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

Journals

No. 96

Thursday, May 15, 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, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— No. 392-0541 concerning the situation in Sri Lanka. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-63-06;

— No. 392-0554 concerning immigration. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-20-08;

— No. 392-0565 concerning the elderly. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-84-01;

— Nos. 392-0602, 392-0609, 392-0621 and 392-0628 concerning the income tax system. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-19-18.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. MacKenzie (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety) laid upon the Table, — Agreements for RCMP policing services (First Nations Community Policing Service) for the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Alberta, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, R.S. 1985, c. R-10, sbs. 20(5). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-475-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security)


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Coderre (Bourassa), seconded by Mr. Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre), Bill C-548, An Act to amend the Official Languages Act (understanding the official languages — judges of the Supreme Court of Canada), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Motions

Ms. Keeper (Churchill), seconded by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South), moved, — That the Fourth Report of the Standing Committee on Status of Women, presented on Monday, February 25, 2008, be concurred in. (Concurrence in Committee Reports No. 19)

Debate arose thereon.

Mr. Bruinooge (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians), seconded by Mr. Clarke (Desnethé--Missinippi--Churchill River), moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

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

(Division No. 111 -- Vote no 111)
YEAS: 111, NAYS: 116

YEAS -- POUR

Abbott
Ablonczy
Albrecht
Allen
Ambrose
Anders
Anderson
Arthur
Baird
Benoit
Bernier
Bezan
Blackburn
Blaney
Boucher
Brown (Leeds—Grenville)
Brown (Barrie)
Bruinooge
Calkins
Cannon (Pontiac)
Carrie
Casson
Chong
Clarke
Clement
Comuzzi
Cummins
Davidson
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
Hinton
Jaffer
Jean
Kamp (Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission)
Kenney (Calgary Southeast)
Khan
Komarnicki
Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings)
Lake
Lauzon
Lebel
Lemieux
Lukiwski
Lunn
Lunney
MacKay (Central Nova)
MacKenzie
Manning
Menzies
Merrifield
Mills
Moore (Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam)
Moore (Fundy Royal)
Nicholson
Norlock
O'Connor
Obhrai
Oda
Paradis
Petit
Poilievre
Prentice
Preston
Rajotte
Reid
Scheer
Schellenberger
Shipley
Skelton
Sorenson
Stanton
Storseth
Thompson (Wild Rose)
Tilson
Toews
Trost
Tweed
Van Kesteren
Van Loan
Vellacott
Verner
Wallace
Warawa
Warkentin
Watson
Williams
Yelich
Total: -- 111

NAYS -- CONTRE

Alghabra
Angus
Asselin
Atamanenko
Bachand
Bagnell
Barbot
Bélanger
Bell (North Vancouver)
Bellavance
Bennett
Bevilacqua
Bevington
Bigras
Blais
Bonsant
Boshcoff
Bourgeois
Brunelle
Byrne
Carrier
Casey
Chan
Chow
Christopherson
Coderre
Comartin
Crête
Crowder
Cullen (Etobicoke North)
Cuzner
D'Amours
DeBellefeuille
Demers
Dhalla
Dosanjh
Dryden
Duceppe
Easter
Faille
Folco
Freeman
Gagnon
Godin
Goodale
Gravel
Guimond
Holland
Hubbard
Jennings
Kadis
Karygiannis
Keeper
Laforest
Laframboise
Lavallée
LeBlanc
Lee
Lemay
Lessard
Lévesque
Lussier
MacAulay
Malhi
Malo
Marleau
Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca)
Martin (LaSalle—Émard)
Masse
Mathyssen
McGuinty
McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood)
Ménard (Hochelaga)
Ménard (Marc-Aurèle-Fortin)
Minna
Mourani
Mulcair
Murphy (Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe)
Murphy (Charlottetown)
Nash
Ouellet
Paquette
Patry
Pearson
Perron
Picard
Priddy
Proulx
Rae
Ratansi
Regan
Rodriguez
Rota
Roy
Savage
Scarpaleggia
Scott
Siksay
Silva
Simms
St-Cyr
St. Amand
St. Denis
Steckle
Stoffer
Szabo
Telegdi
Temelkovski
Thibault (West Nova)
Tonks
Valley
Vincent
Volpe
Wasylycia-Leis
Wilfert
Wrzesnewskyj
Total: -- 116

PAIRED -- PAIRÉS

Allison
André
Batters
Bouchard
Cannan (Kelowna—Lake Country)
Cardin
Day
Deschamps
Gaudet
Guay
Keddy (South Shore—St. Margaret's)
Lalonde
Mayes
Miller
Nadeau
Pallister
Plamondon
Richardson
Smith
St-Hilaire
Sweet
Thi Lac

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Keeper (Churchill), seconded by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South), — That the Fourth Report of the Standing Committee on Status of Women, presented on Monday, February 25, 2008, be concurred in. (Concurrence in Committee Reports No. 19)

The debate continued.

