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

Journals

No. 146

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Schellenberger (Perth—Wellington), from the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, presented the Fourth Report of the Committee (Supplementary Estimates (C), 2010-11 — Votes 1c and 5c under VETERANS AFFAIRS). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-403-228.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 43) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Thibeault (Sudbury), seconded by Ms. Davies (Vancouver East), Bill C-642, An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act (universal charger), 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. Maloway (Elmwood—Transcona), one concerning transportation (No. 403-1565);

— by Mr. Chong (Wellington—Halton Hills), one concerning the Canadian Human Rights Act (No. 403-1566);

— by Ms. Duncan (Etobicoke North), five concerning health care services (Nos. 403-1567 to 403-1571);

— by Ms. Faille (Vaudreuil-Soulanges), one concerning veterans' affairs (No. 403-1572);

— by Mr. Thibeault (Sudbury), one concerning aboriginal affairs (No. 403-1573);

— by Mr. Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), one concerning transportation (No. 403-1574).

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Nicholson (Minister of Justice), seconded by Mr. Kent (Minister of the Environment), — That Bill C-60, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (citizen's arrest and the defences of property and persons), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

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

Accordingly, Bill C-60, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (citizen's arrest and the defences of property and persons), was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.


The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Fletcher (Minister of State (Democratic Reform)), seconded by Mr. Day (President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway), — That Bill C-12, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Democratic representation), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs;

And of the amendment of Mr. Paquette (Joliette), seconded by Ms. Demers (Laval), — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“the House decline to give second reading to Bill C-12, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Democratic representation), because the Bill would unacceptably reduce the political weight of the Quebec nation in the House of Commons and does not set out that Quebec must hold 25 percent of the seats in the House of Commons.”.

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.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Fletcher (Minister of State (Democratic Reform)), seconded by Mr. Day (President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway), — That Bill C-12, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Democratic representation), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs;

And of the amendment of Mr. Paquette (Joliette), seconded by Ms. Demers (Laval), — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“the House decline to give second reading to Bill C-12, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Democratic representation), because the Bill would unacceptably reduce the political weight of the Quebec nation in the House of Commons and does not set out that Quebec must hold 25 percent of the seats in the House of Commons.”.

The debate continued.


At 4:00 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 83(2), the House proceeded to the consideration of Ways and Means motion No. 11 for the Budget presentation.

Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Baird (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), moved, — That this House approve in general the budgetary policy of the government. (Ways and Means No. 11)

Debate arose thereon.


Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance) laid upon the Table, —

(1) “Budget 2011” — Sessional Paper No. 8570-403-13.

(2) “The Budget in Brief 2011” — Sessional Paper No. 8570-403-14.

(3) Notice of a Ways and Means motion to amend the Income Tax Act and the Income Tax Regulations. — Sessional Paper No. 8570-403-15.

(4) Notice of a Ways and Means motion to amend the Excise Act, 2001 and the Excise Tax Act. — Sessional Paper No. 8570-403-16.

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 each Ways and Means motion, notice of which was laid upon the Table earlier today.


The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Baird (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons). (Ways and Means No. 11)

The debate continued.

Mr. Brison (Kings—Hants), seconded by Mr. Regan (Halifax West), moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

Pursuant to Standing Order 83(2), the motion was deemed adopted.

Messages from the Senate

A message was received from the Senate as follows:

— ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-61, An Act to provide for the taking of restrictive measures in respect of the property of officials and former officials of foreign states and of their family members, without amendment.

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 the Prime Minister — Report of the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011, pursuant to the Public Service Employment Act, S.C. 2003, c. 22, ss. 12 "127" and 13. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-403-376-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages) — Report of the Public Service Commission entitled "Merit and non-partisanship under Public Service Employment Act (2003)", pursuant to the Public Service Employment Act, S.C. 2003, c. 22, ss. 12 "23" and 13. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-403-908-05. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

Adjournment

At 4:51 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 83(2), the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).