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

Journals

No. 131

Thursday, March 29, 2007

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) laid upon the Table, — Reports on Plans and Priorities, Main Estimates, 2007-2008, as follows:

(1) Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-96;

(2) Assisted Human Reproduction Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-97;

(3) Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-98;

(4) Canada Border Services Agency. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-99;

(5) Canada Industrial Relations Board. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-100;

(6) Canada Revenue Agency. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-101;

(7) Canada School of Public Service. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-102;

(8) Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-103;

(9) Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-104;

(10) Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-105;

(11) Canadian Food Inspection Agency. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-106;

(12) Canadian Forces Grievance Board. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-107;

(13) Canadian Grain Commission. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-108;

(14) Canadian Heritage. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-109;

(15) Canadian Human Rights Commission. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-110;

(16) Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-111;

(17) Canadian Institutes of Health Research. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-112;

(18) Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-113;

(19) Canadian International Development Agency. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-114;

(20) Canadian International Trade Tribunal. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-115;

(21) Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-116;

(22) Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-117;

(23) Canadian Space Agency. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-118;

(24) Canadian Transportation Agency. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-119;

(25) Citizenship and Immigration Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-120;

(26) Commission for Public Complaints Against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-121;

(27) Copyright Board Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-122;

(28) Correctional Service Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-123;

(29) Courts Administration Service. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-124;

(30) Department of Finance Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-125;

(31) Department of Justice Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-126;

(32) Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-127;

(33) Environment Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-128;

(34) Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-129;

(35) Fisheries and Oceans Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-130;

(36) Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-131;

(37) Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-132;

(38) Health Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-133;

(39) Human Resources and Social Development Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-134;

(40) Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-135;

(41) Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Canadian Polar Commission. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-136;

(42) Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-137;

(43) Indian Specific Claims Commission. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-138;

(44) Industry Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-139;

(45) Infrastructure Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-140;

(46) Library and Archives Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-141;

(47) Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-142;

(48) NAFTA Secretariat — Canadian Section. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-143;

(49) National Defence. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-144;

(50) National Energy Board. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-145;

(51) National Film Board. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-146;

(52) National Parole Board. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-147;

(53) National Research Council Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-148;

(54) National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-149;

(55) National Science and Engineering Research Council. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-150;

(56) Natural Resources Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-151;

(57) Northern Pipeline Agency Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-152;

(58) Office of the Auditor General of Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-153;

(59) Office of the Chief Electoral Officer. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-154;

(60) Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-155;

(61) Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-156;

(62) Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-157;

(63) Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-158;

(64) Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-159;

(65) Offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioners of Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-160;

(66) Parks Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-161;

(67) Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-162;

(68) Privy Council Office and Public Appointments Commission Secretariat. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-163;

(69) Public Health Agency of Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-164;

(70) Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-165;

(71) Public Service Commission Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-166;

(72) Public Service Human Resources Management Agency of Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-167;

(73) Public Service Labour Relations Board. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-168;

(74) Public Service Staffing Tribunal. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-169;

(75) Public Works and Government Services Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-170;

(76) RCMP External Review Committee. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-171;

(77) Registry of the Competition Tribunal. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-172;

(78) Royal Canadian Mounted Police. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-173;

(79) Security Intelligence Review Committee. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-174

(80) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-175;

(81) Statistics Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-176;

(82) Status of Women Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-177;

(83) Supreme Court of Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-178;

(84) The Correctional Investigator Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-179;

(85) The National Battlefields Commission. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-180;

(86) Transport Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-181;

(87) Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-182;

(88) Transportation Safety Board of Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-183;

(89) Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-184;

(90) Veterans Affairs Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-185;

(91) Western Economic Diversification Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8520-391-186.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform) laid upon the Table, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— Nos. 391-1198 and 391-1228 concerning the Canadian Human Rights Act. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-391-24-07;

— Nos. 391-1218 and 391-1235 concerning the sexual exploitation of minors. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-391-10-14;

— No. 391-1226 concerning unborn children. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-391-17-12;

— No. 391-1233 concerning marriage. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-391-18-16.


Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mrs. Skelton (Minister of National Revenue) for Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board), Bill C-52, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2007, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.

Recommendation
(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 implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2007”.


Statements by Ministers

Pursuant to Standing Order 33(1), Mr. Thompson (Minister of Veterans Affairs) made a statement.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Goodyear (Cambridge), from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented the 39th Report of the Committee (item to remain votable). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-200.

Pursuant to Standing Order 91.1(2), the report was deemed concurred in.


Mr. Mills (Red Deer), from the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, presented the Third Report of the Committee (extension of time, pursuant to Standing Order 97.1, to consider Bill C-298, An Act to add perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) to the Virtual Elimination List under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-201.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 49) 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, April 18, 2007, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business. (Concurrence in Committee Reports No. 25)


Mr. Mills (Red Deer), from the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, presented the Fourth Report of the Committee (extension of time, pursuant to Standing Order 97.1, to consider Bill C-307, An Act to prohibit the use of benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) in certain products and to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-202.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 49) 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, April 18, 2007, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business. (Concurrence in Committee Reports No. 26)


Mr. Mayes (Okanagan—Shuswap), from the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, presented the Seventh Report of the Committee (aboriginal housing in Canada). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-203.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 34, 36 to 38, 40 and 42) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Williams (Edmonton—St. Albert), seconded by Mr. Hiebert (South Surrey—White Rock—Cloverdale), Bill C-421, An Act to provide for the evaluation of statutory programs, 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 Ms. Crowder (Nanaimo—Cowichan), seconded by Ms. Bell (Vancouver Island North), Bill C-422, An Act to amend the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act (members' staff), 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, 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 Winnipeg, Manitoba and Toronto, Ontario, from April 11 to 20, 2007, and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mrs. Smith (Kildonan—St. Paul), three concerning the Canadian Human Rights Act (Nos. 391-1316 to 391-1318);

— by Mr. Ouellet (Brome—Missisquoi), one concerning federal programs (No. 391-1319).


