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


JOURNALS

No. 84

Thursday, April 3, 2003

10:00 a.m.



Prayers

Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

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. 372-0884, 372-0899, 372-0903, 372-0905, 372-0916, 372-0917, 372-0919 to 372-0921, 372-0927 to 372-0941, 372-0944, 372-0974, 372-0975, 372-0985, 372-0992 and 372-0993 concerning pornography. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-25-21.

Statements by Ministers

Pursuant to Standing Order 33(1), Mr. Easter (Solicitor General of Canada) made a statement.

Presenting Reports from Inter-parliamentary Delegations

Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Patry (Pierrefonds—Dollard) presented the Report of the Canadian parliamentary delegation of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF) respecting its participation at the meeting of the APF Political Committee, held in Luxembourg, from March 3 to 6, 2003. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-372-52-03.

Presenting Reports from Committees

Ms. Bennett (St. Paul's) , from the Standing Joint Committee on Library of Parliament, presented the First Report of the Committee (quorum and mandate). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-54.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 1) was tabled.

Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Stinson (Okanagan—Shuswap) , one concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (No. 372-1336);

— by Mr. Lunn (Saanich—Gulf Islands) , one concerning the Canadian Coast Guard (No. 372-1337) and one concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (No. 372-1338).

Business of Supply

The Order was read for the consideration of the Business of Supply.

Mr. Harper (Calgary Southwest) , seconded by Mr. Hill (Macleod) , moved, — That the House of Commons express its regret and apologize for offensive and inappropriate statements made against the United States of America by certain Members of this House; that it reaffirm the United States to be Canada’s closest friend and ally and hope that the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq is successful in removing Saddam Hussein’s regime from power; and that the House urge the Government of Canada to assist the coalition in the reconstruction of Iraq.

Debate arose thereon.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, following the conclusion of the debate on today's opposition motion, all questions necessary to dispose of the motion be deemed put and a recorded division deemed requested and deferred until Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.

Business of Supply

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Harper (Calgary Southwest) , seconded by Mr. Hill (Macleod) , in relation to the Business of Supply.

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.

Business of Supply

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Harper (Calgary Southwest) , seconded by Mr. Hill (Macleod) , in relation to the Business of Supply.

The debate continued.

At 5:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 81(16), the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

Pursuant to Order made earlier today, the question was deemed put on the motion and the recorded division was deemed requested and deferred until Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.

Messages from the Senate

A message was received from the Senate as follows:

    — ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-227, An Act respecting a national day of remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, without amendment.

Royal Assent

A message was received informing the Commons that on April 3, 2003, at 4:35 p.m., Her Excellency the Governor General signified Royal Assent by written declaration to the following Bills:

    Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act — Chapter No. 5;

    Bill C-227, An Act respecting a national day of remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge — Chapter No. 6.

Private Members' Business

At 5:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

Mr. Paquette (Joliette) , seconded by Mr. Bergeron (Verchères—Les-Patriotes) , moved, — That, in the opinion of this House, any free trade agreement entered into by Canada, whether bilateral or multilateral, must include rules for the protection of foreign investments which do not violate the ability of parliamentary and government institutions to act, particularly on behalf of the common good, and must exclude any investor-state redress provisions and consequently, the Canadian government must enter into negotiations with its American and Mexican partners with a view to bringing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in line with the aforementioned principles. (Private Members' Business M-391)

Debate arose thereon.

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


At 6:28 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(7), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development of Bill C-235, An Act to protect human health and the environment by oxygenating automotive fuels.

Mr. Lincoln (Lac-Saint-Louis) , seconded by Ms. Karetak-Lindell (Nunavut) , moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.

Debate arose thereon.

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

Interruption

At 7:10 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 7:11 p.m., the sitting resumed.

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. Lunn (Saanich—Gulf Islands) , one concerning the Canadian Coast Guard (No. 372-1339);

— by Mrs. Barnes (London West) , one concerning stem cell research (No. 372-1340).

Adjournment Proceedings

At 7:11 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 7:23 p.m., pursuant to Order made Thursday, March 27, 2003, the Speaker adjourned the House until Monday, April 7, 2003, at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).