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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
37th PARLIAMENT, 3rd SESSION


JOURNALS

No. 50

Friday, May 7, 2004

10:00 a.m.



Prayers

Government Orders

The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development of Bill C-34, An Act to amend the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

Pursuant to Standing Order 73(1), Mr. Anderson (Minister of the Environment) , seconded by Mr. Bélanger (Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , moved, — That the Bill be referred forthwith to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.

Debate arose thereon.

Statements By Members

Pursuant to Standing Order 31, Members made statements.

Vacancies

The Speaker informed the House that a vacancy had occurred in the representation in the House of Commons, for the Electoral District of Charleswood St. James—Assiniboia, in the Province of Manitoba, by reason of the resignation of Mr. John Harvard, and that, pursuant to paragraph 25(1)(b) of the Parliament of Canada Act, he had addressed, on Thursday, May 6, 2004, his warrant to the Chief Electoral Officer for the issue of a writ for the election of a member to fill the vacancy.

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. Jordan (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board) laid upon the Table, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— Nos. 373-0608 and 373-0664 to 373-0675 concerning radio and television programming. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-373-72-01.

Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Cotler (Minister of Justice) , seconded by Mr. Bélanger (Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , Bill C-35, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the DNA Identification Act and the National Defence 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 Reports from Inter-parliamentary Delegations

Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Lincoln (Lac-Saint-Louis) presented the Report of the Canadian delegation of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association (OSCE) to the Third Winter Session of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA), held in Vienna, Austria, on February 19 and 20, 2004. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-373-61-02.

Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Proulx (Hull—Aylmer) , from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented the 28th Report of the Committee, which was as follows:

The Committee recommends, pursuant to Standing Order 114, the following change in the membership of the Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness:

Myron Thompson for Chuck Cadman

The Committee further recommends, pursuant to Standing Orders 104 and 114, that the following Member be added to the list of associate members of the Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness:

Chuck Cadman

The Committee further recommends that where a Member's name is added to the list of members of a committee by this report and the Member's name was on the list of associate members of that committee, the Member's name be struck from the list of associate members.

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


Mr. Boudria (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell) , from the Standing Committee on Official Languages, presented the Third Report of the Committee, “Impact of the Plan to Strengthen Management of Government of Canada Advertising on the Official-Language Minority Media”. — Sessional Paper No. 8510-373-46.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 5, 10 and 12) was tabled.

First Reading of Senate Public Bills

Pursuant to Standing Order 69(2), on motion of Mr. Cotler (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) , seconded by Mr. Bélanger (Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , Bill S-17, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act, was read the first time and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the 28th Report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented earlier today, be concurred in.

Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Lastewka (St. Catharines) , one concerning marriage (No. 373-0820);

— by Mr. Calder (Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey) , one concerning marriage (No. 373-0821);

— by Mr. Karygiannis (Scarborough—Agincourt) , one concerning marriage (No. 373-0822);

— by Mr. Hanger (Calgary Northeast) , seven concerning marriage (Nos. 373-0823 to 373-0829) and one concerning sex offenders (No. 373-0830);

— by Mr. Bergeron (Verchères—Les-Patriotes) , one concerning the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority (No. 373-0831);

— by Ms. Catterall (Ottawa West—Nepean) , two concerning AIDS (Nos. 373-0832 and 373-0833);

— by Mr. Hill (Prince George—Peace River) , one concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (No. 373-0834), one concerning the income tax system (No. 373-0835) and three concerning the Canadian Armed Forces (Nos. 373-0836 to 373-0838);

— by Mr. Guimond (Beauport—Montmorency—Côte-de-Beaupré—Île-d'Orléans) , one concerning the Employment Insurance program (No. 373-0839).

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Anderson (Minister of the Environment) , seconded by Mr. Bélanger (Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , — That Bill C-34, An Act to amend the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, be referred forthwith to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to.

Accordingly, Bill C-34, An Act to amend the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, was referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.


The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Mitchell (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) , seconded by Mr. Owen (Minister of Public Works and Government Services) , — That 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, be now read a third time and do pass;

And of the amendment of Mr. Loubier (Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot) , seconded by Mr. Cardin (Sherbrooke) , — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“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, be not now read a third time because it fails to meet the needs of most First Nations.”.

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 Mr. Hanger (Calgary Northeast) , seconded by Mr. Thompson (Wild Rose) , — That Bill C-221, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (no parole when imprisoned for life), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, May 12, 2004, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business.

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. Anderson (Minister of the Environment) — Report on the administration of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003, pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, R.S. 1985, c. 16 (4th Supp.), s. 138. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-373-601-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mr. Valeri (Minister of Transport) — Report of the Federal Bridge Corporation Ltd. for the year ended December 31, 2003, pursuant to the Alternative Fuels Act, S.C. 1995, c. 20, s. 8. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-373-806-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

Adjournment

At 1:52 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).