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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
39th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION

Journals

No. 112

Friday, June 13, 2008

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, in relation to Bill C-60, An Act to amend the National Defence Act (court martial) and to make a consequential amendment to another Act, on Monday, June 16, 2008, a Member from each recognized party may speak for a period not exceeding 10 minutes, after which time the Bill shall be deemed read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on National Defence; and that the Committee shall be permitted to meet that day.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), — That Bill C-29, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (accountability with respect to loans), be now read a third time and do pass.

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.

Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Report of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner on activities in relation to the Conflict of Interest Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, S.C. 2004, c. 7, para. 90(1)(b). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-1002-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(h), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics)


The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Report of the House of Commons to Canadians for the year 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8563-392-92.


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. 392-0617 concerning missing persons. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-44-02;

— No. 392-0630 concerning the situation in Sri Lanka. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-63-07.


Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Ablonczy (Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism)), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), Bill C-62, An Act respecting not-for-profit corporations and certain other corporations, 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 respecting not-for-profit corporations and certain other corporations”.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Malo (Verchères—Les Patriotes), from the Standing Committee on Health, presented the Sixth Report of the Committee, "Statutory Parliamentary Review of the 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-152.

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. 24, 27, 29, 31, 34 and 35) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Keeper (Churchill), seconded by Mr. Russell (Labrador), Bill C-563, An Act to ensure that appropriate health care services are provided to First Nations children in a timely manner, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed 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. Russell (Labrador), one concerning student loans (No. 392-0800);

— by Mr. Anderson (Cypress Hills—Grasslands), one concerning sponsorships (No. 392-0801);

— by Mrs. Lavallée (Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert), two concerning the Canada Labour Code (Nos. 392-0802 and 392-0803);

— by Mr. Epp (Edmonton—Sherwood Park), three concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (Nos. 392-0804 to 392-0806);

— by Mr. Pacetti (Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel), one concerning the income tax system (No. 392-0807);

— by Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas), one concerning prosperity partnership (No. 392-0808);

— by Mr. Bouchard (Chicoutimi—Le Fjord), one concerning the income tax system (No. 392-0809).


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-264 — Mr. Paquette (Joliette) — As to the statistics compiled by Statistics Canada regarding the assets and liabilities of provincial and local governments according to national figures, for 2006, for all levels of government in Quebec, excluding the federal government, what were the: (a) total liabilities; (b) total financial assets; (c) total non-financial assets; and (d) net value? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-392-264.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), — That Bill C-29, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (accountability with respect to loans), be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

Private Members' Business

At 1:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill C-474, An Act to require the development and implementation of a National Sustainable Development Strategy, the reporting of progress against a standard set of environmental indicators and the appointment of an independent Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development accountable to Parliament, and to adopt specific goals with respect to sustainable development in Canada, and to make consequential amendments to another Act, as reported by the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development with amendments.

Pursuant to Standing Order 76.1(5), the Speaker selected and grouped for debate the following motions:

Group No. 1 — Motions Nos. 1 to 4.

Group No. 1

Mr. Warawa (Langley), seconded by Mr. Vellacott (Saskatoon—Wanuskewin), moved Motion No. 1, — That Bill C-474, in Clause 3, be amended by replacing, in the French version, lines 19 to 21 on page 2 with the following:

“durable qui rend le processus décisionnel en matière d'environnement plus transparent et fait en sorte qu'on soit tenu d'en”

Mr. Godfrey (Don Valley West), seconded by Mr. McGuinty (Ottawa South), moved Motion No. 2, — That Bill C-474, in Clause 15.1, be amended by replacing line 19 on page 6 with the following:

“into force of section 18.1 of this Act, remain in”

Mr. Godfrey (Don Valley West), seconded by Mr. McGuinty (Ottawa South), moved Motion No. 3, — That Bill C-474, in Clause 16, be amended

(a) by replacing line 33 on page 6 with the following:

“11(3) of the Federal Sustainable Develop-”

(b) by replacing line 1 on page 7 with the following:

“(c) any agency set out in Schedule 2 to”

Mr. Godfrey (Don Valley West), seconded by Mr. McGuinty (Ottawa South), moved Motion No. 4, — That Bill C-474, in Clause 18, be amended by replacing, in the French version, line 14 on page 8 with the following:

“justesse des renseignements qu'il contient”

Debate arose on the motions in Group No. 1.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, at the conclusion of today's debate on Bill C-474, An Act to require the development and implementation of a National Sustainable Development Strategy, the reporting of progress against a standard set of environmental indicators and the appointment of an independent Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development accountable to Parliament, and to adopt specific goals with respect to sustainable development in Canada, and to make consequential amendments to another Act, all report stage motions be deemed adopted, the Bill, as amended, be deemed concurred in at report stage with further amendments and deemed read a third time and passed.

Private Members' Business

The House resumed consideration at report stage of Bill C-474, An Act to require the development and implementation of a National Sustainable Development Strategy, the reporting of progress against a standard set of environmental indicators and the appointment of an independent Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development accountable to Parliament, and to adopt specific goals with respect to sustainable development in Canada, and to make consequential amendments to another Act, as reported by the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development with amendments;

And of the motions in Group No. 1.

The debate continued on the motions in Group No. 1.

Pursuant to Order made earlier today, Motions Nos. 1 to 4 were deemed adopted, Bill C-474, An Act to require the development and implementation of a Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and the development of goals and targets with respect to sustainable development in Canada, and to make consequential amendments to another Act (former title: An Act to require the development and implementation of a National Sustainable Development Strategy, the reporting of progress against a standard set of environmental indicators and the appointment of an independent Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development accountable to Parliament, and to adopt specific goals with respect to sustainable development in Canada, and to make consequential amendments to another Act), as amended, was deemed concurred in at report stage with further amendments and deemed read the third time and passed.

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 — Minutes of Proceedings of the Board of Internal Economy of the House of Commons for December 5, 2007, February 4 and 25, March 3 and 31 and April 14, 2008, pursuant to Standing Order 148(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8527-392-12.

— by the Speaker — Report of Committees Activities and Expenditures for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to Standing Order 121(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8527-392-13.

— by Ms. Ambrose (President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs) — Reports of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, 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. 8561-392-604-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

Adjournment

At 2:07 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).