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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
37th PARLIAMENT, 3rd SESSION
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Statements By Members
Pursuant to Standing Order 31, Members made statements.
Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.
Daily Routine Of Business
Tabling of Documents
Ms. Scherrer (Minister of Canadian Heritage) laid upon the Table, — Report by the Minister of Canadian Heritage on official languages activities for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003, pursuant to the Official Languages Act, S.C. 1995, c. 11 , s. 29. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-373-565-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Official Languages)
Introduction of Government Bills
Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Mitchell (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) , seconded by Mr. Bélanger (Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , Bill C-23, An Act to provide for real property taxation powers of first nations, to create a First Nations Tax Commission, First Nations Financial Management Board, First Nations Finance Authority and First Nations Statistical Institute and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, was introduced, read the first time and ordered to be printed.
(Pursuant to Standing Order 79(2))
Her Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled “An Act to provide for real property taxation powers of first nations, to create a First Nations Tax Commission, First Nations Financial Management Board, First Nations Finance Authority and First Nations Statistical Institute and to make consequential amendments to other Acts”.
Pursuant to Order made Tuesday, February 10, 2004, the Bill (previously Bill C-19, 2nd Session, 37th Parliament) was deemed read the second time and referred to a committee, considered in committee and reported.
Presenting Reports from Inter-parliamentary Delegations
Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Ms. Torsney (Burlington) presented the Report of the Canadian Group of the Interparliamentary Union respecting its participation at the 109th Interparliamentary Conference and related meetings, held in Geneva, Switzerland, from September 28 to October 3, 2003. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-373-60-01.
Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified correct by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:
— by Ms. Gagnon (Québec) , one concerning the United States' policy towards Cuba (No. 373-0398);
— by Mr. Grewal (Surrey Central) , five concerning marriage (Nos. 373-0399 to 373-0403);
— by Mrs. Chamberlain (Guelph—Wellington) , fifteen concerning the Steven Truscott case (Nos. 373-0404 to 373-0418);
— by Mr. Stinson (Okanagan—Shuswap) , one concerning the holding of referendums (No. 373-0419) and three concerning marriage (Nos. 373-0420 to 373-0422);
— by Mr. O'Brien (London—Fanshawe) , two concerning marriage (Nos. 373-0423 and 373-0424);
— by Mr. Sorenson (Crowfoot) , two concerning marriage (Nos. 373-0425 and 373-0426);
— by Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North Centre) , one concerning marriage (No. 373-0427) and one concerning alcoholic beverages (No. 373-0428);
— by Mr. Elley (Nanaimo—Cowichan) , three concerning marriage (Nos. 373-0429 to 373-0431);
— by Mr. Day (Okanagan—Coquihalla) , one concerning marriage (No. 373-0432);
— by Mr. Robinson (Burnaby—Douglas) , one concerning marriage (No. 373-0433);
— by Mr. Abbott (Kootenay—Columbia) , one concerning marriage (No. 373-0434) and one concerning the aircraft industry (No. 373-0435);
— by Mr. Mark (Dauphin—Swan River) , one concerning national parks (No. 373-0436), three concerning the beef industry (Nos. 373-0437 to 373-0439) and five concerning marriage (Nos. 373-0440 to 373-0444);
— by Mrs. Desjarlais (Churchill) , one concerning marriage (No. 373-0445);
— by Mr. Jaffer (Edmonton—Strathcona) , one concerning marriage (No. 373-0446);
— by Mr. Reid (Lanark—Carleton) , one concerning marriage (No. 373-0447).
Deferred Recorded Divisions
Private Members' Business
Pursuant to Order made Monday, March 8, 2004, the House proceeded to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion of Mr. Bergeron (Verchères—Les-Patriotes) , seconded by Mr. Godin (Acadie—Bathurst) , — That a humble Address be presented to Her Excellency praying that, following the steps already taken by the Société Nationale de l'Acadie, she will intercede with Her Majesty to cause the British Crown to recognize officially the wrongs done to the Acadian people in its name between 1755 and 1763. (Private Members' Business M-382)
The question was put on the motion and it was negatived on the following division:
YEAS: 63, NAYS: 116
Private Members' Business
At 3:58 p.m., pursuant to Order made Monday March 8, 2004, the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.
The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Hearn (St. John's West) , seconded by Mr. MacKay (Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough) , — That, in the opinion of this House, the government should take immediate action to extend custodial management over the Nose and Tail of the Grand Banks and of the Flemish Cap. (Private Members' Business M-136)
The debate continued.
Presenting Reports from Committees
By unanimous consent, Mr. Cullen (Etobicoke North) , from the Standing Committee on Finance, presented the Second Report of the Committee (Bill C-21, An Act to amend the Customs Tariff, without amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-373-11.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 6 to 8) was tabled.
Private Members' Business
The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Hearn (St. John's West) , seconded by Mr. MacKay (Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough) . (Private Members' Business M-136)
The debate continued.
At 4:58 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 93, the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.
The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, March 24, 2004, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business.
At 5:00 p.m., pursuant to Order made Monday, March 8, 2004, the House resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the following motion, — That this Committee take note of the situation in Haiti. (Government Business No. 4)
Debate arose thereon.
At 9:59 p.m., pursuant to Order made Monday, March 8, 2004, the Committee rose.
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-5, An Act respecting the effective date of the representation order of 2003, without amendment.
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. Finlay (Oxford) , one concerning illicit drug use (No. 373-0448) and one concerning marriage (No. 373-0449).
At 10:00 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).