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


JOURNALS

No. 153

Friday, November 7, 2003

10:00 a.m.



Prayers

Royal Assent

The Speaker informed the House that Her Excellency the Governor General will proceed to the Senate today at 1:00 p.m. for the purpose of giving the Royal Assent to certain Bills.

Messages from the Senate

Messages were received from the Senate as follows:

    — ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, without amendment.

    — ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-50, An Act to amend the statute law in respect of benefits for veterans and the children of deceased veterans, without amendment.

Presenting Reports from Committees

By unanimous consent, Mr. Grewal (Surrey Central) , from the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations, presented the Fourth Report of the Committee (national parks). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-172.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Issue No. 12) was tabled.

Government Orders

The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs of Bill C-51, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act.

Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , seconded by Mr. Anderson (Minister of the Environment) , moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.

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.

Messages from the Senate

A message was received from the Senate as follows:

    — ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-48, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (natural resources), without amendment.

Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Graham (Minister of Foreign Affairs) laid upon the Table, — Response of the government, pursuant to Standing Order 109, to the Eighth Report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, “HIV/AIDS and the Humanitarian Catastrophe in sub-Saharan Africa” (Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-105), presented to the House on Thursday, June 12, 2003. — Sessional Paper No. 8512-372-105.


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:

— Nos. 372-1909, 372-1910, 372-1913, 372-1917 and 372-1920 concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-44-17;

— Nos. 372-2021 and 372-2022 concerning national parks. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-58-05;

— Nos. 372-2364, 372-2435 and 372-2436 concerning stem cell research. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-14-47;

— No. 372-2419 concerning abortion. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-68-05;

— Nos. 372-2427 to 372-2431 concerning alcoholic beverages. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-65-04.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Grose (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs) laid upon the Table, — Response of the government, pursuant to Standing Order 109, to the Third Report of the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs, “Honouring the Pledge: Ensuring Quality Long-Term Care for Veterans” (Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-109), presented to the House on Thursday, June 12, 2003. — Sessional Paper No. 8512-372-109.

Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Marcil (Beauharnois—Salaberry) , from the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, presented the Fifth Report of the Committee, “Gasoline Prices in Canada”. — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-173.

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. 40, 42 to 44, 54, 58, 63, 64 and 66) was tabled.


Mr. Bergeron (Verchères—Les-Patriotes) , from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, presented the Tenth Report of the Committee (case of Dr. Wang Bingzhang). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-174.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 57) was tabled.


Mr. Bergeron (Verchères—Les-Patriotes) , from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, presented the 11th Report of the Committee (tension along the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-175.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 57) was tabled.


Mr. Bergeron (Verchères—Les-Patriotes) , from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, presented the 12th Report of the Committee, “Reinvigorating Economic Relations Between Canada and Asia-Pacific”. — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-176.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 57) was tabled.


Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) , from the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, presented the 12th Report of the Committee (process issues identified during the review of the proposed appointment of Jennifer Stoddart as Privacy Commissioner). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-177.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 68 to 70) was tabled.


Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) , from the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, presented the 13th Report of the Committee (matters related to the disclosure of acts of wrongdoing and the protection of whistleblowers in the Public Service of Canada). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-178.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 67) was tabled.

Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Proulx (Hull—Aylmer) , one concerning marriage (No. 372-2566);

— by Mr. Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster) , nine concerning mad cow disease (Nos. 372-2567 to 372-2575);

— by Mr. Chatters (Athabasca) , three concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Nos. 372-2576 to 372-2578);

— by Mr. Reid (Lanark—Carleton) , one concerning mad cow disease (No. 372-2579);

— by Mr. Paquette (Joliette) , one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 372-2580);

— by Mrs. Desjarlais (Churchill) , one concerning pornography (No. 372-2581);

— by Mr. Cuzner (Bras d'Or—Cape Breton) , one concerning marriage (No. 372-2582);

— by Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) , one concerning marriage (No. 372-2583).

Government Orders

The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology of Bill C-56, An Act to amend the Patent Act and the Food and Drugs Act.

Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) for Mr. Chrétien (Prime Minister) , seconded by Mr. Pettigrew (Minister for International Trade) , moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

Debate arose thereon.

