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

Journals

No. 93

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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.

Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Day (President of the Treasury Board) laid upon the Table, - Performance Reports for the period ended March 31, 2010, as follows:

(1) Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-1;

(2) Assisted Human Reproduction Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-2;

(3) Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-3;

(4) Canada Border Services Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-4;

(5) Canada Industrial Relations Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-5;

(6) Canada Revenue Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-6;

(7) Canada School of Public Service. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-7;

(8) Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-8;

(9) Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-9;

(10) Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-10;

(11) Canadian Food Inspection Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-11;

(12) Canadian Forces Grievance Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-12;

(13) Canadian Grain Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-13;

(14) Canadian Heritage. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-14;

(15) Canadian Human Rights Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-15;

(16) Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-16;

(17) Canadian Institutes of Health Research. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-17;

(18) Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-18;

(19) Canadian International Development Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-19;

(20) Canadian International Trade Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-20;

(21) Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-21;

(22) Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-22;

(23) Canadian Space Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-23;

(24) Canadian Transportation Agency. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-24;

(25) Citizenship and Immigration Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-25;

(26) Commission for Public Complaints Against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-26;

(27) Copyright Board of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-27;

(28) Correctional Service Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-28;

(29) Courts Administration Service. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-29;

(30) Department of Finance Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-30;

(31) Department of Justice Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-31;

(32) Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-32;

(33) Environment Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-33;

(34) Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-34;

(35) Fisheries and Oceans Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-35;

(36) Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-36;

(37) Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-37;

(38) Health Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-38;

(39) Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-39;

(40) Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-40;

(41) Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Canadian Polar Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-41;

(42) Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-42;

(43) Industry Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-43;

(44) Infrastructure Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-44;

(45) Library and Archives Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-45;

(46) Military Police Complaints Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-46;

(47) NAFTA Secretariat — Canadian Section. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-47;

(48) National Defence. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-48;

(49) National Energy Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-49;

(50) National Film Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-50;

(51) National Parole Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-51;

(52) National Research Council Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-52;

(53) National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-53;

(54) Natural Resources Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-54;

(55) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-55;

(56) Northern Pipeline Agency Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-56;

(57) Office of the Auditor General of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-57;

(58) Office of the Chief Electoral Officer. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-58;

(59) Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-59;

(60) Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-60;

(61) Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-61;

(62) Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-62;

(63) Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-63;

(64) Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-64;

(65) Offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioners of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-65;

(66) Parks Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-66;

(67) Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-67;

(68) Privy Council Office and Public Appointments Commission Secretariat. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-68;

(69) Public Health Agency of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-69;

(70) Public Prosecution Service of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-70;

(71) Public Safety Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-71;

(72) Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-72;

(73) Public Service Commission of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-73;

(74) Public Service Labour Relations Board. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-74;

(75) Public Service Staffing Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-75;

(76) Public Works and Government Services Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-76;

(77) RCMP External Review Committee. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-77;

(78) Registry of the Competition Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-78;

(79) Registry of the Specific Claims Tribunal. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-79;

(80) Royal Canadian Mounted Police. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-80;

(81) Security Intelligence Review Committee. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-81;

(82) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-82;

(83) Statistics Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-83;

(84) Status of Women Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-84;

(85) Supreme Court of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-85;

(86) The Correctional Investigator Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-86;

(87) The National Battlefields Commission. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-87;

(88) Transport Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-88;

(89) Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-89;

(90) Transportation Safety Board of Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-90;

(91) Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-91;

(92) Veterans Affairs Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-92;

(93) Western Economic Diversification Canada. - Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-93.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Day (President of the Treasury Board) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled “Canada's Performance — The Government of Canada's Contribution” for the year 2009-2010. — Sessional Paper No. 8563-403-94.


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. 403-0761 and 403-0762 concerning international forums. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-80-02;

— No. 403-0774 concerning the Food and Drugs Act. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-22-07;

— Nos. 403-0778, 403-0805 and 403-0824 concerning funding aid. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-35-14;

— No. 403-0806 concerning bankruptcy. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-19-04;

— No. 403-0870 concerning gun control. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-28-13;

— Nos. 403-0881 and 403-0882 concerning genetic engineering. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-403-63-07.


