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


JOURNALS

No. 137

Thursday, October 9, 2003

10:00 a.m.



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

Whereupon, Ms. Bakopanos (Ahuntsic) , Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole, took the Chair, pursuant to Standing Order 8.

Prayers

Daily Routine Of Business

Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Pratt (Nepean—Carleton) , from the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs, presented the Fourth Report of the Committee (Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, without amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-138.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 37) was tabled.


Mr. Adams (Peterborough) , from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented the 47th Report of the Committee, which was as follows:

The Committee recommends, pursuant to Standing Orders 104 and 114, that the following Member be added to the list of associate members of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates:

Libby Davies

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 1) was tabled.

Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Musquodoboit Valley—Eastern Shore) , seconded by Mr. Comartin (Windsor—St. Clair) , Bill C-455, An Act to provide for a program giving financial assistance to high school students visiting overseas military memorial sites, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. St-Hilaire (Longueuil) , seconded by Ms. Picard (Drummond) , Bill C-456, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act, 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 47th 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. Borotsik (Brandon—Souris) , one concerning the income tax system (No. 372-2181) and one concerning the Food and Drugs Act (No. 372-2182);

— by Mr. Adams (Peterborough) , one concerning marriage (No. 372-2183);

— by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South) , one concerning stem cell research (No. 372-2184) and one concerning marriage (No. 372-2185);

— by Mr. Cummins (Delta—South Richmond) , one concerning the Canadian Coast Guard (No. 372-2186);

— by Ms. Karetak-Lindell (Nunavut) , one concerning the National Missile Defence Program (No. 372-2187).

Government Orders

The Order was read for the third reading of Bill C-48, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (natural resources).

Mr. Coderre (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) for Mr. Manley (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance) , seconded by Mr. Drouin (Secretary of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)) , 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.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Manley (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance) , seconded by Mr. Drouin (Secretary of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)) , — That Bill C-48, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (natural resources), be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until Tuesday, October 21, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.


The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Special Committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs of Bill C-38, An Act to amend the Contraventions Act and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Pursuant to Standing Order 73(1), Mr. Cauchon (Minister of Justice) , seconded by Mr. Thibault (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) , moved, — That the Bill be referred forthwith to the Special Committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs.

Debate arose thereon.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That if a recorded division is requested at the conclusion of today's debate on motion M-400, it be deferred to Tuesday, October 28, 2003, at the beginning of the time provided for Private Members' Business.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That the recorded division on motion M-197, deferred until Tuesday, October 21, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders, be further deferred until Tuesday, October 28, 2003, at the beginning of the time provided for Private Members' Business.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Cauchon (Minister of Justice) , seconded by Mr. Thibault (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) , — That Bill C-38, An Act to amend the Contraventions Act and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, be referred forthwith to the Special Committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs.

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 House resumed consideration of the motion of Mrs. Desjarlais (Churchill) , seconded by Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) , — That, in the opinion of this House, the government should amend bankruptcy legislation to ensure that wages and pensions owed to employees are the first debts repaid when a bankruptcy occurs. (Private Members' Business M-400)

The debate continued.

Pursuant to Order made earlier today, the question was put on the motion and the recorded division was requested and deferred until Tuesday, October 28, 2003, at the beginning of the time provided for Private Members' Business.

Returns and Reports Deposited with the Clerk of the House

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(1), a paper deposited with the Clerk of the House was laid upon the Table as follows:

— by Ms. Robillard (President of the Treasury Board) — Response of the government, pursuant to Standing Order 109, to the 14th Reporth of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Chapter 1 of the April 2002 Report of the Auditor General of Canada — Placing the Public's Money Beyond Parliament's Reach) (Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-77), presented to the House on Wednesday, May 14, 2003. — Sessional Paper No. 8512-372-77.

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:12 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 6:22 p.m., the Acting Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).