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


JOURNALS

No. 85

Monday, April 7, 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.

The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration of Bill C-343, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act.

Mr. Stinson (Okanagan—Shuswap) , seconded by Mr. Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster) , moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.

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 Ms. McLellan (Minister of Health) , seconded by Mr. Vanclief (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food) , — That Bill C-13, An Act respecting assisted human reproduction, be now read a third time and do pass;

And of the amendment of Mr. Merrifield (Yellowhead) , seconded by Mr. Penson (Peace River) , — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“Bill C-13, An Act respecting assisted human reproduction, be not now read a third time but be referred back the Standing Committee on Health for the purpose of reconsidering Clause 18 with the view to allow children born through donor eggs or sperm to know the identity of their biological parents.”.

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

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. 372-0966 and 372-0978 concerning sex offenders. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-69-3;

— Nos. 372-1002, 372-1010, 372-1031, 372-1034 to 372-1036, 372-1039, 372-1041, 372-1045, 372-1046, 372-1053, 372-1057, 372-1059, 372-1063 to 372-1065, 372-1067, 372-1068, 372-1072, 372-1094, 372-1095, 372-1098, 372-1103, 372-1106, 372-1112, 372-1114, 372-1119 to 372-1122, 372-1127, 372-1140 and 372-1153 concerning pornography. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-25-22;

— No. 372-1102 concerning child labour. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-73-01;

— No. 372-1107 concerning nuclear weapons. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-74-01;

— No. 372-1139 concerning immigration. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-75-01;

— No. 372-1155 concerning stem cell research. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-14-29;

— No. 372-1158 concerning the income tax system. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-34-06.

Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mrs. Skelton (Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar) , seconded by Mr. Reynolds (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast) , Bill C-426, An Act to provide for the establishment and implementation of a national program to prevent school computers being used to make contacts or access material that is potentially harmful to students, 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, at the conclusion of Oral Questions on April 8, 2003, immediately before proceeding with any deferred recorded divisions, the House shall hear a brief statement by a representative of each party, followed by a reply by the Prime Minister.

Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) , one concerning emergency preparedness (No. 372-1341);

— by Mr. Elley (Nanaimo—Cowichan) , one concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (No. 372-1342);

— by Mr. Bailey (Souris—Moose Mountain) , one concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (No. 372-1343);

— by Mrs. Desjarlais (Churchill) , twenty-four concerning transportation (Nos. 372-1344 to 372-1367) and one concerning health care services (No. 372-1368);

— by Mr. Bagnell (Yukon) , one concerning the war on Iraq (No. 372-1369);

— by Mr. Lanctôt (Châteauguay) , one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 372-1370);

— by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South) , one concerning pornography (No. 372-1371), one concerning marriage (No. 372-1372) and one concerning stem cell research (No. 372-1373).

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-160 and Q-165 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 return to the following question made into an Order for Return:

Q-161 — Mr. Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster) — With respect to government real estate holdings over the past six years (1997 to 2003): (a) what was the total square footage owned by the goverment; (b) specifying the names of the buildings, real estate agents involved, commissions paid to the said agents, puchase prices or lease prices, and names and addresses of the vendors, what new buildings were acquired or leased; and (c) in cases where financing was required, what companies provided the financing, what were the amounts and what interest rates were charged? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-372-161.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Cauchon (Minister of Justice) , seconded by Mr. Collenette (Minister of Transport) , — That, in relation to the amendments made by the Senate to Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals and firearms) and the Firearms Act, this House concurs with the Senate's division of the Bill into two parts, namely, Bill C-10A, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (firearms) and the Firearms Act, and Bill C-10B, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals), but

That this House, while disapproving of any infraction of its privileges or rights by the other House, in this case waives its claim to insist upon such rights and privileges, but the waiver of said rights and privileges is not to be drawn into a precedent; and

That a Message be sent to the Senate to acquaint Their Honours therewith;

And of the amendment of Mr. Hilstrom (Selkirk—Interlake) , seconded by Mr. Bailey (Souris—Moose Mountain) , — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“, in relation to the amendments made by the Senate to Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals and firearms) and the Firearms Act, this House does not concur with the Senate's division of the Bill into two parts, namely, Bill C-10A, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (firearms) and the Firearms Act, and Bill C- 10B, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals), since it is the view of this House that such alteration to Bill C-10 by the Senate is an infringement of the rights and privileges of the House of Commons; and

That this House asks that the Senate consider Bill C- 10 in an undivided form; and

That a Message be sent to the Senate to acquaint Their Honours therewith.”.

The debate continued.

Mr. Breitkreuz (Yorkton—Melville) , seconded by Mr. Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster) , moved the following subamendment, — That the amendment be amended by adding after the words “Bill C-10 by the Senate” the words “goes beyond the authority of the Senate and”.

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 Prime Minister — Report of the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to Cabinet to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada, pursuant to the Public Service Employment Act, R. S. 1985, c. P-33, sbs. 47(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-376-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— by Mr. Collenette (Minister of Transport) — Reports of the Canada Port Authorities for the fiscal year ended 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. 8561-372-611-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

Adjournment

At 6:30 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).