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

Journals

No. 19

Thursday, February 26, 2009

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Special Report of the Information Commissioner entitled "Report Cards 2007-2008 and Systemic Issues Affecting Access to Information in Canada", pursuant to the Access to Information Act, R.S. 1985, c. A-1, s. 39. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-734-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(h), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics)


Pursuant to Standing Order 79(3), the Speaker read the following Message from Her Excellency the Governor General, presented by Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board):

Message on Estimates
Her Excellency the Governor General hereby transmits to the House of Commons the Main Estimates of sums required to defray expenses of the public service of Canada in the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2010 and, in accordance with section 54 of the Constitution Act, 1867, recommends those Estimates to the House of Commons.

Mr. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled "Main Estimates for the year 2009-10". — Sessional Paper No. 8520-402-3.

Pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), the Main Estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010, were deemed referred to the several Standing Committees of the House as follows:

(1) to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, L30, L35, 40, 45, 50 and 55

(2) to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

Justice, Votes 40 and 45

Parliament, Votes 15 and 20

(3) to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food

Agriculture and Agri-Food, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40

(4) to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80 and 115

(5) to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration

Citizenship and Immigration, Votes 1, 5 and 10

(6) to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development

Environment, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30

(7) to the Standing Committee on Finance

Canada Revenue Agency, Vote 1

Finance, Votes 1, 5, L10, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40

(8) to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

Fisheries and Oceans, Votes 1, 5 and 10

(9) to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 25, 30, L35, 40 and 45

(10) to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates

Canadian Heritage, Votes 95, 100, 105 and 110

Governor General, Vote 1

Parliament, Vote 1

Privy Council, Votes 1, 5, 10 and 25

Public Works and Government Services, Votes 1 and 5

Treasury Board, Votes 1, 5, 10, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55

(11) to the Standing Committee on Health

Health, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50

(12) to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Human Resources and Skills Development, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25

(13) to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Votes 1, 5 and 10

Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Votes 1 and 5

Industry, Votes 1, 5, 10, L15, L20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90 and 95

Western Economic Diversification, Votes 1 and 5

(14) to the Standing Committee on International Trade

Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Votes 20 and 50

(15) to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

Justice, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 50

(16) to the Standing Committee on National Defence

National Defence, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25

(17) to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources

Natural Resources, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30

(18) to the Standing Committee on Official Languages

Privy Council, Vote 20

(19) to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs

Parliament, Vote 5

Privy Council, Vote 15

(20) to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts

Finance, Vote 15

(21) to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security

Privy Council, Vote 30

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70

(22) to the Standing Committee on Status of Women

Canadian Heritage, Votes 85 and 90

(23) to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities

Transport, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 75

(24) to the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Votes 1, 5, 10 and 15

(25) to the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament

Parliament, Vote 10


Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Nicholson (Minister of Justice), seconded by Mr. Hill (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (organized crime and protection of justice system participants), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Presenting Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Bélanger (Ottawa—Vanier) presented the report of the Canadian delegation of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association concerning its participation at the bilateral visits to Nairobi, Kenya, Bujumbura, Burundi, and Kigali and Butare, Rwanda, from June 22 to 28, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-402-76-01.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings) presented the report of the Canada-China Legislative Association respecting the annual visit by the Co-Chairs of the Association to Beijing, the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Hong Kong, China, from March 17 to 21, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-402-68-01.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Ms. Fry (Vancouver Centre), from the Standing Committee on Status of Women, presented the Second Report of the Committee (recommendations contained in the 11th Report of the Committee presented to the House during the Second Session of the 39th Parliament). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-24.

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. 2) was tabled.


Mr. Sorenson (Crowfoot), from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, presented the First Report of the Committee (findings contained in the Tenth Report of the Committee presented to the House during the Second Session of the 39th Parliament). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-25.

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. 2) was tabled.


