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

Journals

No. 69

Friday, June 5, 2009

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Nicholson (Minister of Justice), seconded by Mr. Fletcher (Minister of State (Democratic Reform)), — That Bill C-15, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, be now read a third time and do pass;

And of the motion of Mr. Murphy (Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe), seconded by Mr. MacAulay (Cardigan), — That this question be now put.

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. 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. 402-0388 concerning the Employment Insurance Program. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-12-12;

— No. 402-0413 concerning the Canada Post Corporation. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-36-08;

— No. 402-0414 concerning Canadian products. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-62-01.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs) laid upon the Table, — Report on Exports of Military Goods from Canada for the year 2006. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-94-01.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs) laid upon the Table, — Copy of the Exchange of Notes amending the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America on the Establishment of a Binational Education Exchange Foundation, and Explanatory Memorandum, dated May 8 and 22, 2009. — Sessional Paper No. 8532-402-25.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs) laid upon the Table, — Copy of the Exchange of Notes between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America relating to Annex IV of the Treaty between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America concerning Pacific Salmon, and Explanatory Memorandum, dated December 23, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8532-402-26.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs) laid upon the Table, — Copy of the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas regarding the Sharing of Forfeited or Confiscated Assets or their Equivalent Sums, and Explanatory Memorandum, dated March 12, 2009. — Sessional Paper No. 8532-402-27.


Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Nicholson (Minister of Justice), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), Bill C-36, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, 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

Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South), from the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, presented the Seventh Report of the Committee (Supplementary Estimates (A) 2009-2010 — Vote 40a under JUSTICE). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-92.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 25) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Chow (Trinity—Spadina), seconded by Mr. Christopherson (Hamilton Centre), Bill C-409, An Act respecting a Canada-Portugal Day, 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. Szabo (Mississauga South), one concerning police and firefighters' death benefits (No. 402-0610);

— by Mr. Warawa (Langley), one concerning the Employment Insurance Program (No. 402-0611), one concerning gun control (No. 402-0612) and one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 402-0613);

— by Ms. Faille (Vaudreuil-Soulanges), one concerning the protection of the environment (No. 402-0614);

— by Mr. Lee (Scarborough—Rouge River), one concerning the situation in Sri Lanka (No. 402-0615).


Questions on the Order Paper

Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the answers to questions Q-138 and Q-142 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-132 — Mr. Oliphant (Don Valley West) — With respect to the new United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) user fee requirements for Canada: (a) what did the government do, if anything, to negotiate this fee change with the United States; (b) what communications occurred between Canada and the United States in preparation for this fee change; (c) what notice, if any, was provided to Canadian railway companies by the United States government of the August 25, 2007 interim rule authorizing APHIS to collect fees to cover costs for agricultural quarantine, inspection as well as planned increases to the program’s inspection capacity related to ports of entry in Canada; (d) does the Government of Canada know why the exemption removal was issued by the United States government, as an interim rule, as opposed to publishing a proposed rule for comments; (e) why was the targeted risk management model for customs reforms in North America not followed; (f) what overall purpose did the additional inspection under the APHIS proposal demonstrate; and (g) why is this fee being imposed on railway companies seeing as railways do not engage in the shipping of any substantial quantities of agricultural products across the border? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-132.


Q-141 — Ms. Bennett (St. Paul's) — With respect to tobacco: (a) what is the government’s strategy to combat the illegal cigarette trade and ensure tobacco control; and (b) what has the government done to follow through on the September 17, 2008 commitment to ban flavoured tobacco products that appeal to children and ban tobacco advertising in print and electronic media that can be seen and read by our youth? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-141.


Q-143 — Mr. Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis) — With regard to aquifers in Canada: (a) what percentage of Canada’s groundwater has been mapped by the government; (b) what percentage of Canada’s groundwater has been mapped by the provincial and territorial governments; (c) how much has the Canadian government spent, directly or indirectly, on groundwater mapping in each of the last ten years; (d) how much have each of the provinces and territories spent on groundwater in each of the last ten years; (e) is all federal groundwater mapping done by the Canadian Geological Survey, if not, to whom is third-party groundwater mapping contracted out; and (f) do provinces and territories share the data they collect on groundwater mapping with the federal government? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-143.


Q-148 — Mr. Rae (Toronto Centre) — With regard to Canadian citizens held in foreign countries: (a) how many Canadian citizens are being held abroad; (b) what are their names; (c) where are they being held; and (d) what steps are being taken to retrieve them and assess their respective legal situations? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-148.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Nicholson (Minister of Justice), seconded by Mr. Fletcher (Minister of State (Democratic Reform)), — That Bill C-15, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, be now read a third time and do pass;

And of the motion of Mr. Murphy (Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe), seconded by Mr. MacAulay (Cardigan), — That this question be now put.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until Monday, June 8, 2009, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.


The Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill C-25, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (limiting credit for time spent in pre-sentencing custody), as reported by the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights without amendment.

Mr. Nicholson (Minister of Justice), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), moved, — That the Bill be concurred in at report stage.

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

Accordingly, the Bill was concurred in at report stage.

Pursuant to Standing Order 76.1(11), Mr. Nicholson (Minister of Justice), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), moved, — That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.

Debate arose thereon.

Private Members' Business

At 1:30 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. MacAulay (Cardigan), seconded by Mr. Byrne (Humber—St. Barbe—Baie Verte), — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should implement a program to reduce the effort on the Atlantic Lobster Fishery to ensure a viable industry for future generations with a lobster license retirement plan, and provide adequate funding to remove a number of lobster fleets from the water by cancelling licenses. (Private Members' Business M-284)

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, June 10, 2009, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business.

Adjournment

At 2:01 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).