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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
37th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION


JOURNALS

No. 122

Thursday, September 18, 2003

10:00 a.m.



Prayers

Daily Routine Of Business

Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Pagtakhan (Minister of Veterans Affairs) , seconded by Ms. Whelan (Minister for International Cooperation) , Bill C-50, An Act to amend the statute law in respect of benefits for veterans and the children of deceased veterans, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.

Recommendation
(Pursuant to Standing Order 79(2))

Her 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 statute law in respect of benefits for veterans and the children of deceased veterans”.

Presenting Reports from Inter-parliamentary Delegations

Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Price (Compton—Stanstead) presented the Report of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association respecting its participation at the 2003 Spring Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, held in Prague, Czech Republic, from May 24 to 28, 2003. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-372-50-06.

Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Hill (Macleod) , seconded by Mr. Harper (Calgary Southwest) , Bill C-447, An Act to protect the institution of marriage, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second 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. Adams (Peterborough) , one concerning mad cow disease (No. 372-1960) and one concerning health care services (No. 372-1961);

— by Mr. Schmidt (Kelowna) , one concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (No. 372-1962);

— by Mr. Casson (Lethbridge) , one concerning war on Iraq (No. 372-1963);

— by Mr. Mark (Dauphin—Swan River) , four concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Nos. 372-1964 to 372-1967) and eight concerning marriage (Nos. 372-1968 to 372-1975);

— by Mr. Calder (Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey) , one concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (No. 372-1976), one concerning marriage (No. 372-1977) and one concerning the Canadian census (No. 372-1978);

— by Mr. Shepherd (Durham) , one concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (No. 372-1979);

— by Mr. Speller (Haldimand—Norfolk—Brant) , one concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (No. 372-1980).

Questions on Order Paper

Mr. Regan (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the answer to question Q-236 on the Order Paper.

Business of Supply

The Order was read for the consideration of the Business of Supply.

Mr. Paquette (Joliette) , seconded by Ms. Picard (Drummond) , moved, — That, in the opinion of this House, in order to ensure tax equity, the government should terminate Canada’s tax convention with Barbados, a tax haven, which enables wealthy Canadian taxpayers and companies to avoid their tax obligations, and should play a leadership role at the international level in activities to eliminate tax havens.

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.

Business of Supply

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Paquette (Joliette) , seconded by Ms. Picard (Drummond) , in relation to the Business of Supply.

The debate continued.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, at the conclusion of the debate on today's Opposition motion, all questions necessary to dispose of this motion be deemed put and a recorded division deemed requested and deferred until Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.

Business of Supply

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Paquette (Joliette) , seconded by Ms. Picard (Drummond) , in relation to the Business of Supply.

The debate continued.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the Fourth Report of the Special Committee on the Modernization of the Procedures of the House of Commons, presented on Thursday, June 12, 2003, be concurred in.

Business of Supply

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Paquette (Joliette) , seconded by Ms. Picard (Drummond) , in relation to the Business of Supply.

The debate continued.

At 5:15 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 81(16), the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

Pursuant to Order made earlier today, the question was deemed put on the motion and the recorded division was deemed requested and deferred until Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.

Private Members' Business

At 5:16 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill C-212, An Act respecting user fees, as reported by the Standing Committee on Finance with amendments.

Mr. Cullen (Etobicoke North) , seconded by Mr. Tonks (York South—Weston) , moved, — That the Bill, as amended, be concurred in at report stage.

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

Accordingly, the Bill, as amended, was concurred in at report stage.

Pursuant to Standing Order 76.1(11), Mr. Cullen (Etobicoke North) , seconded by Mr. Tonks (York South—Weston) , moved, — That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Standing Order 93, 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 Mr. Coderre (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) — Reports of the Immigration and Refugee Board for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003, pursuant to the Access to Information Act and to the Privacy Act, R.S. 1985, c. A-1 and P-21, sbs. 72(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8561-372-548-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Coderre (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) — Reports of Citizenship and Immigration Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003, pursuant to the Access to Information Act and to the Privacy Act, R.S. 1985, c. A-1 and P-21, sbs. 72(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8561-372-585-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Mahoney (Secretary of State (Selected Crown Corporations)) — Report of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003, pursuant to the Alternative Fuels Act, S.C. 1995, c. 20, s. 8. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-629-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

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. Calder (Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey) , two concerning war on Iraq (Nos. 372-1981 and 372-1982) and one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 372-1983);

— by Mr. Harvey (Chicoutimi—Le Fjord) , one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 372-1984).

Adjournment

At 6:15 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).