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

Journals

No. 108

Thursday, November 5, 2009

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) laid upon the Table, - Performance Reports for the period ended March 31, 2009, as follows:

(1) Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-93;

(2) Assisted Human Reproduction Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-94;

(3) Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-95;

(4) Canada Border Services Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-96;

(5) Canada Industrial Relations Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-97;

(6) Canada Public Service Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-98;

(7) Canada Revenue Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-99;

(8) Canada School of Public Service. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-100;

(9) Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-101;

(10) Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-102;

(11) Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-103;

(12) Canadian Food Inspection Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-104;

(13) Canadian Forces Grievance Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-105;

(14) Canadian Grain Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-106;

(15) Canadian Heritage. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-107;

(16) Canadian Human Rights Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-108;

(17) Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-109;

(18) Canadian Institutes of Health Research. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-110;

(19) Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-111;

(20) Canadian International Development Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-112;

(21) Canadian International Trade Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-113;

(22) Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-114;

(23) Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-115;

(24) Canadian Space Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-116;

(25) Canadian Transportation Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-117;

(26) Citizenship and Immigration Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-118;

(27) Commission for Public Complaints Against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-119;

(28) Copyright Board Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-120;

(29) Correctional Service Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-121;

(30) Courts Administration Service. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-122;

(31) Department of Finance Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-123;

(32) Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-124;

(33) Department of Justice Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-125;

(34) Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-126;

(35) Environment Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-127;

(36) Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-128;

(37) Fisheries and Oceans Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-129;

(38) Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-130;

(39) Health Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-131;

(40) Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-132;

(41) Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-133;

(42) Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Canadian Polar Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-134;

(43) Indian Specific Claims Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-135;

(44) Industry Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-136;

(45) Infrastructure Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-137;

(46) Library and Archives Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-138;

(47) Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-139;

(48) NAFTA Secretariat — Canadian Section. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-140;

(49) National Defence. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-141;

(50) National Energy Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-142;

(51) National Film Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-143;

(52) National Parole Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-144;

(53) National Research Council Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-145;

(54) National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-146;

(55) Natural Resources Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-147;

(56) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-148;

(57) Northern Pipeline Agency Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-149;

(58) Office of the Auditor General of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-150;

(59) Office of the Chief Electoral Officer. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-151;

(60) Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-152;

(61) Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-153;

(62) Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-154;

(63) Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-155;

(64) Offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioners of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-156;

(65) Parks Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-157;

(66) Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-158;

(67) Privy Council Office and Public Appointments Commission Secretariat. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-159;

(68) Public Health Agency of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-160;

(69) Public Prosecution Service of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-161;

(70) Public Safety Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-162;

(71) Public Sector Integrity Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-163;

(72) Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-164;

(73) Public Service Commission of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-165;

(74) Public Service Labour Relations Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-166;

(75) Public Service Staffing Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-167;

(76) Public Works and Government Services Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-168;

(77) RCMP External Review Committee. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-169;

(78) Registry of the Competition Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-170;

(79) Royal Canadian Mounted Police. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-171;

(80) Security Intelligence Review Committee. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-172;

(81) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-173;

(82) Statistics Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-174;

(83) Status of Women Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-175;

(84) Supreme Court of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-176;

(85) The Correctional Investigator Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-177;

(86) The National Battlefields Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-178;

(87) Transport Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-179;

(88) Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-180;

(89) Transportation Safety Board of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-181;

(90) Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-182;

(91) Veterans Affairs Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-183;

(92) Western Economic Diversification Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-184.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled “Canada's Performance — The Government of Canada's Contribution” for the year 2008-2009. — Sessional Paper No. 8563-402-185.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) laid upon the Table, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— Nos. 402-0946, 402-1025 and 402-1036 concerning cruelty to animals. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-29-10;

— No. 402-0974 concerning the Canada Revenue Agency. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-92-01;

— Nos. 402-0987 and 402-0988 concerning the Criminal Code of Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-11-16;

— Nos. 402-0991, 402-0995, 402-0996, 402-1022 and 402-1023 concerning the Canada Post Corporation. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-36-14;

— No. 402-1011 concerning funding aid. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-80-02;

— No. 402-1018 concerning gun control. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-61-07.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Blackburn (Minister of National Revenue) laid upon the Table, — Report of Canada Revenue Agency, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, pursuant to the Canada Revenue Agency Act, S.C. 1999, c. 17, sbs. 88(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-780-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Allison (Niagara West—Glanbrook), from the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, presented the Fifth Report of the Committee (Bill C-280, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (qualification for and entitlement to benefits), with an amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-150.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 54) was tabled.


