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41st PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION

Journals

No. 227

Friday, March 22, 2013

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Government Orders

The House resumed the adjourned debate on the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Menzies (Minister of State (Finance)), — That this House approve in general the budgetary policy of the government. (Ways and Means No. 15)

The debate continued.

Ms. Nash (Parkdale—High Park), seconded by Mr. Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques), moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“this House not approve the budgetary policy of this government as it:
(a) cuts billions of dollars in infrastructure funding that will cost tens of thousands of jobs in communities across the country;
(b) continues with devastating cuts to healthcare, pensions and Employment Insurance;
(c) provides no new funding for skills training, dictating a federal takeover of responsibility for skill training programs;
(d) pushes forward with cuts to vital environmental programs such as the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy;
(e) fails to address record levels of household debt;
(f) provides no new tax credit for youth job creation;
(g) does nothing to encourage private business to invest the nearly $600 billion in so-called “dead money” currently on their books;
(h) fails to close the 30% funding gap for students in First Nations communities;
(i) forces First Nations communities to impose workfare programs for youth living on reserves;
(j) takes over $2.3 billion out of the pockets of small businesses through changes to the dividend tax credit, without offsetting measures to mitigate this significant tax increase;
(k) cuts support for innovation by eliminating support for labour sponsored venture capital funds;
(l) hobbles the competitiveness of credit unions and thus reduces competition for big banks; and
(m) looks to empty the pockets of Canadians by applying GST/HST to hospital parking.”.

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
The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Report on sponsored travel by Members of the House of Commons for the year 2012, pursuant to section 15(3) of the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons — Appendix to the Standing Orders. — Sessional Paper No. 8527-411-15.

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. 411-3055, 411-3062, 411-3064, 411-3067 and 411-3097 concerning the protection of the environment. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-411-12-23;
— No. 411-3057 concerning constitutional amendments. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-411-136-01.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, following Oral Questions on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, a Member from each recognized party, as well as the Member for Bas-Richelieu—Nicolet—Bécancour and the Member for Saanich—Gulf Islands may make a brief statement and the time taken for these statements shall be added to the time provided for Government Orders.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study on the Economics of Policing, six members of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security be authorized to travel to San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, United States of America, in the winter-spring of 2013, and that the necessary staff accompany the Committee.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study on the Economics of Policing, six members of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security be authorized to travel to London and Manchester, United Kingdom, in the winter-spring of 2013, and that the necessary staff accompany the Committee.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study on Technological Innovation, eleven members of the Standing Committee on Health be authorized to travel to Montréal, Quebec, in the winter-spring of 2013, and that the necessary staff accompany the Committee.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Godin (Acadie—Bathurst), one concerning the Employment Insurance Program (No. 411-3428);
— by Mr. Payne (Medicine Hat), one concerning sex selection (No. 411-3429);
— by Mr. Atamanenko (British Columbia Southern Interior), four concerning horse meat (Nos. 411-3430 to 411-3433) and seven concerning cruelty to animals (Nos. 411-3434 to 411-3440);
— by Mr. Kamp (Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission), one concerning sex selection (No. 411-3441);
— by Mr. Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam), one concerning rural communities (No. 411-3442), one concerning the fishing industry (No. 411-3443) and one concerning the Canadian Coast Guard (No. 411-3444);
— by Mrs. McLeod (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo), one concerning sex selection (No. 411-3445);
— by Mr. Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), one concerning Old Age Security benefits (No. 411-3446).

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-1161, Q-1164 and Q-1167 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-1162 — Mr. Simms (Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor) — With regard to priority employment appointments in the federal public service: (a) for the period of June 1, 2011, to January 30, 2013, how many people were hired and of these how many were (i) casual employees, (ii) term employees, (iii) indeterminate employees; (b) how many members of the Canadian Forces have been medically released and (i) how many of these qualified medically released members have applied for a priority employment appointment, (ii) how many have received a priority appointment, (iii) how many were still on the priority employment appointment list when their eligibility period expired, (iv) how many were hired by each government department; and (c) what measures are being taken to extend this program to account for the large number of temporary and contract workers employed by the government? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-1162.

