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

Journals

No. 37

Thursday, December 13, 2007

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Day (Minister of Public Safety) laid upon the Table, — Agreements for RCMP policing services (First Nations Community Policing Service) for the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, R.S. 1985, c. R-10, sbs. 20(5). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-475-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security)


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Day (Minister of Public Safety) laid upon the Table, — Annual Report on the RCMP's use of the Law Enforcement Justification Provisions, pursuant to Section 25.3 of the Criminal Code. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-392-10.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Day (Minister of Public Safety) laid upon the Table, — Report on the use of electronic surveillance for the year 2006, pursuant to the Criminal Code, R.S. 1985, c. C-46, sbs. 195(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-510-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security)


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Ms. Guergis (Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade)) laid upon the Table, — Report on Export of Military Goods from Canada for 2003-2005. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-94-01.


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. 392-0069 concerning AIDS. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-7-02;

— No. 392-0090 concerning the Food and Drugs Act. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-43-01.


Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Ritz (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food), seconded by Mr. Solberg (Minister of Human Resources and Social Development), Bill C-39, An Act to amend the Canada Grain Act, chapter 22 of the Statutes of Canada, 1998 and chapter 25 of the Statutes of Canada, 2004, 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 Interparliamentary Delegations


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Goodyear (Cambridge), from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented the Eighth Report of the Committee (item to remain votable). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-39.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 11 and 12) was tabled.

Pursuant to Standing Order 92(3)(b), the report was deemed concurred in.


Mr. Doyle (St. John's East), from the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, presented the Third Report of the Committee (Iraq war resisters). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-40.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 6 and 7) was tabled.


Motions

Pursuant to Standing Order 56.1(1), Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform), seconded by Mr. Blackburn (Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec), moved, — That, notwithstanding any standing order or usual practices of the House, the notice requirement to call Bill C-18, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (verification of residence), for debate today shall be waived; when the House adjourns today, and provided that Bill C-18 and Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Canada-United States Tax Convention Act, 1984, have been read a third time and passed, it shall stand adjourned until Monday, January 28, 2008, provided that, for the purposes of Standing Order 28, it shall be deemed to have sat on Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14, 2007; and if Bill C-18 and Bill S-2 are not completed before the end of Government Orders, the House shall sit beyond the ordinary hour of daily adjournment for that purpose and shall not be adjourned except pursuant to a motion proposed by a Minister of the Crown.

The question was put on the motion and, less than 25 Members having risen to object, pursuant to Standing Order 56.1(3), the motion was adopted.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Steckle (Huron—Bruce), one concerning the United Nations (No. 392-0217);

— by Mr. Fletcher (Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia), one concerning China (No. 392-0218);

— by Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain), one concerning health care services (No. 392-0219), seven concerning federal programs (Nos. 392-0220 to 392-0226) and one concerning the income tax system (No. 392-0227);

— by Mr. Silva (Davenport), one concerning the Canada Labour Code (No. 392-0228);

— by Mr. St-Cyr (Jeanne-Le Ber), one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 392-0229);

— by Mr. Angus (Timmins—James Bay), one concerning asbestos (No. 392-0230);

— by Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North), one concerning prosperity partnership (No. 392-0231).


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

By unanimous consent, pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. St. Denis (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing), seconded by Mr. Bagnell (Yukon), Bill C-496, An Act to promote the teaching of aboriginal history and culture in Canada's schools, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.

Government Orders

The Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Canada-United States Tax Convention Act, 1984, as reported by the Standing Committee on International Trade without amendment.

Mr. Solberg (Minister of Human Resources and Social Development) for Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Ms. Guergis (Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) (Sport)), moved, — That the Bill be concurred in at report stage.

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

Accordingly, the Bill was concurred in at report stage.

Pursuant to Standing Order 76.1(11), Mr. Solberg (Minister of Human Resources and Social Development) for Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), 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.

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

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


The Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill C-18, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (verification of residence), as reported by the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs without amendment.

Mr. Hill (Secretary of State) for Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform), seconded by Ms. Guergis (Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) (Sport)), moved, — That the Bill be concurred in at report stage.

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

Accordingly, the Bill was concurred in at report stage.

Pursuant to Standing Order 76.1(11), Mr. Hill (Secretary of State) for Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform), 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.

Deferred Recorded Divisions

Government Orders

At 1:00 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 45, the House proceeded to the taking of the deferred recorded division on 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 third time and do pass.

