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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
40th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION

Journals

No. 33

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

2:00 p.m.



Prayers
National Anthem
Statements By Members

Pursuant to Standing Order 31, Members made statements.

Oral Questions

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

Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) laid upon the Table, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— No. 402-0059 concerning sources of energy. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-38-01;

— Nos. 402-0086, 402-0120, 402-0129 and 402-0137 concerning the income tax system. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-19-04.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs) laid upon the Table, — Copy of the Convention between the United States of America and the Republic of Costa Rica for the Establishment of an Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, dated May 31, 1949, and the Convention for the Strengthening of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission Established by the 1949 Convention between the United States of America and the Republic of Costa Rica, dated November 14, 2003, and Explanatory Memorandum. — Sessional Paper No. 8532-402-14.


Presenting Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Benoit (Vegreville—Wainwright) presented the report of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association respecting the visit of the Canadian delegation of the Mediterranean Special Group to Rome, Italy, on July 4 and 5, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-402-50-04.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Benoit (Vegreville—Wainwright) presented the report of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association respecting its participation at the 68th Rose-Roth Seminar, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from March 6 to 8, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-402-50-05.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Stanton (Simcoe North), from the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, presented the First Report of the Committee (Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Indian Oil and Gas Act, with an amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-44.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 7, 8, 10 and 11) was tabled.


Ms. Fry (Vancouver Centre), from the Standing Committee on Status of Women, presented the Third Report of the Committee (Fourth Report of the Committee presented to the House during the First Session of the 38th Parliament). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-45.

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

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 2) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Bonsant (Compton—Stanstead), seconded by Mr. Lessard (Chambly—Borduas), Bill C-343, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code and the Employment Insurance Act (family leave), 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 Mr. D'Amours (Madawaska—Restigouche), seconded by Mr. Russell (Labrador), Bill C-344, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (elimination of waiting period), 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 Mr. Casey (Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley), seconded by Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore), Bill C-345, An Act to amend the War Veterans Allowance Act (allied veterans), 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 Mr. Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), seconded by Ms. Savoie (Victoria), Bill C-346, An Act respecting Country of Origin Labelling, 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 Mr. Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), seconded by Ms. Savoie (Victoria), Bill C-347, An Act respecting the Labelling of Fish, 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, on Monday, March 30, 2009, at 2:00 p.m., or when no Member rises to speak to the third reading stage of Bill C-2, An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the States of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland), the Agreement on Agriculture between Canada and the Republic of Iceland, the Agreement on Agriculture between Canada and the Kingdom of Norway and the Agreement on Agriculture between Canada and the Swiss Confederation, whichever comes first, the Speaker shall put all questions necessary to dispose of the third reading stage of this Bill; if a recorded division is requested, it shall be deemed deferred to the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders on that day; and

that a take-note debate on the International Conference on Afghanistan hosted by The Hague be deemed to have been designated pursuant to Standing Order 53.1 for Thursday, March 26, 2009, provided that during the take-note debate no quorum calls, dilatory motions or requests for unanimous consent shall be received by the Chair.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study of veterans services offered by members of the Commonwealth and the G8, 12 members of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs be authorized to travel to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in April 2009 and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study of veterans services offered by members of the Commonwealth and the G8, 12 members of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs be authorized to travel to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, in spring 2009 and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its review of key elements of Canadian foreign policy, 12 members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development be authorized to travel to Washington, D.C., in April 2009 and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Russell (Labrador), one concerning the income tax system (No. 402-0240);

— by Ms. Leslie (Halifax), one concerning housing policy (No. 402-0241);

— by Mr. Benoit (Vegreville—Wainwright), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 402-0242);

— by Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe), two concerning the situation in Colombia (Nos. 402-0243 and 402-0244);

— by Mrs. Smith (Kildonan—St. Paul), two concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (Nos. 402-0245 and 402-0246);

— by Ms. Savoie (Victoria), one concerning transportation (No. 402-0247);

— by Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster), one concerning the situation in Colombia (No. 402-0248).

