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

Journals

No. 29

Monday, December 3, 2007

11:00 a.m.



Prayers
Private Members' Business

At 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-415, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (replacement workers).

Mr. Silva (Davenport), seconded by Mr. Valley (Kenora), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the Order was dropped to the bottom of the order of precedence on the Order Paper.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), — That Bill C-28, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2007 and to implement certain provisions of the economic statement tabled in Parliament on October 30, 2007, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

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

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 response, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petition:

— No. 392-0016 concerning the situation in Israel. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-31-01.


Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Baird (Minister of the Environment) for Mr. Ritz (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food), seconded by Ms. Finley (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), Bill C-33, An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, 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. Devolin (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock), from the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, presented the First Report of the Committee (recommendations contained in the Sixth Report of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development presented to the House during the First Session of the 39th Parliament). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-11.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 2) was tabled.


Mr. Devolin (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock), from the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, presented the Second Report of the Committee (Supplementary Estimates (A), 2007-2008 — Votes 1a, 10a, 15a, 20a, 25a, 55a and 60a under INDIAN AFFAIRS AND NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-12.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 4) was tabled.


Mr. Casson (Lethbridge), from the Standing Committee on National Defence, presented the First Report of the Committee (Supplementary Estimates (A), 2007-2008 — Votes 1a and 5a under NATIONAL DEFENCE). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-13.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 4) was tabled.


Mr. Hanger (Calgary Northeast), from the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, presented the First Report of the Committee (Supplementary Estimates (A), 2007-2008 — Votes 1a, 5a, 20a, 30a and 35a under JUSTICE). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-14.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 3 and 4) was tabled.


Mr. Doyle (St. John's East), from the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, presented the First Report of the Committee (Supplementary Estimates (A), 2007-2008 — Votes 1a, 2a and 10a under CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-15.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 5) was tabled.


Ms. Marleau (Sudbury), from the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, presented the First Report of the Committee (Supplementary Estimates (A), 2007-2008 — Votes 85a and 93a under CANADIAN HERITAGE; Vote 1a under PRIVY COUNCIL; Votes 1a, 5a, 10a, 15a, 22a, 23a, 27a, 30a and 35a under TREASURY BOARD). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-16.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 4 and 5) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North), seconded by Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas), Bill C-489, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mass transit operators), 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. Szabo (Mississauga South), one concerning radio and television programming (No. 392-0167) and one concerning the income tax system (No. 392-0168);

— by Mr. Paquette (Joliette), one concerning the issuing of visas (No. 392-0169);

— by Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North), one concerning prosperity partnership (No. 392-0170);

— by Mr. Hanger (Calgary Northeast), one concerning the issuing of visas (No. 392-0171);

— by Mr. Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre), one concerning the issuing of visas (No. 392-0172).


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 returns to the following questions made into Orders for Returns:

Q-27 — Mr. Marston (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek) — With respect to federal funds allocated to emergency disaster relief over the last ten years: (a) on an annual basis, what funds, from all federal sources, are available for such contingencies; (b) which departments, Crown corporations or federally funded organizations manage such funds and how much did each receive annually; (c) during which emergencies have relief funds been disbursed to local communities and property owners in disaster affected areas and (i) how much was allocated to each community for each emergency, (ii) what was the average disbursement to individuals or property owners in each instance; (d) what criteria is used to determine what constitutes a disaster and, after a determination has been made, what criteria is used to assess the levels of financial assistance; (e) does the current Mountain Pine Beetle infestation in British Columbia and Alberta constitute a disaster worthy of emergency relief and (i) if not, why, (ii) if so, on what date was it so designated and why; (f) what is the estimated cost of damage to property, to both commercial and private property owners, caused by the Mountain Pine Beetle in (i) British Columbia, (ii) Alberta; and (g) how many applications for emergency financial help has the Minister for Public Safety received from communities affected by the Mountain Pine Beetle under the Disaster Relief Financial Assistance Fund and (i) which communities made the applications, for how much and on what date, (ii) what is the status of each application? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-392-27.


Q-58 — Mr. Godin (Acadie—Bathurst) — With regard to ministerial travel and hospitality expenses: (a) what was the total travel and hospitality expenses submitted by or on behalf of each Minister of the Crown since February 6, 2006, paid from any departmental budgets; (b) what was the amount for each Minister and exempt staff; (c) what was the amount on a monthly basis for each Minister and exempt staff; and (d) what was the itinerary for each Minister and exempt staff? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-392-58.


Q-74 — Mr. Martin (Sault Ste. Marie) — With respect to the Summer Career Placement Program and the Canada Summer Jobs program, within the riding of Sault Ste. Marie: (a) what was the total annual expenditure for each year from 2003 to 2007, inclusive; (b) how many job positions were supported through the programs for each year from 2003 to 2007, inclusive; (c) for the year 2007, how many applications were received and from whom; (d) for the year 2007, (i) how many applications were approved initially and for which employers, (ii) how many more applications were later approved in the second round of funding announced and for which employers; and (e) for the year 2007, how many applications were denied, and for which employers? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-392-74.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), — That Bill C-28, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2007 and to implement certain provisions of the economic statement tabled in Parliament on October 30, 2007, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until Tuesday, December 4, 2007, at 5:30 p.m.


The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities of Bill C-23, An Act to amend the Canada Marine Act, the Canada Transportation Act, the Pilotage Act and other Acts in consequence.

Mr. Clement (Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario) for Mr. Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities), seconded by Ms. Finley (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

Debate arose thereon.

Returns and Reports Deposited with the Clerk of the House

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(1), a paper deposited with the Clerk of the House was laid upon the Table as follows:

— by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities) — Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2007-2008 to 2011-2012 of Marine Atlantic Inc., pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-392-846-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:30 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 6:37 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).