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

Journals

No. 3

Wednesday, January 28, 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

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), the Speaker presented the report of the parliamentary delegation that travelled to Australia, from August 22 to 31, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-402-75-01.


Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Day (Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway), seconded by Ms. Ambrose (Minister of Labour), Bill C-2, An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the States of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland), the Agreement on Agriculture between Canada and the Republic of Iceland, the Agreement on Agriculture between Canada and the Kingdom of Norway and the Agreement on Agriculture between Canada and the Swiss Confederation, 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 implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the States of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland), the Agreement on Agriculture between Canada and the Republic of Iceland, the Agreement on Agriculture between Canada and the Kingdom of Norway and the Agreement on Agriculture between Canada and the Swiss Confederation”.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Baird (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities), seconded by Mrs. Aglukkaq (Minister of Health), Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, 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 Mrs. Ablonczy (Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)), seconded by Mr. Baird (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities), Bill C-4, An Act respecting not-for-profit corporations and certain other corporations, 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 respecting not-for-profit corporations and certain other corporations”.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians), seconded by Mr. Baird (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities), Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Indian Oil and Gas Act, 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. Bélanger (Ottawa—Vanier), one concerning the National Capital Commission (No. 402-0005);

— by Ms. Crowder (Nanaimo—Cowichan), one concerning the situation in Sudan (No. 402-0006);

— by Mr. Warawa (Langley), one concerning the Employment Insurance Program (No. 402-0007);

— by Mr. Moore (Fundy Royal), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 402-0008).

Emergency Debate

Pursuant to Standing Order 52, Mr. Bélanger (Ottawa—Vanier) asked leave to move the adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter requiring urgent consideration, namely, a public transit labour dispute.

The Speaker decided that the matter was proper to be discussed and, pursuant to Standing Order 52(9), directed that it be considered on Thursday, January 29, 2009, at the ordinary hour of daily adjournment.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, when the House begins proceedings under the provisions of Standing Order 52 on Thursday, January 29, 2009, no quorum calls, requests for unanimous consent or dilatory motions shall be received by the Speaker.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Baird (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities), — That this House approve in general the budgetary policy of the government. (Ways and Means No. 1)

The debate continued.

Mr. Ignatieff (Etobicoke—Lakeshore), seconded by Ms. Bennett (St. Paul's), moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by adding the following:

“, on condition that the Government table reports in Parliament no later than five sitting days before the last alloted day in each of the supply periods ending March 26, 2009, June 23, 2009 and December 10, 2009:

(a) to provide on-going economic and fiscal updates;

(b) to detail the actual implementation of the budget;

(c) to itemize the actual effects of the budget with respect to:

- the protection of the most vulnerable in Canadian society,

- the minimizing of existing job losses,

- the creation of the employment opportunities of tomorrow,

- the provision of economic stimilus in a manner fair to all regions of Canada, and

- the assurance that the Government's deficit is not a burden to future generations or a detriment to economic recovery; and

(d) to provide details on any adjustments or new measures as may be required to benefit the Canadian economy.”.

Debate arose thereon.

Mr. Duceppe (Laurier—Sainte-Marie), seconded by Mr. Laforest (Saint-Maurice—Champlain), moved the following subamendment, — That the amendment be amended by deleting all the words after the words “on condition that the Government” and substituting the following:

“maintain the right of women to settle pay equity issues in court, and abandon its preference for tax cuts for the well-off, instead redistributing this revenue to the neediest members of our society, particularly by responding to the unanimous demands of the National Assembly of Quebec as formulated in the motion adopted on January 15, 2009, to assist workers, communities and businesses hit by the economic slowdown, support at-risk sectors, particularly manufacturing and forestry, in the same way as the automobile industry, and enhance the employment insurance program by making the eligibility criteria more flexible, and on condition that it maintain the equalization program in its current form and relinquish the idea of setting up a pan-Canadian securities commission.”.

Debate arose thereon.

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. Toews (President of the Treasury Board) — Report on Crown Corporations and Other Corporate Interests of Canada, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the year 2008, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 151(1) and 152(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-476-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

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. Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster), one concerning radio and television programming (No. 402-0009).

Adjournment

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