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


JOURNALS

No. 71

Monday, March 17, 2003

11:00 a.m.



Prayers

Vacancies

The Speaker informed the House that a vacancy had occurred in the representation in the House of Commons, for the Electoral District of Témiscamingue, in the Province of Quebec, by reason of the resignation of Mr. Brien, and that, pursuant to paragraph 25(1)(b) of the Parliament of Canada Act, he had addressed, on Friday, March 14, 2003, his warrant to the Chief Electoral Officer for the issue of a writ for the election of a member to fill the vacancy.

Statements by the Speaker

Pursuant to Order made Friday, February 28, 2003, the motion to concur in the Third Report of the Special Committee on Modernization and Improvement of the Procedures of the House of Commons, regarding provisional Standing Orders governing Private Members' Business, was deemed moved, the question deemed put and agreed to.


In relation to the consideration at report stage of Bill C-13, An Act respecting assisted human reproduction, and pursuant to Standing Order 76.1(5), the Speaker revised the voting pattern for the following motions:

    Group No. 2 — Motions Nos. 23, 24 and 26 are voted upon separately.

Tabling of Documents

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Document entitled “Standing Orders of the House of Commons (Consolidated version as of March 17, 2003)”. — Sessional Paper No. 8527-372-6.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That all questions necessary to dispose of the second reading stage of Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act (political financing), shall be put without further debate or amendment at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders on Tuesday, March 18, 2003.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Manley (Minister of Finance) , seconded by Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , — That this House approves in general the budgetary policy of the Government. (Ways and Means Proceedings No. 2)

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

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Report of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia 2003, pursuant to the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, R.S. 1985, c. E-3, sbs. 21(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-459-08. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs)


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. 371-0381, 371-0634, 371-0659 to 371-0662, 372-0769 and 372-0770 concerning the Canadian census. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-70-01;

— No. 372-0564 concerning aboriginal affairs. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-7-08;

— Nos. 372-0721 and 372-0897 concerning illicit drug use. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-67-02;

— No. 372-0881 concerning pornography. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-25-19;

— No. 372-0883 concerning health care services. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-13-06;

— Nos. 372-0886 to 372-0888, 372-0898, 372-0904 and 372-0907 concerning the Canada Post Corporation. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-1-11;

— No. 372-0900 concerning Canadian embassies. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-31-02;

— No. 372-0915 concerning the Divorce Act. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-27-03.

Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Bellemare (Ottawa—Orléans) , seconded by Mr. Bryden (Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Aldershot) , Bill C-408, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (oath or solemn affirmation), 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. Pratt (Nepean—Carleton) , seconded by Mr. Price (Compton—Stanstead) , Bill C-409, An Act to establish the Canadian Foreign Intelligence Agency, 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. Szabo (Mississauga South) , one concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (No. 372-1198), one concerning marriage (No. 372-1199) and one concerning stem cell research (No. 372-1200);

— by Mr. Gouk (Kootenay—Boundary—Okanagan) , two concerning war on Iraq (Nos. 372-1201 and 372-1202);

— by Mr. Peric (Cambridge) , one concerning pornography (No. 372-1203);

— by Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) , one concerning emergency preparedness (No. 372-1204);

— by Ms. McDonough (Halifax) , one concerning war on Iraq (No. 372-1205).

Questions on Order Paper

Mr. Regan (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the answers to questions Q-104, Q-107 to Q-109, Q-112 to Q-114, Q-116, Q-117, Q-120, Q-121, Q-123, Q-124, Q-127 and Q-141 on the 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 returns to the following questions made into Orders for Return:

Q-110 — Mr. Duceppe (Laurier—Sainte-Marie) — With respect to each of the grants and contributions made by the Canada Economic Development for Quebec since 2000-2001, can the government: (a) provide the name of the recipient organization; (b) indicate the date; (c) specify the amount of the grant or contribution; (d) indicate whether or not it was repayable; (e) specify the name of the program in question; (f) give the name of the federal constituency in which the recipient organization is located; and (g) provide a brief description of the purpose of the contribution or grant? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-372-110.


