (Parkdale—High Park), seconded by Ms. Black (New Westminster—Coquitlam), Bill C-394, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (sponsorship of relative), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, the report stage motion on the Notice Paper for Bill C-28, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on May 2, 2006, be deemed adopted and the report stage of Bill C-28, as amended, be deemed concurred in on division.

Accordingly, Bill C-28, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on May 2, 2006, as amended, was concurred in at report stage with a further amendment and ordered for a third reading at the next sitting of the House.


Presenting Petitions

Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified correct by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:

— by Mr. Sorenson (Crowfoot), two concerning federal programs (Nos. 391-0780 and 391-0781);

— by Ms. Black (New Westminster—Coquitlam), one concerning federal programs (No. 391-0782);

— by Mr. Malhi (Bramalea—Gore—Malton), one concerning marriage (No. 391-0783);

— by Mr. Gaudet (Montcalm), one concerning marriage (No. 391-0784) and one concerning federal programs (No. 391-0785);

— by Ms. McDonough (Halifax), five concerning federal programs (Nos. 391-0786 to 391-0790);

— by Mr. Pacetti (Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel), one concerning the automobile industry (No. 391-0791);

— by Mrs. Mourani (Ahuntsic), one concerning immigration (No. 391-0792) and one concerning transportation (No. 391-0793);

— by Mr. Marston (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek), one concerning Afghanistan (No. 391-0794) and one concerning immigration (No. 391-0795);

— by Ms. Chow (Trinity—Spadina), one concerning immigration (No. 391-0796) and one concerning federal programs (No. 391-0797);

— by Ms. Nash (Parkdale—High Park), one concerning immigration (No. 391-0798).

Government Orders

The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill S-5, An Act to implement conventions and protocols concluded between Canada and Finland, Mexico and Korea for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.

Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Ms. Verner (Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for la Francophonie and Official Languages), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Order made Monday, December 4, 2006, the Bill was deemed read a second time, deemed referred to a Committee of the Whole, deemed considered in Committee of the Whole, deemed reported without amendment, deemed concurred in at report stage and deemed read a third time and passed.


The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-37, An Act to amend the law governing financial institutions and to provide for related and consequential matters.

Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Ms. Verner (Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for la Francophonie and Official Languages), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

Debate arose thereon.

Statements By Members

Pursuant to Standing Order 31, Members made statements.

Certificates of Election

The Speaker informed the House that the Clerk had received from the Chief Electoral Officer a certificate of the election of Mr. Glen Pearson (London North Centre).

Mr. Pearson (London North Centre), having taken and subscribed the oath required by law, took his seat in the House.

Oral Questions

Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Nicholson (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform), seconded by Mr. Allison (Niagara West—Glanbrook), — That this House call on the government to introduce legislation to restore the traditional definition of marriage without affecting civil unions and while respecting existing same-sex marriages. (Government Business No. 12)

Pursuant to Order made Tuesday, December 5, 2006, the question was put on the motion and it was negatived on the following division:

(Division No. 94 -- Vote no 94)
YEAS: 123, NAYS: 175

YEAS -- POUR

Abbott
Ablonczy
Albrecht
Allen
Allison
Ambrose
Anders
Anderson
Batters
Benoit
Bernier
Bezan
Blackburn
Blaney
Bonin
Boucher
Breitkreuz
Brown (Leeds—Grenville)
Brown (Barrie)
Bruinooge
Byrne
Calkins
Cannan (Kelowna—Lake Country)
Carrie
Casson
Clement
Cullen (Etobicoke North)
Cummins
Davidson
Day
Del Mastro
Devolin
Doyle
Dykstra
Epp
Fast
Finley
Fitzpatrick
Flaherty
Fletcher
Gallant
Goldring
Goodyear
Gourde
Grewal
Guergis
Hanger
Harper
Harris
Harvey
Hawn
Hearn
Hiebert
Hill
Hinton
Jaffer
Jean
Kamp (Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission)
Karygiannis
Kenney (Calgary Southeast)
Khan
Komarnicki
Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings)
Lake
Lauzon
Lee
Lemieux
Lukiwski
Lunn
Lunney
MacKenzie
Malhi
Mark
Mayes
McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood)
McTeague
Menzies
Merrifield
Miller
Mills
Moore (Fundy Royal)
Nicholson
Norlock
O'Connor
Obhrai
Oda
Pallister
Petit
Poilievre
Preston
Rajotte
Reid
Ritz
Scarpaleggia
Scheer
Schellenberger
Shipley
Skelton
Smith
Solberg
Sorenson
Stanton
Steckle
Storseth
Strahl
Sweet
Thompson (New Brunswick Southwest)
Thompson (Wild Rose)
Tilson
Toews
Tonks
Trost
Tweed
Van Kesteren
Van Loan
Vellacott
Wallace
Wappel
Warawa
Warkentin
Watson
Williams
Yelich
Total: -- 123