Statements by Ministers

Pursuant to Standing Order 33(1), Mr. Blackburn (Minister of Veterans Affairs) made a statement.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Sweet (Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale), from the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, presented the Tenth Report of the Committee (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, with an amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-403-120.

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


Ms. Fry (Vancouver Centre), from the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, presented the Fourth Report of the Committee (Bill C-471, An Act respecting the implementation of the recommendations of the Pay Equity Task Force and amending another Act in consequence, with an amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-403-121.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 30 and 32 to 34) was tabled.


Ms. Hoeppner (Portage—Lisgar), from the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, presented the Sixth Report of the Committee (Bill C-31, An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act, with amendments). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-403-122.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 25, 26 and 28 to 30) was tabled.


Mr. Allison (Niagara West—Glanbrook), from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, presented the Second Report of the Committee, "Canada's Universal Periodic Review and Beyond – Upholding Canada's International Reputation as a Global Leader in the Field of Human Rights". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-403-123.

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

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 29) was tabled.


Mr. Fast (Abbotsford), from the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, presented the Seventh Report of the Committee (Bill C-389, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression), without amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-403-124.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 33) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Atamanenko (British Columbia Southern Interior), seconded by Mr. Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam), Bill C-589, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act and the Canada Post Corporation Act (use of resources by members), 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. Andrews (Avalon), one concerning the Employment Insurance Program (No. 403-1017);

— by Mr. Lessard (Chambly—Borduas), one concerning Old Age Security benefits (No. 403-1018);

— by Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe), one concerning veterans' affairs (No. 403-1019) and one concerning funding aid (No. 403-1020);

— by Mr. Fast (Abbotsford), one concerning unborn children (No. 403-1021);

— by Mr. Desnoyers (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles), one concerning transportation (No. 403-1022);

— by Mr. Atamanenko (British Columbia Southern Interior), one concerning horse meat (No. 403-1023);

— by Mr. Asselin (Manicouagan), two concerning the education system (Nos. 403-1024 and 403-1025);

— by Mr. Hyer (Thunder Bay—Superior North), one concerning horse meat (No. 403-1026) and one concerning housing policy (No. 403-1027);

— by Mr. Nadeau (Gatineau), one concerning veterans' affairs (No. 403-1028);

— by Mr. Maloway (Elmwood—Transcona), one concerning passports (No. 403-1029).


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-363 and Q-370 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-356 — Mr. Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) — With regard to funding the government has awarded under Canada's Economic Action Plan since it was first introduced: (a) what is the total amount of funding the government has awarded in the riding of Vancouver Kingsway, detailing in each case the department or agency, the initiative and amount; and (b) what is the total amount of funding the government has awarded within the City of Vancouver, detailing in each case the department or agency, the initiative and amount? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-356.


Q-358 — Mr. Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam) — What is the total amount of government funding, since fiscal year 2007-2008 up to and including the current fiscal year, allocated within the constituency of New Westminster—Coquitlam, specifying each department or agency, initiative and amount? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-358.


