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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
41st PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION

Journals

No. 2

Friday, June 3, 2011

3:00 p.m.



Prayers
Opening of Parliament

A Message was received from His Excellency the Governor General desiring the immediate attendance of the Commons in the Senate.

Accordingly, the Speaker, with the Commons, proceeded to the Senate.

The Commons returned to the Chamber.

Whereupon, the Speaker reported that when the Commons had been in the Senate, he had, on their behalf, claimed their undoubted rights and privileges, especially that they may have freedom of speech in their debates, access to His Excellency's person at all seasonable times, and that their proceedings may receive from His Excellency the most favourable construction and that His Excellency the Governor General had been pleased to declare that He freely confides in the duty and attachment of the House of Commons to Her Majesty's Person and Government and, not doubting that their proceedings will be conducted with wisdom, temper and prudence, grants and upon all occasions will recognize and allow their constitutional privileges, and to assure the Commons that they shall have ready access to Him upon all occasions, and that their proceedings as well as their words and actions, will constantly receive from Him the most favourable construction.

Pro-Forma Bill

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Harper (Prime Minister), seconded by Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), Bill C-1, An Act respecting the administration of oaths of office, was introduced, read the first time and, by unanimous consent, ordered to be printed.

Speech from the Throne

The Speaker reported that when the Commons was in the Senate, His Excellency the Governor General was pleased to make a speech to both Houses of Parliament.

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Copy of the Speech from the Throne. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-411-1.

Mr. Harper (Prime Minister), seconded by Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), moved, — That the Speech from the Throne delivered this day by His Excellency the Governor General to both Houses of Parliament be taken into consideration later this day.

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

Ways and Means

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 a Ways and Means motion for a Budget presentation on Monday, June 6, 2011, at 4:00 p.m.

Business of Supply

Pursuant to Standing Order 81, Mr. Clement (President of the Treasury Board), seconded by Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), moved, — That the Business of Supply be considered at the next sitting of the House.

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


The Speaker informed the House that, pursuant to Standing Order 81(10)(b), a total of three days will be allotted for the Supply period ending June 23, 2011.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to the business of the House and notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House:

the membership of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates be composed of Mike Wallace, Jacques Gourde, Scott Armstrong, Peter Braid, Kelly Block, Ron Cannan, Bernard Trottier, Pat Martin, Alexandre Boulerice, Nycole Turmel, Denis Blanchette and John McCallum;

on Monday, June 6, 2011, the House shall meet at 2:00 p.m. when Members may make statements pursuant to Standing Order 31; not later than 2:15 p.m. oral questions shall be taken up; at 3:00 p.m. the House shall proceed to the ordinary daily routine of business; following the ordinary daily routine of business the House shall, if necessary, suspend until 4:00 p.m. for the presentation of the Budget; and

until June 23, 2011, Standing Order 81 be amended as follows:

(a) Section (4) be replaced with the following:

“In every session the main estimates to cover the incoming fiscal year for every department of government shall be deemed referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates immediately after they are presented in the House. That Committee shall consider and shall report, or shall be deemed to have reported, the same back to the House not later than three sitting days before the final sitting or the last allotted day in the current period.”;

(b) Section (5) be replaced with the following:

“Supplementary estimates shall be deemed referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates immediately after they are presented in the House. The Committee shall consider and shall report, or shall be deemed to have reported, the same back to the House not later than three sitting days before the final sitting or the last allotted day in the current period.” and

(c) Section 14(a) be replaced with:

“Forty-eight hours’ written notice shall be given of opposition motions on allotted days, motions to concur in interim supply, main estimates, supplementary or final estimates, to restore or reinstate any item in the estimates and to oppose any item in the estimates.”

Subject to the provisions of this Order, the business of supply shall otherwise be conducted in accordance with Standing Order 81.

