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

Journals

No. 171

Thursday, June 14, 2007

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

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:

— No. 391-1481 concerning national parks. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-391-55-03;

— No. 391-1521 concerning the Canada Labour Code. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-391-60-09.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Bruinooge (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians) laid upon the Table, — Report of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation for the year 2006. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-732-02.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Moore (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics) laid upon the Table, — Reports of Defence Construction (1951) Limited for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007, 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. 8561-391-662-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)


Presenting Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations


Presenting Reports from Committees

Ms. Neville (Winnipeg South Centre), from the Standing Committee on Status of Women, presented the 21st Report of the Committee, “Improving the Economic Security of Women: Time to Act”. — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-282.

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. 7, 8, 39 to 41, 44 to 47, 49 to 57 and 59 to 61) was tabled.


Mr. Stanton (Simcoe North), from the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, presented the Fifth Report of the Committee (Certificate of nomination of Mary Elizabeth Dawson, the nominee for the position of Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-283.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 54) was tabled.


First Reading of Senate Public Bills

Pursuant to Standing Order 69(2), on motion of Mr. Easter (Malpeque), seconded by Mr. Savage (Dartmouth—Cole Harbour), Bill S-201, An Act to amend the Public Service Employment Act (elimination of bureaucratic patronage and geographic criteria in appointment processes), was read the first time and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Proulx (Hull—Aylmer), one concerning federal programs (No. 391-1731);

— by Mr. Savage (Dartmouth—Cole Harbour), one concerning the income tax system (No. 391-1732);

— by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South), one concerning the income tax system (No. 391-1733);

— by Mr. Malhi (Bramalea—Gore—Malton), one concerning immigration (No. 391-1734);

— by Mr. Pacetti (Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel), one concerning the income tax system (No. 391-1735).


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-206 on the Order Paper.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities), seconded by Mr. Thompson (Minister of Veterans Affairs), — That the amendments made by the Senate to Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act and the Railway Safety Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be now read a second time and concurred in.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until later today, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.


The Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill C-47, An Act respecting the protection of marks related to the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games and protection against certain misleading business associations and making a related amendment to the Trade-marks Act, as reported by the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology with amendments.

Mr. Thompson (Minister of Veterans Affairs) for Mr. Bernier (Minister of Industry), 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.

Accordingly, the Bill, as amended, was concurred in at report stage.

Pursuant to Standing Order 76.1(11), Mr. Thompson (Minister of Veterans Affairs) for Mr. Bernier (Minister of Industry), 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.

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

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


The Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill C-42, An Act to amend the Quarantine Act, as reported by the Standing Committee on Health with amendments.

Mr. Clement (Minister of Health), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), moved, — That the Bill be concurred in at report stage.

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

Accordingly, the Bill, as amended, was concurred in at report stage.

Pursuant to Standing Order 76.1(11), Mr. Clement (Minister of Health), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), 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.

Deferred Recorded Divisions

Government Orders

Pursuant to Standing Order 45, the House proceeded to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion of Mr. Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities), seconded by Mr. Thompson (Minister of Veterans Affairs), — That the amendments made by the Senate to Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act and the Railway Safety Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be now read a second time and concurred in.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following division:

(Division No. 206 -- Vote no 206)
YEAS: 163, NAYS: 61

YEAS -- POUR

Abbott
Ablonczy
Albrecht
Alghabra
Allen
Ambrose
Anders
Anderson
Baird
Barnes
Batters
Beaumier
Bell (North Vancouver)
Bernier
Bevilacqua
Bezan
Blackburn
Bonin
Boucher
Breitkreuz
Brison
Brown (Oakville)
Brown (Leeds—Grenville)
Bruinooge
Byrne
Calkins
Cannon (Pontiac)
Carrie
Casey
Casson
Chan
Chong
Comuzzi
Cullen (Etobicoke North)
Cummins
Cuzner
D'Amours
Davidson
Day
Del Mastro
Devolin
Dhaliwal
Dhalla
Dion
Dosanjh
Dryden
Dykstra
Easter
Emerson
Epp
Eyking
Fast
Fitzpatrick
Flaherty
Fletcher
Folco
Galipeau
Gallant
Godfrey
Goodale
Goodyear
Grewal
Hanger
Harvey
Hawn
Hearn
Hiebert
Hill
Hinton
Holland
Hubbard
Jaffer
Jean
Jennings
Kamp (Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission)
Karygiannis
Keddy (South Shore—St. Margaret's)
Keeper
Komarnicki
Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings)
Lake
Lauzon
LeBlanc
Lee
Lukiwski
Lunn
MacAulay
MacKenzie
Malhi
Maloney
Marleau
Mayes
McCallum
McGuinty
McGuire
Merrifield
Miller
Mills
Moore (Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam)
Moore (Fundy Royal)
Neville
Nicholson
Norlock
Oda
Owen
Pacetti
Pallister
Paradis
Patry
Pearson
Petit
Poilievre
Preston
Proulx
Rajotte
Redman
Regan
Reid
Richardson
Ritz
Robillard
Rodriguez
Rota
Russell
Savage
Scarpaleggia
Scheer
Schellenberger
Scott
Sgro
Shipley
Simard
Simms
Skelton
Smith
Solberg
Sorenson
St. Denis
Stanton
Storseth
Strahl
Sweet
Szabo
Thibault (West Nova)
Thompson (New Brunswick Southwest)
Thompson (Wild Rose)
Toews
Trost
Tweed
Van Kesteren
Van Loan
Vellacott
Verner
Volpe
Warawa
Warkentin
Watson
Wilfert
Williams
Wilson
Wrzesnewskyj
Yelich
Zed
Total: -- 163

