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

Journals

No. 114

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Keddy (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and to the Minister of International Trade) laid upon the Table, — Copy of the Free Trade Agreement Between Canada and the Republic of Peru, dated May 29, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8532-392-16.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Blackburn (Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec) laid upon the Table, — Copy of the Agreement on Labour Cooperation Between Canada and the Republic of Peru, dated May 29, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8532-392-17.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Keddy (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and to the Minister of International Trade) laid upon the Table, — Copy of the Agreement on the Environment Between Canada and the Republic of Peru, dated May 29, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8532-392-18.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Blackburn (Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec) laid upon the Table, — Report on the Employment Equity Act (Labour) for the year 2007, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, s. 20. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-226-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)


The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Report of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner entitled "Response to the motion adopted by the House of Commons on June 5, 2008 for further consideration of the Thibault Inquiry Report", dated June 17, 2008, 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. 8527-392-14.


Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development), seconded by Mr. Emerson (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics), Bill C-63, An Act to amend the Indian Oil and Gas Act, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Casson (Lethbridge), from the Standing Committee on National Defence, presented the Fourth Report of the Committee (Bill C-60, An Act to amend the National Defence Act (court martial) and to make a consequential amendment to another Act, with amendments). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-157.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 32) was tabled.


Mr. Sorenson (Crowfoot), from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, presented the Seventh Report of the Committee, "Omar Khadr". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-158.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting Nos. 36 and 37) was tabled.


Mr. Sorenson (Crowfoot), from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, presented the Eighth Report of the Committee (question of privilege relating to the disclosure of a confidential draft report). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-159.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 37) was tabled.


Mr. Sorenson (Crowfoot), from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, presented the Ninth Report of the Committee (filing of reports by the Committee during the period of June and July 2008). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-160.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 37) was tabled.


Mr. Rajotte (Edmonton—Leduc), from the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, presented the Second Report of the Committee, "The Goods on Services". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-161.

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. 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16 to 19, 23, 26, 30, 32, 34, 36 and 45) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Karygiannis (Scarborough—Agincourt), seconded by Mr. Telegdi (Kitchener—Waterloo), Bill C-568, An Act to amend the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (speed limiters), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Motions

Ms. Deschamps (Laurentides—Labelle), seconded by Mr. Ménard (Marc-Aurèle-Fortin), moved, — That the Third Report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, presented on Monday, June 2, 2008, be concurred in. (Concurrence in Committee Reports No. 24)

Debate arose thereon.

Messages from the Senate

A message was received from the Senate informing this House that the Senate has passed the following Bill to which the concurrence of the House is desired:

Daily Routine Of Business

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, the Bill may be called for debate today and, at that time, shall be deemed concurred in at report stage on division; and the motion for third reading shall then be moved and a Member from each recognized party as well as an independent Member may speak for a period not exceeding 10 minutes, after which time the Bill shall be deemed read a third time and passed on division.


The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Deschamps (Laurentides—Labelle), seconded by Mr. Ménard (Marc-Aurèle-Fortin), — That the Third Report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, presented on Monday, June 2, 2008, be concurred in. (Concurrence in Committee Reports No. 24)

The debate continued.

At 1:10 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 66(2), the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, June 18, 2008, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke), one concerning health care services (No. 392-0838);

— by Mr. Sorenson (Crowfoot), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 392-0839);

— by Mr. Bagnell (Yukon), one concerning the situation in Sudan (No. 392-0840).

Government Orders

Pursuant to Order made earlier today, the Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill C-60, An Act to amend the National Defence Act (court martial) and to make a consequential amendment to another Act, as reported by the Standing Committee on National Defence with amendments.

Pursuant to Order made earlier today, the Bill, as amended, was deemed concurred in at report stage on division.

Pursuant to Order made earlier today, Ms. Guergis (Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) (Sport)) for Mr. MacKay (Minister of National Defence), seconded by Ms. Ablonczy (Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism)), moved, — That Bill C-60, An Act to amend the National Defence Act (court martial) and to make a consequential amendment to another Act, be now read a third time and do pass.

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Order made earlier today, the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

Pursuant to Order made earlier today, Bill C-60, An Act to amend the National Defence Act (court martial) and to make a consequential amendment to another Act, was deemed read the third time and passed on division.


The Order was read for the third reading of Bill C-34, An Act to give effect to the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

Ms. Ablonczy (Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism)) for Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development), seconded by Ms. Guergis (Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) (Sport)), 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.

Presenting Petitions

By unanimous consent, a petition was presented as follows:

— by Mr. Gourde (Lotbinière—Chutes-de-la-Chaudière), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 392-0841).

