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

Journals

No. 61

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Report of the Commissioner of Official Languages for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, pursuant to the Official Languages Act, R.S. 1985, c. 31 (4th supp.), s. 66. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-301-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(f), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Official Languages)


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:

— Nos. 402-0294, 402-0311, 402-0390 and 402-0405 concerning nuclear weapons. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-58-01;

— Nos. 402-0380 to 402-0384 concerning human rights in India. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-45-02;

— No. 402-0408 concerning pesticides. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-54-02.


Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Hill (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) for Mrs. Aglukkaq (Minister of Health), seconded by Mrs. Yelich (Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification)), Bill C-32, An Act to amend the Tobacco 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 Reports from Committees

Mrs. Smith (Kildonan—St. Paul), from the Standing Committee on Health, presented the Second Report of the Committee (Main Estimates 2009-2010 — Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 under HEALTH). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-78.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 20 and 21) was tabled.


Mr. Preston (Elgin—Middlesex—London), from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented the 14th Report of the Committee, which was as follows:

The Committee recommends, pursuant to Standing Orders 104 and 114, the following change to the list of members of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates:

Judy Foote for Dan McTeague

The Committee further recommends, pursuant to Standing Orders 104 and 114, that the name of the following Member be added to the list of associate members of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates:

Dan McTeague

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 1) is tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre), seconded by Mr. Dhaliwal (Newton—North Delta), Bill C-394, An Act to acknowledge that persons of Croatian origin were interned in Canada during the First World War and to provide for recognition of this event, 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. André (Berthier—Maskinongé), seconded by Mr. Lévesque (Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou), Bill C-395, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (labour dispute), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the 14th Report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented earlier today, be concurred in.


Ms. Chow (Trinity—Spadina), seconded by Mr. Comartin (Windsor—Tecumseh), moved, — That the First Report of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, presented on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, be concurred in. (Concurrence in Committee Reports No. 7)

Debate arose thereon.

At 1:22 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 66(2), the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

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


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Dreeshen (Red Deer), one concerning cruelty to animals (No. 402-0519);

— by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South), one concerning police and firefighters' death benefits (No. 402-0520);

— by Mr. Gravelle (Nickel Belt), one concerning the situation in Colombia (No. 402-0521);

— by Ms. Chow (Trinity—Spadina), one concerning the situation in Colombia (No. 402-0522).

Government Orders

The Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill C-28, An Act to amend the Cree-Naskapi (of Quebec) Act, as reported by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development with an amendment.

Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State) for Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians), seconded by Mr. Blackburn (Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture)), moved, — That the Bill, as amended, be concurred in at report stage.

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

Accordingly, the Bill, as amended, was concurred in at report stage.

Pursuant to Standing Order 76.1(11), Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State) for Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians), seconded by Mr. Blackburn (Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture)), moved, — That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.

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.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians), seconded by Mr. Blackburn (Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture)), — That Bill C-28, An Act to amend the Cree-Naskapi (of Quebec) Act, be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

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

Accordingly, the Bill was read the third time and passed.

Messages from the Senate

A message was received from the Senate informing this House that the Senate has passed the following Bill to which the concurrence of the House is desired:

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Raitt (Minister of Natural Resources), seconded by Mrs. Ablonczy (Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)), — That Bill C-20, An Act respecting civil liability and compensation for damage in case of a nuclear incident, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

The debate continued.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House:

the House revert to Presenting Reports from Committees for the sole purpose of reporting back from committees Bill C-29, An Act to increase the availability of agricultural loans and to repeal the Farm Improvement Loans Act, and Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Customs Act;

when Bill C-29 is reported back, it be deemed concurred in at report stage and deemed read a third time and passed; and

during the debate on May 28, 2009, on the Business of Supply pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), no quorum calls, dilatory motions or requests for unanimous consent shall be received by the Chair and, within each 15-minute period, each party may allocate time to one or more of its Members for speeches or for questions and answers, provided that, in the case of questions and answers, the Minister's answer approximately reflect the time taken by the question, and provided that, in the case of speeches, Members of the party to which the period is allocated may speak one after the other.

Presenting Reports from Committees

Pursuant to Order made earlier today, Mr. Breitkreuz (Yorkton—Melville), from the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, presented the First Report of the Committee (Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Customs Act, without amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-79.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 23) was tabled.


Pursuant to Order made earlier today, Mr. Miller (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound), from the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, presented the Second Report of the Committee (Bill C-29, An Act to increase the availability of agricultural loans and to repeal the Farm Improvement Loans Act, without amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-80.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 22) was tabled.

Accordingly, pursuant to Order made earlier today, Bill C-29, An Act to increase the availability of agricultural loans and to repeal the Farm Improvement Loans Act, was deemed concurred in at report stage and deemed read the third time and passed.

Private Members' Business

At 5:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Godin (Acadie—Bathurst), seconded by Mr. Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley), — That Bill C-232, An Act to amend the Supreme Court Act (understanding the official languages), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

The debate continued.

At 6:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 93, the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, May 27, 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), a paper deposited with the Clerk of the House was laid upon the Table as follows:

— by Mrs. Shea (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) — Report on the administration of the Atlantic Fisheries Restructuring Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, pursuant to the Atlantic Fisheries Restructuring Act, R.S. 1985, c. A-14, sbs. 8(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-457-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:31 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 6:59 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).