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Baird (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), — That Bill C-9, An Act to amend the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992, be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until later today, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.


The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Prentice (Minister of the Environment), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), — That Bill C-16, An Act to amend certain Acts that relate to the environment and to enact provisions respecting the enforcement of certain Acts that relate to the environment, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until later today, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.

Interruption

At 5:24 p.m., by unanimous consent, the sitting was suspended.

At 5:30 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Deferred Recorded Divisions

Government Orders

Pursuant to Standing Order 45, the House proceeded to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion of Mr. Baird (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), — That Bill C-9, An Act to amend the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992, be now read a third time and do pass.

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

(Division No. 41 -- Vote no 41)
YEAS: 245, NAYS: 32

YEAS -- POUR

Abbott
Ablonczy
Aglukkaq
Albrecht
Allen (Tobique—Mactaquac)
Allison
Ambrose
Anders
Anderson
André
Andrews
Ashfield
Asselin
Bachand
Bagnell
Bains
Beaudin
Bélanger
Bellavance
Bennett
Benoit
Bernier
Bevilacqua
Bezan
Bigras
Blackburn
Blaney
Block
Bonsant
Bouchard
Boucher
Boughen
Bourgeois
Braid
Breitkreuz
Brison
Brown (Leeds—Grenville)
Brown (Newmarket—Aurora)
Brown (Barrie)
Bruinooge
Brunelle
Byrne
Cadman
Calandra
Calkins
Cannan (Kelowna—Lake Country)
Cannis
Cannon (Pontiac)
Cardin
Carrie
Carrier
Casey
Casson
Chong
Clarke
Clement
Cotler
Crombie
Cummins
Cuzner
D'Amours
Davidson
Day
DeBellefeuille
Dechert
Del Mastro
Demers
Deschamps
Desnoyers
Devolin
Dhalla
Dion
Dorion
Dosanjh
Dreeshen
Dryden
Duceppe
Dufour
Duncan (Vancouver Island North)
Duncan (Etobicoke North)
Dykstra
Easter
Eyking
Faille
Fast
Finley
Flaherty
Fletcher
Folco
Foote
Fry
Gagnon
Galipeau
Gallant
Garneau
Gaudet
Glover
Goldring
Goodale
Goodyear
Gourde
Grewal
Guarnieri
Guay
Guimond (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques)
Guimond (Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord)
Hall Findlay
Harper
Harris (Cariboo—Prince George)
Hawn
Hiebert
Hill
Hoeppner
Holland
Jean
Jennings
Kamp (Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission)
Kania
Keddy (South Shore—St. Margaret's)
Kennedy
Kenney (Calgary Southeast)
Kent
Kerr
Komarnicki
Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings)
Laforest
Laframboise
Lake
Lalonde
Lauzon
Lavallée
Lebel
LeBlanc
Lee
Lemay
Lemieux
Lessard
Lévesque
Lobb
Lukiwski
Lunn
Lunney
MacKay (Central Nova)
MacKenzie
Malhi
Malo
Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca)
Mayes
McCallum
McColeman
McGuinty
McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood)
McLeod
Ménard (Hochelaga)
Ménard (Marc-Aurèle-Fortin)
Mendes
Menzies
Miller
Minna
Moore (Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam)
Moore (Fundy Royal)
Mourani
Murphy (Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe)
Murphy (Charlottetown)
Murray
Nadeau
Nicholson
Norlock
O'Connor
O'Neill-Gordon
Obhrai
Oda
Oliphant
Ouellet
Paillé
Paradis
Patry
Payne
Pearson
Petit
Plamondon
Poilievre
Pomerleau
Prentice
Preston
Proulx
Rae
Raitt
Rajotte
Ratansi
Rathgeber
Regan
Reid
Richards
Richardson
Rickford
Ritz
Rodriguez
Roy
Russell
Savage
Saxton
Schellenberger
Sgro
Shea
Shipley
Shory
Silva
Simms
Simson
Smith
Sorenson
St-Cyr
Stanton
Storseth
Strahl
Sweet
Szabo
Thompson
Tilson
Toews
Tonks
Trost
Trudeau
Tweed
Uppal
Valeriote
Van Kesteren
Van Loan
Vellacott
Verner
Vincent
Wallace
Warawa
Warkentin
Watson
Weston (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country)
Weston (Saint John)
Wilfert
Wong
Woodworth
Wrzesnewskyj
Yelich
Young
Zarac
Total: -- 245

