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41st PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION

Journals

No. 247

Monday, May 6, 2013

11:00 a.m.



The Clerk informed the House of the unavoidable absence of the Speaker.

Whereupon, Mr. Stanton (Simcoe North), Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole, took the Chair, pursuant to Standing Order 8.

Prayers
Private Members' Business

At 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill S-209, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights), as reported by the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights without amendment.

Mr. Pacetti (Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel), seconded by Mr. Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis), moved, — That the Bill be concurred in at report stage.

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

Accordingly, the Bill was concurred in at report stage.

Pursuant to Standing Order 98(2), Mr. Pacetti (Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel), seconded by Mr. Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis), moved, — That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Standing Order 98(2), the Order was dropped to the bottom of the order of precedence on the Order Paper.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), — That Bill C-60, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 21, 2013 and other measures, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance;

And of the amendment of Mr. Goodale (Wascana), seconded by Mr. Garneau (Westmount—Ville-Marie), — 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-60, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 21, 2013 and other measures (Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1), because it:
(a) raises taxes on middle class Canadians in order to pay for the Conservatives' wasteful spending;
(b) fails to reverse the government's decision to raise tariffs on items such as baby carriages, bicycles, household water heaters, space heaters, school supplies, ovens, coffee makers, wigs for cancer patients, and blankets;
(c) raises taxes on small business owners by $2.3 billion over the next 5 years, directly hurting 750,000 Canadians and risking Canadian jobs;
(d) raises taxes on credit unions by $75 million per year, which is an attack on rural Canadians and Canada's rural economy;
(e) adds GST/HST to certain healthcare services, including medical work that victims of crime need to establish their case in court;
(f) fails to provide a youth employment strategy to help struggling young Canadians find work; and
(g) ignores the pressing requirements of Aboriginal peoples.”.

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.

Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents
The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Report of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for New Brunswick with an addendum dated April 10, 2013, which disposes of the objections raised by Members of the House of Commons, pursuant to the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, R.S. 1985, c. E-3, sbs. 23(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-411-459-06A. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs)

Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Preston (Elgin—Middlesex—London), from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented the 52nd Report of the Committee, which was as follows:

The Committee recommends, pursuant to Standing Orders 104 and 114, the following changes to the lists of members of the following standing committees:

Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

Bob Rae for Mark Eyking

Standing Committee on Natural Resources

Marc Garneau for Ted Hsu

The Committee further recommends, pursuant to Standing Orders 104 and 114, that the names of the following Members be added to the lists of associate members of the following standing committees:

Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

Mark Eyking

Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Ted Hsu

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 1) is tabled.


Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the 52nd Report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented earlier today, be concurred in.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam), one concerning the Canadian Coast Guard (No. 411-3758) and one concerning the fishing industry (No. 411-3759);
— by Mr. Garneau (Westmount—Ville-Marie), one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 411-3760);
— by Ms. Duncan (Edmonton—Strathcona), one concerning health care services (No. 411-3761) and one concerning the protection of the environment (No. 411-3762);
— by Mr. Eyking (Sydney—Victoria), one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 411-3763);
— by Ms. Chow (Trinity—Spadina), one concerning transportation (No. 411-3764) and one concerning navigable waters (No. 411-3765);
— by Mrs. Hughes (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing), one concerning the protection of the environment (No. 411-3766);
— by Ms. May (Saanich—Gulf Islands), one concerning international agreements (No. 411-3767) and one concerning the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (No. 411-3768);
— by Ms. Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds—Dollard), one concerning telecommunications (No. 411-3769).

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-1229, Q-1231, Q-1233 to Q-1235, Q-1237 and Q-1241 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-1230 — Mr. Opitz (Etobicoke Centre) — With respect to survivors of Members of the Canadian Forces, the public service, judges, RCMP or Members of Parliament, what would it cost the government, on an annual basis, to allow a survivor who married or began cohabitating in a conjugal relationship after the deceased beneficiary attained the age of sixty years or became entitled to an annuity or annual allowance, to receive an annual allowance or annuity after the death of a beneficiary? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-1230.

Q-1242 — Mr. Choquette (Drummond) — With regard to the Customs Tariff: (a) how many complaints were there from March 1, 2012, to March 1, 2013, concerning agricultural products; (b) how many complaints were there concerning Chapter 63; (c) how many complaints were there concerning mesh bags under HS code 6305.32.00; (d) what measures did the government take to address the concerns raised by these complaints; (e) is the government planning to review the Customs Tariff; (f) are small businesses that do not have access to a specialized bagging machinery serial number in the Customs Tariff penalized; and (g) are small businesses that do not have the machinery required in the tax exemption forms subject to financial consequences? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-1242.

