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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
39th PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION

Journals

No. 111

Thursday, February 15, 2007

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Pallister (Portage—Lisgar), from the Standing Committee on Finance, presented the 11th Report of the Committee (extension of time, pursuant to Standing Order 97.1, to consider Bill C-253, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (deductibility of RESP contributions)). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-161.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 62) was tabled.

Pursuant to Standing Order 97.1(3), the motion to concur in the Report was deemed moved, the question deemed put and a recorded division was deemed requested and deferred until Wednesday, February 21, 2007, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business. (Concurrence in Committee Reports No. 19)


Mr. Pallister (Portage—Lisgar), from the Standing Committee on Finance, presented the 12th Report of the Committee (extension of time, pursuant to Standing Order 97.1, to consider Bill C-305, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (exemption from taxation of 50% of United States social security payments to Canadian residents)). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-162.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 62) was tabled.

Pursuant to Standing Order 97.1(3), the motion to concur in the Report was deemed moved, the question deemed put and a recorded division was deemed requested and deferred until Wednesday, February 21, 2007, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business. (Concurrence in Committee Reports No. 20)


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Nash (Parkdale—High Park), seconded by Ms. Priddy (Surrey North), Bill C-403, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Flag Day), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Lunney (Nanaimo—Alberni), seconded by Mrs. Davidson (Sarnia—Lambton), Bill C-404, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (natural health products), 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 today's debate on the opposition motion in the name of the Member from Etobicoke—Lakeshore, all questions necessary to dispose of the motion be deemed put and a recorded division deemed requested and deferred until Tuesday, February 20, 2007, at 5:30 p.m.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Lake (Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont), one concerning the electoral system (No. 391-1160);

— by Mrs. Davidson (Sarnia—Lambton), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 391-1161) and one concerning Remembrance Day (No. 391-1162).


Questions on the Order Paper

Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform) presented the answer to question Q-169 on the Order Paper.

Business of Supply

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

Mr. Ignatieff (Etobicoke—Lakeshore), seconded by Mrs. Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine), moved, — That, in the opinion of this House, the government is failing to act in accordance with the democratic and open values expected of its office by imposing a narrow minded, socially conservative ideology as reflected in its approach to the judicial appointment process to dramatically increase the influence of right-wing ideology in the judiciary, its refusal to honour Canada's international obligations under the Kyoto Protocol including a refusal to act immediately to introduce regulations under the Canada Environmental Protection Act, its misconception that Canadians don’t want or need a dramatic increase in child care spaces on a national basis, its budget spending cuts directed at aboriginal people and silencing advocacy work done on behalf of women and the most vulnerable Canadians even in the face of budget surpluses, its failure to protect and promote linguistic and cultural diversity, and its undemocratic assault on farmers who support the Canadian Wheat Board.

Debate arose thereon.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That in the opinion of the House the government should urge the government of the People's Republic of China and the representatives of Tibet's government in exile, notwithstanding their differences on Tibet's historical relationship with China, to continue their dialogue in a forward-looking manner that will lead to pragmatic solutions that respect the Chinese constitutional framework, the territorial integrity of China and fulfil the aspirations of the Tibetan people for a unified and genuinely autonomous Tibet.

Business of Supply

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Ignatieff (Etobicoke—Lakeshore), seconded by Mrs. Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine), 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.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the House congratulate and express its support for: (a) “Water”, a film by Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta to be fully recognized as Best Foreign Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as this film is symbolic of Canada’s diversity and rich multicultural heritage; and (b) the House also congratulate and express its support for full recognition by the Academy to the following Canadian nominees: Ryan Gosling, Best Actor for “Half Nelson” and Paul Haggis, Best Original Screenplay for “Letters from Iwo Jima”, Torill Kove for Best Animated Short Film for “The Danish Poet” and Paul Massey for Sound Mixing for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”.

Business of Supply

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Ignatieff (Etobicoke—Lakeshore), seconded by Mrs. Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine), in relation to the Business of Supply.

The debate continued.

At 5:15 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, February 20, 2007, at 5:30 p.m.

Private Members' Business

At 5:16 p.m., by unanimous consent, the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill C-292, An Act to implement the Kelowna Accord, as reported by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development without amendment.

Mr. Martin (LaSalle—Émard), seconded by Mr. Merasty (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River), moved, — That the Bill be concurred in at report stage.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 98(4), the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 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), a paper deposited with the Clerk of the House was laid upon the Table as follows:

— by Mr. Bernier (Minister of Industry) — List of Commissions issued for the year 2006, pursuant to the Public Officers Act, R.S. 1985, c. P-31, s. 4. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-413-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)

Adjournment

At 5:20 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).