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

(Division No. 30 -- Vote no 30)
YEAS: 119, NAYS: 72

YEAS -- POUR

Abbott
Ablonczy
Albrecht
Allen
Allison
Ambrose
Anders
Anderson
Arthur
Batters
Benoit
Bezan
Blackburn
Blaney
Boucher
Breitkreuz
Brown (Leeds—Grenville)
Brown (Barrie)
Bruinooge
Calkins
Cannan (Kelowna—Lake Country)
Cannon (Pontiac)
Carrie
Casson
Chong
Clement
Cummins
Davidson
Day
Del Mastro
Devolin
Doyle
Dykstra
Emerson
Epp
Fast
Finley
Fitzpatrick
Flaherty
Fletcher
Galipeau
Gallant
Goldring
Goodyear
Gourde
Grewal
Guergis
Hanger
Harper
Harris
Harvey
Hawn
Hearn
Hiebert
Hill
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
MacKenzie
Manning
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
Richardson
Ritz
Scheer
Schellenberger
Shipley
Skelton
Smith
Solberg
Sorenson
Stanton
Storseth
Strahl
Sweet
Thompson (New Brunswick Southwest)
Tilson
Toews
Trost
Tweed
Van Kesteren
Van Loan
Vellacott
Verner
Wallace
Warawa
Warkentin
Watson
Williams
Yelich
Total: -- 119

NAYS -- CONTRE

André
Angus
Asselin
Atamanenko
Bachand
Barbot
Bell (Vancouver Island North)
Bellavance
Bevington
Blaikie
Bonsant
Bouchard
Bourgeois
Brison
Carrier
Casey
Charlton
Chow
Christopherson
Crowder
Cuzner
Davies
Deschamps
Dewar
Duceppe
Eyking
Faille
Freeman
Gagnon
Gaudet
Godin
Gravel
Guay
Guimond
Kotto
Laforest
Laframboise
Lavallée
Layton
Lemay
Lessard
Lévesque
Lussier
Malo
Martin (Sault Ste. Marie)
Masse
Mathyssen
Matthews
McDonough
Ménard (Hochelaga)
Nadeau
Nash
Ouellet
Paquette
Perron
Picard
Plamondon
Priddy
Regan
Roy
Russell
Savage
Savoie
Siksay
Simms
St-Cyr
St-Hilaire
Stoffer
Thi Lac
Thibault (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques)
Vincent
Wasylycia-Leis
Total: -- 72

PAIRED -- PAIRÉS

Baird
Bernier
Bigras
Brunelle
Cardin
Crête
Demers
Hinton
McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood)
Thompson (Wild Rose)

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

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 Ms. Guergis (Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) (Sport)), — That Bill C-18, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (verification of residence), 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.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That Bill C-18, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (verification of residence), be deemed read a third time and passed.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study on Veterans Health Care Review and Veterans Independence Program, 12 members of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs be authorized to travel to Québec, Quebec, and Petawawa, Ontario, and six members of the Committee be authorized to travel to Comox, British Columbia, Cold Lake, Alberta, Shearwater, Nova Scotia, and Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, in January and February of 2008, and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee members.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study of Canada's involvement in Afghanistan, 12 members of the Standing Committee on National Defence be authorized to travel to Kandahar and Kabul, Afghanistan, and Brussels, Belgium, in the winter of 2008, and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee members.

Private Members' Business

At 3:12 p.m., by unanimous consent, 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 Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-484, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (injuring or causing the death of an unborn child while committing an offence).

Mr. Epp (Edmonton—Sherwood Park), seconded by Mr. Van Kesteren (Chatham-Kent—Essex), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Debate arose thereon.

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform) laid upon the Table, — Copy of a news release entitled "Ontario Provincial Police clarify media reports relating to investigation of Ottawa Mayor". — Sessional Paper No. 8530-392-7.

Private Members' Business

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Epp (Edmonton—Sherwood Park), seconded by Mr. Van Kesteren (Chatham-Kent—Essex), — That Bill C-484, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (injuring or causing the death of an unborn child while committing an offence), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

The debate continued.

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

Messages from the Senate

Messages were 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-35, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the financial year ending March 31, 2008.

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. Prentice (Minister of Industry) — Report on the Statutory Review of Sections 21.01 to 21.19 of the Patent Act, pursuant to the Patent Act, R.S. 1985, c. P-4, sbs. 21.2(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-995-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)

Petitions Filed with the Clerk of the House

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

— by Mrs. Redman (Kitchener Centre), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 392-0232);

— by Mr. Lake (Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont), one concerning immigration (No. 392-0233).

Adjournment

At 4:12 p.m., pursuant to Order made earlier today, the Speaker adjourned the House until Monday, January 28, 2008, at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Orders 28(2) and 24(1).