Mr. Sorenson (Crowfoot), from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, presented the Second Report of the Committee (findings contained in the Sixth Report of the Committee presented to the House during the Second Session of the 39th Parliament). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-26.

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


Mr. Sorenson (Crowfoot), from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, presented the Third Report of the Committee (findings contained in the Seventh Report of the Committee presented to the House during the Second Session of the 39th Parliament). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-27.

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


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Savoie (Victoria), seconded by Mr. Marston (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek), Bill C-328, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Motions

Ms. Demers (Laval), seconded by Mrs. Lavallée (Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert), moved, — That the First Report of the Standing Committee on Status of Women, presented on Wednesday, February 11, 2009, be concurred in. (Concurrence in Committee Report No. 1)

Debate arose thereon.

Ms. Fry (Vancouver Centre), seconded by Ms. Neville (Winnipeg South Centre), moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following division:

(Division No. 13 -- Vote no 13)
YEAS: 78, NAYS: 37

YEAS -- POUR

Aglukkaq
Allen (Tobique—Mactaquac)
Anderson
Ashfield
Benoit
Block
Boucher
Boughen
Brown (Newmarket—Aurora)
Cannon (Pontiac)
Carrie
Casson
Chong
Coady
Cuzner
Davidson
Dechert
Dhaliwal
Dhalla
Dreeshen
Easter
Eyking
Fast
Finley
Folco
Gallant
Garneau
Glover
Goldring
Goodale
Gourde
Guarnieri
Hawn
Hoeppner
Jean
Kennedy
Kent
Komarnicki
Lake
Lauzon
Lobb
Lukiwski
MacAulay
MacKay (Central Nova)
Mayes
McLeod
Merrifield
Miller
Moore (Fundy Royal)
Neville
O'Connor
Obhrai
Oda
Pearson
Petit
Poilievre
Preston
Rajotte
Regan
Saxton
Schellenberger
Shea
Simson
Smith
Sorenson
Storseth
Sweet
Tonks
Tweed
Uppal
Valeriote
Van Kesteren
Wallace
Warkentin
Weston (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country)
Weston (Saint John)
Wilfert
Yelich
Total: -- 78

NAYS -- CONTRE

Angus
Bachand
Beaudin
Bellavance
Bonsant
Bouchard
Bourgeois
Carrier
Comartin
Crête
Davies (Vancouver East)
DeBellefeuille
Demers
Desnoyers
Duceppe
Dufour
Faille
Freeman
Gagnon
Gaudet
Guay
Laforest
Laframboise
Lavallée
Lessard
Malo
Marston
Martin (Winnipeg Centre)
Ménard (Hochelaga)
Paillé
Paquette
Plamondon
Pomerleau
Roy
Siksay
Thi Lac
Wasylycia-Leis
Total: -- 37

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, at the conclusion of today's debate on the opposition motion in the name of the Member from Parkdale—High Park, all questions necessary to dispose of the motion be deemed put and a recorded division deemed requested and deferred to Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at 3:00 p.m..


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 402-0110);

— by Ms. Davies (Vancouver East), one concerning cruelty to animals (No. 402-0111);

— by Mr. Warawa (Langley), one concerning the Employment Insurance Program (No. 402-0112);

— by Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre), one concerning asbestos (No. 402-0113).

Business of Supply

The Order was read for the consideration of the Business of Supply.

Mr. Kennedy (Parkdale—High Park), seconded by Mr. Garneau (Westmount—Ville-Marie), moved, — That, in the opinion of this House, and as experience has demonstrated, the most efficient, expeditious and stimulative method of transferring federal funding for municipal infrastructure projects is by means of mechanisms similar to those put in place, beginning in 2005, to share with municipalities on a per capita basis a significant and growing portion of the federal excise tax on gasoline; and the House calls upon the government to transfer at least half of its proposed new infrastructure funding in this manner over the next two years, with no requirement that these additional federal funds be matched by the municipalities with which they are shared.

