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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
40th PARLIAMENT, 3rd SESSION

Journals

No. 101

Monday, November 22, 2010

11:00 a.m.



The Clerk informed the House of the unavoidable absence of the Speaker.

Whereupon, Mr. Devolin (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock), Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole, took the Chair, pursuant to Standing Order 8.

Prayers
Private Members' Business

At 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-572, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Budget Officer).

Mr. Dewar (Ottawa Centre), seconded by Mr. Comartin (Windsor—Tecumseh), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the Order was dropped to the bottom of the order of precedence on the Order Paper.

Government Orders

The Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill S-3, An Act to implement conventions and protocols concluded between Canada and Colombia, Greece and Turkey for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, as reported by the Standing Committee on Finance without amendment.

Mrs. Shea (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) for Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mrs. Ablonczy (Minister of State (Seniors)), moved, — That the Bill be concurred in at report stage.

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

Accordingly, the Bill was concurred in at report stage.

Pursuant to Standing Order 76.1(11), Mrs. Shea (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) for Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mrs. Ablonczy (Minister of State (Seniors)), 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.

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:

— Nos. 403-0889 to 403-0893, 403-0895 to 403-0899, 403-0905, 403-0918 and 403-0952 concerning Old Age Security benefits. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-31-05;

— No. 403-0902 concerning the Employment Insurance Program. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-1-13;

— No. 403-0903 concerning gun control. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-28-14;

— Nos. 403-0926, 403-0959, 403-0969, 403-0970, 403-1036 and 403-1045 concerning genetic engineering. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-63-08;

— No. 403-0931 concerning transportation. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-7-16;

— Nos. 403-0944 and 403-0945 concerning horse meat. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-47-08.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Fast (Abbotsford), from the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, presented the Eighth Report of the Committee (Order in Council appointment of Susan O'Sullivan to the position of Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-403-130.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 36) was tabled.


Mr. Galipeau (Ottawa—Orléans), from the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, presented the Second Report of the Committee (Supplementary Estimates (B), 2010-11 — Vote 10b under PARLIAMENT). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-403-131.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 4) was tabled.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Maloway (Elmwood—Transcona), one concerning Afghanistan (No. 403-1100);

— by Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe), one concerning veterans' affairs (No. 403-1101) and one concerning funding aid (No. 403-1102);

— by Mr. Simms (Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor), one concerning the Employment Insurance Program (No. 403-1103);

— by Mr. Andrews (Avalon), one concerning the Employment Insurance Program (No. 403-1104);

— by Mr. Hyer (Thunder Bay—Superior North), one concerning pay equity (No. 403-1105).


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-419, Q-427 and Q-430 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-416 — Mr. Allen (Welland) — With respect to Canada's Economic Action Plan (EAP): (a) how much money has been committed since the launch of the EAP (i) by province, (ii) by riding, (iii) by department, (iv) by each program activity; (b) how much money has been spent on projects up to and including September 30, 2010 (i) by province, (ii) by territory, (iii) by department, (iv) by program activity; (c) broken down by province and department, what is the project completion rate; (d) what criteria will be used to determine if municipalities are eligible for project extensions beyond March 31, 2011; (e) what is the estimated economic benefit created by each department and each program as a result of the implementation of the EAP; (f) how many full-time and part-time jobs have been created to date, broken down by province, since the implementation of the EAP; (g) how many full-time and part-time jobs were lost to date, broken down by province, since the implementation of the EAP; (h) how much money has been spent to date on Employment Insurance benefits, broken down by province and by month, since the implementation of the EAP; (i) how many green economic stimulus projects have been supported, broken down by province and department, since the launch of the EAP; and (j) what percentage of EAP projects have been completed to date in rural and urban areas of Canada? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-416.


Q-417 — Mr. Allen (Welland) — With regard to expenses for all government departments, since fiscal year 2006-2007 up to and including the current fiscal year: (a) what is the total amount spent on hospitality expenses; (b) how much has been spent on (i) leasing expenses, (ii) catering services, (iii) restaurants, (iv) coffee and beverages, (v) bottled water, (vi) petty cash; (c) how much has been spent on overseas travel, (i) in what countries, (ii) on what dates did these trips occur, (iii) what was the purpose of each trip, (iv) what was the purpose of each expense; (d) how much has been paid to third parties to provide hospitality services; (e) what companies received sole-source contracts to provide hospitality services; and (f) how much has been spent on (i) limousine services, (ii) private air service, (iii) executive class commercial air service, (iv) economy class commercial air service, (v) car rentals? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-417.


