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


JOURNALS

No. 123

Friday, September 19, 2003

10:00 a.m.



The Clerk informed the House of the unavoidable absence of the Speaker.

Whereupon, Mr. Kilger (Stormont—Dundas—Charlottenburgh) , Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees of the Whole, took the Chair, pursuant to subsection 43(1) of the Parliament of Canada Act.

Prayers

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , seconded by Mr. Nault (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) , — That Bill C-49, An Act respecting the effective date of the representation order of 2003, be referred forthwith to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.

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.

Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Cuzner (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister) laid upon the Table, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— No. 372-1743 concerning China. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-47-04;

— Nos. 372-1781 to 372-1786, 372-1803, 372-1804 and 372-1870 concerning gun control. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-42-07.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. LeBlanc (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence) laid upon the Table, — Report of the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-5-01.

Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Cuzner (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister) , from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented the 44th Report of the Committee (radio and television broadcasting of the proceedings of House committees). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-125.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 56) was tabled.


Ms. Bennett (St. Paul's) , from the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, presented the Second Report of the Committee (major points of interest and concerns). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-126.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 2 to 6) was tabled.

Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Caccia (Davenport) , seconded by Ms. Bennett (St. Paul's) , Bill C-448, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (genetically modified food), 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 resolved, — That the 44th Report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented earlier today, be concurred in.

Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Hill (Prince George—Peace River) , one concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (No. 372-1985) and one concerning sex offenders (No. 372-1986);

— by Mr. Stinson (Okanagan—Shuswap) , one concerning marriage (No. 372-1987);

— by Ms. McDonough (Halifax) , one concerning health care services (No. 372-1988);

— by Mr. Burton (Skeena) , two concerning marriage (Nos. 372-1989 and 372-1990);

— by Mr. Epp (Elk Island) , one concerning pornography (No. 372-1991) and one concerning marriage (No. 372-1992);

— by Mr. Goldring (Edmonton Centre-East) , one concerning the tax system (No. 372-1993);

— by Mr. Spencer (Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre) , two concerning marriage (Nos. 372-1994 and 372-1995).

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , seconded by Mr. Nault (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) , — That Bill C-49, An Act respecting the effective date of the representation order of 2003, be referred forthwith to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.

The debate continued.

At 12:24 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 73(1), the Deputy Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.


The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Cauchon (Minister of Justice) , seconded by Mr. Rock (Minister of Industry) , — That Bill C-45, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (criminal liability of organizations), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

The debate continued.

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

Accordingly, Bill C-45, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (criminal liability of organizations), was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Private Members' Business

At 1:18 p.m., by unanimous consent, the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

Mr. Bergeron (Verchères—Les-Patriotes) , seconded by Mr. Gaudet (Berthier--Montcalm) , moved, — That a humble Address be presented to Her Excellency praying that, following the steps already taken by the Société Nationale de l'Acadie, she will intercede with Her Majesty to cause the British Crown to recognize officially the wrongs done to the Acadian people in its name between 1755 and 1763. (Private Members' Business M-382)

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. Nault (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) — Report of the Canadian Polar Commission, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003, pursuant to the Canadian Polar Commission Act, S.C. 1991, c. 6, sbs. 21(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-498-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources)

— by Mr. Nault (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) — Copy of Order in Council P.C. 2003-1274 dated August 13, 2003 concerning the Amending Agreement between the Government of British Columbia and Canada, pursuant to the Fort Nelson Indian Reserve Minerals Revenue Sharing Act, S.C. 1980-81-82-83, c. 38. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-825-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources)

— by Mr. Nault (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) — Reports of the Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002, 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. 8561-372-877-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

Adjournment

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