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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
40th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION

Journals

No. 1

Monday, January 26, 2009

1:30 p.m.



Parliament having been convoked by Proclamation of the Governor General for the despatch of business, the Members of the House assembled.

Prayers
Opening of the session

The Speaker informed the House that Their Excellencies, the Governor General and Jean Daniel Lafond, will arrive at the Peace Tower at 1:30 p.m., and, when it has been indicated that all is in readiness, Their Excellencies will proceed to the Chamber of the Senate to formally open the Second Session of the Fortieth Parliament.

A Message was received from Her Excellency the Governor General desiring the immediate attendance of the House in the Senate.

Accordingly, the Speaker, with the Commons, proceeded to the Senate.

The Commons returned to the Chamber.

Tabling of Documents

The Speaker informed the House that, in accordance with the representation made by the government under the provisions of Standing Order 55(1), he had caused to be published a special Order Paper giving notice of a government motion.

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Letter from the Government House Leader, dated January 25, 2009, concerning notice of a government motion. — Sessional Paper No. 8527-402-1.

Pro-Forma Bill

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Harper (Prime Minister), seconded by Mr. Hill (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), Bill C-1, An Act respecting the administration of oaths of office, was introduced and read the first time.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That Bill C-1, An Act respecting the administration of oaths of office, be printed.

Speech from the Throne

The Speaker reported that when the Commons was in the Senate, Her Excellency the Governor General was pleased to make a speech to both Houses of Parliament.

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Copy of the Speech from the Throne. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-402-1.

Mr. Harper (Prime Minister), seconded by Mr. Hill (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), moved, — That the Speech from the Throne delivered this day by Her Excellency the Governor General to both Houses of Parliament be taken into consideration later this day.

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

Ways and Means

Pursuant to Standing Order 83(2), at the request of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), an Order of the Day was designated for the consideration of a Ways and Means motion for a Budget presentation on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at 4:00 p.m.

Business of Supply

Pursuant to Standing Order 81, Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board), seconded by Mr. Hill (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), moved, — That the Business of Supply be considered at the next sitting of the House.

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

Statement by the Speaker

Pursuant to Standing Order 86.1, all items of Private Members’ Business originating in the House of Commons that were listed on the Order Paper at prorogation, on Thursday, December 4, 2008, are deemed to have been considered and approved at all stages completed at the time of prorogation and shall stand, if necessary, on the Order Paper.

Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole

Pursuant to Standing Order 8(1), the Speaker proposed that Ms. Savoie (Victoria) be appointed Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole.

Pursuant to Standing Order 8(2), the motion “That Ms. Savoie (Victoria) be appointed Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole” was deemed to have been moved and seconded.

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

Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole

Pursuant to Standing Order 8(1), the Speaker proposed that Mr. Devolin (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock) be appointed Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole.

Pursuant to Standing Order 8(2), the motion “That Mr. Devolin (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock) be appointed Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole” was deemed to have been moved and seconded.

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

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, after consultation with the party whips, the Clerk of the House be authorized to convene for Tuesday, January 27, 2009 a meeting of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs; and that on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, the House shall meet at 2:00 p.m. when Members may make statements pursuant to Standing Order 31; not later than 2:15 p.m. oral questions shall be taken up; at 3:00 p.m. the House shall proceed to the ordinary daily routine of business; following the ordinary daily routine of business the House shall, if necessary, suspend until 4:00 p.m. for the presentation of the Budget.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding the calendar tabled by the Speaker pursuant to Standing Order 28(2)(b), the House not sit on Friday, May 1, 2009; that, notwithstanding any Standing Orders or usual practice of the House, on Thursday, April 30, 2009, after Question Period, no dilatory motions or requests for unanimous consent shall be received by the Speaker, and that any recorded division that is deferred to or requested on Thursday, April 30, 2009, be deferred, or further deferred, whichever the case may be, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders on Monday, May 4, 2009.

Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne

The Order for the consideration of the Speech from the Throne delivered by Her Excellency the Governor General to both Houses of Parliament was read.

Mrs. O'Neill-Gordon (Miramichi), seconded by Mrs. Block (Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar), moved, — That the following Address be presented to Her Excellency the Governor General of Canada:

To Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY:

We, Her Majesty's most loyal and dutiful subjects, the House of Commons of Canada, in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Excellency for the gracious Speech which Your Excellency has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.

Debate arose thereon.

Mr. Ignatieff (Etobicoke—Lakeshore), seconded by Mr. Proulx (Hull—Aylmer), moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

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

Motions

Mr. Hill (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), seconded by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs), moved, — That this House do now adjourn.