Q-1163 — Ms. Foote (Random—Burin—St. George's) — With regard to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in the federal riding of Random—Burin—St. George’s, broken down by year, community and totalled for the riding, from 2002 until present: (a) how many RCMP officers were there; (b) what were the total expenditures of the RCMP; (c) how many open positions went unfilled; (d) how many RCMP officers were transferred outside the riding; (e) how many RCMP officers were transferred to the riding; (f) does the government or RCMP have any plans to decrease the number of RCMP officers; (g) how many incidents requiring the RCMP occurred; and (h) what are the terms in the agreements between the RCMP and each community? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-1163.

Q-1165 — Mr. Lapointe (Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup) — With regard to the Montmagny, Quebec, company PurGenesis, how much funding has the government provided PurGenesis since fiscal year 2008-2009, per year, up to the current fiscal year, by department or agency, initiative and amount? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-1165.
Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Menzies (Minister of State (Finance)); (Ways and Means No. 15)

The debate continued.

Mr. Brison (Kings—Hants), seconded by Mr. Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), moved the following subamendment, — That the amendment be amended by adding after the words “hospital parking” the following:

(n) imposes three more job killing employment insurance tax hikes by 2016 taking an additional $4 billion out of the pockets of Canadians;
(o) does not provide a dedicated wastewater infrastructure fund to help municipalities meet the new federal waste water regulations;
(p) fails to bring the provinces together to create a supplemental voluntary Canada Pension Plan;
(q) downloads new costs onto the provinces and territories to pay for job training;
(r) provides no new funding for critical water and wastewater needs in First Nations communities;
(s) fails to provide a comprehensive approach to addressing mental health needs of Canadians;
(t) fails to expand the scope of the Last Post Fund to include post-Korean War Veterans;
(u) fails to restore funding to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for search and rescue;
(v) fails to find the funding to keep open the Experimental Lakes Area, the world renowned freshwater research facility;
(w) fails to restore funding to the Interim Federal Health Program for refugee health care;
(x) did not renew the critical Extended Employment Insurance Benefits Pilot Project; and
(y) commits even more funding to wasteful partisan advertising.”

Debate arose thereon.

Private Members' Business

At 1:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Nunez-Melo (Laval), seconded by Ms. Papillon (Québec), — That Bill C-459, An Act respecting the rights of air passengers, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, March 27, 2013, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business.

Appointments to a Committee

Pursuant to Order made Tuesday, February 26, 2013, the list of members for the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women was deposited with the Clerk of the House as follows:

Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women

Members (12)

Stella Ambler
Niki Ashton
Carolyn Bennett
Kelly Block
Jean Crowder
Libby Davies
Robert Goguen
Cathy McLeod
Michelle Rempel
Greg Rickford
Romeo Saganash
Susan Truppe

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) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2013-2017 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2013 of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-411-811-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)
— by Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) — Orders in Council approving certain appointments made by the Governor General in Council, pursuant to Standing Order 110(1), as follows:
— P.C. 2013-232 to P.C. 2013-239. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-411-3-17. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)
— P.C. 2013-225. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-411-14-16. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration)
— P.C. 2013-222 to P.C. 2013-224. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-411-9-17. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)
— P.C. 2013-195. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-411-18-14. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Health)
— P.C. 2013-186 to P.C. 2013-194, P.C. 2013-196 to P.C. 2013-206, P.C. 2013-208 to P.C. 2013-221, P.C. 2013-254 and P.C. 2013-255. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-411-16-15. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)
— P.C. 2013-250 to P.C. 2013-253. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-411-22-16. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)
— P.C. 2013-240. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-411-13-08. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)
— P.C. 2013-241 to P.C. 2013-249. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-411-29-11. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources)
— P.C. 2013-294. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-411-5-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs)
— P.C. 2013-227 to P.C. 2013-231. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-411-24-16. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)
— P.C. 2013-295. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-411-27-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament)
Petitions Filed with the Clerk of the House

Pursuant to Standing Order 36, a petition certified correct by the Clerk of Petitions was filed as follows:

— by Mr. Duncan (Vancouver Island North), one concerning gender identity and expression (No. 411-3447).
Adjournment

At 2:26 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).