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

Journals

No. 110

Monday, November 16, 2009

11:00 a.m.



Prayers
Private Members' Business

At 11:00 a.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 Mr. André (Berthier—Maskinongé), seconded by Mr. Lévesque (Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou), — That Bill C-395, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (labour dispute), 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.

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.

Interruption

At 11:49 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:00 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Ashfield (Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)), — That Bill C-51, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on January 27, 2009 and to implement other measures, be now read a third time and do pass.

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. 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. 402-0947, 402-0968, 402-0989, 402-0990 and 402-1009 concerning transportation. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-1-12;

— Nos. 402-0948, 402-0949 and 402-0970 concerning the tax system. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-59-02;

— No. 402-0952 concerning nuclear weapons. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-58-04;

— Nos. 402-0953 and 402-1026 concerning navigable waters. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-44-02;

— No. 402-0956 concerning lighthouses. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-93-01;

— Nos. 402-0960, 402-0964, 402-1008, 402-1014, 402-1029 and 402-1035 concerning the Employment Insurance Program. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-12-17;

— No. 402-0961 concerning forestry. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-94-01;

— Nos. 402-0965, 402-0975, 402-0986, 402-1017 and 402-1021 concerning pay equity. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-85-02;

— No. 402-0966 concerning research and development. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-95-01;

— Nos. 402-0967 and 402-0971 concerning gun control. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-61-08;

— No. 402-0972 concerning horse meat. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-48-02;

— No. 402-0973 concerning Canadian heritage. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-96-01;

— No. 402-0976 concerning crimes against humanity. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-41-02;

— Nos. 402-0977 and 402-1016 concerning funding aid. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-80-03;

— Nos. 402-0978 and 402-1027 concerning gasoline prices. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-17-05;

— No. 402-0979 concerning the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-16-04;

— Nos. 402-0980 and 402-0981 concerning the situation in Colombia. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-39-08;

— No. 402-0997 concerning the fishing industry. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-51-04;

— No. 402-0998 concerning human rights in India. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-45-04.

— No. 402-1012 concerning climate change. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-57-02;

— No. 402-1013 concerning the tax on gasoline. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-26-02;

— Nos. 402-1019 and 402-1020 concerning natural health products. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-30-03;

— No. 402-1024 concerning poverty. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-89-02.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Maloway (Elmwood—Transcona), one concerning transportation (No. 402-1189);

— by Mr. Albrecht (Kitchener—Conestoga), five concerning suicide prevention (Nos. 402-1190 to 402-1194);

— by Ms. Neville (Winnipeg South Centre), one concerning crimes of violence (No. 402-1195), one concerning the situation in Sudan (No. 402-1196) and one concerning cruelty to animals (No. 402-1197);

— by Mr. Braid (Kitchener—Waterloo), one concerning veterans' affairs (No. 402-1198);

— by Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster), one concerning pay equity (No. 402-1199) and one concerning the situation in Ethiopia (No. 402-1200);

— by Mr. Lunney (Nanaimo—Alberni), one concerning unborn children (No. 402-1201);

— by Mrs. McLeod (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo), one concerning cruelty to animals (No. 402-1202);

— by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South), one concerning bankruptcy (No. 402-1203) and one concerning cruelty to animals (No. 402-1204).


Questions on the Order Paper

Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the answers to questions Q-427, Q-428, Q-433, Q-437 and Q-445 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 returns to the following questions made into Orders for Return:

Q-422 — Ms. Dhalla (Brampton—Springdale) — With respect to the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot Program, what are: (a) the names of all applicants; (b) the amounts requested; (c) the amounts granted; (d) the descriptions of the projects; and (e) when applicable, the reasons of refusal? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-422.


Q-424 — Ms. Duncan (Etobicoke North) — With regard to the current pandemic of new influenza A (H1N1) virus in Aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit, Metis) communities in Canada: (a) what were the containment measures taken to slow the spread of the virus within households, between households, and among communities; (b) what were the control measures taken in more remote areas to flatten the epidemiological peak; (c) what was the average length of time from symptoms to treatment for those Aboriginal peoples who required a stay in intensive care unit (ICU); (d) what percentage of hospitalizations, ICU cases, and deaths were among Aboriginal peoples, and how do these compare with the Canadian population at large; (e) what was the average length of time on a ventilator and the mean length of stay in an ICU for Aboriginal peoples; (f) what specific measures are being planned to reduce the time to treatment, hospitalizations, ICU, and deaths; (g) when will the results of the preliminary investigation in First Nations communities be available, specifically, (i) how many Aboriginal communities in Canada have a revised H1N1 pandemic influenza plan, (ii) how many have tested their plan, (iii) how many have necessary supplies in place; (h) what specific actions have been undertaken to address the fact that only two of 30 communities in northern Manitoba had a pandemic plan, and none had been tested; (i) where did the Minister of Health obtain the 90 percent figure she used in her August 28 response letter to Drs Bennett and Duncan; (j) what funding have Aboriginal communities requested, and what additional funds have been made available to Aboriginal communities for pandemic planning and response in 2009; (k) is there any encouragement to identify vulnerable people, such as pregnant women and those with underlying medical conditions, to take additional precautions, specifically, (i) how many communities lack necessary clean water for infection control measures, (ii) what funding and progress has been made to address this situation; (l) what measures are being put into place to decrease transmission in households where there is overcrowding; (m) are all Aboriginal people on the priority list for vaccine, or just communities in remote and isolated settings; (n) are anti-virals pre-positioned in all Aboriginal communities, should they be required urgently, and are there provisions for communities without registered nurses; and (o) what measures exist to ensure that remote and isolated communities will have the necessary human resources to ensure appropriate and timely treatment, particularly in communities where weather may impact help? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-424.


