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

Journals

No. 72

Friday, April 4, 2008

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Baird (Minister of the Environment), — That 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, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance;

And of the amendment of Ms. Chow (Trinity—Spadina), seconded by Mr. Mulcair (Outremont), — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word "That" and substituting the following:

“this House declines to give second reading to 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, since the principles of the Bill relating to immigration fail to recognize that all immigration applicants should be treated fairly and transparently, and also fail to recognize that family reunification builds economically vibrant, inclusive and healthy communities and therefore should be an essential priority in all immigration matters”.

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. Komarnicki (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) laid upon the Table, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— No. 392-0462 concerning the Canadian Human Rights Act. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-5-08;

— No. 392-0463 concerning the sexual exploitation of minors. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-38-06;

— No. 392-0468 concerning the Criminal Code of Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-26-09.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Kamp (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) laid upon the Table, — Copy of the Agreement Between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America on Pacific Hake/Whiting, dated November 21, 2003. — Sessional Paper No. 8532-392-07.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Lemieux (Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages), from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented the 16th Report of the Committee, which was as follows:

The Committee recommends, pursuant to Standing Orders 104 and 114, the following changes to the lists of members of the following standing committees:

Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Rob Clarke for Brian Storseth

Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

Dave Batters for Dean Del Mastro

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Dean Del Mastro for Dave Batters

Standing Committee on International Trade

Gerald Keddy for Brian Pallister

Standing Committee on Official Languages

Denis Lebel for Luc Harvey

The Committee further recommends, pursuant to Standing Orders 104 and 114, that the name of the following Member be added to the lists of associate members of the following standing committees:

Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Finance

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Health

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on International Trade

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on National Defence

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Natural Resources

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Official Languages

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Public Accounts

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Status of Women

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities

Rob Clarke

Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs

Rob Clarke

The Committee further recommends, pursuant to Standing Orders 104 and 114, the following change to the list of members of the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations:

Luc Harvey for Denis Lebel

The Committee further recommends, pursuant to Standing Orders 104 and 114, that the name of the following Member be added to the lists of associate members of the following standing joint committees:

Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament

Rob Clarke

Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations

Rob Clarke

The Committee further recommends, pursuant to Standing Order 107(5), that the following Member be added to the list of associate members of the Liaison Committee:

Rob Clarke

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 1) is tabled.


Mrs. Yelich (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development), from the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, presented the Fourth Report of the Committee (Bill C-265, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (qualification for and entitlement to benefits), with amendments). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-93.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 16 to 18 and 20) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster), seconded by Mr. Dewar (Ottawa Centre), Bill C-533, An Act to amend the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act (appointment of permanent members), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the 16th Report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented earlier today, be concurred in.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Hubbard (Miramichi), two concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (Nos. 392-0532 and 392-0533);

— by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South), one concerning the income tax system (No. 392-0534);

— by Mr. Epp (Edmonton—Sherwood Park), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 392-0535).


Questions on the Order Paper

Pursuant to Standing Order 39(7), Mr. Komarnicki (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) presented the return to the following question made into an Order for Return:

Q-204 — Ms. Crowder (Nanaimo—Cowichan) — With regards to the First Nations Infrastructure Fund (FNIF): (a) how has the government advertised and solicited applications for First Nations infrastructure projects; (b) how many applications have been received; (c) how many applications were found to be eligible; (d) what type of infrastructure requests were in the applications; (e) what is the total amount of funds dispersed under the FNIF; and (f) which applications have been accepted? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-392-204.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Baird (Minister of the Environment), — That 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, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance;

And of the amendment of Ms. Chow (Trinity—Spadina), seconded by Mr. Mulcair (Outremont), — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word "That" and substituting the following:

“this House declines to give second reading to 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, since the principles of the Bill relating to immigration fail to recognize that all immigration applicants should be treated fairly and transparently, and also fail to recognize that family reunification builds economically vibrant, inclusive and healthy communities and therefore should be an essential priority in all immigration matters”.

The debate continued.

Private Members' Business

At 1:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The House resumed consideration at report stage of Bill S-203, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals), as reported by the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights without amendment;

And of the motions in Group No. 1 (Motions Nos. 1 and 2).

Group No. 1

Motion No. 1 of Ms. Nash (Parkdale—High Park), seconded by Mr. Comartin (Windsor—Tecumseh), — That Bill S-203 be amended by deleting the long title.

Motion No. 2 of Ms. Nash (Parkdale—High Park), seconded by Mr. Comartin (Windsor—Tecumseh), — That Bill S-203 be amended by deleting Clause 1.

The debate continued on the motions in Group No. 1.

At 2:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 98, the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

The question was put on Motions Nos. 1 and 2 and, pursuant to Standing Order 76.1(8), the recorded divisions were deferred.

Pursuant to Standing Order 98(4), the recorded divisions were further deferred until Wednesday, April 9, 2008, 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 Ms. Guergis (Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) (Sport)) — Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2008-2009 of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, pursuant to the Physical Activity and Sport Act, S.C. 2003, c. 2, sbs. 32(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-392-864-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)

— by Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform) — Orders in Council approving certain appointments made by the Governor General in Council, pursuant to Standing Order 110(1), as follows:

— P.C. 2008-453 to P.C. 2008-458 and P.C. 2008-588. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-392-1-06. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development)

— P.C. 2008-600. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-392-25-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics)

— P.C. 2008-491. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-392-3-07. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)

— P.C. 2008-471 to P.C. 2008-475 and P.C. 2008-499. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-392-14-06. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration)

— P.C. 2008-459. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-392-7-06. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— P.C. 2008-460 to P.C. 2008-464, P.C. 2008-586 and P.C. 2008-587. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-392-8-08. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development)

— P.C. 2008-590. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-392-4-08. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— P.C. 2008-594. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-392-18-06. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Health)

— P.C. 2008-481 to P.C. 2008-490. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-392-16-08. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— P.C. 2008-477 to P.C. 2008-480. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-392-22-05. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)

— P.C. 2008-476. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-392-13-06. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— P.C. 2008-595 to P.C. 2008-599. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-392-30-06. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security)

— P.C. 2008-465 to P.C. 2008-470 and P.C. 2008-591. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-392-24-08. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— P.C. 2008-589. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-392-27-01. (Pursuant to Pursuant to Standing Order 110(2), referred to the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament)

Adjournment

At 2:33 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).