Q-1246 — Ms. Chow (Trinity—Spadina) — With respect to aircraft leased by Canadian airlines: (a) according to Transport Canada, the Canadian Transport Agency and, where applicable, other federal entities, what is the number of passenger aircraft leased through arrangements that include the lessor providing aircraft and crew, broken down by year from 2006 to 2013 year to date, type of aircraft, including but not limited to Boeing 737 and 767, lease duration, lessor name, lessee name, application date, approval date and justification; (b) according to Transport Canada, the Canadian Transport Agency and, where applicable, other federal entities, how many aircraft are leased through arrangements that do not include the lessor providing crew, broken down by year from 2006 to 2013 year to date, type of aircraft, including, but not limited to Boeing 737 and 767, lease duration, lessor name, lessee name, application date, approval date and justification; (c) what is the number of instances in which pilots employed as temporary foreign workers have operated aircraft leased by Canadian airlines, broken down by year from 2006 to 2013 year to date, type of aircraft, including but not limited to Boeing 737 and 767, lessor name and lessee name; (d) in instances where pilots operate aircraft leased under arrangements where the lessor provides aircraft and crew, i) what procedures and safeguards are in place to ensure that they meet Canada’s legal standards for aircraft pilots, ii) which statutes, regulations or other documents set out these procedures and safeguards, iii) which entity is tasked with enforcing these procedures and safeguards; and (e) in instances where pilots operate aircraft leased under arrangements where the lessor provides aircraft and crew, i) what procedures and safeguards are in place to ensure that they meet their country of origin’s legal standards for aircraft pilots, ii) which statutes, regulations or other documents set out these procedures and safeguards, iii) which entity is tasked with enforcing these procedures and safeguards? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-1246.

Q-1249 — Ms. Chow (Trinity—Spadina) — What are all applications submitted for federal infrastructure funding for transit-related projects from 2006 to 2013 year to date, broken down by (i) applicant, (ii) location of proposed project, (iii) approved, rejected or pending status, (iv) total federal funds requested, (v) total project budget, (vi) application date, (vii) response date, (viii) start and end dates of proposed project, (ix) reason for approval or rejection, (x) applicable federal fund or program? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-1249.

Q-1250 — Mr. Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques) — With regard to the awarding of contracts to SNC-Lavalin by the federal government: (a) what is the financial value of the contracts that were awarded to the firm between 2003 and 2013, broken down by (i) year; (ii) type of contract; (b) what are the numbers of the contracts that were awarded to the firm between 2003 and 2013; (c) for each individual contract, who signed the contract; and (d) for each individual contract, from which budget envelope the did the contract come from? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-1250.

Q-1251 — Mr. Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques) — With regard to contract approval at Public Works and Government Services Canada: (a) what are the various monetary levels of contracts that can be approved, and by which level of employees can they be approved; (b) how many employees occupy each of the levels identified in (a); and (c) how many contracts at each approval level were approved between 2002 and 2013, broken down by year? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-1251.

Q-1252 — Mr. McCallum (Markham—Unionville) — With regard to government communications since December 11, 2012: (a) for each press release containing the phrase “Harper government” issued by any government department, agency, office, Crown corporation, or other government body, what is the (i) headline or subject line, (ii) date, (iii) file or code-number, (iv) subject-matter; (b) for each such press release, was it distributed (i) on the web site of the issuing department, agency, office, Crown corporation, or other government body, (ii) on Marketwire, (iii) on Canada Newswire, (iv) on any other commercial wire or distribution service, specifying which service; and (c) for each press release distributed by a commercial wire or distribution service mentioned in (b)(ii) through (b)(iv), what was the cost of using the service? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-1252.

Q-1253 — Mr. McCallum (Markham—Unionville) — With regard to government expenditures on media monitoring, for every contract entered into since April 1, 2011, what search terms were required to be monitored? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-1253.
Applications for Emergency Debate

Pursuant to Standing Order 52, Mr. Rae (Toronto Centre) asked leave to move the adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter requiring urgent consideration, namely, the situation in Syria.

The Speaker decided that the matter was proper to be discussed and, pursuant to Standing Order 52(9), directed that it be considered on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the ordinary hour of daily adjournment.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), — That Bill C-60, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 21, 2013 and other measures, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance;

And of the amendment of Mr. Goodale (Wascana), seconded by Mr. Garneau (Westmount—Ville-Marie), — 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-60, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 21, 2013 and other measures (Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1), because it:
(a) raises taxes on middle class Canadians in order to pay for the Conservatives' wasteful spending;
(b) fails to reverse the government's decision to raise tariffs on items such as baby carriages, bicycles, household water heaters, space heaters, school supplies, ovens, coffee makers, wigs for cancer patients, and blankets;
(c) raises taxes on small business owners by $2.3 billion over the next 5 years, directly hurting 750,000 Canadians and risking Canadian jobs;
(d) raises taxes on credit unions by $75 million per year, which is an attack on rural Canadians and Canada's rural economy;
(e) adds GST/HST to certain healthcare services, including medical work that victims of crime need to establish their case in court;
(f) fails to provide a youth employment strategy to help struggling young Canadians find work; and
(g) ignores the pressing requirements of Aboriginal peoples.”.

The debate continued.

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:31 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 Acting Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).