Q-425 — Ms. Duncan (Etobicoke North) — With respect to the current pandemic of new influenza A (H1N1): (a) who is at the top of the pandemic organizational chart for the country; (b) what gaps still exist in the government’s overarching plan, recognizing that it is an ever-evolving plan, and by what date will identified gaps be addressed; (c) what money remains from the $400 million contained in the budget of 2006 as ‘to be set aside as a contingency to be accessed on an as-needed basis’; (d) what funds have been spent since the start of the pandemic in Canada to address response, specifically, (i) what government departments have tested their pandemic plan, (ii) what departments operationalized their plans or part of their plans in the spring, and updated their plans since the lessons learned from the spring; (e) should there be an election, what is the pandemic preparedness plan for Elections Canada, both to protect the health and well-being of its employees and Canadians; (f) what are the outstanding issues among medical personnel in terms of preparedness, and how are these issues being addressed; (g) what was the process for monitoring swine herds prior to April 24, 2009, and how has it increased since that date; (h) what is the purpose behind the absence of a Canadian notifiable swine influenza surveillance system; (i) what is known of the clinical spectrum of the disease at this time, and what are the possible long-term impacts on lungs, and other organs, and potential long-term costs to the healthcare system; (j) by what date are provincial and territorial vaccine distribution plans to be in place, what oversight exists to ensure they are in place, and will they be made public; (k) what contingency plans are being put in place should Canadian distributors run out of stock of N95 masks; (l) will there be a compensation package should there be challenges with the vaccine; (m) what recommendations are being made to those with chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and immunocompromised patients, and how is this information being relayed to these groups to see their doctor now; (n) what are the details of the “alternative strategies” being developed by provinces and territories; (o) what are the details of adding a “small amount of amantadine” to the National Emergency Stockpile System, and is its use in combination thought to be effective when the virus is resistant to amantadines; (p) are there any other alternative therapies being explored to address antiviral resistance and, if so, what funds are being allocated to the effort; (q) will 500 ventilators meet the potential intensive care unit (ICU) burden considering Canada’s ICU cases were around 20% of its hospitalized, compared to 15% in heavily impacted communities in the southern hemisphere; and (r) what do recent modelling studies show? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-425.


Q-429 — Mr. McGuinty (Ottawa South) — With respect to Canada’s oil industry: (a) what is the total amount of projected royalties or revenues to the federal government from existing and proposed projects to exploit Canada’s oil sands in each fiscal year during the period of 2009- 2018; (b) how much money is the federal government spending by itself, or in cooperation with other levels of government, private or non-government organizations, on environmental protection mitigation measures as the oil sands are exploited; (c) what is the status of oil and gas licensing and permitting with regards to the exploitation of fossil fuels in the Beaufort Sea; (d) what is the status of the proposed pipeline construction from Fort McMurray to the western coast of British Columbia; (e) what role is the federal government contemplating or playing in the process surrounding this pipeline, its potential construction, environmental assessment, and potential funding or financing; and (f) does this role extend to fiscal incentives, loan guarantees, Export Development Canada financing or other measures? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-429.


Q-431 — Mr. McTeague (Pickering—Scarborough East) — With respect to the use of government owned fleet of Challenger jets since February of 2006: (a) how many times has the fleet been used; (b) what are the names and titles of the passengers present on each flight manifest; (c) who authorized each flight; (d) what were all of the departure points and destinations of these aircrafts; (e) what were the total operational costs associated with each of these flights; and (f) what were the total food and beverage costs associated with each flight? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-431.


Q-432 — Mr. McTeague (Pickering—Scarborough East) — With regard to the government's Economic Action Plan, for each of the project announcements in the electoral district of Pickering—Scarborough East: (a) what was (i) the date of the announcement, (ii) the amount of stimulus spending announced, (iii) the department which announced it; and (b) was there a public event associated with the annoucement and, if so, what was the cost of that event? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-432.


Q-434 — Mr. Andrews (Avalon) — With regard to government revenue from offshore oil production under the jurisdiction of the government of Newfoundland and Labrador, specifically the existing projects of Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose: (a) what have been the amounts and sources of revenue received by the government of Canada from each of these projects for each fiscal year since 2005; and (b) what are the projected amounts and sources of revenue from these projects to the government of Canada for each fiscal year from 2009 to 2011? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-434.


