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

Journals

No. 137

Friday, June 8, 2012

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Government Orders

The Order was read for the third reading of Bill C-31, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, the Marine Transportation Security Act and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act.

Mr. Menzies (Minister of State (Finance)) for Mr. Kenney (Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), moved, — That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.

Debate arose thereon.

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. MacKay (Minister of National Defence) laid upon the Table, — Report of the review of the provisions and operations of the National Defence Act, pursuant to An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts S.C. 1998, c. 35, s. 96(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-411-828-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on National Defence)


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. MacKay (Minister of National Defence) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled "Comments of the Minister of National Defence on the Report of the Second Independent Review Authority regarding Bills C-25 and C-60". — Sessional Paper No. 8530-411-11.


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. 411-0858 concerning telecommunications. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-411-69-08;

— No. 411-0879 concerning immigration. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-411-20-10.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mrs. Smith (Kildonan—St. Paul), from the Standing Committee on Health, presented the Ninth Report of the Committee, "Drug Supply in Canada: A Multi-Stakeholder Responsibility". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-411-115.

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. 36 to 38 and 45 to 47) was tabled.


Presenting Petitions

Pursuant to Standing Order 36, a petition certified correct by the Clerk of Petitions was presented as follows:

— by Mr. Toone (Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine), one concerning the fishing industry (No. 411-1277).


Questions on the Order Paper

Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the answer to question Q-609 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-613 — Mr. Kellway (Beaches—East York) — With regard to the government response to Chapter 2 of the 2012 Spring Report of the Auditor General: (a) when did the departments of Public Works and Government Services (PWGSC), National Defence (DND), and Industry Canada provide their final responses to the Office of the Auditor General (OAG); (b) when did PWGSC and DND inform the OAG that they disagreed with the conclusions of Paragraphs 2.80 and 2.81 of the report; (c) was the disagreement with those two paragraphs approved by the Minister; (d) if this disagreement was not approved by the Minister, who were the officials who approved this response; (e) what was the rationale for disagreement; and (f) how was this disagreement communicated to the OAG? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-613.


Q-616 — Mr. Kellway (Beaches—East York) — With regard to formal communications received by the government of Canada from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) regarding the Joint Strike Fighter/F-35 program: (a) what were the dates of all formal communications received from DoD regarding project costs and/or overruns; (b) what was the content of the communications; (c) who in the government received these communications; (d) were Ministers informed of these communications; (e) was the Prime Minister informed of these communications; (f) if not, why not; (g) if yes, how were these messages given to Ministers and on what date; and (h) what actions were taken in response to these communications? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-616.


Q-619 — Mr. Marston (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek) — With regard to the budget for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev) from fiscal years 2009-2010 to 2014-2015, what is: (a) the total budget for each year; (b) the amount disbursed for each year, by program and initiative; (c) the amount of lapsed funding, by program and standard object; and (d) the number of budgeted full time equivalents versus the number of employed full time equivalents? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-619.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Kenney (Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), — That Bill C-31, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, the Marine Transportation Security Act and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act, be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

Ms. Sims (Newton—North Delta), seconded by Mrs. Groguhé (Saint-Lambert), moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by deleting all of the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“this House decline to give third reading to Bill C-31, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, the Marine Transportation Security Act and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act, because it: (a) gives significant powers to the Minister that could be exercised in an arbitrary manner, including the power to designate so-called “safe” countries without independent advice; (b) violates international conventions to which Canada is signatory by providing mechanisms for the government to indiscriminately designate and subsequently imprison bone fide refugees – including children – for up to one year; (c) undermines best practices in refugee settlement by imposing, on some refugees, five years of forced separation from families; (d) adopts a biometrics programme for temporary resident visas without adequate parliamentary scrutiny of the privacy risks; and (e) is not clearly consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”.

Debate arose thereon.

At 1:15 p.m., pursuant to Order made Tuesday, May 29, 2012, under the provisions of Standing Order 78(3), the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

The question was put on the amendment and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until Monday, June 11, 2012, at the ordinary hour of daily adjournment.

Private Members' Business

At 1:18 p.m., by unanimous consent, 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 Foreign Affairs and International Development of Bill C-383, An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act.

Notice of the Royal Recommendation was given on Monday, May 14, 2012, by the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons as follows:

Recommendation

(Pursuant to Standing Order 79(2))

His Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled “An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act”.

Mr. Miller (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound), seconded by Mrs. Ambler (Mississauga South), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.

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.

Adjournment

At 2:18 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).