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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
37th PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION


JOURNALS

No. 192

Monday, May 27, 2002

11:00 a.m.



Prayers

Private Members' Business

At 11:00 a.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 Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-437, An Act to provide that persons who commit a sexual offence involving a child serve the entire sentence imposed without early release or parole and be found to be child predators, and to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Criminal Code.

Mr. Pankiw (Saskatoon--Humboldt) , seconded by Mr. Lunn (Saanich--Gulf Islands) , moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Standing Order 96(1), the Order was dropped from the Order Paper.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. McLellan (Minister of Health) , seconded by Mr. Bevilacqua (Secretary of State (Science, Research and Development)) , — That Bill C-56, An Act respecting assisted human reproduction, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Health.

The debate continued.

Miss Grey (Edmonton North) , seconded by Mr. Merrifield (Yellowhead) , moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

    “this House declines to give second reading to Bill C-56, An Act respecting assisted human reproduction, since the principle of the Bill does not recognize the value of non-embryonic stem cell research which has had great advancements in the last year.”.

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), Mrs. Stewart (Minister of Human Resources Development) laid upon the Table, — Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Report for the year 2001, pursuant to the Employment Insurance Act, S.C. 1996, c. 23, sbs. 3(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-371-322-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mrs. Redman (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment) laid upon the Table, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— No. 371-0637 concerning a National Day of Prayer. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-371-102-01;

— No. 371-0667 concerning the taking of blood samples. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-371-103-01.

Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Easter (Malpeque) , from the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, presented the Eighth Report of the Committee (Main Estimates 2002-03 — Votes 1, 5 and 10 under FISHERIES AND OCEANS). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-371-164.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 52) was tabled.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding the provisions of any Standing Order or usual practice, the consideration of all Votes under PUBLIC WORKS AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES in the Main Estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2003, pursuant to Standing Order 81(4)(a), shall be deferred from Tuesday, May 28, 2002, to Tuesday, June 4, 2002.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That the Standing Orders be amended as follows:

    (a) by deleting the words “and Government Operations” from Standing Order 104(2)(p);

    (b) by adding the following after Standing Order 104(2)(p):

    “(q) Government Operations and Estimates (sixteen members)”

    (c) by deleting Standing Order 108(1)(c);

    (d) by adding the following after Standing Order 108(3)(e):

    (f) Government Operations and Estimates shall include, among other matters:

    (i) the review of and report on the effectiveness, management and operation, together with operational and expenditure plans of the central departments and agencies;

    (ii) the review of and report on the effectiveness, management and operation, together with operational and expenditure plans relating to the use of new and emerging information and communications technologies by the government;

    (iii) the review of and report on the effectiveness, management and operation of specific operational and expenditure items across all departments and agencies;

    (iv) the review of and report on the Estimates of programs delivered by more than one department or agency;

    (v) with regard to items under consideration as a result of Standing Orders 108(3)(f) (i), (ii) or (iii), in coordination with any affected standing committee and in accordance with Standing Order 79, the committee shall be empowered to amend Votes that have been referred to other standing committees;

    (vi) the review of and report on reports of the Privacy Commissioner, the Access to Information Commissioner, the Public Service Commission and the Ethics Counsellor with respect to his or her responsibilities under the Lobbyists Registration Act, which shall be severally deemed permanently referred to the Committee immediately after they are laid upon the Table;

    (vii) the review of and report on the process for considering the estimates and supply, including the format and content of all estimates documents;

    (viii) the review of and report on the effectiveness, management and operation, together with operational and expenditure plans arising from supplementary estimates;

    (ix) the review of and report on the effectiveness, management and operation, together with operational and expenditure plans of Crown Corporations and agencies that have not been specifically referred to another standing committee;

    (x) in cooperation with other committees, the review of and report on the effectiveness, management and operation, together with operational and expenditure plans of statutory programs, tax expenditures, loan guarantees, contingency funds and private foundations that derive the majority of their funding from the Government of Canada.

    That the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs shall prepare and report to the House within five sitting days of the adoption of this Order lists of Members to compose the new Standing Committees created by this Order; and

    That the Clerk be authorized to amend any order of reference or proposed order of reference in accordance with the intent of this Order.

Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Laframboise (Argenteuil--Papineau--Mirabel) , one concerning transportation (No. 371-0736);

— by Mr. Godin (Acadie--Bathurst) , one concerning the Employment Insurance program (No. 371-0737);

— by Mr. Robinson (Burnaby--Douglas) , one concerning health care services (No. 371-0738);

— by Mr. Adams (Peterborough) , one concerning health care services (No. 371-0739).

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. McLellan (Minister of Health) , seconded by Mr. Bevilacqua (Secretary of State (Science, Research and Development)) , — That Bill C-56, An Act respecting assisted human reproduction, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Health;

And of the amendment of Miss Grey (Edmonton North) , seconded by Mr. Merrifield (Yellowhead) .

The debate continued.

The question was put on the amendment and it was negatived on division.

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. McLellan (Minister of Health) , seconded by Mr. Bevilacqua (Secretary of State (Science, Research and Development)) , — That Bill C-56, An Act respecting assisted human reproduction, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Health.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.


The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Collenette (Minister of Transport) , seconded by Mr. Dion (Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs) , — That Bill C-55, An Act to amend certain Acts of Canada, and to enact measures for implementing the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, in order to enhance public safety, be now read a second time and referred to a legislative committee;

And of the amendment of Mr. Moore (Port Moody--Coquitlam--Port Coquitlam) , seconded by Mr. Kenney (Calgary Southeast) , — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

    “this House declines to give second reading to Bill C-55, An Act to amend certain Acts of Canada, and to enact measures for implementing the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, in order to enhance public safety, since the Bill reflects several principles unrelated to transport and government operations, rendering it impractical for the Standing Committee on Transport and Government Operations to properly consider it.”.

The debate continued.

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. Anderson (Minister of the Environment) — Report on the administration of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001, pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, R.S. 1985, c. 16 (4th Supp.), s. 138. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-371-601-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mr. Rock (Minister of Industry) — Report on Corporations for the year 1999, pursuant to the Corporations Returns Act, S.C. 1998, c. 26, s. 68. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-371-115-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)

— by Mr. Rock (Minister of Industry) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2002-03 to 2006-07 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2002-03 of the Standards Council of Canada, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-371-820-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:29 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 6:55 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).