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

Journals

No. 46

Thursday, February 7, 2008

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Hawn (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled "Independent Panel on Canada's Future Role in Afghanistan". — Sessional Paper No. 8525-392-14.


Presenting Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Merrifield (Yellowhead), from the Standing Committee on Finance, presented the Third Report of the Committee, "Taxing to Prosper: Canada's System of Taxes, Fees and Other Charges". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-49.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 19 to 21) was tabled.


Mr. Casson (Lethbridge), from the Standing Committee on National Defence, presented the Second Report of the Committee, "Procurement and Associated Processes". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-50.

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. 2 and 5 to 9) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore), seconded by Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas), Bill C-502, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act (deletion of deduction from annuity), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore), seconded by Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas), Bill C-503, An Act to amend the Financial Administration Act and the Passport Services Fees Regulations (passports for veterans, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their spouses or common-law partners, and seniors), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore), seconded by Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas), Bill C-504, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (deposit in lakes), 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. Wallace (Burlington), one concerning the Canadian Human Rights Act (No. 392-0326) and one concerning AIDS (No. 392-0327);

— by Mr. Simms (Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor), one concerning the Department of National Defence (No. 392-0328);

— by Mr. Tweed (Brandon—Souris), one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 392-0329);

— by Mr. Layton (Toronto—Danforth), one concerning Bangladesh (No. 392-0330).

Applications for Emergency Debate

Pursuant to Standing Order 52, Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) asked leave to move the adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter requiring urgent consideration, namely, the HIV infection rates in Aboriginal people living in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

The Speaker decided that the matter was proper to be discussed and, pursuant to Standing Order 52(9), directed that it be considered later today, at the ordinary hour of daily adjournment.

Government Orders

Ms. Ablonczy (Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism)) for Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform), seconded by Ms. Verner (Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages), moved, — That this House take note of the pre-budget consultations undertaken by the Standing Committee on Finance. (Government Business No. 2)

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.

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. Verner (Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages). (Government Business No. 2)

The debate continued.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any standing order or usual practices of this House, Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act, shall be deemed to have been read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practices of the House, the debate pursuant to Standing Order 66 scheduled for tonight be deemed to have taken place and the First Report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, presented on Thursday, December 6, 2007, be deemed concurred in, on division.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, when the House begins proceedings under the provisions of Standing Order 52 later this day, no quorum calls, requests for unanimous consent or dilatory motions shall be received by the Speaker.

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. Verner (Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages). (Government Business No. 2)

The debate continued.

Messages from the Senate

A message 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-41, An Act respecting payments to a trust established to provide provinces and territories with funding for community development, without amendment.

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. Verner (Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages). (Government Business No. 2)

The debate continued.

Private Members' Business

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

Mrs. Barnes (London West), seconded by Ms. Minna (Beaches—East York), moved, — That the House call on the government to reinstate women's equality as the goal of the Women's Program at Status of Women Canada. (Private Members' Business M-400)

Debate arose thereon.

Royal Assent

A message was received informing the Commons that on February 7, 2008, at 4:41 p.m., Her Excellency the Governor General signified Royal Assent by written declaration to the following Bill:

Private Members' Business

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mrs. Barnes (London West), seconded by Ms. Minna (Beaches—East York). (Private Members' Business M-400)

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.

Emergency Debate

Pursuant to Standing Order 52(10), the House proceeded to the consideration of a motion to adjourn the House for the purpose of discussing an important matter requiring urgent consideration, namely, the HIV infection rates in Aboriginal people living in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Ms. Davies (Vancouver East), seconded by Ms. Crowder (Nanaimo—Cowichan), moved, — That this House do now adjourn.

Debate arose thereon.

At 11:33 p.m., the Speaker declared the motion adopted.

Messages from the Senate

A message 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-11, An Act to give effect to the Nunavik Inuit Land Claims Agreement and to make a consequential amendment to another Act, with the following amendment:

New clauses 12.1 and 12.2, page 4: Add after line 26 the following:

12.1 (1) Within ten years after this Act receives royal assent, a review of the implementation of this Act and the Agreement may be undertaken by Makivik.

(2) Makivik may submit a report on any review undertaken under subsection (1) to the Minister referred to in subsection 12.2(1).

(3) The Minister shall cause any report submitted under subsection (2) to be laid before each House of Parliament on any of the first 15 days on which that House is sitting after the Minister receives it.

12.2 (1) Within ten years after this Act receives royal assent, a comprehensive review of the implementation of this Act and the Agreement shall be undertaken by the Minister designated by the Governor in Council for the purposes of this Act.

(2) The Minister shall cause a report on the review to be laid before each House of Parliament on any of the first 15 days on which that House is sitting after the report is completed.”.

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. Kenney (Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity)) — Report on the Operation of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007, pursuant to the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, R.S. 1985, c. 24 (4th Supp.), s. 8. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-577-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-15-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-18-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(5). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-19-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the Communications Security Establishment for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-21-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the National Energy Board for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-22-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the National Film Board for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-24-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the National Research Council of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-26-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-27-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-28-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-29-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the Statistical Survey Operations for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-30-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-234-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-658-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the Canada Revenue Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-749-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the Parks Canada Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-750-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-805-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

Adjournment

At 11:33 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).