NAYS -- CONTRE

Asselin
Atamanenko
Bachand
Barbot
Bell (Vancouver Island North)
Bellavance
Bevington
Bigras
Black
Blaikie
Bonsant
Bouchard
Bourgeois
Brunelle
Carrier
Chow
Christopherson
Comartin
Crowder
Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley)
Davies
Demers
Deschamps
Dewar
Duceppe
Faille
Freeman
Gagnon
Gaudet
Guay
Guimond
Julian
Kadis
Kotto
Laforest
Laframboise
Lavallée
Layton
Lemay
Lessard
Lévesque
Lussier
Malo
Marston
McDonough
Ménard (Hochelaga)
Ménard (Marc-Aurèle-Fortin)
Nadeau
Ouellet
Perron
Picard
Priddy
Roy
Savoie
Siksay
St-Cyr
St-Hilaire
Stoffer
Thibault (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques)
Vincent
Wasylycia-Leis
Total: -- 61
Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practices of this House, Bill C-62, An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, the Wage Earner Protection Program Act and chapter 47 of the Statutes of Canada, 2005, shall be deemed to have been read a second time and referred to a Committee of the Whole, deemed considered in Committee of the Whole, deemed reported without amendment, deemed concurred in at the report stage and deemed read a third time and passed.

Presenting Reports from Committees

By unanimous consent, Ms. Marleau (Sudbury), from the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, presented the Ninth Report of the Committee, (Certificate of Nomination of Christiane Ouimet, the nominee for the position of Public Sector Integrity Commissioner). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-284.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 58) was tabled.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the Ninth Report of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, presented earlier today, be concurred in.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Clement (Minister of Health), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), — That Bill C-42, An Act to amend the Quarantine Act, be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

Private Members' Business

At 5:30 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. Warkentin (Peace River), seconded by Mr. Epp (Edmonton—Sherwood Park), — That Bill C-428, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (methamphetamine), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

The debate continued.

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

Accordingly, Bill C-428, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (methamphetamine), was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Clement (Minister of Health), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), — That Bill C-42, An Act to amend the Quarantine Act, be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing or Special Order, the ordinary hour of daily adjournment today shall be when debate on Bills C-42, An Act to amend the Quarantine Act and C-58, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (railway transportation), has been completed, or 9:00 p.m., whichever comes first; and the debate pursuant to Standing Order 52 shall be limited to three hours.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Clement (Minister of Health), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), — That Bill C-42, An Act to amend the Quarantine 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 Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities of Bill C-58, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (railway transportation).

Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform) for Mr. Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities), seconded by Mr. Baird (Minister of the Environment), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

Debate arose thereon.

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

Accordingly, Bill C-58, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (railway transportation), was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

Emergency Debate

Pursuant to Standing Order 52(10) and Order made earlier today, the House proceeded to the consideration of a motion to adjourn the House for the purpose of discussing an important matter requiring urgent consideration, namely, the operation of the Devils Lake outlet in the state of North Dakota.

Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North), seconded by Mr. Martin (Sault Ste. Marie), moved, — That this House do now adjourn.

Debate arose thereon.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That this House call on the government to continue to employ every means possible to have the flow of water from Devils Lake into the Canadian water system stopped immediately and to coordinate with the relevant authorities in North Dakota and the United States to ensure the principles of the August 2005 Joint Statement to halt the diversion of water from Devils Lake until adequate environmental and health protection measures, including the construction of an advanced filter, are respected.