Q-362 — Ms. Duncan (Etobicoke North) — With respect to chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI): (a) do the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) or Health Canada recognize the Consensus Document of the International Union of Phlebology (IUP) on the diagnosis and treatment of venous malformations, in which CCSVI is recognized as venous truncular lesions obstructing the main outflow routes from the central nervous system; (b) does CIHR or Health Canada recognize the recommendations by the IUP expert panel for therapeutic interventions, including angioplasty, stenting, or open surgical repair of the lesions, in proven CCSVI cases; (c) did anyone from CIHR or Health Canada attend the July 26, 2010 CCSVI Professional Symposium and, if not, (i) was there a review of the findings of the Symposium, (ii) was the review included in the process for the August 26, 2010 meeting between CIHR and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (MSSC); (d) what were the terms of reference for the August 26, 2010 meeting between CIHR and the MSSC; (e) in detail, what were the steps taken in the review of the current state of CCSVI science for the August 26 meeting and, specifically, (i) were international experts outside of the United States consulted, (ii) what process was undertaken to ensure fair and unbiased reviewers, (iii) what check of reviewers’ backgrounds was undertaken regarding links to specific organizations, review panels and grants obtained, (iv) which, if any, of the reviewers had previously spoken for or against the CCSVI theory or liberation procedure, (v) were reviewers who had experience or expertise with CCSVI selected and, if not, why not, (vi) which, if any, of the reviewers declared a conflict of interest, (vii) what, if any, action was taken to address any identified conflict of interest; (f) did the Health Minister review the biographies of the committee members for the August 26 meeting (i) if not, why, (ii) if so, were any problems identified and any action taken; (g) what published papers were reviewed by panel members, broken down by (i) those that confirm venous malformations in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients, (ii) those that deny venous malformations in MS patients, (iii) those that neither confirm nor deny venous malformations in MS patients; (h) were international practitioners, such as those in Bulgaria, Italy, Kuwait and the United States, consulted to learn (i) how many liberation procedures they had undertaken, (ii) what, if any, improvements their patients experienced, particularly in relation to fatigue, "brain fog", motor skills, and Expanded Disability Status Score; (i) what were the details of the agenda for the August 26, 2010 meeting; (j) what will be the process for establishing the CCSVI working group, announced August 31, 2010, and (i) will it be an open or closed process, (ii) will it include CCSVI and liberation procedure experts from Canada, such as Dr. Sandy MacDonald, and around the world, (iii) who will Chair the group, (iv) how often will it meet, (v) how often will it report and to whom; (k) what are CIHR and Health Canada’s responses to the Society of Interventional Radiology’s September 2010 position statement, particularly its statement that it “strongly supports the urgent performance of high-quality clinical research to determine the safety and efficacy of interventional MS therapies, and is actively working to promote and expedite the completion of the needed studies”; (l) prior to the CIHR’s announcement on August 31, 2010 that pan-Canadian clinical trials on the liberation procedure would not go forward at this time, how many provinces or territories requested that the federal government undertake national clinical trials; (m) since the beginning of 2010, how many Canadians have travelled abroad for the liberation procedure and what, if any, tracking has CIHR or Health Canada undertaken regarding each patient’s procedure, progress and related expenses; (n) will Health Canada be undertaking a review of the liberation procedure at each location it is performed worldwide, including an examination of (i) the cost, (ii) the number of procedures performed, (iii) the data collected, (iv) the safety and efficacy of the procedure, (v) the follow-up, (vi) the ranking of the sites for Canadians wishing to pursue this treatment; (o) what consideration has CIHR or Health Canada given to how the August 31 recommendation not to proceed with national clinical trials will impact the number of Canadians travelling outside of Canada for the liberation procedure and what, if any, studies have been undertaken to address the possible impacts; (p) will CIHR or Health Canada undertake any studies relating to any challenges MS patients face on returning to Canada after receiving the liberation procedure abroad, including medical complications, the refusal of treatment by neurologists or practitioners and the refusal of care by long-term health facilities; (q) will the government grant the $10 million the MSSC has requested for research and, if so, when; (r) how much of the $16 million the government allocated to CIHR will be available for (i) MS research, (ii) CCSVI research; (s) will CIHR funds be made available to assist in the creation of a registry that collates data regarding the progress of MS patients who undergo the liberation procedure and, if so, (i) who will be involved in its development, (ii) what is the timeline for development and roll-out; and (t) what research is CIHR or Health Canada undertaking or funding regarding (i) an atlas of anatomical venous variations in the neck and chest, (ii) treatment for venous inflammation, iron storage and hydrocephaly, (iii) possible linkages among CCSVI, MS and other unidentified factors, (iv) treatment and follow-up protocols, (v) design of safe apparatuses and procedures to keep liberated veins open? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-362.


Q-364 — Ms. Chow (Trinity—Spadina) — 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 Trinity—Spadina, listing each department, agency, funding transfer to provincial and municipal governments and arm's length agency, such as Waterfront Toronto, detailing in each case the initiative and amount, including the date the funding was allocated? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-364.


