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

Journals

No. 4

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

10:00 a.m.



Orders of the Day
Prayers
Board of Internal Economy

The Speaker informed the House that the following Members have been appointed members of the Board of Internal Economy for the purposes and under the provisions of the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 50(2), namely:

Mr. Van Loan and Mr. O'Connor, members of the Queen's Privy Council;

Mr. Merrifield, representative of the government caucus;

Mr. Mulcair and Ms. Charlton, representatives of the New Democratic caucus; and

Ms. Foote, representative of the Liberal caucus.

Daily Routine Of Business

Presenting Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Calkins (Wetaskiwin) presented the report of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union respecting its participation at the Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Twelve Plus Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union held in London, United Kingdom, on September 25, 2009. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-411-60-01.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Calkins (Wetaskiwin) presented the report of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union respecting its participation at the Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations, held in New York, New York, on November 19 and 20, 2009. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-411-60-02.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Calkins (Wetaskiwin) presented the report of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union respecting its participation at the Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Twelve Plus Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union held in London, United Kingdom, on March 1, 2010. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-411-60-03.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Calkins (Wetaskiwin) presented the report of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union respecting its participation at the Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Twelve Plus Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union held in Paris, France, on September 3, 2010. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-411-60-04.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Calkins (Wetaskiwin) presented the report of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union respecting its participation at the Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations, held in New York, New York, on December 2 and 3, 2010. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-411-60-05.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Calkins (Wetaskiwin) presented the report of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union respecting its participation at the meeting on the occasion of the 55th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women — The Role of Parliaments in Promoting Access and Participation of Women and Girls to Education, Training, Science and Technology, held in New York, New York, on February 23, 2011. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-411-60-06.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Calkins (Wetaskiwin) presented the report of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union respecting its participation at the Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Twelve Plus Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union held in Paris, France, on March 14, 2011. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-411-60-07.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre), one concerning asbestos (No. 411-0005);

— by Mr. Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), one concerning the issuing of visas (No. 411-0006).

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of 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. 1)

The debate continued.

Mr. Layton (Toronto—Danforth), seconded by Ms. Nash (Parkdale—High Park), 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 unless the government brings in additional measures to correct the government's poor record of fiscal management, to address adequately the current jobs crisis in the economy, to address the shortage of family doctors and other health professionals, to deal with the need to provide Canadians with a comfortable retirement and a secure vehicle for their retirement savings, to lift every Canadian senior out of poverty, to make life more affordable for low and middle-income Canadians and to address the government's failure to substitute a more targeted approach to job creation for its ill-conceived, across-the-board, corporate income tax cuts”.

Debate arose thereon.

Mr. Rae (Toronto Centre), seconded by Mr. Brison (Kings—Hants), moved the following subamendment, — That the amendment be amended by adding after the word “cuts” the following:

“, and reject the government's budgetary policy because it does nothing to improve the worsening living conditions and opportunity gaps facing Aboriginal people, fails to present any plan that fosters long-term, sustainable prosperity and equal opportunity for all Canadians, deliberately excludes low-income Canadians from qualifying for new tax measures by failing to make them refundable tax credits, abandons the federal government's role in the development and maintenance of affordable housing, continues to display a lack of federal leadership on healthcare, particularly by ignoring the need to begin negotiations with the provinces on the successor to the 2004 Health Accord, and leaves Canadians in the dark as to which programs and services will be cut in order to meet the government's deficit projections”.

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.

Business of Supply

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

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. 1)

And of the amendment of Mr. Layton (Toronto—Danforth), seconded by Ms. Nash (Parkdale—High Park);

And of the subamendment of Mr. Rae (Toronto Centre), seconded by Mr. Brison (Kings—Hants).

The debate continued.

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. Clement (President of the Treasury Board) — Report of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-411-658-01. (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. Clement (President of the Treasury Board) — Statement on the Use of Governor General's Special Warrants for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 30(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-411-743-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

Adjournment

At 6:30 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).