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Tuesday, March 3, 2009 (No. 22)


Orders of the Day

Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne

Address Debate — maximum of 6 appointed days, pursuant to Standing Order 50(1).
January 26, 2009 — Resuming the adjourned debate on the motion of Mrs. O'Neill-Gordon (Miramichi), seconded by Mrs. Block (Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar), — That the following Address be presented to Her Excellency the Governor General of Canada:

To Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY:

We, Her Majesty's most loyal and dutiful subjects, the House of Commons of Canada, in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Excellency for the gracious Speech which Your Excellency has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.

Government Orders

Business of Supply

January 26, 2009 — The President of the Treasury Board — Consideration of the Business of Supply.
Supply period ending March 26, 2009 — maximum of 7 allotted days, pursuant to Standing Order 81(10)(a).

Opposition Motion — Deferred recorded division
February 26, 2009 — Deferred recorded division on the motion of Mr. Kennedy (Parkdale—High Park), seconded by Mr. Garneau (Westmount—Ville-Marie), — 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.
Recorded division — deferred until Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at 3:00 p.m., pursuant to Order made Thursday, February 26, 2009.

Thursday, March 5, 2009 — 4th allotted day.

Opposition Motions
February 3, 2009 — Mr. Rae (Toronto Centre) — That, in the opinion of this House, the Government should take all necessary steps to repatriate forthwith to Canada, Mr. Omar Khadr, a Canadian who was originally a child soldier, and is presently incarcerated at the United States military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to be dealt with in Canada under Canadian law.

February 3, 2009 — Mr. McGuinty (Ottawa South) — That, in the matter of the December 2008 radioactive emission leak and the subsequent alleged contamination of the Ottawa River from the Atomic Energy Canada Ltd. (AECL) site at Chalk River Ontario, the Minister of Natural Resources and the Prime Minister table before the House, any and all correspondence, including electronic messages, or otherwise, detailing when the government was first informed of the incident, when the public was informed, and when Parliament was notified, as well as tabling a detailed list of all remedial and mitigation measures undertaken by the government and/or by AECL concerning the incident.

February 3, 2009 — Mr. Regan (Halifax West) — That the Standing Committee on Natural Resources be instructed to undertake a study of the spill and leak of radioactive material that took place at Chalk River nuclear facility on or about December 5, 2008, including an examination of how the accident was reported to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the Department of Natural Resources, the Minister of Natural Resources and the public and that, in the opinion of the House, the government should cooperate fully with this study including: (a) ensuring that the Minister of Natural Resources appear before the Committee during the study; (b) providing the Committee with a precise timeline of the events in question; and (c) providing the Committee with all papers, documents, records and other information it needs to conduct its study.

February 3, 2009 — Mr. Garneau (Westmount—Ville-Marie) — That, in the opinion of the House, science, research and innovation are the foundations of a strong economy and job creation and require consistent funding and commitment to make Canada a leader in discovery and innovation, and that the government should re-establish the position of National Science Advisor to the Prime Minister and ensure there is consistent and globally competitive federal funding for science, research and innovation in Canada.

February 3, 2009 — Mr. McCallum (Markham—Unionville) — That the accountability reports to Parliament on the implementation and impacts of the January 27th Budget, as required by the amendment proposed by the Official Opposition and adopted by this House on February 2nd, be automatically and immediately referred to the Parliamentary Budget Officer for his urgent examination and analysis; and that the Parliamentary Budget Officer provide his opinion to Parliament on each of these accountability reports as quickly as possible.

February 3, 2009 — Mr. McCallum (Markham—Unionville) — That, in the opinion of the House: (a) the Parliamentary Budget Officer is an independent officer of the Library of Parliament who reports to the Speakers of both Chambers and is, subject to direction from the Speakers and the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, entitled to decide how to fulfill his mandate and obligations as set out in section 79.2 of the Parliament of Canada Act; (b) the Parliamentary Librarian must ensure that the overall control and management of the Library of Parliament facilitates the ability of the Parliamentary Budget Officer to fulfill that mandate and obligations; and (c) the government should co-operate fully with the Parliamentary Budget Officer on all matters with respect to which he is called upon to report.

