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40th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION

Journals

No. 124

Friday, December 4, 2009

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
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 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:

— No. 402-1070 concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-98-01;
— Nos. 402-1072, 402-1101, 402-1112 and 402-1226 concerning the situation in Colombia. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-39-09;
— No. 402-1075 concerning the situation in Sri Lanka. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-28-09;
— Nos. 402-1085 and 402-1086 concerning natural health products. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-30-04;
— No. 402-1106 concerning service medals. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-21-07;
— No. 402-1188 concerning police and firefighters' death benefits. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-27-05.

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Duncan (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled "Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement" for the period of April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-402-37.

Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Hill (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) for Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board), Bill C-62, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.

Recommendation
(Pursuant to Standing Order 79(2))
Her Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled “An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act”.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mrs. Smith (Kildonan—St. Paul), from the Standing Committee on Health, presented the Eighth Report of the Committee (Supplementary Estimates (B), 2009-2010 — Votes 1b, 5b, 10b, 25b, 40b, 45b and 50b under HEALTH). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-178.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 48) was tabled.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South), one concerning bankruptcy (No. 402-1391);
— by Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster), one concerning the tax system (No. 402-1392);
— by Mr. Menzies (Macleod), one concerning cruelty to animals (No. 402-1393);
— by Mr. Bains (Mississauga—Brampton South), one concerning cruelty to animals (No. 402-1394);
— by Ms. Duncan (Edmonton—Strathcona), one concerning chemical products (No. 402-1395) and one concerning AIDS (No. 402-1396);
— by Mr. Rafferty (Thunder Bay—Rainy River), one concerning gasoline prices (No. 402-1397) and one concerning AIDS (No. 402-1398);
— by Mr. Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), one concerning the fishing industry (No. 402-1399);
— by Mr. Christopherson (Hamilton Centre), one concerning the situation in Colombia (No. 402-1400);
— by Mr. Gravelle (Nickel Belt), one concerning AIDS (No. 402-1401);
— by Mr. Allen (Welland), one concerning the fishing industry (No. 402-1402);
— by Mr. Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam), one concerning the fishing industry (No. 402-1403);
— by Mr. Warawa (Langley), one concerning gun control (No. 402-1404) and one concerning unborn children (No. 402-1405);
— by Mr. Maloway (Elmwood—Transcona), one concerning AIDS (No. 402-1406).

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-480 and Q-527 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 Returns:

Q-468 — Mr. Proulx (Hull—Aylmer) — With regard to economic stimulus projects in the Pontiac constituency: (a) what projects have been announced; (b) what amounts have been allocated; and (c) when did the projects begin? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-468.

Q-482 — Ms. Ratansi (Don Valley East) — With regard to the government's Economic Action Plan, for each of the project announcements in the constituency of Don Valley 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 announcement and, if so, what was the cost of that event? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-482.

Q-498 — Mr. Bains (Mississauga—Brampton South) — With regards to the government’s Small Business programs, namely BizPal, Canada Business, the Canada Small Business Financing program, the Small Business Internship program, the Paperwork Burden Reduction Initiative, the SME Financing Data Initiative and the Industrial Research Assistance Program, what are for each: (a) the total program costs and breakdown of all expenditures for each fiscal year since 2004-2005; (b) the total projected costs for the next 10 years; (c) the total number of employees (full-time, part-time and contract) assigned to each program; (d) the performance indicators used to measure the program’s success and the results of any performance assessments made since fiscal 2004-2005; and (e) the total number of businesses helped by each program, including total numbers as well as the detailed breakdown listing them by name, location and whether they are recognized as a small business by the government’s definition? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-498.

Q-503 — Mr. Volpe (Eglinton—Lawrence) — Within the constituency of Eglinton—Lawrence, what was the total amount of government funding since fiscal year 2005-2006 up to and including the current fiscal year, itemized according to (i) the date the money was received in the riding, (ii) the dollar amount of the expenditure, (iii) the program from which the funding came, (iv) the ministry responsible, (v) the designated recipient? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-503.

Q-504 — Mr. Volpe (Eglinton—Lawrence) — With regard to the government's Economic Action Plan, for each announcement in the constituency of Eglinton—Lawrence: (a) what was (i) the date of announcement, (ii) the amount of stimulus spending announced, (iii) the department which announced it; and (b) was there a public event associated with the announcement and, if so, what was the cost of that event and which elected officials, if any, were invited to appear? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-504.

Q-513 — Mr. Regan (Halifax West) — With regard to Natural Resources Canada, what are the specific details of travel and hospitality claims from January 1 to June 30, 2009 for (i) the Minister, (ii) exempt political staffers? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-513.
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 third time and do pass.

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 Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-464, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (justification for detention in custody).

Mr. Andrews (Avalon), seconded by Mr. Lee (Scarborough—Rouge River), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Debate arose thereon.

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

Accordingly, Bill C-464, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (justification for detention in custody), was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Adjournment

At 2:25 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).