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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
41st PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION

Journals

No. 119

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development to the House of Commons (Spring 2012), together with an addendum, pursuant to the Auditor General Act, R.S. 1985, c. A-17, sbs. 23(5). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-411-521-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Clement (President of the Treasury Board) laid upon the Table, — Reports on Plans and Priorities, Main Estimates, 2012-2013 (USB key included), as follows:

(1) Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and Canadian Polar Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-101;

(2) Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-102;

(3) Assisted Human Reproduction Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-103;

(4) Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-104;

(5) Canada Border Services Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-105;

(6) Canada Industrial Relations Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-106;

(7) Canada Revenue Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-107;

(8) Canada School of Public Service. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-108;

(9) Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-109;

(10) Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-110;

(11) Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-111;

(12) Canadian Food Inspection Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-112;

(13) Canadian Forces Grievance Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-113;

(14) Canadian Grain Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-114;

(15) Canadian Heritage. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-115;

(16) Canadian Human Rights Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-116;

(17) Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-117;

(18) Canadian Institutes of Health Research. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-118;

(19) Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-119;

(20) Canadian International Development Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-120;

(21) Canadian International Trade Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-121;

(22) Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-122;

(23) Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-123;

(24) Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-124;

(25) The Canadian Space Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-125;

(26) Canadian Transportation Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-126;

(27) Citizenship and Immigration Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-127;

(28) Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-128;

(29) Copyright Board Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-129;

(30) Correctional Service Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-130;

(31) Courts Administration Service. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-131;

(32) Department of Finance Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-132;

(33) Department of Justice Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-133;

(34) Department of National Defence. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-134;

(35) Economic Development Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-135;

(36) Environment Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-136;

(37) Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-137;

(38) Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-138;

(39) Fisheries and Oceans Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-139;

(40) Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-140;

(41) Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-141;

(42) Health Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-142;

(43) Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-143;

(44) Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-144;

(45) Industry Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-145;

(46) Infrastructure Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-146;

(47) Library and Archives Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-147;

(48) Military Police Complaints Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-148;

(49) National Energy Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-149;

(50) National Film Board of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-150;

(51) National Research Council Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-151;

(52) National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-152;

(53) Natural Resources Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-153;

(54) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-154;

(55) Northern Pipeline Agency Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-155;

(56) Office of the Auditor General of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-156;

(57) Office of the Chief Electoral Officer. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-157;

(58) Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-158;

(59) Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-159;

(60) Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-160;

(61) Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-161;

(62) Office of the Correctional Investigator. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-162;

(63) Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-163;

(64) Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-164;

(65) Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-165;

(66) Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-166;

(67) Parks Canada Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-167;

(68) Parole Board of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-168;

(69) Patented Medicine Prices Review Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-169;

(70) Privy Council Office. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-170;

(71) Public Appointments Commission Secretariat. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-171;

(72) Public Health Agency of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-172;

(73) Public Prosecution Service of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-173;

(74) Public Safety Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-174;

(75) Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-175;

(76) Public Service Commission of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-176;

(77) Public Service Labour Relations Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-177;

(78) Public Service Staffing Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-178;

(79) Public Works and Government Services Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-179;

(80) RCMP External Review Committee. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-180;

(81) Registry of the Competition Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-181;

(82) Registry of the Specific Claims Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-182;

(83) Royal Canadian Mounted Police. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-183;

(84) Security Intelligence Review Committee. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-184;

(85) Shared Services Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-185;

(86) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-186;

(87) Statistics Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-187;

(88) Status of Women Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-188;

(89) Supreme Court of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-189;

(90) The National Battlefields Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-190;

(91) Transport Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-191;

(92) Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-192;

(93) Transportation Safety Board of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-193;

(94) Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-194;

(95) Veterans Affairs Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-195;

(96) Veterans Review and Appeal Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-196;

(97) Western Economic Diversification Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-197.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Albrecht (Kitchener—Conestoga), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 411-1000) and two concerning suicide prevention (Nos. 411-1001 and 411-1002);

— by Ms. Foote (Random—Burin—St. George's), one concerning Old Age Security benefits (No. 411-1003);

— by Mr. Wallace (Burlington), one concerning abortion (No. 411-1004) and one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 411-1005);

— by Mr. Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), one concerning Old Age Security benefits (No. 411-1006).


Questions on the Order Paper

Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the answers to questions Q-536 to Q-538, Q-540 and Q-548 on the Order Paper.


Pursuant to Standing Order 39(7), Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the returns to the following questions made into Orders for Return:

Q-541 — Ms. Fry (Vancouver Centre) — For each year since 2006, how many work place harassment claims have been filed with each (i) department, (ii) agency, (iii) crown corporation? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-541.


Q-545 — Mr. Toone (Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine) — With respect to maritime rescue centres: (a) how many requests for assistance were handled by the Quebec City Rescue Centre between 2006 and 2011, broken down by (i) year, (ii) language of response requested, (iii) degree of danger (or classification of incident); (b) what is the current annual call capacity of the Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton; (c) how many requests for assistance were handled by the Trenton Rescue Coordination Centre between 2006 and 2011, broken down by (i) year, (ii) language of response requested,(iii) degree of danger; (d) how many maritime coordinators are located at the Trenton Rescue Coordination Centre and how many of them are bilingual; (e) what is the annual call capacity of the Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Centre; (f) how many requests for assistance were handled by the Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Centre between 2006 and 2011, broken down by (i) year, (ii) language of response requested, (iii) degree of danger; (g) how many maritime coordinators are at the Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Centre and how many of them are bilingual; and (h) what standards and criteria are used to determine the level of bilingualism of maritime/air coordinators at the rescue coordination centres? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-545.