Emergency Debate

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North), seconded by Mr. Martin (Sault Ste. Marie), moved, — That this House do now adjourn.

The debate continued.

At 10:29 p.m., the Speaker declared the motion adopted.

Messages from the Senate

Messages were 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-31, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Public Service Employment Act, with the following amendments:

1. Page 2, clause 5: Delete from line 36 the words:

“date of birth”

2. Page 6, clause 13:

(a) Delete on lines 14 and 15 the words:

“address and date of birth”; and

(b) Add on line 14, after the word “name” the words:

“and address”.

3. Page 7, clause 18: Replace line 35 with the following:

“does not indicate an elector’s sex or date of birth.”.

4. Page 13, clause 28: Replace lines 11 to 16 of the French text with the following:

“i.1) sur demande, et à intervalles minimaux de trente minutes, fournit aux représentants des candidats, sur le formulaire prescrit et selon les directives du directeur général des élections, l’identité des électeurs ayant exercé leur droit de vote le jour du scrutin à l’exclusion de celle des électeurs s’étant inscrit le jour même;

i.2) sur demande, après la fermeture du bureau de vote par anticipation, fournit aux représentants des candidats, sur le formulaire prescrit et selon les directives du directeur général des élections, l'identité des électeurs ayant exercé leur droit de vote ce jour-là, à l'exclusion de celle des électeurs s'étant inscrit le jour même;”

5. Page 13, clause 28: Replace lines 12 to 17 with the following:

“(i.1) on request, and at intervals of no less than 30 minutes, provide to a candidate's representative, on the prescribed form and as directed by the Chief Electoral Officer, the identity of every elector who has exercised his or her right to vote on polling day, excluding that of electors who registered on that day;

(i.2) on request, after the close of the advance polling station, provide to a candidate's representative, on the prescribed form and as directed by the Chief Electoral Officer, the identity of every elector who has exercised his or her right to vote on that day excluding that of electors who registered on that day; and”.

6. Page 15, new clause 37.1: Add after line 30 the following:

“37.1 Subsection 487(1) of the Act is replaced by the following:

487. (1) Every person is guilty of an offence who contravenes

(a) paragraph 111(b) or (c) (applying improperly to be included on list of electors); or

(b) paragraph 111(f) (unauthorized use of personal information contained in list of electors).”.

7. Page 16, new clause 39.1: Add after line 29 the following:

“39.1 (1) Subsection 500(2) of the Act is replaced by the following:

(2) Every person who is guilty of an offence under any of subsection 485(1), paragraph 487(1)(a), subsections 488(1), 489(2) and 491(2), section 493 and subsection 495(2) is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than three months, or to both.

(2) Section 500 of the Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (3):

(3.1) Every person who is guilty of an offence under paragraph 487(1)(b) is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than one year, or to both.”.

8. Page 16, clause 40: Replace lines 30 to 39 with the following:

“40. The Public Service Employment Act is amended by adding the following after section 50:

50.1 Despite subsection 50(2), the maximum period of employment of casual workers appointed in the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer for the purposes of an election under the Canada Elections Act or a referendum held under the Referendum Act is 165 working days in one calendar year.”.

9. Page 17, clause 41: Delete clause 41.

10. Page 17, clause 42: Replace line 8 with the following:

“42. (1) Despite subsection 554(1) of the Canada Elections Act, sections 3, 6, 8 and 9, subsection”.

11. Page 17, clause 42: Replace line 9 with the following:

“10(2), sections 11, 12, 14 to 16, 20 to 27, 28 (f), (g) (h) and (i), 29 to 33 and”.

12. Page 17, clause 42: Replace line 23 with the following:

“17 to 19, 28 (i.1) and (i.2) and 34 come into force ten months”.

— ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-40, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act, the Excise Act, 2001 and the Air Travellers Security Charge Act and to make related amendments to other Acts, without amendment.

— ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-277, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (luring a child), without amendment.

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. Baird (Minister of the Environment) — Report on the administration of the Species at Risk Act for the year ended December 31, 2005, pursuant to the Species at Risk Act, S.C. 2002, c. 29, sbs. 126. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-885-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Ms. Oda (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women) — Response of the government, pursuant to Standing Order 109, to the 17th Report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, “The Funding Crisis of the Canadian Television Fund” (Sessional Paper No. 8510-391-192), presented to the House on Wednesday, March 21, 2007. — Sessional Paper No. 8512-391-192.

— by Ms. Oda (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women) — Report on operations under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act for the fiscal year 2005-2006, pursuant to the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, R.S. 1985, c. C-51, s. 52. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-16-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)

Adjournment

At 10:29 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).