Question of Privilege

A question of privilege having been raised by Mr. Lee (Scarborough—Rouge River), the Speaker ruled that there was a prima facie case of privilege;

Whereupon, Mr. Lee (Scarborough—Rouge River), seconded by Mr. Goodale (Wascana), moved, — That, for the purpose of better assuring the privileges of this House and its Members, including our ancient and undoubted privilege of free speech, the subject matter of the Speaker's ruling today on these issues be referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs for its consideration, and if necessary, to study and/or consult with the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and/or report to the House.

Debate arose thereon.

Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster), seconded by Mr. Christopherson (Hamilton Centre), moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by adding, after the words “free speech”, the following:

“, and ensuring nothing in the Conflict of Interest Code of the Standing Orders inadvertantly interferes with or diminishes any privileges of the Members of the House of Commons”.

Debate arose thereon.

Deferred Recorded Divisions

Government Orders

At 5:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 45, the House proceeded to the taking of the deferred recorded division on 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 question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following division:

(Division No. 157 -- Vote no 157)
YEAS: 185, NAYS: 64

YEAS -- POUR

Abbott
Ablonczy
Albrecht
Allen
Allison
Ambrose
Anders
Anderson
André
Angus
Arthur
Asselin
Atamanenko
Bachand
Baird
Barbot
Bell (Vancouver Island North)
Bellavance
Benoit
Bevington
Bezan
Bigras
Black
Blackburn
Blais
Blaney
Bonsant
Bouchard
Boucher
Bourgeois
Breitkreuz
Brown (Leeds—Grenville)
Brown (Barrie)
Bruinooge
Brunelle
Calkins
Cannan (Kelowna—Lake Country)
Cannon (Pontiac)
Cardin
Carrie
Carrier
Casey
Casson
Charlton
Chong
Chow
Christopherson
Clarke
Comartin
Comuzzi
Crête
Crowder
Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley)
Cummins
Davidson
Davies
Day
DeBellefeuille
Del Mastro
Demers
Deschamps
Dewar
Doyle
Duceppe
Dykstra
Emerson
Epp
Faille
Fast
Finley
Fitzpatrick
Flaherty
Fletcher
Freeman
Gagnon
Galipeau
Gallant
Godin
Goldring
Goodyear
Gourde
Gravel
Grewal
Guergis
Guimond
Hanger
Harper
Harvey
Hawn
Hearn
Hiebert
Hill
Hinton
Jaffer
Jean
Julian
Kamp (Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission)
Keddy (South Shore—St. Margaret's)
Kenney (Calgary Southeast)
Khan
Komarnicki
Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings)
Laforest
Laframboise
Lake
Lauzon
Lavallée
Lebel
Lemay
Lemieux
Lessard
Lévesque
Lukiwski
Lunn
Lunney
Lussier
MacKay (Central Nova)
MacKenzie
Malo
Manning
Mark
Marston
Martin (Winnipeg Centre)
Mathyssen
Mayes
McDonough
Ménard (Hochelaga)
Ménard (Marc-Aurèle-Fortin)
Menzies
Merrifield
Miller
Mills
Moore (Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam)
Moore (Fundy Royal)
Mourani
Nash
Nicholson
Norlock
O'Connor
Obhrai
Oda
Ouellet
Paquette
Paradis
Perron
Petit
Picard
Plamondon
Poilievre
Prentice
Preston
Priddy
Rajotte
Reid
Richardson
Ritz
Roy
Schellenberger
Shipley
Siksay
Skelton
Solberg
Sorenson
St-Cyr
Stanton
Storseth
Strahl
Sweet
Thi Lac
Thibault (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques)
Thompson (New Brunswick Southwest)
Toews
Trost
Tweed
Van Kesteren
Van Loan
Vellacott
Verner
Vincent
Wallace
Warawa
Wasylycia-Leis
Watson
Williams
Yelich
Total: -- 185

NAYS -- CONTRE

Alghabra
Bagnell
Bell (North Vancouver)
Bennett
Bevilacqua
Bonin
Boshcoff
Brown (Oakville)
Byrne
Chan
Coderre
Cullen (Etobicoke North)
Cuzner
Dhaliwal
Easter
Eyking
Fry
Godfrey
Goodale
Guarnieri
Hall Findlay
Hubbard
Jennings
Kadis
Karetak-Lindell
Lee
MacAulay
Malhi
Marleau
Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca)
McCallum
McGuinty
McGuire
McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood)
Minna
Murphy (Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe)
Murphy (Charlottetown)
Murray
Pacetti
Patry
Pearson
Proulx
Redman
Regan
Rodriguez
Rota
Russell
Savage
Scarpaleggia
Scott
Sgro
Silva
St. Amand
St. Denis
Szabo
Telegdi
Thibault (West Nova)
Tonks
Turner
Valley
Wilfert
Wilson
Wrzesnewskyj
Zed
Total: -- 64