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 79(3), the Speaker read the following Message from His Excellency the Governor General, presented by Mr. Clement (President of the Treasury Board):

Message on Estimates
His Excellency the Governor General hereby transmits to the House of Commons the Main Estimates of sums required to defray expenses of the federal public administration in the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2012, and, in accordance with section 54 of the Constitution Act, 1867, recommends those Estimates to the House of Commons.

Mr. Clement (President of the Treasury Board) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled "Main Estimates for the year 2011-12". — Sessional Paper No. 8520-411-1.

Pursuant to Order made earlier today, the Main Estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012, were referred:

(1) To the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates

Agriculture and Agri-Food, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Votes 1, 5 and 10

Canada Revenue Agency, Votes 1 and 5

Canadian Heritage, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115 and 120

Citizenship and Immigration, Votes 1, 5 and 10

Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Votes 1 and 5

Environment, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30

Finance, Votes 1, 5, L10, L15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45

Fisheries and Oceans, Votes 1, 5 and 10

Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, L35, L40, 45 and 50

Governor General, Vote 1

Health, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50

Human Resources and Skills Development, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25

Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Votes 1, 5, 10, L15, L20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50

Industry, Votes 1, 5, 10, L15, L20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100 and 105

Justice, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50

National Defence, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25

Natural Resources, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30

Parliament, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20

Privy Council, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and 65

Public Works and Government Services, Votes 1, 5 and 10

Transport, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70

Treasury Board, Votes 1, 5, 10, 20, 25, 30, 33, 40, 45 and 50

Veterans Affairs, Votes 1, 5 and 10

Western Economic Diversification, Votes 1 and 5

Motions

Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), moved, — That the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs be appointed to prepare and report lists of members to compose the standing and standing joint committees of this House; and that the committee be composed of: Joe Preston, Tom Lukiwski, Scott Reid, Harold Albrecht, Dave MacKenzie, Greg Kerr, John Williamson, Chris Charlton, Joe Comartin, Philip Toone, Alexandrine Latendresse and Marc Garneau.

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

Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne

The Order for the consideration of the Speech from the Throne delivered by His Excellency the Governor General to both Houses of Parliament was read.

To His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY:

We, Her Majesty's most loyal and dutiful subjects, the House of Commons of Canada, in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Excellency for the gracious Speech which Your Excellency has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.

Debate arose thereon.

Mr. Layton (Toronto—Danforth), seconded by Mr. Dusseault (Sherbrooke), moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

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

Motions

Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), moved, — That this House do now adjourn.

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

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 Ms. Finley (Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development) — Report of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011, pursuant to the Alternative Fuels Act, S.C. 1995, c. 20, s. 8. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-411-629-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance) — Report of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, together with the Auditors' Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011, pursuant to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act, S.C. 1997, c. 40, sbs. 51(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-411-665-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

— by Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance) — Supplementary agreement amending the Convention between the Government of Canada and the Swiss Federal Council for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital, signed at Berne on May 5, 1997, together with Order in Council P.C. 2011-515, dated March 25, 2011, approving same, pursuant to the Act to implement conventions between Canada and Morocco, Canada and Pakistan, Canada and Singapore, Canada and the Philippines, Canada and the Dominican Republic and Canada and Switzerland for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with respect to Income Tax, S.C. 1976-77, c. 29, sbs. 20(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-411-1048-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

— by Mr. Kent (Minister of the Environment) — Report of Operations under the International River Improvements Act for the year 2010, pursuant to the International River Improvements Act, R.S. 1985, c. I-20, s. 51. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-411-168-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mr. Kent (Minister of the Environment) — Climate Change Plan for 2011, pursuant to the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, S.C. 2007, c. 30, sbs. 5(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-411-935-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mrs. Shea (Minister of National Revenue) — Summary of the Corporate Business Plan for 2011-2012 to 2013-2014 of the Canada Revenue Agency, pursuant to the Canada Revenue Agency Act, S.C. 1999, c. 17, sbs. 49(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-411-839-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

Adjournment

At 4:48 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until Monday, June 6, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., pursuant to Order made earlier today.