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


JOURNALS

No. 70

Friday, February 28, 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 third reading of Bill C-2, An Act to establish a process for assessing the environmental and socio-economic effects of certain activities in Yukon.

Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) for Mr. Nault (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) , seconded by Mr. Cauchon (Minister of Justice) , moved, — That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.

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.

Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. LeBlanc (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence) laid upon the Table, — Report for the Canadian Forces Housing Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-787-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs)

Presenting Reports from Inter-parliamentary Delegations

Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Ms. Carroll (Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford) presented the Report of the Canadian delegation of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association respecting its participation at the meeting of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Development, held in London, England, from January 23 to 24, 2003, and at the first part of the 2003 Ordinary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, held in Strasbourg, France, from January 27 to 31, 2003. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-372-51-05.

Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Bellemare (Ottawa—Orléans) , from the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, presented the Second report of the Committee, “Taking the Necessary Measures to Enhance the Integrity of the Social Insurance Number: A Review of the Action Plan”. — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-42.

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. 4 and 13) was tabled.


Mr. Kilger (Stormont—Dundas—Charlottenburgh) , from the Special Committee on the Modernization and Improvement of the Procedures of the House of Commons, presented the Third Report of the Committee (amendments to the Standing Orders). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-43.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 6 and 7) was tabled.

Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Casey (Cumberland—Colchester) , seconded by Mr. Borotsik (Brandon—Souris) , Bill C-407, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (disability tax credit), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That Mr. Hearn (St. John's West) be permitted to table an addendum to the Third Report of the Special Committee on Modernization and Improvement of the Procedures of the House of Commons, and that, at the time the House meets on Monday, March 17, 2003, a motion to concur in the said Report be deemed moved, the question deemed put, and the report deemed adopted.

Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Obhrai (Calgary East) , one concerning pornography (No. 372-1191);

— by Ms. Lill (Dartmouth) , one concerning pornography (No. 372-1192);

— by Mr. Casey (Cumberland—Colchester) , one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 372-1193);

— by Mr. Jaffer (Edmonton—Strathcona) , one concerning pornography (No. 372-1194);

— by Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) , one concerning emergency preparedness (No. 372-1195);

— by Mr. Anders (Calgary West) , one concerning Tibet (No. 372-1196);

— by Mr. Borotsik (Brandon—Souris) , one concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (No. 372-1197).

Questions on Order Paper

Mr. LeBlanc (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence) presented the answers to questions Q-45 and Q-105 on the Order Paper.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Nault (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) , seconded by Mr. Cauchon (Minister of Justice) , — That Bill C-2, An Act to establish a process for assessing the environmental and socio-economic effects of certain activities in Yukon, be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, by unanimous consent, the recorded division was deferred until Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.


The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Nault (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) , seconded by Mr. Dhaliwal (Minister of Natural Resources) , — That 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, be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study on environment and sustainable development, six members and the Clerk of the Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development be authorized to travel to London, England, from March 24 to 27, 2003, to meet with the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in England and the House of Commons Committee of the United Kingdom on Environment and Sustainable Development.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Nault (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) , seconded by Mr. Dhaliwal (Minister of Natural Resources) , — That 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, be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, by unanimous consent, the recorded division was deferred until Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.

Private Members' Business

At 1:27 p.m., by unanimous consent, the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

Mr. Reid (Lanark—Carleton) , seconded by Mr. Burton (Skeena) , moved, — That, in the opinion of this House, the Prime Minister should take advantage of his upcoming meeting with President Jiang Zemin of China at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Conference to privately raise the issue of the continued imprisonment in China of thirteen Falun Gong practitioners who have close family ties to Canada, and to emphasize that Canadians would be more willing to strengthen existing trade and aid ties between Canada and China if these individuals (namely, Lizhi He; Xiuzhen Lu; Tianxiong Peng; Zhanzhong Wu; Xiuchao Huang; Bo Qiu; Yueli Yang; Yangtao Jin; Jiangang Huang; Guangshou Huang; Mingli Lin; Zhou Zheng; and Changzheng Sun) were re-united with their families in Canada. (Private Members' Business M-236)

Debate arose thereon.

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

Adjournment

At 2:15 p.m., by unanimous consent, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until Monday, March 17, 2003, at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Orders 28(2) and 24(1).