Q-366 — Ms. Chow (Trinity—Spadina) — With regard to individuals detained due to the lack of residency status in Canada, from 2006 to present: (a) what is the total number of individuals detained, broken down by location, detention center or jail and the demographics of each detainee, including how many are under 18 years of age; (b) what is the maximum duration of detention; (c) what is the average duration of detention; (d) how many detainees are housed on the floor, using sleeping bags and blankets; and (e) what is the operation plan of the Canada Border Services Agency to ensure the facilities meet the standards prescribed in the Auditor General’s 2008 report? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-366.


Q-367 — Mrs. Hughes (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing) — What is the total amount of government funding, since fiscal year 2008-2009 up to and including the current fiscal year, allocated within the constituency of Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, specifying each department or agency, initiative and amount, including the date the funding was allocated? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-367.


Q-369 — Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) — With respect to a series of round tables hosted by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation on the topics of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy and Affordable Housing Initiatives: (a) what reports and recommendations came out of these round tables; (b) what is contained in any report coming out of these round tables or arising from these round table discussions; and (c) are these reports available and, (i) if so, how can a copy be obtained, (ii) if not, when will these reports and recommendations be made public? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-369.


Q-373 — Ms. Duncan (Etobicoke North) — With respect to services offered to veterans in Canada: (a) how many full-time and part-time positions have been cut from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) between 2006 and 2010; (b) what is the number of uniformed professionals, public servants and contractors by region; (c) what is the overall cost of contract workers; (d) over the next five years, what plans does VAC have to cut back or expand (i) its operational budget, (ii) full-time, part-time or contract positions, (iii) programs or services offered; (e) since 2005, broken down by year, how many (i) Second World War veterans have passed away, (ii) Canadian Forces (CF) members became veterans, and how many of these veterans have families, (iii) new recruits have become CF members and how many of these new CF members have families; (f) how are the numbers in (e) expected to change over the next five years; (g) how many Veterans Affairs’ case managers and client service agents currently exist and specifically, (i) where are they located, (ii) what is the average number of clients they serve, (iii) what are the projected numbers of case managers and client service agents needed over the next five years, (iv) what specific preparations are being undertaken to meet these needs; (h) how many times has the "Veterans Charter" been altered, listing for each change (i) the date, (ii) the nature of the change, and (iii) the reason for the change; (i) how many veterans are living from (i) the Second World War, (ii) the Korean War, (iii) Afghanistan, (iv) Canada’s peace-keeping missions; (j) for each group listed in (i) how many veterans are (i) disabled, (ii) severely disabled, (iii) receiving the monthly disability payment, (iv) received the lump sum pay-out of up to $276,089; (k) for those who received the lump sum pay-out, how many veterans received (i) the maximum pay-out, (ii) the average pay-out; (l) how many veterans received a lump sum pay-out between (i) $0 and $25,999.99, (ii) $26,000 and $50,999.99, (iii) $51,000 and $75,999.99, (iv) $76,000 and $100,999.99, (v) $101,000 and $125,999.99, (vi) $126,000 and $150,999.99, (vii) $151,000 and $175,999.99, (viii) $176,000 and $200,999.99, (ix) $201,000 and $225,999.99, (x) $226,000 and $250,999.99, (xi) $251,000 and $275,000.00; (m) how is financial need measured; (n) how many veterans are currently receiving social assistance, and how do these statistics compare with those under the previous monthly disability program; (o) how often was the monthly payment increased and why; (p) how many veterans have lost their homes in the last five years; (q) what was the average payment for spouses and children prior to 2006, and how do these statistics compare with the new lump sum, specifically (i) how often is the lump sum increased, (ii) is there a portion of the latter payment for spouses and children; (r) what was the average disability pay-out under the system prior to 2006 particularly over a Second World War and Korean War Veteran’s lifetime (in today’s Canadian dollars), and how do these statistics compare with each category identified in (l) and the maximum lump sum pay-out of $276,089; (s) what specific actions are being taken to address the 31 per cent of veterans not satisfied with the lump sum payment as identified in the VAC survey released in June 2010; (t) how many veterans are currently appealing decisions regarding their disability pensions, and what is the average time taken to a final decision; (u) how many veterans have appealed a decision regarding their disability pension (i) once, (ii) twice, (iii) thrice, (iv) four times, (v) five times; (v) how many veterans’ complaints were reviewed by the Veterans Ombudsman during his tenure, up to and including September 20, 2010, broken down by complaints against (i) Veterans Affairs Canada services, (ii) Veterans Bill of Rights, (iii) the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, (iv) the Bureau of Pension Advocates; (w) in detail, what are all emerging and systemic issues related to programs and services provided or administered by Veterans Affairs Canada brought forward by the Ombudsman during his tenure up to and including September 20, 2010, including, but not limited to, physical and mental health issues, the replacement of pensions with lump-sum payments and disability stipends, and pension claw backs; (x) what are the details of all outreach activities to veterans or organizations that serve veterans across Canada during the national "Leave Nobody Behind" campaign launched by the Veterans Ombudsman, including the issues brought forward by veterans or organizations; and (y) what specific measures were used to evaluate the Veterans Ombudsman’s performance in the areas of (i) accountability, (ii) ethics (iii) training, (iv) governance and stakeholder engagement? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-373.