Royal Assent

A message was received from Her Excellency the Governor General desiring the immediate attendance of the Commons in the Senate.

Accordingly, the Speaker, with the Commons, proceeded to the Senate.

The Commons returned to the Chamber.

Whereupon, the Speaker reported that when the Commons had been in the Senate, Her Excellency the Governor General was pleased to give, in Her Majesty's name, the Royal Assent to the following Bills:

Bill C-45, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (criminal liability of organizations) — Chapter No. 21;

Bill C-25, An Act to modernize employment and labour relations in the public service and to amend the Financial Administration Act and the Canadian Centre for Management Development Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts — Chapter No. 22;

Bill C-6, An Act to establish the Canadian Centre for the Independent Resolution of First Nations Specific Claims to provide for the filing, negotiation and resolution of specific claims and to make related amendments to other Acts — Chapter No. 23;

Bill C-459, An Act to establish Holocaust Memorial Day — Chapter No. 24;

Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts — Chapter No. 26;

Bill C-50, An Act to amend the statute law in respect of benefits for veterans and the children of deceased veterans — Chapter No. 27;

Bill C-48, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (natural resources) — Chapter No. 28;

Bill S-21, An Act to amalgamate the Canadian Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and The Canadian Association of Financial Planners under the name The Financial Advisors Association of Canada.

The Speaker also reported that he had addressed Her Excellency the Governor General as follows:

“May it please Your Excellency:

The Commons of Canada have voted Supplies required to enable the Government to defray certain expenses of the public service.

In the name of the Commons I present to Your Excellency the following Bill:

    An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the public service of Canada for the financial year ending March 31, 2004.

To which Bill I humbly request Your Excellency's Assent.”

Whereupon, the Clerk of the Senate, by Command of Her Excellency the Governor General, did say:

“In Her Majesty's name, Her Excellency the Governor General thanks Her Loyal Subjects, accepts their benevolence, and assents to this Bill.”

    Bill C-55, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the public service of Canada for the financial year ending March 31, 2004 (Appropriation Act No. 3, 2003-2004) — Chapter No. 25.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Chrétien (Prime Minister) , seconded by Mr. Pettigrew (Minister for International Trade) , — That Bill C-56, An Act to amend the Patent Act and the Food and Drugs Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

The debate continued.

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

Accordingly, Bill C-56, An Act to amend the Patent Act and the Food and Drugs Act, was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That Bill C-57, An Act to give effect to the Westbank First Nation Self-Government Agreement, be deemed read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources.

Accordingly, Bill C-57, An Act to give effect to the Westbank First Nation Self-Government Agreement, was deemed read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources.

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. Adams (Peterborough) , two concerning marriage (Nos. 372-2584 and 372-2585).

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 the Speaker — Amendments to the By-laws adopted by the Board of Internal Economy of the House of Commons on October 29, 2003. — Sessional Paper No. 8527-372-16.

— by the Speaker — Minutes of Proceedings of the Board of Internal Economy of the House of Commons for June 16, September 24, October 1, 8 and 29, 2003. — Sessional Paper No. 8527-372-17.

— by Ms. McLellan (Minister of Health) — Response of the government, pursuant to Standing Order 109, to the Fourth Report of the Standing Committee on Health, “Animal-Sourced Insulins: Availability for Diabetics” (Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-118), presented to the House on Friday, June 13, 2003. — Sessional Paper No. 8512-372-118.

— by Ms. McLellan (Minister of Health) — Response of the government, pursuant to Standing Order 109, to the Fifth Report of the Standing Committee on Health, “First Nations and Inuit Dental Health” (Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-119), presented to the House on Wednesday, June 18, 2003. — Sessional Paper No. 8512-372-119.

— by Mr. Thibault (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) — Response of the government, pursuant to Standing Order 109, to the Sixth Report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, “The 2001 Fraser River Salmon Fishery” (Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-110), presented to the House on Thursday, June 12, 2003. — Sessional Paper No. 8512-372-110.

Adjournment

At 1:55 p.m., by unanimous consent, the Speaker adjourned the House until Monday, November 17, 2003, at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Orders 28(2) and 24(1).