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


JOURNALS

No. 65

Friday, February 21, 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 Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-23, An Act respecting the registration of information relating to sex offenders, to amend the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

Mr. Mitchell (Secretary of State (Rural Development) (Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario)) for Mr. Easter (Solicitor General of Canada) , 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 Justice and Human Rights.

Debate arose thereon.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding Standing Order 74(1)(a), Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South) be permitted to speak immediately following the spokesperson for the Liberal Party on the motion for second reading of Bill C-23, An Act respecting the registration of information relating to sex offenders, to amend the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Easter (Solicitor General of Canada) , seconded by Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , — That Bill C-23, An Act respecting the registration of information relating to sex offenders, to amend the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

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. 372-0909 to 372-0912 concerning aboriginal affairs. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-7-07;

— Nos. 372-1050, 372-1056, 372-1069, 372-1070, 372-1082 to 372-1093, 372-1097, 372-1099, 372-1100, 372-1105 and 372-1113 concerning stem cell research. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-14-27.

Statements by Ministers

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

Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Girard-Bujold (Jonquière) , seconded by Mr. Bigras (Rosemont—Petite-Patrie) , Bill C-399, An Act to establish a national registry of sex offenders and to amend the Criminal Code (sex offences against persons under the age of fourteen years), 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. Girard-Bujold (Jonquière) , seconded by Mr. Bigras (Rosemont—Petite-Patrie) , Bill C-400, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (public transportation costs), 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. Bonin (Nickel Belt) , seconded by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South) , Bill C-401, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to establish a Board of Management to oversee operations of the Correctional Service of Canada, 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. Bonin (Nickel Belt) , seconded by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South) , Bill C-402, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to establish an Office of Victims Ombudsman of Canada, 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. Bonin (Nickel Belt) , seconded by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South) , Bill C-403, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to provide for judicial discretion to assign a security classification of maximum to high-risk violent offenders, 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. Bonin (Nickel Belt) , seconded by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South) , Bill C-404, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to provide for the disclosure of certain information about offenders, 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 Ms. Gagnon (Québec) , one concerning federal government contracts (No. 372-1149);

— by Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) , one concerning emergency preparedness (No. 372-1150);

— by Ms. Meredith (South Surrey—White Rock—Langley) , one concerning China (No. 372-1151);

— by Mr. Stinson (Okanagan—Shuswap) , one concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (No. 372-1152);

— by Mr. Duncan (Vancouver Island North) , one concerning pornography (No. 372-1153) and one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 372-1154).

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, should the debate on the motion for second reading of Bill C-280, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (selling wildlife), be concluded today, all questions necessary to dispose of the motion be deemed put and a recorded division deemed requested and deferred until Tuesday, February 25, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.

Private Members' Business

At 12:45 p.m., by unanimous consent, the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Meredith (South Surrey—White Rock—Langley) , seconded by Miss Grey (Edmonton North) , — That Bill C-280, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (selling wildlife), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.

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 Mr. Graham (Minister of Foreign Affairs) — Report of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on the Annual Summary of Steel Import Permit Information for the year 2002, pursuant to the Export and Import Permits Act, R.S. 1985, c. 13 (3rd Supp.), s. 1. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-525-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade)

— by Mr. Graham (Minister of Foreign Affairs) — Copy of Regulations amending the United Nations Suppression of Terrorism Regulations (SOR/2002-455), pursuant to the United Nations Act, R.S. 1985, c. U-2, sbs. 4(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-592-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade)

Adjournment

At 1:46 p.m., the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).