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41st PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION

Journals

No. 97

Thursday, March 15, 2012

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

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:

— No. 411-0362 concerning foreign ownership. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-411-64-01;
— Nos. 411-0363 and 411-0366 concerning climate change. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-411-34-06.

Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State) for Mr. Nicholson (Minister of Justice), seconded by Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), Bill C-36, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (elder abuse), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Thibeault (Sudbury), from the Legislative Committee on Bill C-11, presented the First Report of the Committee (Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Copyright Act, with amendments). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-411-64.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 1 to 11) was tabled.


Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe), from the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, presented the Second Report of the Committee (Main Estimates 2012-13 — Votes 30 and 35 under HUMAN RESOURCES AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-411-65.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 24) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles), seconded by Mr. Marston (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek), Bill C-409, An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (application for supplement), 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. Thibeault (Sudbury), one concerning cruelty to animals (No. 411-0698);
— by Ms. May (Saanich—Gulf Islands), one concerning alcoholic beverages (No. 411-0699) and one concerning environmental assessment and review (No. 411-0700);
— by Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe), one concerning foreign ownership (No. 411-0701);
— by Mr. Cash (Davenport), one concerning telecommunications (No. 411-0702).

Questions on the Order Paper

Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the answer to question Q-427 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 return to the following question made into an Order for Return:

Q-437 — Mr. Toone (Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine) — With regard to Exploration License No. 1105 (as amended on November 23, 2011) of Corridor Resources Inc., issued by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board: (a) what are the reasons for the two-year extension of Period 1 from five years to seven years (Fundamental Decision 2011.05); (b) what is the total amount of license rental fees that Corridor Resources would have paid during Period 2 before the November 23, 2011, amendment; (c) what is the total amount that Corridor Resources will pay in license rental fees after the amendment; (d) what are the reasons for amending License No. 1105 so that no deposit was required to extend Period 1; (e) has Corridor Resources ever posted a $1 million deposit under License No. 1105; and (f) has Corridor Resources posted deposits for any amount under License No. 1105, either before or after it was amended? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-411-437.
Question of Privilege

A question of privilege having been raised by Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre), the Speaker ruled that there was a prima facie case of privilege;

Whereupon, Mr. Martin (Winnipeg Centre), seconded by Mr. Comartin (Windsor—Tecumseh), moved, — That the question of privilege regarding the free movement of Members of Parliament within the Parliamentary Precinct during the state visit of March 2, 2012, be referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.

Debate arose thereon.

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

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Kenney (Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism), seconded by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages), — That Bill C-31, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, the Marine Transportation Security Act and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration;

And of the amendment of Mr. Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), seconded by Mrs. Sellah (Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert), — That the motion be amended by deleting all of the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:
“this House decline to give second reading to Bill C-31, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, the Marine Transportation Security Act and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act, because it: (a) places an unacceptable level of arbitrary power in the hands of the Minister; (b) allows for the indiscriminate designation and subsequent imprisonment of bone fide refugees for up to one year without review; (c) places the status of thousands of refugees and permanent residents in jeopardy; (d) punishes bone fide refugees, including children, by imposing penalties based on mode of entry to Canada; (e) creates a two-tiered refugee system that denies many applicants access to an appeals mechanism; and (f) violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and two international conventions to which Canada is signatory.”.

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.

Motions

By unanimous consent, Mr. Baird (Minister of Foreign Affairs), seconded by Ms. Laverdière (Laurier-Sainte-Marie) and Mr. Goodale (Wascana), moved, — That, on the one year anniversary of the uprising of the Syrian people, this House condemn in the strongest terms the ongoing and reprehensible use of violence against the Syrian people at the hands of the Assad regime, including the use of landmines by Syrian forces; that it recognize the impact of the internal displacement and refugee situation on the safety of the Syrian people and the stability of the region; that it call on those backing this illegitimate and irresponsible regime to reverse their current position and to allow for unhindered humanitarian aid to reach those who need it most; that this House express its deep disappointment at the continued failure by the UN Security Council to effectively deal with the crisis in Syria; and that this House stand in support with the Syrian people as they strive to build a better, brighter future.

