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

Journals

No. 113

Monday, February 19, 2007

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.

Ms. Bell (Vancouver Island North), seconded by Mr. Dewar (Ottawa Centre), moved, — That a special committee of the House be created to continue the work on electoral reform as outlined in the 43rd Report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs from the 38th Parliament and to make further recommendations on strengthening and modernizing the democratic and electoral systems; that the membership of the special committee be established by the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and the membership report of the special committee be presented to the House within five sitting days after the adoption of this motion; that substitutions to the membership of the special committee be allowed, if required, in the manner provided by Standing Order 114(2); that the special committee have all of the powers granted to standing committees by Standing Order 108; that there be a maximum length for speeches by members of the special committee of 10 minutes on any single item; that the special committee be authorized to hold hearings across Canada; that the special committee be allowed to look into creating a citizens’ consultation group and issue an interim report to the House on this matter within six weeks of the special committee being struck; and that the special committee table its final report in the House of Commons no later than March 1, 2008. (Private Members' Business M-262)

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), 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 Mr. Prentice (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development), seconded by Ms. Verner (Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for la Francophonie and Official Languages), — That Bill C-44, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

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

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Registered Party Return Forms on financial transactions and on election expenses, pursuant to the Canada Elections Act, S.C. 2000, c. 9, s. 552. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-844-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs)


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Hanger (Calgary Northeast), from the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, presented the Eighth Report of the Committee (Bill C-277, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (luring a child), with an amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-163.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 44) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Brown (Barrie), seconded by Mr. Albrecht (Kitchener—Conestoga), Bill C-405, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (deduction for medical doctors in underserviced areas), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


First Reading of Senate Public Bills

Pursuant to Standing Order 69(2), on motion of Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform) for Mr. O'Connor (Minister of National Defence), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State and Chief Government Whip), Bill S-3, An Act to amend the National Defence Act, the Criminal Code, the Sex Offender Information Registration Act and the Criminal Records Act, was read the first time and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Motions

Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster), seconded by Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre), moved, — That the Fifth Report of the Standing Committee on International Trade, presented on Wednesday, December 13, 2006, be concurred in. (Concurrence in Committee Reports No. 21)

Debate arose thereon.


Presenting Petitions

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

— By unanimous consent, Mr. Thompson (Wild Rose), four concerning cruelty to animals (Nos. 391-1167 to 391-1170).


Motions

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster), seconded by Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre), — That the Fifth Report of the Standing Committee on International Trade, presented on Wednesday, December 13, 2006, be concurred in. (Concurrence in Committee Reports No. 21)

The debate continued.

At 6:10 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 66(2), the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until Tuesday, February 20, 2007, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.


Presenting Petitions

Pursuant to Standing Order 36, a petition certified correct by the Clerk of Petitions was presented as follows:

— by Mr. Malo (Verchères—Les Patriotes), one concerning the protection of the environment (No. 391-1171).

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Prentice (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development), seconded by Ms. Verner (Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for la Francophonie and Official Languages), — That Bill C-44, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

The debate continued.

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 Ms. Verner (Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for la Francophonie and Official Languages) — Reports of the Canadian International Development Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, 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. 8561-391-631-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:30 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 7:00 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).