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


JOURNALS

No. 81

Monday, March 31, 2003

11:00 a.m.



Prayers

Private Members' Business

At 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

Ms. Lill (Dartmouth) , seconded by Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre) , moved, — That, in the opinion of this House, the government should celebrate and encourage Canada's magnificent and diverse culture by changing the Income Tax Act to exempt creative and interpretive artists from paying income tax on a percentage of income derived from copyright, neighbouring rights, and/or other income derived from the sale of any creative work. (Private Members' Business M-293)

Debate arose thereon.

Ms. Picard (Drummond) , seconded by Mr. Roy (Matapédia—Matane) , moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by replacing the word “Canada's” with the word “a”.

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Standing Order 93, the Order was dropped to the bottom of the order of precedence on the Order Paper.

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.

The debate continued.

Mrs. Jennings (Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada) , seconded by Ms. Thibeault (Saint-Lambert) , moved, — That this question be now put.

Debate arose thereon.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.


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

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada following the federal by-elections held in the electoral districts of Bonavista--Trinity--Conception, Calgary Southwest, Gander--Grand Falls, Saint Boniface, Saint-Léonard--Saint-Michel, Verdun--Saint-Henri--Saint-Paul--Pointe Saint-Charles and Windsor West on May 13, 2002 and the federal by-elections held in the electoral districts of Berthier--Montcalm and Lac-Saint-Jean--Saguenay on December 9, 2002, pursuant to the Canada Elections Act, R.S. 1985, c. E-2, sbs. 195(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-4-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs)


The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Report of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for the year 2002, pursuant to the Canadian Human Rights Act, S. C. 1998, c. 9, sbs. 61(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-661-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)


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. 372-1142, 372-1161 and 372-1173 concerning unborn children. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-30-5;

— No. 372-1156 concerning marriage. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-40-7;

— No. 372-1167 concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-44-8.

Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Moore (Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam) , seconded by Mr. Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster) , Bill C-424, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (consecutive sentences), 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 war on Iraq (No. 372-1283), one concerning immigration (No. 372-1284), one concerning the situation in Israel (No. 372-1285) and one concerning the income tax system (No. 372-1286);

— by Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) , one concerning emergency preparedness (No. 372-1287);

— by Mr. Cannis (Scarborough Centre) , twenty-seven concerning Greece (Nos. 372-1288 to 372-1314);

— by Mr. Marceau (Charlesbourg—Jacques-Cartier) , one concerning the income tax system (No. 372-1315);

— by Mr. Rajotte (Edmonton Southwest) , one concerning pornography (No. 372-1316);

— by Mr. Guimond (Beauport—Montmorency—Côte-de-Beaupré—Île-d'Orléans) , two concerning the income tax system (Nos. 372-1317 and 372-1318);

— by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South) , one concerning stem cell research (No. 372-1319).

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-156, Q-157 and Q-159 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-146 — Mr. Williams (St. Albert) — With regard to vehicles purchased for the use of the Prime minister, Ministers of the Crown and Secretaries of State : (a) what type of vehicle is currently being utilized; (b) when were they purchased; (c) how much did each vehicle cost; (d) how many vehicles are there; (e) how many kilometers are on each vehicle; (f) is there a plan to purchase new vehicles for the Prime minister, Ministers of the Crown and Secretaries of State; (g) if so, for what reason(s) is the government planning on purchasing new vehicles; and (h) do Canada's commitments under the Kyoto Protocol have anything to do with the purchase or planned purchase of new vehicles for the Prime minister, Ministers of the Crown and Secretaries of State? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-372-146.


Q-152 — Mr. Day (Okanagan—Coquihalla) — Has any government of Canada department or agency provided any international assistance, either directly or indirectly, to: (a) any Chinese government agency or business such as Jiangnan in Shanghai, China, and if so, what were the amount and purpose of the contribution; and (b) any other business in the cities of Shanghai and Ningpo? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-372-152.


Q-155 — Mr. Harris (Prince George—Bulkley Valley) — For each year from 1993 to 2001, what was the total amount billed to the government and its agencies by Pollara research associates? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-372-155.

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.

Mr. Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster) , seconded by Mr. Schmidt (Kelowna) , moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“this House declines to give second reading to 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, since the bill fails to require retroactive registration of sex offenders who have a 40% recidivism rate in order to avoid needing another offence before a repeat sex offender is added to the registry.”.

Debate arose thereon.

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 the Speaker — Report of the Canadian Human Rights Commission for the year 2002, including the Report on Employment Equity, pursuant to the Canadian Human Rights Act, S.C. 1998, c. 9, sbs. 61(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-123-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Collenette (Minister responsible for Canada Post Corporation) — Report of the Canada Post Corporation for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2002, pursuant to the Privacy Act, R. S. 1985, c. P-21, sbs. 72(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8561-372-650-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Collenette (Minister of Transport) — Reports of the Laurentian Pilotage Authority for the period of April 1 to December 31, 2002, pursuant to the Access to Information Act and to the Privacy Act, R. S. 1985, c. A-1 and P-21, sbs. 72(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8561-372-715-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Dhaliwal (Minister of Natural Resources) — Response of the government, pursuant to Standing Order 109, to the 17th Report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Chapters 26 and 27 of the December 2000 Report of the Auditor General of Canada) (Sessional Paper No. 8510-371-136), presented to the House on Tuesday, March 12, 2002. — Sessional Paper No. 8512-372-136.

— by Mr. Easter (Solicitor General of Canada) — Report on the administration of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Account (Parts I and III), together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act, R.S. 1985, c. R-11, s. 31. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-231-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

Petitions Filed with the Clerk of the House

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

— by Mr. Cannis (Scarborough Centre) , eight concerning Turkey (Nos. 372-1320 to 372-1327).

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 38(1), the question “That this House do now adjourn” was deemed to have been proposed.

After debate, the question was deemed to have been adopted.

Accordingly, at 6:39 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).