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

Journals

No. 31

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

2:00 p.m.



Prayers
National Anthem
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.

Deferred Recorded Divisions

Private Members' Business

By unanimous consent, the House proceeded to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion of Mr. Allison (Niagara West—Glanbrook), seconded by Mr. Preston (Elgin—Middlesex—London), — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should amend Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to extend property rights to Canadians. (Private Members' Business M-315)

The question was put on the motion and it was negatived on the following division:

(Division No. 20 -- Vote no 20)
YEAS: 118, NAYS: 138

YEAS -- POUR

Abbott
Ablonczy
Albrecht
Allen
Allison
Ambrose
Anders
Anderson
Arthur
Batters
Benoit
Bernier
Bezan
Blackburn
Blaney
Boucher
Breitkreuz
Brown (Leeds—Grenville)
Brown (Barrie)
Bruinooge
Calkins
Cannan (Kelowna—Lake Country)
Cannon (Pontiac)
Carrie
Casey
Casson
Clement
Comuzzi
Cummins
Davidson
Day
Del Mastro
Devolin
Dykstra
Emerson
Epp
Fast
Finley
Fitzpatrick
Flaherty
Fletcher
Galipeau
Gallant
Goldring
Gourde
Grewal
Guergis
Hanger
Harper
Harris
Harvey
Hawn
Hearn
Hiebert
Hill
Hubbard
Jaffer
Jean
Kamp (Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission)
Keddy (South Shore—St. Margaret's)
Kenney (Calgary Southeast)
Komarnicki
Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings)
Lake
Lauzon
Lebel
Lemieux
Lukiwski
Lunn
Lunney
MacKay (Central Nova)
MacKenzie
Manning
Mark
Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca)
Mayes
Menzies
Merrifield
Miller
Mills
Moore (Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam)
Moore (Fundy Royal)
Nicholson
Norlock
O'Connor
Obhrai
Oda
Pallister
Paradis
Petit
Poilievre
Prentice
Preston
Rajotte
Reid
Ritz
Scheer
Schellenberger
Shipley
Skelton
Solberg
Sorenson
Storseth
Sweet
Thompson (New Brunswick Southwest)
Thompson (Wild Rose)
Tilson
Toews
Trost
Tweed
Van Kesteren
Van Loan
Vellacott
Verner
Warawa
Warkentin
Watson
Yelich
Total: -- 118

NAYS -- CONTRE

Alghabra
André
Angus
Asselin
Atamanenko
Bachand
Bagnell
Bains
Barbot
Barnes
Beaumier
Bélanger
Bell (Vancouver Island North)
Bell (North Vancouver)
Bennett
Bevilacqua
Bevington
Black
Blaikie
Blais
Bonsant
Boshcoff
Bouchard
Bourgeois
Brison
Brown (Oakville)
Brunelle
Byrne
Cannis
Cardin
Carrier
Chan
Charlton
Chow
Christopherson
Coderre
Comartin
Cotler
Crête
Crowder
Cullen (Etobicoke North)
Cuzner
D'Amours
Davies
Deschamps
Dewar
Dhaliwal
Dhalla
Dosanjh
Dryden
Duceppe
Easter
Eyking
Faille
Freeman
Fry
Gagnon
Gaudet
Godfrey
Godin
Guay
Guimond
Holland
Julian
Kadis
Karetak-Lindell
Karygiannis
Keeper
Kotto
Laforest
Laframboise
Lavallée
Layton
LeBlanc
Lessard
Lussier
Malhi
Malo
Maloney
Marleau
Marston
Martin (Winnipeg Centre)
Martin (Sault Ste. Marie)
Masse
Mathyssen
McCallum
McDonough
McGuinty
McGuire
McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood)
McTeague
Ménard (Hochelaga)
Ménard (Marc-Aurèle-Fortin)
Mourani
Mulcair
Murphy (Charlottetown)
Nadeau
Nash
Neville
Ouellet
Pacetti
Paquette
Patry
Pearson
Picard
Plamondon
Priddy
Redman
Regan
Robillard
Rota
Russell
Savoie
Scarpaleggia
Scott
Siksay
Silva
Simard
Simms
St-Cyr
St-Hilaire
St. Amand
St. Denis
Stoffer
Szabo
Telegdi
Temelkovski
Thi Lac
Thibault (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques)
Thibault (West Nova)
Tonks
Valley
Vincent
Volpe
Wasylycia-Leis
Wilfert
Wrzesnewskyj
Zed
Total: -- 138
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 responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— Nos. 392-0022 and 392-0043 concerning climate change. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-9-2;

— Nos. 392-0024, 392-0025, 392-0037 and 392-0055 concerning the Canadian Human Rights Act. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-5-03;

— Nos. 392-0026 to 392-0028, 392-0048 and 392-0049 concerning gun control. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-32-01;

— No. 392-0035 concerning Canadian heritage. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-34-01;

— No. 392-0036 concerning the protection of the environment. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-1-02;

— No. 392-0040 concerning the Criminal Code of Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-26-02;

— No. 392-0042 concerning children's rights. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-35-01;

— No. 392-0044 concerning nuclear weapons. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-36-01;

— Nos. 392-0046 and 392-0109 concerning the income tax system. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-19-03;

— Nos. 392-0053 and 392-0054 concerning Remembrance Day. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-33-01;

— Nos. 392-0059, 392-0061, 392-0062, 392-0065, 392-0078, 392-0089, 392-0096, 392-0097 and 392-0105 concerning asbestos. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-27-02.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Tweed (Brandon—Souris), from the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, presented the First Report of the Committee (Bill C-8, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (railway transportation), with an amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-18.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 2 to 5) was tabled.