Q-546 — Mr. Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques) — With regard to meeting requests received from official representatives of the Government of Québec: (a) how many meeting requests were submitted by official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Industry; (b) how many meeting requests from official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Industry were accepted; (c) how many meeting requests were submitted by official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food; (d) how many meeting requests from official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food were accepted; (e) how many meeting requests were submitted by official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages; (f) how many meeting requests from official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages were accepted; (g) how many meeting requests were submitted by official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism; (h) how many meeting requests from official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism were accepted; (i) how many meeting requests were submitted by official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of the Environment; (j) how many meeting requests from official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of the Environment were accepted; (k) how many meeting requests were submitted by official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Finance; (l) how many meeting requests from official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Finance were accepted; (m) how many meeting requests were submitted by official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans; (n) how many meeting requests from official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans were accepted; (o) how many meeting requests were submitted by official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Health; (p) how many meeting requests from official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Health were accepted; (q) how many meeting requests were submitted by official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development; (r) how many meeting requests from official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development were accepted; (s) how many meeting requests were submitted by official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs; (t) how many meeting requests from official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs were accepted; (u) how many meeting requests were submitted by official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Justice; (v) how many meeting requests from official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Justice were accepted; (w) how many meeting requests were submitted by official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Public Safety; (x) how many meeting requests from official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Public Safety were accepted; (y) how many meeting requests were submitted by official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services; (z) how many meeting requests from official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services were accepted; (aa) how many meeting requests were submitted by official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Transport; and (bb) how many meeting requests from official representatives of the government of Québec to the office of the Minister of Transport were accepted? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-546.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Oliver (Minister of Natural Resources), — That Bill C-38, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 29, 2012 and other measures, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance;

And of the amendment of Ms. Nash (Parkdale—High Park), seconded by Mr. Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques), — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

(a) weakens Canadians’ confidence in the work of Parliament, decreases transparency and erodes fundamental democratic institutions by systematically over-concentrating power in the hands of government ministers;

(b) shields the government from criticism on extremely controversial non-budgetary issues by bundling them into one enormous piece of legislation masquerading as a budgetary bill;

(c) undermines the critical role played by such trusted oversight bodies as the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, the CSIS Inspector General and the National Energy Board, amongst many others, thereby silencing institutional checks and balances to the government’s ideological agenda;

(d) raises the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement from 65 to 67 years in a reckless effort to balance the government’s misguided spending on prisons, incompetent military procurement and inappropriate Ministerial expenses;

(e) includes provisions to gut the federal environmental assessment regime and to overhaul fish habitat protection that will adversely affect fragile ecosystems and Canada’s environmental sustainability for generations to come;

(f) calls into question Canada’s food inspection and public health regime by removing critical oversight powers of the Auditor General in relation to the Canada Food Inspection Agency all while providing an avenue and paving the way for opportunities to privatize a number of essential inspection functions; and

(g) does nothing to provide a solution for the growing number of Canadians looking for employment in Canada’s challenging job market and instead fuels further job loss, which according to the Parliamentary Budget Officer will amount to a total loss of 43,000 jobs in 2014.”.

The debate continued.

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.

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Blaney (Minister of Veterans Affairs) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled "Veterans Affairs Canada – Privacy Action Plan 2.0". — Sessional Paper No. 8525-411-34.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Oliver (Minister of Natural Resources), — That Bill C-38, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 29, 2012 and other measures, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance;

And of the amendment of Ms. Nash (Parkdale—High Park), seconded by Mr. Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques), — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

(a) weakens Canadians’ confidence in the work of Parliament, decreases transparency and erodes fundamental democratic institutions by systematically over-concentrating power in the hands of government ministers;

(b) shields the government from criticism on extremely controversial non-budgetary issues by bundling them into one enormous piece of legislation masquerading as a budgetary bill;

(c) undermines the critical role played by such trusted oversight bodies as the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, the CSIS Inspector General and the National Energy Board, amongst many others, thereby silencing institutional checks and balances to the government’s ideological agenda;

(d) raises the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement from 65 to 67 years in a reckless effort to balance the government’s misguided spending on prisons, incompetent military procurement and inappropriate Ministerial expenses;

(e) includes provisions to gut the federal environmental assessment regime and to overhaul fish habitat protection that will adversely affect fragile ecosystems and Canada’s environmental sustainability for generations to come;

(f) calls into question Canada’s food inspection and public health regime by removing critical oversight powers of the Auditor General in relation to the Canada Food Inspection Agency all while providing an avenue and paving the way for opportunities to privatize a number of essential inspection functions; and

(g) does nothing to provide a solution for the growing number of Canadians looking for employment in Canada’s challenging job market and instead fuels further job loss, which according to the Parliamentary Budget Officer will amount to a total loss of 43,000 jobs in 2014.”.

The debate continued.

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 third reading of Bill C-314, An Act respecting the awareness of screening among women with dense breast tissue.

Mr. Brown (Barrie), seconded by Mr. Shipley (Lambton—Kent—Middlesex), moved, — That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.

Debate arose thereon.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 98(4), the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, May 9, 2012, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business.

Petitions Filed with the Clerk of the House

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

— by Mr. Sopuck (Dauphin—Swan River—Marquette), one concerning abortion (No. 411-1007) and three concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (Nos. 411-1008 to 411-1010);

— by Mrs. Glover (Saint Boniface), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 411-1011);

— by Mr. Duncan (Vancouver Island North), one concerning abortion (No. 411-1012) and one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 411-1013).

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:21 p.m., by unanimous consent, 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 6:41 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).