NAYS -- CONTRE

Alghabra
André
Angus
Asselin
Atamanenko
Bachand
Bagnell
Bains
Baird
Barbot
Beaumier
Bélanger
Bell (Vancouver Island North)
Bell (North Vancouver)
Bellavance
Bennett
Bevilacqua
Bevington
Bigras
Black
Blaikie
Blais
Bonsant
Boshcoff
Bouchard
Bourgeois
Brison
Brown (Oakville)
Brunelle
Cannon (Pontiac)
Carrier
Casey
Chamberlain
Chan
Charlton
Chong
Chow
Christopherson
Coderre
Comartin
Comuzzi
Cotler
Crête
Crowder
Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley)
Cuzner
D'Amours
Davies
DeBellefeuille
Demers
Deschamps
Dewar
Dhaliwal
Dhalla
Dion
Dosanjh
Dryden
Duceppe
Easter
Emerson
Eyking
Faille
Freeman
Fry
Gagnon
Gaudet
Gauthier
Godfrey
Godin
Goodale
Graham
Guarnieri
Guay
Guimond
Holland
Hubbard
Ignatieff
Jennings
Julian
Kadis
Karetak-Lindell
Keddy (South Shore—St. Margaret's)
Keeper
Kotto
Laforest
Laframboise
Lalonde
Lapierre
Lavallée
Layton
LeBlanc
Lemay
Lessard
Lévesque
Lussier
MacAulay
MacKay (Central Nova)
Malo
Maloney
Manning
Marleau
Marston
Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca)
Martin (Winnipeg Centre)
Martin (LaSalle—Émard)
Martin (Sault Ste. Marie)
Masse
Mathyssen
Matthews
McCallum
McDonough
McGuinty
McGuire
Ménard (Hochelaga)
Ménard (Marc-Aurèle-Fortin)
Merasty
Minna
Moore (Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam)
Mourani
Murphy (Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe)
Murphy (Charlottetown)
Nadeau
Nash
Neville
Ouellet
Owen
Pacetti
Paquette
Paradis
Patry
Pearson
Perron
Peterson
Picard
Plamondon
Prentice
Priddy
Proulx
Ratansi
Redman
Regan
Richardson
Robillard
Rodriguez
Rota
Roy
Russell
Savage
Savoie
Scott
Sgro
Siksay
Silva
Simard
Simms
St-Cyr
St-Hilaire
St. Amand
St. Denis
Stoffer
Stronach
Szabo
Telegdi
Temelkovski
Thibault (West Nova)
Turner
Valley
Verner
Vincent
Volpe
Wasylycia-Leis
Wilfert
Wilson
Wrzesnewskyj
Zed
Total: -- 175

PAIRED -- PAIRÉS

Galipeau
Loubier

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Ms. Verner (Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for la Francophonie and Official Languages), — That Bill C-37, An Act to amend the law governing financial institutions and to provide for related and consequential matters, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on division.

Accordingly, Bill C-37, An Act to amend the law governing financial institutions and to provide for related and consequential matters, was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.


The Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill C-12, An Act to provide for emergency management and to amend and repeal certain Acts, as reported by the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security without amendment.

Mr. Prentice (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians) for Mr. Day (Minister of Public Safety), seconded by Mr. Baird (President of the Treasury Board), moved, — That the Bill be concurred in at report stage.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on division.

Accordingly, the Bill was concurred in at report stage.

Pursuant to Standing Order 76.1(11), Mr. Prentice (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians) for Mr. Day (Minister of Public Safety), seconded by Mr. Baird (President of the Treasury Board), moved, — That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.

Debate arose thereon.

Private Members' Business

At 5:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Health of Bill C-304, An Act to provide for the development of a national strategy for the treatment of autism and to amend the Canada Health Act.

Mr. Murphy (Charlottetown), seconded by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Health.

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the Order was dropped to the bottom of the order of precedence on the Order Paper.

Messages from the Senate

Messages were received from the Senate informing this House that the Senate has passed the following Bills to which the concurrence of the House is desired:

Pursuant to Standing Order 135(2), Bill S-1001, An Act respecting Scouts Canada, was deemed read the first time and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


A message was received from the Senate as follows:

— ORDERED: That a Message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House of the following and seek their concurrence:

That the Senate do not insist on its amendments 4 to 12, 14, 15, 18 to 20, 22 to 24, 28, 30, 31, 68, 69, 71, 80, 83, 85, 88 to 90, 92, 96, 100 to 102, 107 to 110, 113, 115, 116, 118 to 121, 123, 128 to 134, 136 to 143, 145, 147 to 151, 154, 155 and 157 to which the House of Commons has disagreed;

That the Senate do insist on its amendment 2 because it must be clearly recognized that the two Houses of Parliament are not public sector entities in the same way as are federal departments and agencies, which are in fact bodies responsible to Canadians through Parliament; and that the Senate do insist on amendments 25, 34 to 54, 55(a) to (d), 55(e)(ii) to (viii), 56 to 62, 65 and 94, since these amendments, which deal with the Senate Ethics Officer, are of significant importance to the status and privileges of the Senate of Canada as a constitutionally separate and independent House of Parliament, and reflect the practice of other Westminster based parliamentary democracies.

Returns and Reports Deposited with the Clerk of the House

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(1), papers deposited with the Clerk of the House were laid upon the Table as follows:

— by Mr. Lunn (Minister of Natural Resources) — Report of the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors for the year ended June 23, 2006, pursuant to the Canada Land Surveyors Act, S.C. 1998, c. 14, sbs. 70(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-799-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources)

— by Ms. Oda (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women) — Report of the Canadian Museum of Nature for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Alternative Fuels Act, S.C. 1995, c. 20. s. 8. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-166-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Ms. Oda (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women) — Report of the National Gallery of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Alternative Fuels Act, S.C. 1995, c. 20, s. 8. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-167-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Ms. Oda (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women) — Report of the Canada Science and Technology Museum for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Alternative Fuels Act, S.C. 1995, c. 20, s. 8. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-170-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:32 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 38(1), the question “That this House do now adjourn” was deemed to have been proposed.

After debate, the question was deemed to have been adopted.

Adjournment

Accordingly, at 6:42 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).