Q-435 — Mr. Andrews (Avalon) — With regard to ongoing discussions between the government and the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) regarding amendments to the existing NAFO Convention: (a) what are the specific proposed amendments that will change any aspect of (i) the current ability for NAFO to impose management decisions inside the Canadian 200-mile Exclusive Canadian Zone, (ii) the current decision resolution mechanism; (b) what members brought forward these specific amendments; and (c) has the government objected to any of the proposed amendments to the Convention, and, if so, (i) which amendments, (ii) what were the bases of the objections? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-435.


Q-436 — Mr. Andrews (Avalon) — What is the total amount of government funding, allocated within the constituency of Avalon in fiscal year 2007-2008 up to and including the current fiscal year, listing each department or agency, initiative and amount? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-436.


Q-438 — Mrs. Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine) — With regard to each of the 13 airports in Canada that are designated as international airports, what are the required noise abatement procedures and noise control requirements specified by the Minister of Transport in the Canada Air Pilot and the Canada Flight Supplement, including the procedures and requirements relating to, but not limited to, (i) preferential runways, (ii) minimum noise routes, (iii) hours when aircraft operations are prohibited or restricted, (iv) arrival procedures, (v) departure procedures, (vi) duration of flights, (vii) the prohibition or restriction of training flights, (viii) visual flight rules or visual approaches, (ix) simulated approach procedures, (x) the minimum altitude for the operation of aircraft in the vicinity of the aerodrome? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-438.


Q-439 — Mrs. Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine) — With regard to Bill C-50, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and to increase benefits: (a) what methodology is being used to estimate the number of Canadians to which this legislation will extend Employment Insurance benefits; (b) what timeframe is involved in the government’s claim that this legislation will assist 190,000 Canadians; (c) how many Canadians are currently receiving Employment Insurance benefits; and (d) for each of the last ten fiscal years, including the current one, what percentage of Employment Insurance recipients exhaust their benefits before securing new employment? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-439.


Q-440 — Mrs. Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine) — With regard to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade: (a) how much money has the department spent for each of the last ten fiscal years, including the current one, in pursuing free trade agreements between Canada and foreign entities organized as (i) a dollar figure by the country or multilateral organization with which the free trade agreement was being negotiated, (ii) a percentage of the department’s total operating budget organized by the country or multilateral organization with which the free trade agreement was being negotiated; and (b) how much money has the department spent for each of the last ten fiscal years, including the current one, on consular affairs organized as (i) a dollar figure by diplomatic or consular mission, (ii) a percentage of the department’s total budget organized by diplomatic or consular mission? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-440.


Q-441 — Mrs. Simson (Scarborough Southwest) — With regard to housing promises made by the government: (a) of the $1.9 billion investment promised in September 2008 to extend housing and homelessness programs for low-income Canadians, (i) how much has been spent, (ii) what programs has the money funded, (iii) what is the breakdown of this spending by province; (b) of the $1 billion promised for social housing renovations and energy retrofits in the 2009 budget, (i) how much has been spent, (ii) what programs has the money funded, (iii) what is the breakdown of this spending by province; (c) of the $400 million promised for the construction of housing units for low-income seniors in the 2009 budget, (i) how much has been spent, (ii) what programs has the money funded, (iii) what is the breakdown of this spending by province; and (d) of the $75 million for the construction of housing units for persons with disabilities promised in the 2009 budget, (i) how much has been spent, (ii) what programs has the money funded, (iii) what is the breakdown of this spending by province? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-441.


Q-442 — Mrs. Simson (Scarborough Southwest) — With respect to federal spending on advertising to promote the Economic Action Plan and the Home Renovation Tax Credit, what has been the total federal spending from April 1 to September 30, 2009, itemized according to (i) type of advertising, (ii) production costs for each ad, (iii) media outlets used to air or publish each ad, (iv) coverage area of each media outlet, (v) broadcast cost for each ad, (vi) total for advertising cost per month? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-442.


Q-443 — Mrs. Simson (Scarborough Southwest) — With respect to the use of taxis within the National Capital Region: (a) what has been the total amount spent for each fiscal year, from 2005-2006 up to and including the current fiscal year for each department; (b) how many employees at each department have access to taxi vouchers; and (c) what is the cost of Environment Canada’s Envirobus program for each fiscal year from 2005-2006 up to and including the current fiscal year? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-443.


Q-444 — Mrs. Simson (Scarborough Southwest) — With regard to the Preparing for Emergencies announcement made during the 2006 budget: (a) how much of the $1 billion over five years has been spent to improve Canada’s pandemic preparedness; (b) what departments and agencies received money and how much money have they received; and (c) has any of the $400 million slated to be set aside as a contingency been spent and, if so, on what has the contingency money been spent? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-444.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Ashfield (Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)), — That Bill C-51, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on January 27, 2009 and to implement other measures, be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until Tuesday, November 17, 2009, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.

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) — Summaries of the amended Corporate Plan for 2009-2013 and of the Capital Budget for 2009 of the Canada Development Investment Corporation, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-402-831-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

Petitions Filed with the Clerk of the House

Pursuant to Standing Order 36, a petition certified correct by the Clerk of Petitions was filed as follows:

— by Mr. Milliken (Kingston and the Islands), one concerning cruelty to animals (No. 402-1205).

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:27 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 6:48 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).