At 1:09 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 66(2), the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

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


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre), one concerning organ transplants (No. 392-0692);

— by Mrs. Grewal (Fleetwood—Port Kells), three concerning immigration (Nos. 392-0693 to 392-0695);

— by Mrs. Lavallée (Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert), three concerning the Canada Labour Code (Nos. 392-0696 to 392-0698);

— by Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas), one concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (No. 392-0699).


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 return to the following question made into an Order for Return:

Q-234 — Mr. Cullen (Etobicoke North) — With regard to the $300 million commitment Canada made in 2003, in conjunction with the international community, as an effort to assist Iraq in its reconstruction: (a) to date, how much of the $300 million has been allocated for Iraqi reconstruction assistance; (b) what percentage of the money allocated thus far has been directed to areas largely occupied by minorities in Iraq; (c) what percentage has been directed to the ChaldoAssyrian population in the Nineveh Plains; (d) what action is the Minister taking to assist in the development of an effective security infrastructure in the Nineveh Plains; (e) since 2003, what amount of development assistance has been directed by the government to 'grassroots' non-governmental organizations in the Nineveh Plains; (f) what amount was directed to the Assyrian Aid Society and the Babylon Charitable Society towards assistance to the minorities in the Nineveh Plains; (g) since 2003, what action has the government taken to promote regional democratic development and local administration in the Nineveh Plains; and (h) what action will the government consider to stop any ethno-religious discrimination and abuses of the indigenous ChaldoAssyrian minority? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-392-234.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development), seconded by Ms. Ablonczy (Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism)), — That Bill C-47, An Act respecting family homes situated on First Nation reserves and matrimonial interests or rights in or to structures and lands situated on those reserves, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

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.

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Ms. Verner (Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled "Discussion Paper — Simplification Proposals for the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit". — Sessional Paper No. 8525-392-22.


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, — Document entitled "Canada First Defence Strategy — the four pillars". — Sessional Paper No. 8525-392-23.

Statement by the Speaker

The Speaker ruled that the Seventh Report of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, presented on May 14, 2008, was improperly before the House, that it be deemed withdrawn and that no subsequent proceeding may be taken in relation thereto.

Accordingly, the said Report was deemed withdrawn and the notices of motions for concurrence in this Report, standing in the names of the Members for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and for Halifax West, were dropped from the Order Paper.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study of science and technology in Canada, 12 members of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology be authorized to travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Vancouver, British Columbia, from May 25 to 30, 2008 and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study of economic development challenges in Canada’s northern territories, 12 members of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development be authorized to travel to Iqaluit and Pangnirtung, Nunavut, in June 2008 and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development), seconded by Ms. Ablonczy (Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism)), — That Bill C-47, An Act respecting family homes situated on First Nation reserves and matrimonial interests or rights in or to structures and lands situated on those reserves, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

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

Accordingly, Bill C-47, An Act respecting family homes situated on First Nation reserves and matrimonial interests or rights in or to structures and lands situated on those reserves, was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.


The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development of Bill C-34, An Act to give effect to the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

Mr. Baird (Minister of the Environment) for Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development), seconded by Mr. Hill (Secretary of State), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

Debate arose thereon.

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. Dhalla (Brampton—Springdale), seconded by Mr. Dhaliwal (Newton—North Delta), — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should officially apologize to the Indo-Canadian community and to the individuals impacted in the 1914 Komagata Maru incident, in which passengers were prevented from landing in Canada. (Private Members' Business M-469)

The debate continued.

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

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. Flaherty (Minister of Finance) — Reports of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Access to Information Act and to the Privacy Act, R.S. 1985, c. A-1 and P-21, sbs. 72(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8561-392-551-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:27 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 6:51 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).