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


JOURNALS

No. 58

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

2:00 p.m.



Prayers

National Anthem

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

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Report of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for New Brunswick 2003, pursuant to the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, R. S. 1985, c. E-3, sbs. 21(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-459-05. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs)


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. 372-0145, 372-0165, 372-0331, 372-0336 and 372-0441 concerning alcoholic beverages. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-65-01;

— Nos. 372-0714, 372-0716, 372-0717, 372-0720, 372-0722, 372-0730, 372-0742 to 372-0746, 372-0751 to 372-0753, 372-0758, 372-0763, 372-0767, 372-0771 to 372-0776, 372-0780, 372-0781, 372-0789, 372-0793, 372-0795 and 372-0796 concerning pornography. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-25-16.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Cauchon (Minister of Justice) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled “Canadian Firearms Program Review: Business Case Assessment and Risk Analysis (Final Report)”. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-372-13.

Statements by Ministers

Pursuant to Standing Order 33(1), Mr. Easter (Solicitor General of Canada) made a statement.

Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) , seconded by Mr. Thompson (New Brunswick Southwest) , Bill C-353, An Act to establish the Energy Price Commission, 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 Mrs. Tremblay (Rimouski—Neigette-et-la Mitis) , Bill C-354, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (child care expenses), 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 Mrs. Tremblay (Rimouski—Neigette-et-la Mitis) , Bill C-355, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and the Income Tax Act (closed-captioned programming), 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 Mrs. Tremblay (Rimouski—Neigette-et-la Mitis) , seconded by Ms. St-Hilaire (Longueuil) , Bill C-356, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (waiting period), 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 Mrs. Tremblay (Rimouski—Neigette-et-la Mitis) , seconded by Ms. St-Hilaire (Longueuil) , Bill C-357, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act, 2002 (Schedule I), 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 Mrs. Tremblay (Rimouski—Neigette-et-la Mitis) , seconded by Ms. St-Hilaire (Longueuil) , Bill C-358, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and another Act in consequence, 2002 (Employment Insurance Account and premium rate setting), 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 Mrs. Tremblay (Rimouski—Neigette-et-la Mitis) , seconded by Ms. St-Hilaire (Longueuil) , Bill C-359, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (determination of insurable employment), 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. Proulx (Hull—Aylmer) , one concerning war on Iraq (No. 372-1049);

— by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South) , one concerning stem cell research (No. 372-1050);

— by Mr. Asselin (Charlevoix) , one concerning the income tax system (No. 372-1051);

— by Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) , one concerning emergency preparedness (No. 372-1052).

Questions on Order Paper

Mr. Cuzner (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister) presented the answer to question Q-98 on the Order Paper.


Pursuant to Standing Order 39(7), Mr. Cuzner (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister) presented the return to the following question made into an Order for Return:

Q-35 — Mr. Rajotte (Edmonton Southwest) — Since 1996, what grants, contributions, contracts and/or loan guarantees made either through a crown corporation, department, and/or agency of the government did each of the following companies receive: Bombardier (and any of its subsidiaries), Power Corporation, and Milit-Air Inc., specifying the source and value of the grant, contribution, contract and/or loan guarantee, date made, reason(s) for providing the funding, and present status of the grant, contribution, and /or loan guarantee (whether repaid, partially repaid, or unpaid - including the value of the repayment - in the case of contracts please specify whether the contract is fulfilled, whether it was tendered and any reason for limiting the tender)? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-372-35.

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. Collenette (Minister of Transport) , — That Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act (political financing), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs;

And of the amendment of Mr. Harper (Calgary Southwest) , seconded by Mr. Reynolds (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast) , — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“this House decline to give second reading to Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act, because the Bill shifts the sources of contributions to political parties from the voluntary actions of people and organizations to a mandatory imposition on all taxpayers, making political parties more dependent upon the state and less responsive to society.”.

The debate continued.

Private Members' Business

At 5:52 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(7), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

Mr. Robinson (Burnaby—Douglas) , seconded by Mr. Comartin (Windsor—St. Clair) , moved, — That, in the opinion of this House, the government should: (a) recognize the genocide of the Armenians and condemn any attempt to deny or distort this historical truth as being anything less than genocide, a crime against humanity; and (b) designate April 24 th of every year hereafter throughout Canada as a day of remembrance of the 1.5 million Armenians who fell victim to the first genocide of the twentieth century. (Private Members' Business M-137)

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Standing Order 96(1), the Order was dropped from the Order Paper.

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-4, An Act to amend the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, without amendment.

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 Mr. Pettigrew (Minister for International Trade) — Report of the Northern Pipeline Agency, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002, pursuant to the Northern Pipeline Act, R.S. 1985, c. N-26, ss.13 and 14. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-43-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:50 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 7:15 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).