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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
41st PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION

Journals

No. 18

Monday, November 18, 2013

11:00 a.m.



Prayers
Vacancies

The Speaker informed the House that a vacancy had occurred in the representation in the House of Commons, for the Electoral District of Macleod, in the Province of Alberta, by reason of the resignation of Mr. Ted Menzies, and that, pursuant to paragraph 25(1)(b) of the Parliament of Canada Act, he had addressed, on Saturday, November 9, 2013, his warrant to the Chief Electoral Officer for the issue of a writ for the election of a member to fill the vacancy.

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 House resumed consideration at report stage of Bill C-428, An Act to amend the Indian Act (publication of by-laws) and to provide for its replacement, as reported by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development with amendments;

And of the motions in Group No. 1 (Motions Nos. 2 and 3).

Group No. 1

Motion No. 2 of Mr. Clarke (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River), seconded by Mr. Trost (Saskatoon—Humboldt), — That Bill C-428, in clause 3, be amended by replacing line 14 on page 2 with the following:

“25, 28, 37, 38, 42, 44, 46, 48 to 51 and 58 to 60 and the”

Motion No. 3 of Mr. Clarke (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River), seconded by Mr. Trost (Saskatoon—Humboldt), — That Bill C-428, in clause 4, be amended by replacing line 20 on page 2 with the following:

“Minister otherwise orders, sections 42 to 52”

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

The question was put on Motion No. 2 and, pursuant to Standing Order 98(4), the recorded division, which will also apply to Motion No. 3, was deferred until Wednesday, November 20, 2013, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business.

Interruption

At 11:48 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:00 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Ambrose (Minister of Health), seconded by Mrs. Yelich (Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular)), — That Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security;

And of the amendment of Ms. Davies (Vancouver East), seconded by Ms. Morin (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine), — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“this house decline to give second reading to Bill C-2, an Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, because it:

(a) fails to reflect the dual purposes of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) to maintain and promote both public health and public safety;

(b) runs counter to the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Canada v. PHS Community Services Society, which states that a Minister should generally grant an exemption when there is proof that a supervised injection site will decrease the risk of death and disease, and when there is little or no evidence that it will have a negative impact on public safety;

(c) establishes onerous requirements for applicants that will create unjustified barriers for the establishment of safe injection sites, which are proven to save lives and increase health outcomes; and

(d) further advances the Minister's political tactics to divide communities and use the issue of supervised injection sites for political gain, in place of respecting the advice and opinion of public health experts.”.

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

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. 412-0006, 412-0213 and 412-0243 concerning Old Age Security benefits. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-412-31-02;

— Nos. 412-0065 to 412-0093 concerning sex selection. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-412-46-02;

— No. 412-0215 concerning abortion. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-412-53-01.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Allison (Niagara West—Glanbrook), from the Liaison Committee, presented the First Report of the Committee (Committee Activities and Expenditures for the period of April 1 to June 30, 2013). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-412-4.

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


Mr. Wallace (Burlington), from the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, presented the First Report of the Committee (Bill C-489, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (restrictions on offenders), with amendments). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-412-5.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 3 and 4) was tabled.


Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain), from the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations, presented the First Report of the Committee (review of statutory instruments). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-412-6.

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


Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the First Report of the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations, 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 fishing industry (No. 412-0380);

— by Mr. Valeriote (Guelph), two concerning international agreements (Nos. 412-0381 and 412-0382);

— by Mr. Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), one concerning nuclear weapons (No. 412-0383);

— by Ms. Duncan (Etobicoke North), one concerning health care services (No. 412-0384);

— by Mr. Warawa (Langley), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 412-0385);

— by Mr. Sullivan (York South—Weston), one concerning navigable waters (No. 412-0386);

— by Mr. Lunney (Nanaimo—Alberni), two concerning genetic engineering (Nos. 412-0387 and 412-0388) and one concerning the income tax system (No. 412-0389);

— by Mr. Easter (Malpeque), one concerning funding aid (No. 412-0390);

— by Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe), one concerning navigable waters (No. 412-0391);

— by Mr. Hyer (Thunder Bay—Superior North), one concerning the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (No. 412-0392);

— by Mr. Cuzner (Cape Breton—Canso), one concerning funding aid (No. 412-0393);

— by Mr. Kellway (Beaches—East York), one concerning the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (No. 412-0394) and one concerning transportation (No. 412-0395);

— by Ms. Bennett (St. Paul's), one concerning the electoral system (No. 412-0396);

— by Mr. Reid (Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington), one concerning the electoral system (No. 412-0397), one concerning genetic engineering (No. 412-0398), one concerning funding aid (No. 412-0399) and one concerning China (No. 412-0400);

— by Mr. Cash (Davenport), one concerning working conditions (No. 412-0401) and one concerning telecommunications (No. 412-0402);

— by Mr. MacAulay (Cardigan), one concerning funding aid (No. 412-0403);

— by Ms. Sgro (York West), four concerning budget measures (Nos. 412-0404 to 412-0407).

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Ambrose (Minister of Health), seconded by Mrs. Yelich (Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular)), — That Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security;

And of the amendment of Ms. Davies (Vancouver East), seconded by Ms. Morin (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine), — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“this house decline to give second reading to Bill C-2, an Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, because it:

(a) fails to reflect the dual purposes of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) to maintain and promote both public health and public safety;

(b) runs counter to the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Canada v. PHS Community Services Society, which states that a Minister should generally grant an exemption when there is proof that a supervised injection site will decrease the risk of death and disease, and when there is little or no evidence that it will have a negative impact on public safety;

(c) establishes onerous requirements for applicants that will create unjustified barriers for the establishment of safe injection sites, which are proven to save lives and increase health outcomes; and

(d) further advances the Minister's political tactics to divide communities and use the issue of supervised injection sites for political gain, in place of respecting the advice and opinion of public health experts.”.

The debate continued.

Returns and Reports Deposited with the Clerk of the House

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(1), a paper deposited with the Clerk of the House was laid upon the Table as follows:

— by Ms. Leitch (Minister of Labour) — Report on the Employment Equity Act (Labour) for the year 2012, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, s. 20. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-412-226-01. (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)

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. Martin (Winnipeg Centre), four concerning health care services (Nos. 412-0408 to 412-0411);

— by Mr. Warawa (Langley), six concerning genetic engineering (Nos. 412-0412 to 412-0417).

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:30 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 6:41 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).