February 3, 2009 — Mr. Goodale (Wascana) — That the Speaker immediately communicate to Her Excellency the Governor General that, for the duration of the present Parliament, this House regards only the following motions as legitimate tests of whether the House has confidence in the Government:

1. a motion that explicitly states that the House has or does not have confidence in the Government;

2. a Ways and Means motion emanating from a Budget presentation, or a motion for Second Reading, concurrence at Report Stage, or Third Reading of any bill or bills based thereon; and

3. a motion to concur in Interim Supply or in the Main Estimates, or a motion for Second Reading, concurrence at Report Stage, or Third Reading of any bill or bills based thereon.


February 24, 2009 — Mr. Valeriote (Guelph) — That the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology create a subcommittee whose membership will be composed of seven (7) members, with all the powers and authority of the Standing Committee, to undertake a study of the crisis faced by the automotive industry in Canada, that the subcommittee invite representatives of the industry, labour unions, retail dealers and relevant individuals to appear as witnesses, that the subcommittee hold at least eight meetings and travel to the regions of Canada where the local economies are highly integrated with the automotive sector, and that the subcommittee report its findings and recommendations directly to the House no later than April 29, 2009.

Ways and Means

No. 2 — January 27, 2009 — The Minister of Finance — Consideration of a Ways and Means motion to amend the Income Tax Act. — Sessional Paper No. 8570-402-7, tabled on Tuesday, January 27, 2009.
No. 3 — January 27, 2009 — The Minister of Finance — Consideration of a Ways and Means motion to amend the Excise Tax Act relating to the goods and services tax and harmonized sales tax (GST/HST). — Sessional Paper No. 8570-402-8, tabled on Tuesday, January 27, 2009.
No. 4 — January 27, 2009 — The Minister of Finance — Consideration of a Ways and Means motion to amend the Customs Tariff. — Sessional Paper No. 8570-402-9, tabled on Tuesday, January 27, 2009.
No. 5 — February 2, 2009 — The Minister of Finance — Consideration of a Ways and Means motion to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on January 27, 2009 and related fiscal measures. — Sessional Paper No. 8570-402-10, tabled on Monday, February 2, 2009.

Government Bills (Commons)

C-6R — January 29, 2009 — The Minister of Health — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Health of Bill C-6, An Act respecting the safety of consumer products.
C-7R — February 25, 2009 — Resuming consideration of the motion of 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), — That Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Marine Liability Act and the Federal Courts Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
C-8 — February 2, 2009 — The Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development of Bill C-8, An Act respecting family homes situated on First Nation reserves and matrimonial interests or rights in or to structures and lands situated on those reserves.
C-10R — March 2, 2009 — The Minister of Finance — Resuming consideration at report stage of Bill C-10, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on January 27, 2009 and related fiscal measures, as reported by the Standing Committee on Finance without amendment.
Resuming debate on the motions in Group No. 2.
Committee Report — presented on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-18.
Report stage motions — see “Report Stage of Bills” in today's Notice Paper.
C-13 — February 23, 2009 — The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food of Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Canada Grain Act, chapter 22 of the Statutes of Canada, 1998 and chapter 25 of the Statutes of Canada, 2004.
C-14 — February 26, 2009 — The Minister of Justice — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (organized crime and protection of justice system participants).
C-15 — February 27, 2009 — The Minister of Justice — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-15, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts.

Government Bills (Senate)

Government Business

No. 1 — January 25, 2009 — The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons — That this House take note of the economic and fiscal situation in Canada.

Concurrence in Committee Reports

No. 1 — February 26, 2009 — Resuming the adjourned debate on the motion of Ms. Demers (Laval), seconded by Mrs. Lavallée (Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert), — That the First Report of the Standing Committee on Status of Women, presented on Wednesday, February 11, 2009, be concurred in.
Debate — 2 hours and 14 minutes to be added to the business of the House on a day designated by the Government, pursuant to Standing Order 66(2).
Voting — not later than the expiry of the time provided for debate.

R Recommended by the Governor General