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

Journals

No. 7

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), the Speaker presented the report of a parliamentary delegation that travelled to the Republic of Portugal, from November 5 to 9, 2005. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-391-75-01.

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Baird (President of the Treasury Board) laid upon the Table, — Statement on the Use of Governor General's Special Warrants for the fiscal years ending March 31, 2006 and March 31, 2007, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R. S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 30(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-743-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Chong (President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister for Sport) laid upon the Table, — Report of the Public Service Integrity Officer for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2005. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-391-02.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Toews (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled “Strengthening the Access to Information Act: A Discussion of Ideas Intrinsic to the Reform of the Access to Information Act”. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-391-03.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Toews (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled “Proposals of the Information Commissioner to amend the Access to Information Act”. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-391-04.


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, — Document entitled “Yukon Land Claims and Self-Government Agreements: Annual Report for 2002-2003”. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-391-05.


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 Implementation Committee on the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-391-06.


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 Nisga'a Final Agreement for 2003-2004. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-391-07.


Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Baird (President of the Treasury Board), seconded by Mr. Nicholson (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), Bill C-2, An Act providing for conflict of interest rules, restrictions on election financing and measures respecting administrative transparency, oversight and accountability, 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 providing for conflict of interest rules, restrictions on election financing and measures respecting administrative transparency, oversight and accountability”.


Statements by Ministers

Pursuant to Standing Order 33(1), Mr. Baird (President of the Treasury Board) made a statement.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre), one concerning the situation in Somalia (No. 391-0015);

— by Mr. Savage (Dartmouth—Cole Harbour), one concerning a national child care program (No. 391-0016).

Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne

The House resumed consideration of the motion, as amended, of Mr. Lemieux (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell), seconded by Mr. Casson (Lethbridge), — 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 and, while this House acknowledges the broader agenda mentioned en passant in the Speech, it particularly looks forward to early and meaningful action on such promises as those respecting Aboriginal Canadians, new immigrants, greater security for seniors, improvements in the environment, and increased supports for farm families; and, given the strong economic and fiscal situation which the Government inherited, this House sees no reason for tax increases, for the lack of a strategy to help older workers who lose their jobs, a strategy that should include income support measures, or for a decrease in anticipated early learning and child care spaces in Canada.

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 resolved, — That the House recognize the important contribution that Canadian Sikhs have made to Canada and formally acknowledge the significance of the festival of Vaisakhi which celebrates the five Ks of Sikhism and the values of cooperation, justice, equality and freedom as central to human dignity.

Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne

The House resumed consideration of the motion, as amended, of Mr. Lemieux (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell), seconded by Mr. Casson (Lethbridge), in relation to the Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne.

The debate continued.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, at the conclusion of the debate on the motion in relation to the Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne on Monday, April 24, 2006, the question be deemed put and the motion, as amended, be deemed adopted.

Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne

The House resumed consideration of the motion, as amended, of Mr. Lemieux (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell), seconded by Mr. Casson (Lethbridge), in relation to the Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne.

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 Mr. Bernier (Minister of Industry) — Report of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, together with the Auditors' Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005, pursuant to the Patent Act, R.S. 1985, c. P-4, s. 26. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-330-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)

— by Mr. Bernier (Minister of Industry) — List of Commissions issued for the year 2005, pursuant to the Public Officers Act, R.S. 1985, c. P-31, s. 4. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-413-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)

— by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities) — Copy of Order in Council P.C. 2005-1892 dated October 27, 2005, concerning the Order authorizing certain persons to be a party to certain commercial arrangements and providing specific directives to the Vancouver Port Authority and the Fraser River Port Authority, pursuant to the Canada Transportation Act, S.C. 1996, c. 10, sbs. 47(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-562-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 35(2), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities) — Copy of Order in Council P.C. 2006-3 dated January 19, 2006, concerning the Order authorizing persons specified therein to be parties to certain commercial arrangements and providing specific directives to the Vancouver Port Authority and the Fraser River Port Authority, pursuant to the Canada Transportation Act, S.C. 1996, c. 10, sbs. 47(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-391-562-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 35(2), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

Adjournment

At 6:33 p.m., pursuant to Order made Tuesday April 4, 2006, the Speaker adjourned the House until Monday, April 24, 2006, at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Orders 28(2) and 24(1).