Q-111 — Mr. Williams (St. Albert) — With regard to performance pay for public servants in the Executive (EX) category and the Deputy Minister (DM) category in fiscal year 2001-2002: (a) for each department, agency or Crown corporation, how many employees received performance pay, broken down by EX category (e.g. EX-1, EX-2, etc.); (b) for each department, agency or Crown corporation, how many employees are there in each EX category; (c) for each department, agency or Crown corporation, how many employees received performance pay, broken down by DM category (i.e. DM-1, DM-2, etc.); (d) for each department, agency or Crown corporation, how many employees are there in each DM category; and (e) for each department, agency or Crown corporation, what was the total amount paid out in performance pay? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-372-111.


Q-122 — Mr. Assad (Gatineau) — Besides the land sold to the Vorlage Ski Club, the National Capital Commission sold a number of lots within Gatineau Park between September 2, 1992 and September 2, 2002: (a) for what purpose and according to what process did the National Capital Commission determine that the sale of that land was necessary; (b) on what date, or dates, in parcels of how many hectares/acres, for what price per parcel and to whom did the National Capital Commission sell this land; (c) did the National Capital Commission subject this sale to a public consultation; If not, why not; and (d) did the National Capital Commission inform the public about this sale; If so, on what date and by what means; If not, why not? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-372-122.

Application for Emergency Debate

Pursuant to Standing Order 52, Ms. Lalonde (Mercier) asked leave to move the adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter requiring urgent consideration, namely, the situation in Iraq.

The Speaker decided that the matter was proper to be discussed and, pursuant to Standing Order 52(9), directed that it be considered later this day, at the ordinary hour of daily adjournment.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Manley (Minister of Finance) , seconded by Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) . (Ways and Means Proceedings No. 2)

The debate continued.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, when the House begins proceedings under the provisions of Standing Order 52 later this day, no quorum calls or dilatory motions shall be entertained by the Speaker after 8:00 p.m.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Manley (Minister of Finance) , seconded by Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) . (Ways and Means Proceedings No. 2)

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Order made Thursday, February 27, 2003, the recorded division was deferred until Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.

Emergency Debate

Pursuant to Standing Order 52(10), the House proceeded to the consideration of a motion to adjourn the House for the purpose of discussing an important matter requiring urgent consideration, namely, the situation in Iraq.

Ms. Lalonde (Mercier) , seconded by Ms. Bourgeois (Terrebonne—Blainville) , moved, — That this House do now adjourn.

Debate arose thereon.

At 12:00 a.m., the Speaker declared the motion adopted.

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. Cauchon (Minister of Justice) — Notice of opinion concerning Regulations amending the Importation and Exportation of Firearms Regulations (Individuals) (P.C. 2002-2066), Regulations amending the Authorization to Export or Import Firearms Regulations (Businesses) (P.C. 2002-2067), Regulations amending the Gun Shows Regulations) (P.C. 2002-2068) and Regulations amending the Public Agents Firearms Regulations (P.C. 2002-2069), pursuant to the Firearms Act, S.C. 1995, c. 39, sbs. 119(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-779-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Collenette (Minister of Transport) — Report of the Old Port of Montreal Corporation for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002, pursuant to the Alternative Fuels Act, S. C. 1995, c. 20, s. 8. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-632-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mr. Collenette (Minister of Transport) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2003-07 and the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2003 of the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority Ltd., pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R. S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-372-843-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport)

— by Mr. Collenette (Minister of Transport) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2003-07 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2003 of the Laurentian Pilotage Authority, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4) . — Sessional Paper No. 8562-372-844-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport)

— by Mr. Collenette (Minister of Transport) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2003-07 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2003 of the Pacific Pilotage Authority, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-372-845-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport)

— by Mr. Manley (Minister of Finance) — Report of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002, pursuant to the Pension Benefits Standards Act, R.S. 1985, c. 32, (2nd Supp.), s. 40. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-207-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

— by Mr. Rock (Minister of Industry) — List of Commissions issued for the year 2002, pursuant to the Public Officers Act, R.S. 1985, c. P-31, s. 4. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-413-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)

Adjournment

At 12:00 a.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until later today at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).