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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
42nd PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION

Journals

No. 100

Friday, October 28, 2016

10:00 a.m.



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

Whereupon, Mrs. Hughes (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing), Assistant Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole, took the Chair, pursuant to Standing Order 8.

Prayer
Government Orders

The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-29, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016 and other measures.

Ms. Bibeau (Minister of International Development and La Francophonie) for Mr. Morneau (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Sohi (Minister of Infrastructure and Communities), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

Debate arose thereon.

Mr. Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent), seconded by Mrs. McLeod (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo), moved the following amendment, — 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-29, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016 and other measures, since it proposes to continue with the government’s failed economic policies exemplified by and resulting in, among other things, the current labour market operating at “half the average rate of job creation of the previous five years” as noted in the summary of the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s Report: “Labour Market Assessment 2016”.”.

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

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Ms. Goldsmith-Jones (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs) laid upon the Table, — Copy of the Amendments to Annex I of the International Convention against Doping in Sport, dated October 14, 2016, and Explanatory Memorandum. — Sessional Paper No. 8532-421-19.


Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That the Sixth Report of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, presented to the House on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, be amended by replacing the last line of the second paragraph on page 9 with the following: “They might be facing refoulement, forced return to their country of origin, or they may be detained because refugees are not supposed to be detained because they are refugees.”.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. MacGregor (Cowichan—Malahat—Langford), two concerning the protection of the environment (Nos. 421-00827 and 421-00828);

— by Mr. Eglinski (Yellowhead), two concerning health care services (Nos. 421-00829 and 421-00830).


Questions on the Order Paper

Mr. Lamoureux (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the answers to questions Q-376, Q-392 and Q-477 on the Order Paper.


Pursuant to Standing Order 39(7), Mr. Lamoureux (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-360 — Ms. Raitt (Milton) — With regard to the commitment in Budget 2016 to invest in the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) so as to enhance its efforts to combat tax evasion and avoidance and with regard to the June 7, 2016, meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance’s concerning efforts by the CRA to combat tax avoidance and evasion: (a) did the Minister of Finance, anyone within his office, or Department of Finance, meet with anyone from Canadians For Tax Fairness prior to the release of Budget 2016; (b) if the answer to (a) is in the affirmative, was this meeting, in whole or in part, on the topic of the use of the proposed funds for the CRA included in Budget 2016; (c) were legislative responses to tax evasion and avoidance considered when drafting solutions to these issues, or was the only solution considered a monetary increase to the CRA’s budget; and (d) if the answer to (c) is in the affirmative, was there a cost analysis done on whether legislative measures or additional funding for CRA would be more effective? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-360.


Q-361 — Ms. Raitt (Milton) — With regard to the government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth: (a) when does the Council meet; (b) are minutes taken at its meetings; (c) if the answer to (b) is in the affirmative, what are the details of these minutes; (d) what is the process for choosing the advisors; (e) who chooses the advisors; (f) to what degree does the Council have power over the choices of the government in economic matters; (g) how are the Council’s suggestions weighed in relation to that of the Department of Finance; (h) for each of the following members of the Council, what was the reason that they were selected for the Council, and what contribution do they provide to the Council (i) Dominic Barton, (ii) Elyse Allen, (iii) Katherine Barr, (iv) Jennifer Blanke, (v) Kenneth Courtis, (vi) Brian Ferguson, (vii) Suzanne Fortier, (viii) Carol Anne Hilton, (ix) Carol Lee, (x) Christopher Ragan, (xi) Angela Strange, (xii) Ilse Treurnicht; and (i) with regard to (h)(i), what powers does Dominic Barton hold as chair of the Council? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-361.


Q-362 — Ms. Raitt (Milton) — With regard to the consultations on a voluntary supplement to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), undertaken by the previous government, the results of which were due September 10, 2015: (a) what is the status of these consultations; (b) has the Minister of Finance been briefed on these consultations; (c) if the answer to (b) is in the affirmative, what are the details of the briefing materials provided; (d) have these consultations been taken into consideration in order to determine what measures to take in regards to the CPP; (e) have any reports been drafted from the findings of the consultations; and (f) is the Minister of Finance considering doing a similar consultation on the possible enhancement to the CPP? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-362.


Q-370 — Mr. Kmiec (Calgary Shepard) — With regard to the federal disability tax credit (DTC) : (a) what is the average DTC amount a successful claimant is eligible to receive per year; (b) what is the total DTC amount claimed for the fiscal year 2015; (c) what is the total number of DTC claimants for the fiscal year 2015; (d) does the rejection of a DTC claim affect the outcome of an application for provincial credits for disabilities; (e) what is the approval rate for DTC applicants who reapplied for the credit with the assistance of a tax credit consultant; and (f) how many times has the procedures manual that Canada Revenue Agency assessors refer to in administration of the DTC program been updated and what are these updates for the past 10 years? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-370.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Morneau (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Sohi (Minister of Infrastructure and Communities), — That Bill C-29, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016 and other measures, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance;

The debate continued.

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 Order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill C-224, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (assistance — drug overdose), as reported by the Standing Committee on Health without amendment.

Mr. McKinnon (Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam), seconded by Mr. Beech (Burnaby North—Seymour), 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 76.1(11), Mr. McKinnon (Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam), seconded by Mr. Beech (Burnaby North—Seymour), moved, — That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.

Debate arose thereon.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 98(4), the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, November 2, 2016, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business.

Returns and Reports Deposited with the Acting Clerk of the House

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(1), papers deposited with the Acting Clerk of the House were laid upon the Table as follows:

— by Mr. Brison (President of the Treasury Board) — Report on the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act, S.C. 2005, c. 46, sbs. 38.1(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-1006-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— by Mr. Morneau (Minister of Finance) — Actuarial Report supplementing the Actuarial Report of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions on the Canada Pension Plan dated December 31, 2015, pursuant to the Canada Pension Plan Act, R.S., 1985, c. C-8, s. 115. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-83-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

Adjournment

At 2:15 p.m., the Assistant Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).