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.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology create a subcommittee whose membership will be composed of five (5) members, with two (2) from the Conservative Party, one (1) from the Liberal Party, one (1) from the Bloc Québécois, and one (1) from the New Democratic Party, and that the Chair be from the Conservative Party; that the subcommittee have all the powers and authority of the Standing Committee to undertake a study of the crisis faced by certain industrial sectors in Canada such as aerospace, energy, forestry, high-tech, and manufacturing, with the understanding that any legislation referred to the full committee take precedence over the work of the subcommittee, that the subcommittee not meet at the same time as the full committee, that the subcommittee report its findings and recommendations to the main committee, and that the main committee present the report to the House within ten sitting days.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology create a subcommittee whose membership will be composed of five (5) members with two (2) from the Conservative Party, one (1) from the Liberal Party, one (1) from the Bloc Québécois, and one (1) from the New Democratic Party, and that the Chair be from the Conservative Party; that the subcommittee have all the powers and authority of the Standing Committee to undertake a study of the crisis faced by the automotive industry in Canada, with the understanding that any legislation referred to the full committee take precedence over the work of the subcommittee; that the subcommittee not meet at the same time as the full committee; that the subcommittee report its findings and recommendations to the main committee no later than March 24, 2009, and that the main committee present the report to the House no later than March 31, 2009.

Tabling of Documents

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Copy of a letter from the Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel regarding a clerical error during the drafting of Bill C-12, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the financial year ending March 31, 2009, and a copy of the corrected Bill. — Sessional Paper No. 8527-402-4.

Business of Supply

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Kennedy (Parkdale—High Park), seconded by Mr. Garneau (Westmount—Ville-Marie), in relation to the Business of Supply.

The debate continued.

Royal Assent

The Speaker informed the House that Her Excellency the Governor General will proceed to the Senate today at 5:30 p.m., for the purpose of giving the Royal Assent to a Bill.

Business of Supply

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Kennedy (Parkdale—High Park), seconded by Mr. Garneau (Westmount—Ville-Marie), in relation to the Business of Supply.

The debate continued.

At 5:15 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 81(16), the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

Pursuant to Order made earlier today, the question was deemed put on the motion and the recorded division was deemed requested and deferred until Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at 3:00 p.m.

Private Members' Business

At 5:15 p.m., by unanimous consent, 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 Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-241, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (removal of waiting period).

Mr. Ouellet (Brome—Missisquoi), seconded by Mrs. Beaudin (Saint-Lambert), 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.

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-12, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the financial year ending March 31, 2009.

Royal Assent

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

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

The Commons returned to the Chamber.

Whereupon, the Speaker reported that he had addressed Her Excellency the Governor General as follows:

“May it please Her Excellency:

The Commons of Canada have voted Supplies required to enable the Government to defray certain expenses of the public service.

In the name of the Commons I present to Her Excellency the following Bill:

To which Bill I humbly request Her Excellency's Assent.”

Whereupon, the Clerk of the Senate, by Command of Her Excellency the Governor General, did say:

“In Her Majesty's name, Her Excellency the Governor General thanks Her Loyal Subjects, accepts their benevolence, and assents to this Bill.”

Private Members' Business

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Ouellet (Brome—Missisquoi), seconded by Mrs. Beaudin (Saint-Lambert), — That Bill C-241, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (removal of waiting period), 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.

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), papers deposited with the Clerk of the House were laid upon the Table as follows:

— by Mr. Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs) — Copy of Regulations Amending the United Nations Liberia Regulations and the Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolution on Lebanon (P.C. 2009-128 and SOR/JUS-610440), pursuant to the United Nations Act, R.S. 1985, c. U-2, sbs. 4(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-592-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development)

— by Mr. Kenney (Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism) — Copy of Proposed Regulations Amending the Citizenship Regulations, 1993 (SOR/JUS-612112), pursuant to the Citizenship Act, R.S. 1985, c. C-29, sbs. 27(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-1009-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:32 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 7:01 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).