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

Journals

No. 2

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

3:00 p.m.



Prayers
Opening of Parliament

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, he had, on their behalf, claimed their undoubted rights and privileges, especially that they may have freedom of speech in their debates, access to Her Excellency's person at all seasonable times, and that their proceedings may receive from Her Excellency the most favourable construction and that Her Excellency the Governor General had been pleased to declare that She freely confides in the duty and attachment of the House of Commons to Her Majesty's Person and Government and, not doubting that their proceedings will be conducted with wisdom, temper and prudence, grants and upon all occasions will recognize and allow their constitutional privileges, and to assure the Commons that they shall have ready access to Her upon all occasions, and that their proceedings as well as their words and actions, will constantly receive from Her the most favourable construction.

Tabling of Documents

The Speaker informed the House that, in accordance with the representation made by the government under the provisions of Standing Order 55(1), he had caused to be published a Special Order Paper giving notice of two government motions.

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Letter from the Government House Leader, dated March 30, 2006, concerning notice of two government motions. — Sessional Paper No. 8527-391-01.

Pro-Forma Bill

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Harper (Prime Minister), seconded by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities), Bill C-1, An Act respecting the Administration of Oaths of Office, was introduced and read the first time.

Speech from the Throne

The Speaker reported that when the Commons was in the Senate, Her Excellency the Governor General was pleased to make a speech to both Houses of Parliament.

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Copy of the Speech from the Throne. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-391-01.

Mr. Harper (Prime Minister), seconded by Mr. Prentice (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians), moved, — That the Speech from the Throne delivered this day by Her Excellency the Governor General to both Houses of Parliament be taken into consideration later this day.

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

Board of Internal Economy

The Speaker informed the House that the following Members have been appointed members of the Board of Internal Economy for the purposes and under the provisions of the Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act, Chapter 32, Statutes of Canada, 1997, namely:

— Mr. Nicholson and Mrs. Skelton, members of the Queen's Privy Council;

— Mr. Hill and Mr. Preston, representatives of the government caucus;

— Mrs. Redman and Ms. Robillard, representatives of the Liberal caucus;

— Mr. Guimond, representative of the Bloc Québécois caucus; and

— Ms. Davies, representative of the New Democratic caucus.

Business of Supply

Pursuant to Standing Order 81, Mr. Baird (President of the Treasury Board), seconded by Mr. Nicholson (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), moved, — That the Business of Supply be considered at the next sitting of the House.

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

Government Orders

Mr. Nicholson (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), seconded by Ms. Ambrose (Minister of the Environment), moved, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practices of the House, the House shall meet on April 10 and 11, 2006; the order of business shall be as provided in Standing Order 30(6) for a Monday and Tuesday; and that when the House adjourns on Tuesday, April 11, 2006, it shall stand adjourned until Monday, April 24, 2006, provided that, for the purposes of any Standing Order, the House shall be deemed to stand adjourned pursuant to Standing Order 28. (Government Business No. 1)

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


Mr. Nicholson (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), seconded by Ms. Ambrose (Minister of the Environment), moved, — That,

1. Notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practices of the House, on Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at fifteen minutes before the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders, the Speaker shall interrupt the proceedings then in progress and shall put forthwith and successively, without debate or amendment, every question necessary to dispose of any motion relating to interim supply and for the passage at all stages of any bill or bills based thereon; and

2. Notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practices of the House, for the purpose of considering the Main Estimates or any supplementary estimates in the year 2006, Standing Order 81 be amended as follows:

The first paragraph of Section (4) be replaced with the following:

“The Main Estimates to cover the fiscal year ending March 31, 2007, may be tabled and be deemed referred to the appropriate committees on or before April 25, 2006. Each such committee shall consider and shall report, or shall be deemed to have reported, the same back to the House not later than November 10, 2006, provided that:”;

Section (4)(a) be amended by replacing the words “May 1” with the words “October 2, 2006” and the words “May 31” with the words “November 10, 2006”;

Section (4)(b) be amended by replacing the words “May 31” with the words “November 10, 2006” in the two places they appear;

Section (8) be amended by replacing the word “June” with the word “December”;

Section (10)(a) be replaced with:

“Fifteen sitting days shall be allotted to the Business of Supply for the period ending December 8, 2006, provided that eight shall be allotted before June 23. These fifteen days are to be designated as allotted days. No more than one fifth of these days shall fall on a Wednesday and no more than one fifth thereof shall fall on a Friday.”;

Section 14(a) be replaced with:

“Forty-eight hours’ written notice shall be given of opposition motions on allotted days, motions to concur in interim supply, main estimates, supplementary or final estimates, to restore or reinstate any item in the estimates and to oppose any item in the estimates.”;

Section 17 be deleted;

Section 18 be amended in the first paragraph by replacing the words “June 23” with the words “December 8, 2006” and by adding, throughout the section, after the words “Main Estimates” the words “and the Supplementary Estimates”; and

3. Subject to the provisions of this Order, the business of supply shall otherwise be conducted in accordance with Standing Order 81. (Government Business No. 2)

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

Motions

Mr. Nicholson (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), seconded by Mr. Hill (Prince George—Peace River), moved, — That the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs be appointed to prepare and report lists of members to compose the standing and standing joint committees of this House; and that the Committee be composed of Yvon Godin, Gary Goodyear, Michel Guimond, Jay Hill, Marlene Jennings, Tom Lukiwski, Stephen Owen, Pauline Picard, Joe Preston, Marcel Proulx, Karen Redman and Scott Reid.

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

Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne

The Order for the consideration of the Speech from the Throne delivered by Her Excellency the Governor General to both Houses of Parliament was read.

Mr. Lemieux (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell), seconded by Mr. Casson (Lethbridge), moved, — That the following Address be presented to Her Excellency the Governor General:

To Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY:

We, Her Majesty's most loyal and dutiful subjects, the House of Commons of Canada, in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Excellency for the gracious Speech which Your Excellency has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.

Debate arose thereon.

Mr. Graham (Toronto Centre), seconded by Ms. Robillard (Westmount—Ville-Marie), moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

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

Motions

Mr. Nicholson (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), seconded by Mr. Hill (Prince George—Peace River), moved, — That this House do now adjourn.

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

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 the Speaker — Report of the Ethics Commissioner on the sponsored travel by Members of the House of Commons for the year 2005, together with an addendum, pursuant to section 15(3) of the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons — Appendix to the Standing Orders. — Sessional Paper No. 8527-391-02.

— by the Speaker — Report of the Ethics Commissioner entitled “The Smith Inquiry”, dated December 2005, pursuant to section 28 of the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons — Appendix to the Standing Orders. — Sessional Paper No. 8527-391-03.

— by the Speaker — Report of the Ethics Commissioner entitled “The Grewal-Dosanjh Inquiry”, dated January 2006, pursuant to section 28 of the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons — Appendix to the Standing Orders. — Sessional Paper No. 8527-391-04.

— by the Speaker — Report of the Ethics Commissioner entitled “The Harper-Emerson Inquiry”, dated March 2006, pursuant to section 28 of the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons — Appendix to the Standing Orders. — Sessional Paper No. 8527-391-05.

— by Mr. Baird (President of the Treasury Board) — Report on the administration of the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005, pursuant to the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act, S.C. 1992, c. 46, s. 67. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-173-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— by Mr. Baird (President of the Treasury Board) — Report on the Public Service Pension Plan for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005, pursuant to the Public Service Superannuation Act, R.S. 1985, c. P-36, s. 46. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-220-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— by Mr. Baird (President of the Treasury Board) — Report on the administration of the Supplementary Retirement Benefits Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005, pursuant to the Supplementary Retirement Benefits Act, R.S. 1985, c. S-24, s. 12. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-366-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— by Mr. Baird (President of the Treasury Board) — Report on Crown Corporations and Other Corporate Interests of Canada for the year 2005, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 151(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-476-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities) — Report on the Marine Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Regime for 2002-2004, pursuant to the Canada Shipping Act, S.C. 2005, c. 29, s. 13. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-747-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport)

— by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities) — Copy of Order in Council P.C. 2006-91 dated February 26, 2006, repealing the Order in Council P.C. 2005-1688, dated September 29, 2005 (Ridley Terminals Inc.), pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 89(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-893-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport)

— by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities) — Summaries of the Amended Corporate Plan for 2005-2009 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2005 of VIA Rail Canada Inc., pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R. S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-391-803-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport)

— by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities) — Amendments to the 2004-2008 Corporate Plan Summary of Ridley Terminals Inc., pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-391-860-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport)

— by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for the period 2005-2006 to 2009-2010 and of the Capital and Operating Budgets for 2005-2006 of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-391-863-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport)

— by Mr. Day (Minister of Public Safety) — Report on the administration of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Account, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act, R.S. 1985, c. R-11, s. 31. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-231-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness)

— by Mr. Hearn (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for the period 2005-2006 to 2009-2010 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2005-2006 of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R. S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-391-826-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans)

Adjournment

At 5:09 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).