NAYS -- CONTRE

Allen (Welland)
Angus
Ashton
Atamanenko
Bevington
Black
Charlton
Christopherson
Comartin
Cullen
Davies (Vancouver Kingsway)
Davies (Vancouver East)
Dewar
Duncan (Edmonton—Strathcona)
Godin
Gravelle
Harris (St. John's East)
Hughes
Hyer
Julian
Leslie
Maloway
Marston
Masse
Mathyssen
Mulcair
Rafferty
Savoie
Siksay
Stoffer
Thibeault
Wasylycia-Leis
Total: -- 32

PAIRED -- PAIRÉS

Baird
Blais
Crête
Freeman
Guergis
Hoback
Holder
Mark
Paquette
Thi Lac

Accordingly, the Bill was read the third time and passed.


Pursuant to Standing Order 45, the House proceeded to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion of Mr. Prentice (Minister of the Environment), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), — That Bill C-16, An Act to amend certain Acts that relate to the environment and to enact provisions respecting the enforcement of certain Acts that relate to the environment, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.

By unanimous consent, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to.

Accordingly, Bill C-16, An Act to amend certain Acts that relate to the environment and to enact provisions respecting the enforcement of certain Acts that relate to the environment, was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.

Private Members' Business

At 6:02 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(7), 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 Veterans Affairs of Bill C-201, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act (deletion of deduction from annuity).

Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore), seconded by Mr. Gravelle (Nickel Belt), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs.

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.

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 the Prime Minister — Report of the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, pursuant to the Public Service Employment Act, S.C. 2003, c. 22, ss. 12 "127" and 13. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-376-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— by Mr. MacKay (Minister of National Defence) — Report of the Judge Advocate General to the Minister of National Defence on the administration of military justice in the Canadian Forces for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the National Defence Act, R.S. 1985, c. N-5, s. 9.3(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-735-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on National Defence)

— by Mr. Hill (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) — Orders in Council approving certain appointments made by the Governor General in Council, pursuant to Standing Order 110(1), as follows:

— P.C. 2009-366. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-402-1-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development)

— P.C. 2009-349 to P.C. 2009-361. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-402-3-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)

— P.C. 2009-342 to P.C. 2009-348. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-402-14-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration)

— P.C. 2009-329. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-402-9-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

— P.C. 2009-365. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-402-10-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans)

— P.C. 2009-330, P.C. 2009-371 and P.C. 2009-389. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-402-8-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development)

— P.C. 2009-362. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-402-4-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— P.C. 2009-322 to P.C. 2009-324 and P.C. 2009-390. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-402-18-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Health)

— P.C. 2009-335, P.C. 2009-336, P.C. 2009-337, P.C. 2009-338, P.C. 2009-339, P.C. 2009-340 and P.C. 2009-341. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-402-16-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— P.C. 2009-331, P.C. 2009-332 and P.C. 2009-388. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-402-22-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)

— P.C. 2009-333 and P.C. 2009-334. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-402-28-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on International Trade)

— P.C. 2009-363 and P.C. 2009-364. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-402-29-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources)

— P.C. 2009-368 to P.C. 2009-370. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-402-30-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security)

— P.C. 2009-325 to P.C. 2009-328. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-402-24-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— P.C. 2009-367. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-402-32-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 7:01 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.

Accordingly, at 7:20 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).