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

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Kenney (Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism), seconded by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages), — That Bill C-31, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, the Marine Transportation Security Act and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration;

And of the amendment of Mr. Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), seconded by Mrs. Sellah (Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert), — That the motion be amended by deleting all of the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:
“this House decline to give second reading to Bill C-31, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, the Marine Transportation Security Act and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act, because it: (a) places an unacceptable level of arbitrary power in the hands of the Minister; (b) allows for the indiscriminate designation and subsequent imprisonment of bone fide refugees for up to one year without review; (c) places the status of thousands of refugees and permanent residents in jeopardy; (d) punishes bone fide refugees, including children, by imposing penalties based on mode of entry to Canada; (e) creates a two-tiered refugee system that denies many applicants access to an appeals mechanism; and (f) violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and two international conventions to which Canada is signatory.”.

The debate continued.

Messages from the Senate

A message was received from the Senate as follows:

— ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-33, An Act to provide for the continuation and resumption of air service operations, without amendment.
Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Kenney (Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism), seconded by Mr. Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages), — That Bill C-31, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, the Marine Transportation Security Act and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration;

And of the amendment of Mr. Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), seconded by Mrs. Sellah (Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert), — That the motion be amended by deleting all of the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:
“this House decline to give second reading to Bill C-31, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, the Marine Transportation Security Act and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act, because it: (a) places an unacceptable level of arbitrary power in the hands of the Minister; (b) allows for the indiscriminate designation and subsequent imprisonment of bone fide refugees for up to one year without review; (c) places the status of thousands of refugees and permanent residents in jeopardy; (d) punishes bone fide refugees, including children, by imposing penalties based on mode of entry to Canada; (e) creates a two-tiered refugee system that denies many applicants access to an appeals mechanism; and (f) violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and two international conventions to which Canada is signatory.”.

The debate continued.

Private Members' Business

At 5:30 p.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 C-316, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration), as reported by the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities with amendments.

Pursuant to Standing Order 76.1(5), the Speaker selected and grouped for debate the following motions:

Group No. 1 — Motions Nos. 1 to 5.

Group No. 1

Ms. May (Saanich—Gulf Islands), seconded by Mr. Fortin (Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia), moved Motion No. 1, — That Bill C-316 be amended by deleting Clause 1.

Ms. May (Saanich—Gulf Islands), seconded by Mr. Fortin (Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia), moved Motion No. 2, — That Bill C-316 be amended by deleting Clause 2.

Ms. May (Saanich—Gulf Islands), seconded by Mr. Fortin (Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia), moved Motion No. 3, — That Bill C-316 be amended by deleting Clause 3.

Ms. May (Saanich—Gulf Islands), seconded by Mr. Fortin (Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia), moved Motion No. 4, — That Bill C-316 be amended by deleting Clause 4.

Ms. May (Saanich—Gulf Islands), seconded by Mr. Fortin (Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia), moved Motion No. 5, — That Bill C-316 be amended by deleting Clause 5.

Debate arose on the motions in Group No. 1.

Royal Assent

A message was received informing the Commons that on March 15, 2012, at 5:09 p.m., Mr. Stephen Wallace, Secretary to the Governor General, in his capacity as Deputy of the Governor General, signified Royal Assent by written declaration to the following Bill:

Private Members' Business

The House resumed consideration at report stage of Bill C-316, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration), as reported by the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities with amendments;

And of the motions in Group No. 1 (Motions Nos. 1 to 5).

The debate continued on the motions in Group No. 1.

Pursuant to Standing Order 98(2), 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), 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 2012-2016 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2012 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. 8562-411-811-02. (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. Gosal (Minister of State (Sport)) — Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2012-2013 of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, pursuant to the Physical Activity and Sport Act, S.C. 2003, c. 2, sbs. 32(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-411-864-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)
— by Mr. Paradis (Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture)) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan and the Operating and Capital Budget for 2011-2012 of the Business Development Bank of Canada, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-411-833-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)
— by Mr. Paradis (Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture)) — Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2012-2016 of the Canadian Tourism Commission, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-411-861-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)
— by Mr. Ritz (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board) — Report on the review of the Farm Debt Mediation Act and the Farm Debt Mediation Service for the fiscal years 2007-2008 and 2009-2010, pursuant to the Farm Debt Mediation Act, S.C. 1997, c. 21, sbs. 28(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-411-765-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food)
Petitions Filed with the Clerk of the House

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

— by Mr. Hillyer (Lethbridge), one concerning abortion (No. 411-0703) and one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 411-0704);
— by Mr. Trost (Saskatoon—Humboldt), one concerning museums (No. 411-0705).
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 7:01 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).