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


JOURNALS

No. 60

Friday, February 14, 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 Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates of 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.

Ms. Robillard (President of the Treasury Board) , seconded by Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates.

Debate arose thereon.

Notice of Motion

Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) gave notice of the intention to move a motion at the next sitting of the House, pursuant to Standing Order 78(3), for the purpose of allotting a specified number of days or hours for the consideration and disposal of the consideration of Senate amendments stage of Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals and firearms) and the Firearms Act.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Robillard (President of the Treasury Board) , seconded by Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , — That 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, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates.

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:

— Nos. 372-0999, 372-1008, 372-1009 and 372-1020 to 372-1029 concerning stem cell research. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-14-25.

Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Mayfield (Cariboo—Chilcotin) , seconded by Mr. Jaffer (Edmonton—Strathcona) , Bill C-395, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (setting premium rate to control surplus in Employment Insurance Account), 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. Cullen (Etobicoke North) , one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 372-1073);

— by Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) , one concerning emergency preparedness (No. 372-1074);

— by Mr. Toews (Provencher) , two concerning the Canada Post Corporation (Nos. 372-1075 and 372-1076), three concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Nos. 372-1077 to 372-1079) and one concerning marriage (No. 372-1080);

— by Mr. Stinson (Okanagan—Shuswap) , one concerning war on Iraq (No. 372-1081);

— by Mr. Vellacott (Saskatoon—Wanuskewin) , twelve concerning stem cell research (Nos. 372-1082 to 372-1093);

— by Mr. Doyle (St. John's East) , one concerning pornography (No. 372-1094).

Questions on Order Paper

Mr. Cuzner (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister) presented the answers to questions Q-115 and Q-131 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-37 — Mr. Rajotte (Edmonton Southwest) — Since 1993, what grants, contributions, contracts and/or loan guarantees made either through a crown corporation, department, and/or agency of the government were received by the holdings of the “blind trust” of the former Minister of Finance specifying the source and dollar amount, 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. 8555-372-37.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Robillard (President of the Treasury Board) , seconded by Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , — That 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, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates.

The debate continued.

Mr. Forseth (New Westminster—Coquitlam—Burnaby) , seconded by Mr. Epp (Elk Island) , moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“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, be not now read a second time but that the Order be discharged, the Bill withdrawn, and the subject-matter thereof referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates.”.

Debate arose thereon.

Private Members' Business

At 1:30 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 Mr. Cullen (Etobicoke North) , seconded by Mr. McKay (Scarborough East) , — That Bill C-212, An Act respecting user fees, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

The debate continued.

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 Ms. Copps (Minister of Canadian Heritage) — Report by the Minister of Canadian Heritage on official languages activities for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002, pursuant to the Official Languages Act, R.S. 1985, c. 31 (4th Supp.), s. 44. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-565-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Official Languages)

— by Ms. McLellan (Minister of Health) — Report on the administration and operation of the Canada Health Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002, pursuant to the Canada Health Act, R. S. 1985, c. C-6, s. 23. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-458-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Health)

— by Mr. Vanclief (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food) — Copies of Orders in Council P.C. 2001-516, P.C. 2001-517, P.C. 2001-987, P.C. 2001-1401, P.C. 2001-2172, P.C. 2001-2281, P.C. 2002-470, P.C. 2002-476, P.C. 2002-1053, P.C. 2002-1076, P.C. 2002-1729 and P.C. 2002-2096 concerning federal-provincial and federal-territorial agreements with British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Yukon Territory, Alberta, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest Territories, pursuant to the Farm Income Protection Act, S.C. 1991, c. 22, sbs. 12(7). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-719-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food)

Adjournment

At 2:30 p.m., the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).