Questions on the Order Paper

Pursuant to Standing Order 39(7), Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform) presented the return to the following question made into an Order for Return:

Q-171 — Ms. Black (New Westminster—Coquitlam) — With regard to processing formal requests under the Access to Information Act, for each institution subject to the Act, what are, for each of the past five years, (i) the number of requests received, (ii) the number of requests by institution that were subject to an extension notice, (iii) the reasons for requests for an extension enumerated? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-391-171.

Government Orders

The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on National Defence of 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.

Ms. Verner (Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for la Francophonie and Official Languages) for Mr. O'Connor (Minister of National Defence), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on National Defence.

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Order made Wednesday, March 28, 2007, the Bill was deemed read a second time, deemed referred to a Committee of the Whole, deemed considered in Committee of the Whole, deemed reported without amendment, deemed concurred in at report stage and deemed read a third time and passed.

Royal Assent

The Speaker informed the House that Her Excellency the Governor General will proceed to the Senate today at 5:30 p.m., for the purpose of giving the Royal Assent to certain Bills.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Clement (Minister of Health), seconded by Ms. Verner (Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for la Francophonie and Official Languages), — That Bill C-42, An Act to amend the Quarantine Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Health.

The debate continued.

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

Accordingly, Bill C-42, An Act to amend the Quarantine Act, was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Health.


The Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act, as reported by the Standing Committee on Health without amendment.

Mr. Kenney (Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity)) for Mr. Clement (Minister of Health), seconded by Ms. Verner (Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for la Francophonie and Official Languages), moved, — That the Bill be concurred in at report stage.

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

Pursuant to Standing Order 76.1(11), Mr. Kenney (Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity)) for Mr. Clement (Minister of Health), seconded by Ms. Verner (Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for la Francophonie and Official Languages), moved, — That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.

Debate arose thereon.

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 practice of the House, the debate scheduled to take place later this day on the motion to concur in the Second Report of the Standing Committee on Health, be deemed to have taken place, all questions necessary to dispose of the motion be deemed put and a recorded division deemed requested and deferred until Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders; and

that notwithstanding Standing Order 33(2), Government Orders shall conclude today at 5:30 p.m.

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-37, An Act to amend the law governing financial institutions and to provide for related and consequential matters, without amendment.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Clement (Minister of Health), seconded by Ms. Verner (Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for la Francophonie and Official Languages), — That Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act, be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

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

Accordingly, the Bill was read the third time and passed.


The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Paradis (Secretary of State (Agriculture)), — That Bill C-33, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act, including amendments in relation to foreign investment entities and non-resident trusts, and to provide for the bijural expression of the provisions of that Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

The debate continued.

Royal Assent

A Message was received from Her Excellency the Governor General desiring the immediate attendance of the Commons in the Senate.

Accordingly, the Speaker, with the Commons proceeded to the Senate.

The Commons returned to the Chamber.

Whereupon, the Speaker reported that when the Commons had been in the Senate, Her Excellency the Governor General was pleased to give, in Her Majesty's name, the Royal Assent to the following Bills:

The Speaker also reported that he had addressed Her Excellency the Governor General as follows:

“May it please Your Excellency:

The Commons of Canada have voted Supplies required to enable the Government to defray certain expenses of the public service.

In the name of the Commons I present to Your Excellency the following Bills:

To which Bills I humbly request Your Excellency's Assent.”

Whereupon, the Clerk of the Senate, by Command of Her Excellency the Governor General, did say:

“In Her Majesty's name, Her Excellency the Governor General thanks Her Loyal Subjects, accepts their benevolence, and assents to these Bills.”

Private Members' Business

At 5:47 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(7), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Crête (Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup), seconded by Mr. Vincent (Shefford), — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should act on the motion proposing to help the textile and clothing industries adopted in the House on October 5, 2005, and worded as follows: “That, in the opinion of the House, the government should establish, in compliance with international agreements, a policy of assistance to the textile and clothing industries in order to enable the industries to compete throughout the world, particularly by allowing clothing made with Canadian textiles but manufactured abroad to be imported without customs duties and by creating an income support program for older workers.”. (Private Members' Business M-158)

The debate continued.

At 6:45 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, April 18, 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), papers deposited with the Clerk of the House were laid upon the Table as follows:

— by Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance) — Report of the Governor of the Bank of Canada and Statement of Accounts for the year ended December 31, 2006, pursuant to the Bank of Canada Act, R.S. 1985, c. B-2, sbs. 30(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-65-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

— by Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2007-2011 and of the Capital Budget for 2007 of the Canada Development Investment Corporation, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-391-831-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

— by Mrs. Skelton (Minister of National Revenue) — Summary of the Corporate Business Plan for 2007-2008 to 2009-2010 of the Canada Revenue Agency, pursuant to the Canada Revenue Agency Act, S.C. 1999, c. 17, sbs. 49(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-391-839-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:47 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 7:05 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).