Q-421 — Ms. Foote (Random—Burin—St. George's) — What is the total amount of government capital and operation funding, since fiscal year 2008-2009 up to and including the current fiscal year, allocated within the constituency of Random—Burin—St. George's, identifying each department, agency, funding transfer to provincial and municipal governments and arm's length agency, detailing in each case the initiative and amount, including the date the funding was allocated? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-421.


Q-422 — Mr. Bains (Mississauga—Brampton South) — With regard to contracts by departments and agencies for writing and editing services: (a) how much has each department and agency spent for both services since 2006; (b) what were the corresponding events, releases, speeches, or materials for each contract; (c) who were the contracts paid to; and (d) were any of these tendered? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-422.


Q-423 — Mr. Bains (Mississauga—Brampton South) — With regard to the Prime Minister’s office, Minister’s offices, Minister of State’s offices, and budgets for exempt staff of Parliamentary Secretaries from January 1, 2008 to October 5, 2010: (a) how much was spent on contracts for (i) temporary employment, (ii) consultants, (iii) advice; (b) what are the names of the individuals and companies that correspond to these amounts; and (c) for each person and company in (b), what were their billing periods and what type of work did they provide? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-423.


Q-424 — Mr. Bains (Mississauga—Brampton South) — With regard to the government’s decision to change the level of Employment Insurance premiums: (a) how many items of correspondence has the government received on this issue; (b) what impact, both in percentages and in numbers, does the government project this decision will have on employment; (c) what does the government’s comparative analysis of the impact of the decision indicate; and (d) does the government anticipate a different impact on small businesses as opposed to medium and large businesses? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-424.


Q-426 — Mr. Dryden (York Centre) — With regard to the CF-18 replacement criteria: (a) what specific operational requirements did the Department of National Defence (DND) set out in its CF-18 replacement criteria; (b) what was the rationale behind each of these requirements; and (c) in what operational theatres does DND anticipate the CF-18 replacement will be used? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-426.


Q-428 — Mr. Rodriguez (Honoré-Mercier) — With regard to the procedure followed by the Department of Canadian Heritage for awarding grants and contributions in the arts and culture sector over the past two fiscal years: (a) what steps were taken to reduce the time required to process applications and pay out the approved funding; (b) how many additional multi-year agreements were signed in each of these fiscal years; and (c) what is the amount of each of these multi-year agreements? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-428.


Q-438 — Mr. Kania (Brampton West) — With regard to projects funded by the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program in the riding of Brampton West, what is the total number of jobs created or sustained for each project, according to reports submitted to the government, pursuant to Schedule "H" of the Recreational Infrastructure Funding Agreement? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-438.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mrs. Ablonczy (Minister of State (Seniors)), — That Bill S-3, An Act to implement conventions and protocols concluded between Canada and Colombia, Greece and Turkey for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

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

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


The Order was read for the third reading of Bill C-3, An Act to promote gender equity in Indian registration by responding to the Court of Appeal for British Columbia decision in McIvor v. Canada (Registrar of Indian and Northern Affairs).

Ms. Verner (Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister for La Francophonie) for Mr. Duncan (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency), seconded by Ms. Oda (Minister of International Cooperation), moved, — That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.

Debate arose thereon.

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

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


The Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill C-28, 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, as reported by the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology with an amendment.

Mr. Day (President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway) for Mr. Clement (Minister of Industry), seconded by Mr. Ashfield (Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway), 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. Day (President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway) for Mr. Clement (Minister of Industry), seconded by Mr. Ashfield (Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway), moved, — That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.

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. Strahl (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities) — Interim Order No. 2 Respecting Mail, Cargo and Baggage (JUS-81100-2-90), dated November 22, 2010, pursuant to the Aeronautics Act, R.S. 1985, c. A-2, sbs. 6.41(5). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-403-926-06. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

Petitions Filed with the Clerk of the House

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

— by Mr. Mayes (Okanagan—Shuswap), two concerning genetic engineering (Nos. 403-1106 and 403-1107) and one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 403-1108).

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:30 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 6:38 p.m., the Acting Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).