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


JOURNALS

No. 44

Thursday, December 12, 2002

10:00 a.m.



Prayers

Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Regan (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) laid upon the Table, — Report of Genome Canada for the year 2000-2001. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-804-01.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Regan (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) laid upon the Table, — Report of Genome Canada for the year 2001-2002. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-804-02.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Nault (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) laid upon the Table, — Report on the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement and on the Northeastern Quebec Agreement “Cree-Inuit-Naskapi” for the years 1998-1999 and 1999-2000. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-438-01.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Nault (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) laid upon the Table, — Report of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation for the year 2000. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-732-01.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Nault (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) laid upon the Table, — Report of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation for the year 2001. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-732-02.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Nault (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) laid upon the Table, — Report of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation for the year 2002. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-732-03.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Malhi (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled “Canadian Position with Respect to Convention 184 and Recommendation 192 adopted at the 89th Session of the International Labour Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland, in June 2001”. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-372-10.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Regan (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) laid upon the Table, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— Nos. 372-0645, 372-0656 and 372-0659 concerning stem cell research. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-14-20;

— No. 372-0651 concerning housing policy. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-2-02;

— Nos. 372-0681 and 372-0700 concerning the Canadian Coast Guard. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-32-06.

Statements by Ministers

Pursuant to Standing Order 33(1), Mr. Cauchon (Minister of Justice) made a statement.

Presenting Reports from Committees

Ms. Torsney (Burlington) , from the Special Committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs, presented the Final Report of the Committee, “Policy for the New Millennium: Working Together to Redefine Canada's Drug Strategy.” — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-24.

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. 1 to 19) was tabled.


Ms. Brown (Oakville) , from the Standing Committee on Health, presented the First Report of the Committee (Bill C-13, An Act respecting assisted human reproduction, with amendments). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-25.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting Nos. 2 to 16) was tabled.


Mr. Patry (Pierrefonds—Dollard) , from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, presented the Third Report of the Committee, “Partners in North America: Advancing Canada's Relations with the United States and Mexico”. — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-26.

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. 6, 8 and 11 to 15) was tabled.


Mr. Williams (St. Albert) , from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, presented the Sixth Report of the Committee (Chapter 6 of the December 2001 Report of the Auditor General of Canada — Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency:  Economic Development). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-27.

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. 7) was tabled.


Mr. Williams (St. Albert) , from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, presented the Seventh Report of the Committee (Chapter 8 of the December 2001 Report of the Auditor General of Canada — Canada Customs and Revenue Agency: Managing the Risks of Non-Compliance for Commercial Shipments Entering Canada). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-28.

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. 7) was tabled.


Mr. Williams (St. Albert) , from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, presented the Eighth Report of the Committee (Chapter 8 of the April 2002 Report of the Auditor General of Canada — Health Canada and Public Works and Government Services Canada). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-29.

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. 7) was tabled.


Mr. Comuzzi (Thunder Bay—Superior North) , from the Standing Committee on Transport, presented the First Report of the Committee (air travellers security charge). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-30.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 3 to 7) was tabled.

Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Blaikie (Winnipeg—Transcona) , seconded by Mr. Masse (Windsor West) , Bill C-342, An Act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act (mail contractors), 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 Mr. Reynolds (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast) , seconded by Mr. Penson (Peace River) , Bill C-343, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act, 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. Spencer (Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre) , one concerning children's rights (No. 372-0804), one concerning pornography (No. 372-0805) and one concerning stem cell research (No. 372-0806);

— by Ms. Lalonde (Mercier) , two concerning federal government contracts (Nos. 372-0807 and 372-0808);

— by Mr. Robinson (Burnaby—Douglas) , one concerning the electoral system (No. 372-0809), one concerning genetic engineering (No. 372-0810), one concerning the protection of the environment (No. 372-0811) and one concerning the Canadian Coast Guard (No. 372-0812);

— by Mr. Bagnell (Yukon) , one concerning stem cell research (No. 372-0813) and one concerning pornography (No. 372-0814);

— by Mr. Grewal (Surrey Central) , one concerning human rights in India (No. 372-0815), one concerning pornography (No. 372-0816) and one concerning marriage (No. 371-0817);

— by Mr. Thompson (Wild Rose) , one concerning marriage (No. 372-0818), one concerning the sexual exploitation of minors (No. 372-0819) and one concerning pornography (No. 372-0820);

