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

Journals

No. 116

Thursday, February 22, 2007

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 79(3), the Speaker read the following Message from Her Excellency the Governor General, presented by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board):

Message on Estimates
Her Excellency the Governor General hereby transmits to the House of Commons the Supplementary Estimates (B) of sums required to defray expenses of the public service of Canada in the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2007, and in accordance with section 54 of the Constitution Act, 1867, recommends those Estimates to the House of Commons.

Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled "Supplementary Estimates (B), 2006-2007". — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-94.

Pursuant to Standing Order 81(5), the Supplementary Estimates (B) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2007, were deemed referred to the several Standing Committees of the House as follows:

(1) to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Votes 1b, 10b, 20b, 45b, 52b and 54b

(2) to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

Parliament, Vote 15b

(3) to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food

Agriculture and Agri-Food, Votes 1b, 5b, 10b, 13b and 30b

(4) to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage, Votes 1b, 5b, 40b, 55b and 80b

(5) to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration

Citizenship and Immigration, Vote 5b

(6) to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development

Environment, Votes 1b, 10b, 20b and 30b

(7) to the Standing Committee on Finance

Canada Revenue Agency, Vote 1b

(8) to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

Fisheries and Oceans, Votes 1b and 10b

(9) to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Votes 1b, 5b, 10b, 30b, 35b, L50b, 55b and 60b

(10) to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates

Privy Council, Vote 23b

Public Works and Government Services, Votes 1b, 5b and 10b

Treasury Board, Votes 1b, 2b, 10b and 15b

(11) to the Standing Committee on Health

Health, Votes 1b, 5b, 20b, 35b and 40b

(12) to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Human Resources and Skills Development, Votes 1b, 5b and 10b

(13) to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology

Industry, Votes 1b, 10b, 35b, 55b, 65b, 75b, 85b and 95b

Western Economic Diversification, Votes 1b and 5b

(14) to the Standing Committee on International Trade

Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Vote 13b

(15) to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

Justice, Votes 1b, 5b, 20b and 30b

(16) to the Standing Committee on National Defence

National Defence, Votes 5b and 20b

(17) to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources

Natural Resources, Votes 1b, 5b, 10b, 30b and 35b

(18) to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs

Parliament, Vote 5b

(19) to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Votes 1b, 5b, 10b, 15b, 35b, 40b, 50b, 61b, 62b and 70b

(20) to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities

Transport, Votes 1b, 10b, 15b, 20b, L32b, L34b, 60b and 84b

(21) to the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Votes 1b and 10b

(22) to the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament

Parliament, Vote 10b


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Sorenson (Crowfoot), from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, presented the Seventh Report of the Committee (matters relating to cluster bombs). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-168.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 40) was tabled.


Mr. Anders (Calgary West), from the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, presented the Second Report of the Committee, "A Helping Hand for Veterans: Mandate for a Veterans Ombudsman". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-169.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 4, 5, 7, 11, 14 to 20 and 24) was tabled.


Mr. Goodyear (Cambridge), from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented the 36th Report of the Committee, which was as follows:

The Committee recommends, pursuant to Standing Order 113(1), that the list of members for the Legislative Committee on Bill C-35 be as follows:

Members (12)

Larry Bagnell
Patrick Brown
Joe Comartin
Carole Freeman
Art Hanger
Marlene Jennings
Derek Lee
Réal Ménard
Rob Moore
Brian Murphy
Daniel Petit
Myron Thompson

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

Pursuant to Standing Order 113(1), the report was deemed concurred in.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Godin (Acadie—Bathurst), three concerning the Employment Insurance program (Nos. 391-1186 to 391-1188);

— by Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain), one concerning veterans' affairs (No. 391-1189).

Business of Supply

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

Mr. Alghabra (Mississauga—Erindale), seconded by Ms. Ratansi (Don Valley East), moved, — That, in the opinion of the House, immigrants to Canada and persons seeking Canadian citizenship are poorly served by this government.

Debate arose thereon.

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 Mississauga—Erindale, all questions necessary to dispose of the motion be deemed put and a recorded division deemed requested and deferred until Tuesday, February 27, 2007, at 5:30 p.m.

Business of Supply

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Alghabra (Mississauga—Erindale), seconded by Ms. Ratansi (Don Valley East), 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 ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practices of the House, once the Statutory Order regarding the Anti-Terrorism Act is called on Monday, February 26, 2007, and when no Member rises to speak on debate or at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders, all questions necessary to dispose of the Statutory Order regarding the Anti-Terrorism Act be deemed put, a recorded division deemed requested and deferred until Tuesday, February 27, 2007, at 5:30 p.m.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study on the role of a public broadcaster in the 21st century, six members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage be authorized to travel to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 12 to 14, 2007, and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.

Business of Supply

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Alghabra (Mississauga—Erindale), seconded by Ms. Ratansi (Don Valley East), 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 27, 2007, at 5:30 p.m.

Private Members' Business

At 5:15 p.m., by unanimous consent, the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mrs. Smith (Kildonan—St. Paul), seconded by Mrs. Mourani (Ahuntsic), — That, in the opinion of the House, the trafficking of women and children across international borders for the purposes of sexual exploitation should be condemned, and that the House call on the government to immediately adopt a comprehensive strategy to combat the trafficking of persons worldwide. (Private Members' Business M-153)

The debate continued.

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

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 Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament has been authorized to examine the expenditures set out in Parliament Vote 10 of the Supplementary Estimates (B) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2007.

Panel of Chairs

Pursuant to Standing Order 113(2), the Speaker appointed Mr. Patry (Pierrefonds—Dollard), from the Panel of Chairs, Chair of the Legislative Committee on Bill C-35, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (reverse onus in bail hearings for firearm-related offences).

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. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform) — Orders in Council approving certain appointments made by the Governor General in Council, pursuant to Standing Order 110(1), as follows:

— P.C. 2007-75 and P.C. 2007-76. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-391-1-06. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development)

— P.C. 2007-78 to P.C. 2007-81 and P.C. 2007-89. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-391-2-07. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food)

— P.C. 2007-74 and P.C. 2007-95. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-391-3-10. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)

— P.C. 2007-91. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-391-9-09. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

— P.C. 2007-62 and P.C. 2007-63. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-391-10-05. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans)

— P.C. 2007-30, P.C. 2007-64, P.C. 2007-69 to P.C. 2007-73, P.C. 2007-88 and P.C. 2007-92. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-391-8-14. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development)

— P.C. 2007-90 and P.C. 2007-93. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-391-4-14. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— P.C. 2007-59. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-391-18-07. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Health)

— P.C. 2007-41. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-391-16-10. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— P.C. 2007-35 to P.C. 2007-40 and P.C. 2007-65 to P.C. 2007-68. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-391-22-12. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)

— P.C. 2007-61. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-391-28-05. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on International Trade)

— P.C. 2007-94. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-391-17-05. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on National Defence)

— P.C. 2007-60. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-391-30-06. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security)

— P.C. 2007-42 to P.C. 2007-45, P.C. 2007-48 to P.C. 2007-58 and P.C. 2007-97 to P.C. 2007-99. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-391-24-14. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— P.C. 2007-82 to P.C. 2007-87. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-391-32-05. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs)

Adjournment

At 6:15 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).