Mr. Mills (Red Deer), from the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, presented the First Report of the Committee (Phosphorous Concentration Regulations). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-19.

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


Mr. Merrifield (Yellowhead), from the Standing Committee on Finance, presented the Second Report of the Committee (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, without amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-20.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 13) was tabled.


Mr. Blaney (Lévis—Bellechasse), from the Standing Committee on Official Languages, presented the First Report of the Committee (filing of the report on the Court Challenges Program). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-21.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 6) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Carrier (Alfred-Pellan), seconded by Mr. Laforest (Saint-Maurice—Champlain), Bill C-490, An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (application for supplement, retroactive payments and other amendments), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


First Reading of Senate Public Bills

Pursuant to Standing Order 69(2), on motion of Mr. Bains (Mississauga—Brampton South), seconded by Mr. Valley (Kenora), Bill S-220, An Act respecting a National Blood Donor Week, was read the first time.

Pursuant to Standing Order 86.2, the Bill (previously Bill S-214, 1st Session, 39th Parliament) was deemed read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Health.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mrs. Mourani (Ahuntsic), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 392-0173);

— by Mr. Tweed (Brandon—Souris), one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 392-0174);

— by Mr. Mills (Red Deer), one concerning crimes of violence (No. 392-0175).


Questions on the Order Paper

Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform) presented the answer to question Q-86 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 Return:

Q-71 — Ms. Black (New Westminster—Coquitlam) — With regard to meetings and planning by senior members of the civil service relating to Afghanistan for the period of August 15, 2005, until today: (a) how many Deputy Minister-level meetings have taken place; (b) what were the dates and locations of those meetings; (c) who chaired the meetings; and (d) who was present at each meeting? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-392-71.


Q-77 — Mr. Martin (Sault Ste. Marie) — With respect to the Canada Summer Jobs program, for each of the first and second rounds of funding offers, broken down by riding: (a) what employers were offered funding and what was their complete address; (b) what was the amount of funding and number of positions offered for each employer; and (c) what was the total amount of funding and number of positions offered in each riding? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-392-77.

Ways and Means

The Order was read for consideration of a Ways and Means motion to introduce an Act to give effect to the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Sessional Paper No. 8570-392-5), notice of which was laid upon the Table on Tuesday, December 4, 2007. (Ways and Means No. 5)

Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform) for Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), moved, — That the motion be concurred in.

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

Government Orders

The Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill C-29, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (accountability with respect to loans), as reported by a committee 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 3.

Group No. 1

Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), moved Motion No. 1, — That Bill C-29, in Clause 4, be amended by deleting lines 13 to 17 on page 2.

Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), moved Motion No. 2, — That Bill C-29, in Clause 5, be amended by replacing lines 29 to 35 on page 4 with the following:

“case of a candidate, the selection date as defined in section 478.01 in the case of a nomination contestant, the end of the leadership contest in the case of a leadership contestant, and the end of the fiscal period during which the loan was made in the case of a registered party and registered association, is deemed to be a contribution of the”

Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), moved Motion No. 3, — That Bill C-29, in Clause 5, be amended by replacing lines 32 to 35 on page 5 with the following:

“Officer shall inform the lender of his or her decision; furthermore, the candidate's registered association or, if there is no registered association, the registered party becomes liable for the unpaid amount as if the association or party had guaranteed the loan.”

Debate arose on the motions in Group No. 1.

Private Members' Business

At 5:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Crowder (Nanaimo—Cowichan), seconded by Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North), — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should immediately adopt a child first principle, based on Jordan's Principle, to resolve jurisdictional disputes involving the care of First Nations children. (Private Members' Business M-296)

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, December 12, 2007, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business.

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. Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for the period 2007-2008 to 2011-2012 and of the Capital and Operating Budgets for 2007-2008 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. 8562-392-863-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities) — Summary of the Amendment to the Corporate Plan for 2007-2008 to 2011-2012 of the Parc Downsview Park Inc., pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-392-865-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— by Mr. Nicholson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) — Copies of the Rules amending the Federal Courts Rules (Case Management), made by the rules committee of the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court (SOR/JUS-608761), dated September 27, 2007, pursuant to the Federal Courts Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-7, sbs. 46(5). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-620-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:14 p.m., by unanimous consent, 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 6:40 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).