Mr. Fast (Abbotsford), from the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, presented the 12th Report of the Committee (Bill C-232, An Act to amend the Supreme Court Act (understanding the official languages), without amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-151.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 31, 32, 35 and 46) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain), seconded by Mr. Allen (Welland), Bill C-478, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan (arrears of benefits), 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. Miller (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound), seconded by Mr. Lobb (Huron—Bruce), Bill C-479, An Act to amend the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Act (individuals or entities engaged in farming operations), 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. Allen (Welland), seconded by Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain), Bill C-480, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (no GST on poppies or poppy wreaths), 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. Chong (Wellington—Halton Hills), one concerning national parks (No. 402-1174);

— by Mr. Maloway (Elmwood—Transcona), one concerning the situation in Ethiopia (No. 402-1175);

— by Mr. Tweed (Brandon—Souris), three concerning the Canada Post Corporation (Nos. 402-1176 to 402-1178);

— by Mr. Weston (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country), one concerning Iran (No. 402-1179).


Questions on the Order Paper

Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the answer to question Q-426 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) presented the supplementary return to the following question made into an Order for Return:

Q-320 — Mr. Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) — With respect to sole-source contracting over the last five years undertaken by, or on behalf of, each department or Crown agency: (a) what was the total amount of such contracting, on an annual basis; (b) what was the amount and duration of each contract, (i) who so authorized the contracts, (ii) which contracts were amended, (iii) how were they amended, and what justification was given for amending each contract; (c) in each instance where the value of the contract exceeded $25,000, what was the business case for doing so; and (d) what audits were undertaken in relation to any sole-sourced contracts, (i) what was the date, title, authorship and cost of each audit, (ii) which ones raised concerns over the value for money taxpayer received, (iii) what concerns were raised and what recommendations were made, (iv) did any result in criminal charges and, if so, (v) which ones? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-320-01.

Government Orders

The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-56, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

Ms. Finley (Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

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.

Statements by Ministers

Pursuant to Order made Wednesday, November 4, 2009 and to Standing Order 33(1), Mr. Thompson (Minister of Veterans Affairs) made a statement.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That this House recognize the extraordinary contributions made by millions of Canadians serving in the Boer War, two World Wars, Korean War, and many missions since, and urges all Canadians to heed the call of The Historica-Dominion Institute to return to the initial practice of taking two minutes of silence (“two minutes to remember”) at 11 a.m., on Remembrance Day, November 11, to remember the sacrifices courageously made by our servicemen and women at home and abroad to guarantee the peace, rights and freedoms that we Canadians enjoy today.

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-50, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and to increase benefits, without amendment.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Finley (Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), — That Bill C-56, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

The debate continued.

Royal Assent

A message was received informing the Commons that on November 5, 2009, at 4:19 p.m., Her Excellency the Governor General signified Royal Assent by written declaration to the following Bill:

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Finley (Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), — That Bill C-56, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

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

Accordingly, Bill C-56, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding Standing Order 33(2), Government Orders shall conclude today at 5:30 p.m.

Private Members' Business

At 5:22 p.m., by unanimous consent, the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Albrecht (Kitchener—Conestoga), seconded by Mrs. Block (Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar), — That, in the opinion of the House, for greater certainty, the government should take steps to ensure that counselling a person to commit suicide or aiding or abetting a person to commit suicide is an offence under section 241 of the Criminal Code, regardless of the means used to counsel or aid or abet including via telecommunications, the Internet or a computer system. (Private Members' Business M-388)

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 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), a paper deposited with the Clerk of the House was laid upon the Table as follows:

— by Mr. Clement (Minister of Industry) — Copy of the Rules amending the Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules (SOR/2009-218) made by Order in Council P.C. 2009-1208 on July 30, 2009, pursuant to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, R.S. 1985, c. B-3, sbs. 209(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-284-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 5:54 p.m., by unanimous consent, 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 6:15 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).