Q-374 — Ms. Duncan (Etobicoke North) — With respect to veterans, Canadian Forces (CF) members and their mental health needs: (a) what are the 31 recommendations regarding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) made in 2002 by the Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces, Mr. André Marin, listing for each recommendation (i) whether it is unfulfilled, partly fulfilled, or completed, (ii) any action taken to date; (b) what are the nine highlighted recommendations in the second follow-up report, made in 2008 by the Interim Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces, Ms. Mary McFadyen, listing for each recommendation, (i) whether it is unfulfilled, partly fulfilled, or completed, (ii) any action taken to date; (c) how many psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, chaplains and other counselling personnel currently serve in the Canadian Forces (CF), listing for each group (i) the ratio of practitioners to clients, (ii) the numbers of practitioners by region, including Afghanistan, and any other location where CF are based or deployed; (d) what is the average wait time for PTSD treatment by region, and what is the projected delay for treatment by region once the CF leave Afghanistan in 2011; (e) what follow-up is done for veterans with PTSD; (f) what research will be undertaken to determine (i) whether the risk of dementia can be reduced by effectively treating PTSD, (ii) what role traumatic brain injury might play in PTSD; (g) what data are currently being collected regarding current and former CF members affected by mental illness; (h) how many CF personnel have been treated for Operational Stress Injuries (OSI), anxiety, depression, or PTSD annually since 2001; (i) how many CF personnel have required in-patient treatment for severe PTSD annually since 2001 and what is the average distance to travel for in-patient care by region; (j) of the CF personnel currently serving in Afghanistan, how many are expected to develop OSIs, anxiety, depression or PTSD, and how many per year are expected to require in-patient treatment for severe PTSD; (k) what programs exist for families of military members affected by mental illness by province or territory; (l) what financial, human resource, and program planning is being put in place to address the mental health needs of returning CF personnel, including, but not limited to, in-patient mental health capability, building stronger relationships with mental health institutions, developing less onerous entry criteria to treatment programs, and developing or finding treatment programs which can also address addictions; and (m) what specific actions are being taken to address the mental health needs of soldiers and veterans once the CF leave Afghanistan in 2011? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-374.


Q-387 — Mr. McGuinty (Ottawa South) — With regard to veterans: (a) how many veterans currently participate in programs offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs; and (b) what is the projected number of program participants for each of the next three fiscal years? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-403-387.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), — That Bill C-47, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 4, 2010 and other measures, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until Thursday, November 4, 2010, at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders.


The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Clement (Minister of Industry), seconded by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages), — That Bill C-32, An Act to amend the Copyright Act, be now read a second time and referred to a legislative committee.

The debate continued.

Private Members' Business

At 5:52 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 Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development of Bill C-530, An Act to amend the Northwest Territories Act (borrowing limits).

Mr. Bevington (Western Arctic), seconded by Mr. Maloway (Elmwood—Transcona), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

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.

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. Ashfield (Minister of National Revenue) — Report of Canada Revenue Agency, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010, pursuant to the Canada Revenue Agency Act, S.C. 1999, c. 17, sbs. 88(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-403-780-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:52 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 7:11 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).