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


JOURNALS

No. 75

Friday, March 21, 2003

10:00 a.m.



Prayers

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Collenette (Minister of Transport) , seconded by Mrs. Stewart (Minister of Human Resources Development) , — That Bill C-26, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act and the Railway Safety Act, to enact the VIA Rail Canada Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Transport.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until Monday, March 24, 2003, at the ordinary hour of daily adjournment.


The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Cauchon (Minister of Justice) , seconded by Mr. Thibault (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) , — That Bill C-20, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children and other vulnerable persons) and the Canada Evidence Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

The debate continued.

Mr. Duncan (Vancouver Island North) , seconded by Mr. Stinson (Okanagan—Shuswap) , moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word "That" and substituting the following:

“Bill C-20, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children and other vulnerable persons) and the Canada Evidence Act, be not now read a second time but that it be read a second time this day six months hence.”.

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. Cuzner (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister) laid upon the Table, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— No. 372-0942 concerning the protection of the environment. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-21-03;

— Nos. 372-1051, 372-1061 and 372-1159 concerning the income tax system. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-34-05;

— No. 372-1062 concerning horse meat. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-37-02;

— Nos. 372-1115 and 372-1116 concerning the national debt. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-71-01.

Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. O'Reilly (Haliburton—Victoria—Brock) , from the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, presented the Second Report of the Committee, (Supplementary Estimates (B), 2002-2003 — Votes 2b, 5b and 10b under CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-49.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 50) was tabled.

Introduction of Private Members' Bills

By unanimous consent and pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Johnston (Wetaskiwin) for Mrs. Ablonczy (Calgary—Nose Hill) , seconded by Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) , Bill C-421, An Act respecting the establishment of the Office of the Chief Actuary of Canada and to amend other Acts in consequence thereof, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


By unanimous consent and pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Johnston (Wetaskiwin) for Mr. Hill (Macleod) , seconded by Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) , Bill C-422, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act, 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, a petition certified correct by the Clerk of Petitions was presented as follows:

— by Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) , one concerning emergency preparedness (No. 372-1220).

Questions on Order Paper

Mr. Cuzner (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister) presented the answers to questions Q-139 and Q-140 on the Order Paper.


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

Q-101 — Mr. Cummins (Delta—South Richmond) — With regard to Indian fisheries policies and the effect of the government’s responses to the Marshall decisions, the van der Peet decision and the Sparrow decision of the Supreme Court of Canada regarding special aboriginal rights to fish: (a) what Indian Bands and other related organizations have been authorized to undertake a so-called Sparrow food fishery in each of the years 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002; (b) what were the species and quantities authorized for each such fishery named in (a) and what was the value of the fish harvested for each year; (c) what was the amount of the grant or contribution to each Indian Band or other related organization in each year for the fishery named in (a); (d) what were the costs or expenditures by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to manage and monitor the fisheries named in (a); (e) which Indian Bands and other related organizations and which fisheries identified in (a) meet the test established in Sparrow and van der Peet for the recognition of such an aboriginal food fishery; (f) which Indian Bands, communities and other related organizations have received fishing licences, vessels, other equipment and grants and contributions as part of the government’s response to the Marshall decisions in each of the following years, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002; (g) what were the species involved and what were the quantities harvested by each Indian Band, community or related organization in (e) and what was the value of fish harvested for each species in each year; (h) what was the cost of licences transferred to each Indian Band, community and related organization in (e); (i) what was the cost of vessels transferred to each Indian Band, community and related organization in (e); (j) what was the cost of other fishing and related equipment received by each Indian Band, community and related organization named in (e); (k) what was the value of all grants and contributions to each Indian Band in (e); and (l) which Indian Bands, community and other related community organization named in (e) meet the tests established by the Marshall decisions (for example, having regard to having signed a treaty in 1760-61, having a traditional fishing area, having fished these species in their traditional fishing areas prior to or at the time the so-called Halifax or Marshall treaties were signed in 1760-61, and that such a fishery was in the reasonable contemplation of the parties that signed the treaty)? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-372-101.


Q-132 — Mr. Epp (Elk Island) — For each year from 1993 to 2001 what was the total amount billed to the government and it agencies by EKOS Research Associates? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-372-132.

Deferred Recorded Divisions

Pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division on Bill C-26, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act and the Railway Safety Act, to enact the VIA Rail Canada Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, deferred until Monday, March 24, 2003, at the ordinary hour of daily adjournment, was further deferred until Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Cauchon (Minister of Justice) , seconded by Mr. Thibault (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) , — That Bill C-20, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children and other vulnerable persons) and the Canada Evidence Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights;

And of the amendment of Mr. Duncan (Vancouver Island North) , seconded by Mr. Stinson (Okanagan—Shuswap) , — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word "That" and substituting the following:

“Bill C-20, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children and other vulnerable persons) and the Canada Evidence Act, be not now read a second time but that it be read a second time this day six months hence.”.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the amendment and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for 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.

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 Mrs. Desjarlais (Churchill) , seconded by Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) , — That, in the opinion of this House, the government should amend the definition of “pensionable employment” in the Canada Pension Plan to include worker's compensation payments. (Private Members' Business M-197)

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. Manley (Minister of Finance) — Debt Management Strategy for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, S.C. 1999, c. 26, s. 23. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-560-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

— by Mr. Manley (Minister of Finance) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2003-04 to 2007-08 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2003-04 of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-372-847-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

— by Mr. Manley (Minister of Finance) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2003-07 and of the Capital Budget for 2003 of the Canada Development Investment Corporation, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-372-831-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

— by Ms. Robillard (President of the Treasury Board) — Report on the administration of the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002, pursuant to the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act, S.C. 1992, c. 46, s. 67. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-173-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— by Ms. Robillard (President of the Treasury Board) — Report on the Administration of the Public Service Superannuation Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002, pursuant to the Public Service Superannuation Act, R.S. 1985, c. P-36, s. 46. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-220-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— by Ms. Robillard (President of the Treasury Board) — Report on the administration of the Supplementary Retirement Benefits Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002, pursuant to the Supplementary Retirement Benefits Act, R.S. 1985, c. S-24, s. 12. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-366-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

Adjournment

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