— by Mr. Bergeron (Verchères—Les-Patriotes) , two concerning federal government contracts (Nos. 372-0821 and 372-0822);

— by Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North Centre) , one concerning stem cell research (No. 372-0823) and one concerning health care services (No. 372-0824);

— by Mr. Reynolds (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast) , one concerning marriage (No. 372-0825);

— by Mr. White (North Vancouver) , one concerning the electoral system (No. 372-0826);

— by Mr. Lanctôt (Châteauguay) , three concerning federal government contracts (Nos. 372-0827 to 372-0829);

— by Mr. Lunney (Nanaimo—Alberni) , one concerning the Canadian Coast Guard (No. 372-0830);

— by Mr. Jaffer (Edmonton—Strathcona) , one concerning pornography (No. 372-0831);

— by Mr. Adams (Peterborough) , one concerning the situation in the Middle East (No. 372-0832), one concerning pornography (No. 372-0833) and four concerning health care services (Nos. 372-0834 to 372-0837);

— by Mr. Paquette (Joliette) , one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 372-0838);

— by Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) , one concerning emergency preparedness (No. 372-0839);

— by Mr. Stinson (Okanagan—Shuswap) , two concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Nos. 372-0840 and 372-0841);

— by Mr. Bailey (Souris—Moose Mountain) , one concerning stem cell research (No. 372-0842) and one concerning pornography (No. 372-0843);

— by Mr. Anders (Calgary West) , two concerning Kyoto Protocol (Nos. 372-0844 and 372-0845);

— by Ms. Catterall (Ottawa West—Nepean) , one concerning marriage (No. 372-0846);

— by Mr. Penson (Peace River) , one concerning pornography (No. 372-0847) and three concerning stem cell research (Nos. 372-0848 to 372-0850).

Questions on Order Paper

Pursuant to Standing Order 39(7), Mr. Regan (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the return to the following question made into an Order for Return:

Q-40 — Mr. Paquette (Joliette) — Can the government indicate: (a) what studies, reports and analyses have been carried out or ordered since January 1, 2001, by the Department of Finance or the Queen’s Privy Council, on the issue of fiscal imbalance and/or on the Quebec government’s “Commission sur le déséquilibre fiscal”, whose report was released on March 7, 2002 and; (b) what long-term (two years or more) forecasts have been made or ordered since January 1, 2000, by the Department of Finance or the Queen’s Privy Council, on Canada’s financial situation? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-372-40.

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 Ms. Augustine (Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women)) , — That this House take note of the Second Report of the Standing Committee on Finance, presented to the House on Friday, November 29, 2002. (Government Business No. 11)

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.

Royal Assent

The Speaker informed the House that Her Excellency the Governor General will proceed to the Senate today at 5:00 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-5, An Act respecting the protection of wildlife species at risk in Canada, without amendment.

    — ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-8, An Act to protect human health and safety and the environment by regulating products used for the control of pests, without amendment.

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 Ms. Augustine (Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women)) . (Government Business No. 11)

The debate continued.

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 S-2, An Act to implement an agreement, conventions and protocols concluded between Canada and Kuwait, Mongolia, the United Arab Emirates, Moldova, Norway, Belgium and Italy for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion and to amend the enacted text of three tax treaties — Chapter No. 24;

    Bill C-14, An Act providing for controls on the export, import or transit across Canada of rough diamonds and for a certification scheme for their export in order to meet Canada's obligations under the Kimberley Process — Chapter No. 25;

    Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Copyright Act — Chapter No. 26;

    Bill C-8, An Act to protect human health and safety and the environment by regulating products used for the control of pests — Chapter No. 28;

    Bill C-5, An Act respecting the protection of wildlife species at risk in Canada — Chapter No. 29.

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, 2003.

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-21, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the public service of Canada for the financial year ending March 31, 2003 (Appropriation Act No. 3, 2002-2003). – Chapter No. 27.

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 Ms. Augustine (Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women)) . (Government Business No. 11)

The debate continued.

Private Members' Business

At 5:54 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(7), 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 Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-206, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (persons who leave employment to be care-givers to family members).

Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Musquodoboit Valley—Eastern Shore) , seconded by Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) , moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

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. Collenette (Minister of Transport) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for the period 2003-2007 and of the Capital and Operating Budgets for 2003 of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-372-863-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport)

— by Mr. Thibault (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) — Reports of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans 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. 8561-372-671-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:57 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 7:06 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).