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. Baird (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities) — Interim Order Respecting Prohibited Items (P.C. 2008-1949 and JUS-10000-1066), dated December 14, 2008, pursuant to the Aeronautics Act, R.S. 1985, c. A-2, sbs. 6.41(5) and (6). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-926-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations)

— by Mr. Blackburn (Minister of National Revenue) — Reports of the Canada Revenue Agency 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. 8561-402-646-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs) — Report of operations under the Export and Import Permits Act for the year 2007, pursuant to the Export and Import Permits Act, R.S. 1985, c. E-19, s. 27. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-137-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on International Trade)

— by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs) — Report of the National Capital Commission for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Alternative Fuels Act, S.C. 1995, c. 20, s. 8. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-160-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs) — Report of the National Capital Commission, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 150(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-181-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs) — Reports of the National Capital Commission 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. 8561-402-683-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs) — Summaries of the Amended Corporate Plan for 2008-2009 to 2012-2013 and of the Capital Budget for 2008-2009 of the National Capital Commission, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-402-821-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— by Ms. Finley (Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development) — Report of the Canada Pension Plan, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Canada Pension Plan Act, R.S. 1985, c. C-8, sbs. 117(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-59-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Ms. Finley (Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development) — Report of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Alternative Fuels Act, S.C. 1995, c. 20, s. 8. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-629-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance) — Report of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal entitled "Recommendation Regarding Le Château Inc. (Woven Polyester Fabric)" dated December 2, 2008, pursuant to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act, R.S. 1985, c. 47 (4th Supp.), sbs. 21(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-572-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

— by Mr. Lebel (Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)) — Reports of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec 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. 8561-402-328-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Lunn (Minister of State (Sport)) — Report of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, together with the Auditors' Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Physical Activity and Sport Act, 2003, c. 2, sbs. 33(5). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-869-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)

— by Mr. MacKay (Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway) — Reports of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 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. 8561-402-323-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Merrifield (Minister of State (Transport)) — Report of Marine Atlantic Inc., together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 150(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-622-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— by Mr. Merrifield (Minister of State (Transport)) — Report of the Canada Lands Company Limited for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Alternative Fuels Act, S.C. 1995, c. 20, s. 8. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-630-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mr. Merrifield (Minister of State (Transport)) — Report of Ridley Terminals Inc., together with the Auditor General's Report, for the year 2007, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R. S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 150(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-770-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— by Mr. Merrifield (Minister of State (Transport)) — Report of the Federal Bridge Corporation Limited for the year ended December 31, 2008, pursuant to the Alternative Fuels Act, S.C. 1995, c. 20, s. 8. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-806-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mr. Merrifield (Minister of State (Transport)) — Report of the Blue Water Bridge Authority, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the year 2008, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 150(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-821-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— by Mr. Merrifield (Minister of State (Transport)) — Report of the Blue Water Bridge Authority for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Alternative Fuels Act, S.C. 1995, c. 20, s. 8. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-866-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mr. Merrifield (Minister of State (Transport)) — Report of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Alternative Fuels Act, S.C. 1995, c. 20, s. 8. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-897-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mr. Merrifield (Minister of State (Transport)) — Reports of the Blue Water Bridge Authority for the fiscal year ended August 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. 8561-402-864-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages) — Report on operations under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, R.S. 1985, c. C-51, s. 52. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-16-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)

— by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages) — Report of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Broadcasting Act, S.C. 1991, c.11, sbs. 71(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-86-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)

— by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages) — Report of Telefilm Canada, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Telefilm Canada Act, R.S. 1985, c. C-16, sbs. 23(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-91-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 35(2), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)

— by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages) — Report of the National Film Board of Canada, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the National Film Act, R.S. 1985, c. N-8, sbs. 20(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-189-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)

— by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages) — Report of Public Service Labour Relations Board on the administration of Part I (Staff Relations) of the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, R.S. 1985, c. 33 (2nd Supp.), s. 84. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-515-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages) — Report of the Public Service Labour Relations Board on the administration of the Public Service Labour Relations Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Public Service Labour Relations Act, 2003, c. 22, s. 2 "251(2)". — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-920-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages) — Reports of the Canadian Museum of Nature 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. 8561-402-478-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages) — Reports of the National Gallery of Canada 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. 8561-402-479-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages) — Reports of the Public Service Labour Relations Board 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. 8561-402-628-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages) — Reports of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board 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. 8561-402-664-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages) — Reports of the National Arts Centre for the fiscal year ended August 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. 8561-402-670-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Paradis (Minister of Public Works and Government Services) — Report of Defence Construction (1951) Limited, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 150(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-120-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— by Mr. Paradis (Minister of Public Works and Government Services) — Reports of the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada 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. 8561-402-630-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Paradis (Minister of Public Works and Government Services) — Reports of Defence Construction (1951) Limited 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. 8561-402-662-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mrs. Shea (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) — Reports of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans 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. 8561-402-671-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mrs. Shea (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) — Reports of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation for the year ended April 30, 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. 8561-402-672-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians) — Statutes of the Northwest Territories for June 2008, pursuant to the Northwest Territories Act, R.S. 1985, c. N-27, sbs. 21(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-388-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development)

— by Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians) — Report of the Canadian Polar Commission, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Canadian Polar Commission Act, S.C. 1991, c. 6, sbs. 21(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-498-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development)

Adjournment

At 3:37 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., pursuant to Order made earlier today.