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

Journals

No. 8

Wednesday, February 4, 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.

Ways and Means

Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance) laid upon the Table, — Notice of a Ways and Means motion to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on January 27, 2009 and related fiscal measures. (Ways and Means No. 6) — Sessional Paper No. 8570-402-11.

Pursuant to Standing Order 83(2), at the request of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), an Order of the Day was designated for the consideration of this Ways and Means motion.

Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Nicholson (Minister of Justice) laid upon the Table, — Report of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Terms and Conditions of Employment of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime SOR/2007-54, sbs. 7(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-1007-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Nicholson (Minister of Justice) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled "Government Response to the Annual Report of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, April 2007 - March 2008". — Sessional Paper No. 8525-402-7.


Presenting Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Hiebert (South Surrey—White Rock—Cloverdale) presented the report of the Canadian delegation of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) concerning its participation at the Commonwealth Ministerial Debt Sustainability Forum of the World Bank, held in Washington, DC, on April 9, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-402-53-01.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Hiebert (South Surrey—White Rock—Cloverdale) presented the report of the Canadian delegation of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) concerning its participation at the UK Branch Parliamentary Seminar, held in London, Belfast and Liverpool, United Kingdom, and Brussels, Belgium, from June 8 to 20, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-402-53-02.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Hiebert (South Surrey—White Rock—Cloverdale) presented the report of the Canadian delegation of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) concerning its participation at the 33rd Regional Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region, held in Anguilla, from June 28 to July 3, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-402-53-03.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Hiebert (South Surrey—White Rock—Cloverdale) presented the report of the Canadian delegation of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) concerning its participation at the International Parliamentary Conference on International Development entitled "Scrutinising Aid Effectiveness", held in London, United Kingdom, from November 17 to 21, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-402-53-04.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Del Mastro (Peterborough) presented the report of the Canadian delegation of the Canada-United States Inter-parliamentary Group respecting its participation at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments, held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, from July 11 to 15, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-402-59-06.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Del Mastro (Peterborough) presented the report of the Canadian delegation of the Canada-United States Inter-parliamentary Group respecting its participation at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Regional Conference of the Council of State Governments, held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, from August 10 to 13, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-402-59-07.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Del Mastro (Peterborough) presented the report of the Canadian delegation of the Canada-United States Inter-parliamentary Group respecting its participation at the Democratic National Convention, 2008, held in Denver, Colorado, from August 24 to 28, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-402-59-08.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Del Mastro (Peterborough) presented the report of the Canadian delegation of the Canada-United States Inter-parliamentary Group respecting its participation at the Republican National Convention, 2008, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from August 31 to September 4, 2008. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-402-59-09.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe), seconded by Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain), Bill C-284, An Act to implement the recommendations of the Pay Equity Task Force, 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. Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine), seconded by Mr. Garneau (Westmount—Ville-Marie), Bill C-285, An Act regulating telecommunications facilities to facilitate the lawful interception of information transmitted by means of those facilities and respecting the provision of telecommunications subscriber information, 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 Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain), seconded by Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe), Bill C-286, An Act to establish the Office of the Oil and Gas Ombudsman to investigate complaints relating to the business practices of suppliers of oil or gas, 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 Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain), seconded by Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe), Bill C-287, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance 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. Bélanger (Ottawa—Vanier), one concerning the National Capital Commission (No. 402-0040);

— by Ms. Gagnon (Québec), one concerning immigration (No. 402-0041);

— by Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain), two concerning federal programs (Nos. 402-0042 and 402-0043);

— by Mrs. Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine), one concerning the textile industry (No. 402-0044);

— by Mr. Asselin (Manicouagan), one concerning the Employment Insurance Program (No. 402-0045);

— by Mr. Oliphant (Don Valley West), one concerning the situation in Sri Lanka (No. 402-0046).

Emergency Debate

Pursuant to Standing Order 52, Mr. Layton (Toronto—Danforth) asked leave to move the adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter requiring urgent consideration, namely, the situation in Sri Lanka.

The Speaker decided that the matter was proper to be discussed and, pursuant to Standing Order 52(9), directed that it be considered later today, 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 later today, 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. Day (Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway), seconded by Mrs. Aglukkaq (Minister of Health), — That 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, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on International Trade.

The debate continued.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, during the debate pursuant to Standing Order 52 later today, following the first intervention of each of the recognized parties, any Member rising to speak may indicate to the Speaker that the period of debate be divided in four.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Day (Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway), seconded by Mrs. Aglukkaq (Minister of Health), — That 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, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on International Trade.

The debate continued.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, all questions necessary to dispose of Ways and Means motion No. 6 shall be put immediately at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions on Thursday, February 5, 2009, provided that a period of time equal to that used for the taking of the division shall be added to the time provided for Government Orders on that day.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, for the purposes of subsection 4(4) of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, the proposed appointment of Mr. Brian J. Saunders as the Director of Public Prosecutions be referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Day (Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway), seconded by Mrs. Aglukkaq (Minister of Health), — That 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, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on International Trade.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until Thursday, February 5, 2009, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.


The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology of Bill C-4, An Act respecting not-for-profit corporations and certain other corporations.

Mrs. Ablonczy (Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

Debate arose thereon.

Emergency Debate

Pursuant to Standing Order 52(10), the House proceeded to the consideration of a motion to adjourn the House for the purpose of discussing an important matter requiring urgent consideration, namely, the situation in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Layton (Toronto—Danforth), seconded by Mr. Marston (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek), moved, — That this House do now adjourn.

Debate arose thereon.

At 11:05 p.m., the Speaker declared the motion adopted.

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 Pacific Pilotage Authority for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Alternative Fuels Act, S.C. 1995, c. 20, s. 8. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-870-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mr. Merrifield (Minister of State (Transport)) — Reports of the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Access to Information Act and to the Privacy Act, R.S. 1985, c. A-1 and P-21, sbs. 72(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8561-402-714-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages) — Report of the National Arts Centre, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2008, pursuant to the National Arts Centre Act, R.S. 1985, c. N-3, sbs. 17(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-179-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)

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. O'Connor (Carleton—Mississippi Mills), one concerning the situation in Sri Lanka (No. 402-0047).

Adjournment

At 11:05 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).