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

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, for the remainder of this session, during its consideration of matters pursuant to Standing Order 83.1, the Standing Committee on Finance be authorized to adjourn from place to place within Canada and to permit the broadcasting of its proceedings thereon, and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study of science and technology in Canada, 12 members of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology be authorized to travel to Waterloo and Toronto, Ontario, Montréal, Quebec, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. in September 2008 and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, at any time the House stands adjourned during June 2008 and the Standing Committee on Official Languages has ready a report, when that report is deposited with the Clerk of the House, it shall be deemed to have been duly presented to the House.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That Bill C-34, An Act to give effect to the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be deemed read the third time and passed on division.

Question of Privilege

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Lee (Scarborough—Rouge River), seconded by Mr. Goodale (Wascana), — That, for the purpose of better assuring the privileges of this House and its Members, including our ancient and undoubted privilege of free speech, the subject matter of the Speaker's ruling today on these issues be referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs for its consideration, and if necessary, to study and/or consult with the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and/or report to the House;

And of the amendment of Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster), seconded by Mr. Christopherson (Hamilton Centre), — That the motion be amended by adding, after the words “free speech”, the following:

“, and ensuring nothing in the Conflict of Interest Code of the Standing Orders inadvertantly interferes with or diminishes any privileges of the Members of the House of Commons”.

The debate continued.

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

The House resumed consideration of the main motion, as amended, of Mr. Lee (Scarborough—Rouge River), seconded by Mr. Goodale (Wascana), — That, for the purpose of better assuring the privileges of this House and its Members, including our ancient and undoubted privilege of free speech, and ensuring nothing in the Conflict of Interest Code of the Standing Orders inadvertantly interferes with or diminishes any privileges of the Members of the House of Commons, the subject matter of the Speaker's ruling today on these issues be referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs for its consideration, and if necessary, to study and/or consult with the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and/or report to the House.

The question was put on the main motion, as amended, and it was agreed to on division.

Motions

By unanimous consent and pursuant to Standing Order 97.1(2), the motion “That the Seventh Report of the Standing Committee on Finance (recommendation not to proceed further with C-305, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (exemption from taxation of 50% of United States social security payments to Canadian residents)), presented on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, be concurred in” was deemed moved. (Concurrence in Committee Reports No. 18)

Debate arose thereon.

Mr. Bezan (Selkirk—Interlake), seconded by Mr. Menzies (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance), moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“the Seventh Report of the Standing Committee on Finance (recommendation not to proceed further with C-305, An Act to ament the Income Tax Act (exemption from taxation of 50% of United States social security payments to Canadian residents)), presented Wednesday, May 7, 2008, be not now concurred in, but that it be recommitted to the Standing Committee on Finance.”.

Debate arose thereon.

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

The House resumed consideration of the main motion, as amended, — That the Seventh Report of the Standing Committee on Finance (recommendation not to proceed further with C-305, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (exemption from taxation of 50% of United States social security payments to Canadian residents)), presented on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, be not now concurred in, but that it be recommitted to the Standing Committee on Finance. (Concurrence in Committee Reports No. 18)

The question was put on the main motion, as amended, and it was agreed to on division.

Messages from the Senate

Messages 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-58, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the financial year ending March 31, 2009 (Appropriation Act No. 2, 2008-2009).

— ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-59, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the financial year ending March 31, 2009 (Appropriation Act No. 3, 2008-2009).

— 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 Judges Act, without amendment.

— ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-287, An Act respecting a National Peacekeepers' Day, without amendment.

— ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-50, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 26, 2008 and to enact provisions to preserve the fiscal plan set out in that budget, 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. Blackburn (Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec) — Reports of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety 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. 8561-392-712-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Blackburn (Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec) — Reports of the Canada Industrial Relations Board 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. 8561-392-733-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Blackburn (Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec) — Reports of the Merchant Seamen Compensation Board 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. 8561-392-850-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Solberg (Minister of Human Resources and Social Development) — Actuarial Report on the Old Age Security Program as at December 31, 2006, pursuant to the Public Pensions Reporting Act, R.S. 1985, c. C-13 (2nd Supp.), sbs. 9(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-596-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

Petitions Filed with the Clerk of the House

Pursuant to Standing Order 36, a petition certified correct by the Clerk of Petitions was filed as follows:

— by Mrs. Redman (Kitchener Centre), one concerning service medals (No. 392-0842).

Adjournment Proceedings

At 7:03 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 7:25 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).