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

Journals

No. 148

Thursday, March 24, 2011

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Report of the Canadian Human Rights Commission for the year 2010, pursuant to the Canadian Human Rights Act, R.S. 1985, c. H-6, sbs. 61(4) and to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, s. 32. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-403-123-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)


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. 403-1385, 403-1410 and 403-1411 concerning the Department of National Defence. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-120-03;

— Nos. 403-1386, 403-1421 and 403-1444 concerning horse meat. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-47-18;

— Nos. 403-1409, 403-1415, 403-1423, 403-1428 and 403-1430 concerning health care services. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-24-14;

— Nos. 403-1433, 403-1438, 403-1448 and 403-1454 concerning Afghanistan. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-55-08.


Presenting Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Del Mastro (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage) presented the report of the Canadian delegation of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association respecting its participation at the Meeting of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the First Part of the 2011 Ordinary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, held in London, United Kingdom and Strasbourg, France, from January 20 to 28, 2011. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-403-51-07.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Wilfert (Richmond Hill) presented the report of the Canadian delegation of the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group respecting its participation at the 17th Bilateral Meeting with the Japan-Canada Diet Friendship League held in Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler, British Columbia, from January 3 to 7, 2011. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-403-57-03.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Wilfert (Richmond Hill) presented the report of the Canadian delegation of the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group respecting the annual Co-Chairs' visit to Tokyo, Japan, from February 13 to 18, 2010. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-403-57-04.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Bernier (Beauce), from the Standing Committee on National Defence, presented the Sixth Report of the Committee (Supplementary Estimates (C), 2010-11 — Votes 1c and 5c under NATIONAL DEFENCE). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-403-232.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 54) was tabled.


Mr. Bernier (Beauce), from the Standing Committee on National Defence, presented the Seventh Report of the Committee (Bill C-41, An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, with amendments). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-403-233.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 46, 47, 49, 50 to 53 and 55) was tabled.


Mr. Miller (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound), from the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, presented the Tenth Report of the Committee, "Program Review". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-403-234.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 38 to 40, 54 and 55) was tabled.


Mr. Allison (Niagara West—Glanbrook), from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, presented the Ninth Report of the Committee (situation of persons with albinism in Tanzania). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-403-235.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 52) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mrs. Guergis (Simcoe—Grey), seconded by Mr. Arthur (Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier), Bill C-643, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (contributions), 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 Ms. Duncan (Etobicoke North), nine concerning health care services (Nos. 403-1577 to 403-1585);

— by Mr. Lessard (Chambly—Borduas), one concerning Old Age Security benefits (No. 403-1586) and two concerning funding aid (Nos. 403-1587 and 403-1588);

— by Mr. Maloway (Elmwood—Transcona), one concerning transportation (No. 403-1589);

— by Ms. Minna (Beaches—East York), one concerning telecommunications (No. 403-1590) and one concerning poverty (No. 403-1591);

— by Mrs. Freeman (Châteauguay—Saint-Constant), three concerning Old Age Security benefits (Nos. 403-1592 to 403-1594);

— by Mrs. Smith (Kildonan—St. Paul), one concerning human trafficking (No. 403-1595) and one concerning prostitution (No. 403-1596);

— by Mr. Plamondon (Bas-Richelieu—Nicolet—Bécancour), one concerning funding aid (No. 403-1597);

— by Mrs. Guergis (Simcoe—Grey), one concerning the income tax system (No. 403-1598);

— by Mr. Dorion (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher), one concerning Old Age Security benefits (No. 403-1599);

— by Mr. Bachand (Saint-Jean), three concerning funding aid (Nos. 403-1600 to 403-1602);

— by Mr. Ouellet (Brome—Missisquoi), two concerning funding aid (Nos. 403-1603 and 403-1604) and four concerning border crossings (Nos. 403-1605 to 403-1608);

— by Mr. Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), one concerning health care services (No. 403-1609);

— by Mr. Petit (Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-Charles), one concerning pornography (No. 403-1610);

— by Ms. Faille (Vaudreuil-Soulanges), four concerning veterans' affairs (Nos. 403-1611 to 403-1614);

— by Mr. André (Berthier—Maskinongé), one concerning Old Age Security benefits (No. 403-1615);

— by Mrs. Lavallée (Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert), two concerning the Copyright Act (Nos. 403-1616 and 403-1617).

Government Orders

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), — That this House approve in general the budgetary policy of the government. (Ways and Means No. 11)

The debate continued.

Mr. Brison (Kings—Hants), seconded by Ms. Minna (Beaches—East York), moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“the House not approve in general the budgetary policy of the government because the government and its policies are out of touch with the economic needs and priorities of Canadian families”.

Debate arose thereon.

Mr. Paillé (Hochelaga), seconded by Ms. Gagnon (Québec), moved the following subamendment, — That the amendment be amended by adding after the word “families” the following:

“and because the budget does not meet the expectations of Quebeckers, in particular as regards the $2.2 billion Quebec is owed for having harmonized the GST and the QST 19 years ago”.

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.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the House of Commons: recognizing the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, established in 1911 to acknowledge and commemorate the social, political and economic achievements of women; recalling the United Nations decision, in 1975, to choose March 8 as International Women’s Day, the day on which to celebrate women’s contributions across the world; note the decision of the Government of Canada to use the theme "Girls' Rights Matter" for this year's International Women's Day focussing on the importance of equality and access to opportunity for all girls and women throughout their lives; agree that, further to the announcement made by the Minister for Status of Women on March 8, 2011, Canada will lead in the effort to propose a United Nations Resolution that would proclaim September 22 as the International Day of the Girl.

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-55, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act and the Pension Act, without amendment.

Government Orders

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)

And of the amendment of Mr. Brison (Kings—Hants), seconded by Ms. Minna (Beaches—East York);

And of the subamendment of Mr. Paillé (Hochelaga), seconded by Ms. Gagnon (Québec).

The debate continued.

Royal Assent

A message was received informing the Commons that on March 24, 2011, at 4:02 p.m., the Honourable Rosalie Abella, Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada, in her capacity as Deputy of the Governor General, signified Royal Assent by written declaration to the following Bill:

Private Members' Business

At 5:31 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(7), 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 Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-612, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons).

Mrs. Mourani (Ahuntsic), seconded by Mr. Ménard (Marc-Aurèle-Fortin), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

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.

Messages from the Senate

Messages were 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-442, An Act to establish a National Holocaust Monument, without amendment.

— ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-475, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (methamphetamine and ecstasy), 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 Mr. Lunn (Minister of State (Sport)) — Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2011-2012 of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, pursuant to the Physical Activity and Sport Act, S.C. 2003, c. 2, sbs. 32(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-403-864-02. (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, petitions certified correct by the Clerk of Petitions were filed as follows:

— by Mr. Kerr (West Nova), one concerning poverty (No. 403-1618);

— by Mr. Warawa (Langley), three concerning the Employment Insurance Program (Nos. 403-1619 to 403-1621), one concerning funding aid (No. 403-1622), one concerning health care services (No. 403-1623) and one concerning unborn children (No. 403-1624).

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 7:00 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).