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

Journals

No. 18

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

2:00 p.m.



Prayers
National Anthem
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

Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Tilson (Dufferin—Caledon), from the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, presented the First Report of the Committee (spousal sponsorship and removals). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-15.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 3) was tabled.


Mr. Tilson (Dufferin—Caledon), from the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, presented the Second Report of the Committee (Iraq war resisters). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-16.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 3) was tabled.


Mr. Tilson (Dufferin—Caledon), from the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, presented the Third Report of the Committee (language rights during proceedings before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-17.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 3) was tabled.


Mr. Rajotte (Edmonton—Leduc), from the Standing Committee on Finance, presented the First Report of the Committee (Bill C-10, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on January 27, 2009 and related fiscal measures, without amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-18.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 6 to 10) was tabled.


Mr. Murphy (Charlottetown), from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, presented the First Report of the Committee (recommendations contained in the 12th Report of the Committee presented to the House during the Second Session of the 39th Parliament). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-19.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 4) was tabled.


Mr. Murphy (Charlottetown), from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, presented the Second Report of the Committee (recommendations contained in the 15th Report of the Committee presented to the House during the Second Session of the 39th Parliament). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-20.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 4) was tabled.


Mr. Murphy (Charlottetown), from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, presented the Third Report of the Committee (recommendations contained in the 16th Report of the Committee presented to the House during the Second Session of the 39th Parliament). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-21.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 4) was tabled.


Mr. Murphy (Charlottetown), from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, presented the Fourth Report of the Committee (recommendations contained in the 17th Report of the Committee presented to the House during the Second Session of the 39th Parliament). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-22.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 4) was tabled.


Mr. Murphy (Charlottetown), from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, presented the Fifth Report of the Committee (recommendations contained in the 18th Report of the Committee presented to the House during the Second Session of the 39th Parliament). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-23.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 4) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Tilson (Dufferin—Caledon), seconded by Mr. Preston (Elgin—Middlesex—London), Bill C-321, An Act to designate the month of June as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) Month, 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. Tweed (Brandon—Souris), seconded by Mr. Storseth (Westlock—St. Paul), Bill C-322, An Act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act (library materials), 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. D'Amours (Madawaska—Restigouche), seconded by Mr. Rota (Nipissing—Timiskaming), Bill C-323, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (compassionate care benefits for dependent children), 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. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster), seconded by Mr. Christopherson (Hamilton Centre), Bill C-324, An Act to amend the Competition Act and the Food and Drugs Act (child protection against advertising exploitation), 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 Mr. Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), Bill C-325, An Act to change the name of the electoral district of Welland, 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. Martin (Winnipeg Centre), seconded by Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas), Bill C-326, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act (open government), 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. Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), seconded by Mr. Allen (Welland), Bill C-327, An Act respecting a Canadian Autism Day, 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. Benoit (Vegreville—Wainwright), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 402-0103);

— by Ms. Duncan (Edmonton—Strathcona), one concerning crimes against humanity (No. 402-0104);

— by Mr. Calkins (Wetaskiwin), one concerning the democratic process (No. 402-0105);

— by Ms. Foote (Random—Burin—St. George's), one concerning the income tax system (No. 402-0106);

— by Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster), two concerning the protection of the environment (Nos. 402-0107 and 402-0108);

— by Mr. Marston (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek), one concerning Omar Khadr (No. 402-0109).

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Baird (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities), seconded by Mr. Lebel (Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)), — That Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

The debate continued.

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

Accordingly, Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.


The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities of Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Marine Liability Act and the Federal Courts Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians) for Mr. Baird (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities), seconded by Ms. Verner (Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister for La Francophonie), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

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.

Mr. Trudeau (Papineau), seconded by Mr. Savage (Dartmouth—Cole Harbour), moved, — That the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities be instructed to consider the introduction in Canada of a national voluntary service policy for young people by analyzing existing programs and using the work done by the Voluntary Sector Initiative in 2003 as its point of departure; by holding public hearings; and by presenting a report to the House no later than October 2009 that would contain among other things a review of similar policies in the rest of the world and a summary of the evidence heard. (Private Members' Business M-299)

Debate arose thereon.

Mr. Martin (Sault Ste. Marie), seconded by Mr. Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley), moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “October 2009” with the words “November 16, 2009”.

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the Order was dropped to the bottom of the order of precedence on the Order Paper.

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. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians) — Report of the British Columbia Treaty Commission, together with the Auditors' Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the British Columbia Treaty Commission Act, S.C. 1995, c. 45, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-37-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:30 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 6:56 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).