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

Journals

No. 54

Friday, May 8, 2009

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Clement (Minister of Industry), seconded by Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians), — That Bill C-27, An Act to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities, and to amend the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, the Competition Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Telecommunications Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

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. Keddy (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade) laid upon the Table, — Copy of the Exchange of Letters constituting an Agreement between the Government of Canada, the Government of the United Mexican States and the Government of the United States of America rectifying Annex 300-B, Annex 308.1, Annex 401, Annex 403.1 and the Uniform Regulations for Chapter Four of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and Explanatory Memorandum, dated April 9, 13 and 24, 2009. — Sessional Paper No. 8532-402-24.


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. 402-0250 concerning Canada's railways. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-56-01;

— No. 402-0251 concerning the Employment Insurance Program. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-12-09;

— No. 402-0264 concerning the mining industry. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-46-02;

— No. 402-0267 concerning the situation in Sri Lanka. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-28-03.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis), from the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, presented the First Report of the Committee (Bill C-16, An Act to amend certain Acts that relate to the environment and to enact provisions respecting the enforcement of certain Acts that relate to the environment, with amendments). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-65.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 11, 12, 15 and 17 to 19) was tabled.


Mr. Lee (Scarborough—Rouge River), from the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, presented the Third Report of the Committee (Bill C-18, An Act to amend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act, to validate certain calculations and to amend other Acts, without amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-66.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 19 and 20) was tabled.


Mr. Laframboise (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel), from the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, presented the Third Report of the Committee (Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Marine Liability Act and the Federal Courts Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, with amendments). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-67.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 12, 13 and 15 to 17) was tabled.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood), three concerning the situation in Sri Lanka (Nos. 402-0449 to 402-0451);

— by Mr. Warawa (Langley), one concerning gun control (No. 402-0452) and one concerning the Employment Insurance Program (No. 402-0453);

— by Mr. Rajotte (Edmonton—Leduc), one concerning world peace (No. 402-0454);

— by Ms. Duncan (Edmonton—Strathcona), two concerning asbestos (Nos. 402-0455 and 402-0456);

— by Ms. Duncan (Etobicoke North), one concerning the situation in Sri Lanka (No. 402-0457).


Questions 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 Return:

Q-96 — Mr. Bevington (Western Arctic) — With regard to travel to the Northwest Territories (NWT) by federal officials or employees of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada, National Defence, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment Canada, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Canadian Revenue Agency, based in the provinces, for each year since 2006 to 2008: (a) on what dates did they travel between Edmonton, Alberta and (i) Hay River, NWT, (ii) Yellowknife, NWT, (iii) Norman Wells, NWT, (iv) Inuvik, NWT; (b) what was the total air fare paid for the air portion of the Edmonton to and from the location in the NWT destination listed above, per flight; (c) what is the basis for that fare, including but not limited to class of fare, taxes and surcharges, discounts or passes used; (d) in each instance where the fare paid exceeded the lowest available airfare on that date, why was the lowest fare not used; (e) were T4As or other taxable benefit advice issued to these officials or employees with respect to this air travel; (f) if such advice was issued, what were the amounts; (g) for each official or employee who travelled to the NWT what was the amount paid, per official or employee for meals and incidental expenses; (h) in each instance where an official or employee was reimbursed for meals and incidental expenses and receipts were not provided and an allowance greater than $45 for the year 2006 or $51 for the years 2007 and 2008 was given, was the official or employee issued with a T4A or other taxable benefit advice; and (i) in each instance where such advice was issued what were the individual amounts? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-96.


Q-98 — Mr. Harris (St. John's East) — With respect to sole source contracts for goods and services issued by or on behalf of the Privy Council Office and the Prime Minister's Office only, for the last four years: (a) how many contracts have so been awarded; (b) who received the contracts, on what date and for what amount; (c) what good or service did they provide in return; (d) what was the duration of each contract; and (e) who was responsible for authorizing each contract? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-98.


Q-99 — Mr. Harris (St. John's East) — With respect to public opinion polling undertaken by the Privy Council Office and the Prime Minister's Office only, for the last four years: (a) how many contracts have been awarded to public opinion firms; (b) which firms won contracts, on what date and in what amount; and (c) what was the general topic probed by each contract? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-99.


Q-102 — Mr. Harris (St. John's East) — With respect to the death of Canadian Forces member MCpl. Joshua Roberts: (a) what information did the government possess that informed Lt Gen. Leslie’s initial explanation to MCpl. Roberts’ family at the repatriation ceremony that MCpl. Roberts was killed by gunfire from Afghans contracted by Compass Security; (b) what information did the government uncover subsequent to Lt Gen. Leslie’s explanation which resulted in the conclusion reached by the National Investigation Service (NIS) that MCpl. Roberts was killed by insurgent gunfire; (c) what information does the government possess that is sufficient to dismiss the statements by Afghans working for Compass Security that they fired their weapons during the firefight in which MCpl. Roberts was killed; (d) what information does the government possess that is sufficient to dismiss the statements made by Canadian and U.S. soldiers present at a roadblock a short distance away from the firefight that indicated they believed it was Compass Security personnel who fired on MCpl. Roberts’ unit; (e) how can the government consider the investigation to be closed and Compass Security completely exonerated when the forensic examination from the bullet that killed MCpl. Roberts was inconclusive; (f) what information does the government possess to explain how the bullet that killed MCpl. Roberts fell out of his body during transit; (g) as the medical officer who wrote the initial report into MCpl. Roberts death concluded that the direction of the bullet that killed MCpl. Roberts could not be determined, what information does the government possess that informed the conclusion in the NIS report that the bullet was fired from an insurgent position; (h) as the NIS report notes that Canadian soldiers came under fire from friendly call signs during the firefight in which MCpl. Roberts was killed, what information does the government possess which definitively rules out any role for friendly fire in causing the death of MCpl. Roberts; (i) why was the video footage from the helmet cameras of soldiers present during the death of MCpl. Roberts ordered erased before it could be analyzed as part of an investigation; (j) why was the family of MCpl. Roberts repeatedly told that they had to realize that an election was going on in response to their repeated requests for the release of information related to the death of MCpl. Roberts; and (k) is it the policy of the government to require families of Canadian soldiers killed in action to go through access to information mechanisms to obtain the official documentation, such as NIS reports or autopsy reports, into the death of their relative? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-102.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Clement (Minister of Industry), seconded by Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians), — That Bill C-27, An Act to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities, and to amend the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, the Competition Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Telecommunications Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

The debate continued.

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

Accordingly, Bill C-27, An Act to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities, and to amend the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, the Competition Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Telecommunications Act, was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

Private Members' Business

At 1:03 p.m., by unanimous consent, the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Maloway (Elmwood—Transcona), seconded by Mr. Thibeault (Sudbury), — That Bill C-310, An Act to Provide Certain Rights to Air Passengers, 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, pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, May 13, 2009, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business.

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. Merrifield (Minister of State (Transport)) — Report of the Federal Bridge Corporation Limited, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs 150(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-2-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— by Mr. Merrifield (Minister of State (Transport)) — Report of the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the year ended December 31, 2008, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 150(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-417-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

Adjournment

At 1:45 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).