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

Journals

No. 125

Friday, December 9, 2016

10:00 a.m.



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

Whereupon, Mr. Stanton (Simcoe North), Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole, took the Chair, pursuant to subsection 43(1) of the Parliament of Canada Act.

Prayer
Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Bains (Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development), seconded by Mr. Sohi (Minister of Infrastructure and Communities), — That Bill C-25, An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and the Competition Act, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

The debate continued.

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

Accordingly, Bill C-25, An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and the Competition Act, was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

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. Lamoureux (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. 421-00819 concerning housing policy. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-6-07;

— No. 421-00820 concerning the protection of the environment. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-3-13;

— No. 421-00822 concerning the use of animals in research. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-42-02;

— No. 421-00823 concerning blood donations. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-95-01;

— No. 421-00824 concerning cellphone towers. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-96-01;

— Nos. 421-00825, 421-00829 and 421-00830 concerning health care services. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-31-12.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Oliphant (Don Valley West), from the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, presented the Seventh Report of the Committee (Bill C-22, An Act to establish the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts, with amendments). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-421-130.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 40 to 46 and 48) was tabled.


Mr. Ellis (Bay of Quinte), from the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, presented the Third Report of the Committee, "Reaching Out: Improving Service Delivery to Canadian Veterans". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-421-131.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 4, 5, 7 to 26, 32, 33 and 35) was tabled.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Ms. Ludwig (New Brunswick Southwest), one concerning telecommunications (No. 421-01044);

— by Mrs. Vecchio (Elgin—Middlesex—London), one concerning the electoral system (No. 421-01045);

— by Mr. Blaikie (Elmwood—Transcona), one concerning rail transportation (No. 421-01046);

— by Mr. Ehsassi (Willowdale), one concerning blasphemous libel (No. 421-01047).


Questions 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 revised return to the following question made into an Order for Return:

Q-550 — Mr. Schmale (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock) — With regard to personal styling and coaching, since November 4, 2015, broken down by department, agency, and crown corporation: (a) how much has the government spent on (i) makeup, (ii) makeup artists, (iii) hair products, (iv) hair stylists, (v) any stylists not covered by (ii) or (iv), (vi) personal coaching, (vii) media coaching, (viii) any other coaching not covered by (vi) or (vii); (b) what is the breakdown of each expenditure including (i) date of purchase or contract, (ii) duration of contract, if applicable, (iii) amount of contract, (iv) amount spent, (v) contract file number, (vi) vendor name; and (c) which of the expenditures referred to in (b) were for a Minister or Ministerial exempt staff? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-550-01.

Mr. Lamoureux (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the answer to question Q-577 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-575 — Mr. Poilievre (Carleton) — With regard to a federal carbon tax or price on carbon: (a) what analysis has been conducted in 2015-2016 by the government with regard to the impact on family household budgets; (b) what analysis has been conducted in 2015-2016 by Employment and Social Development Canada with regard to the impact on persons and families falling below the low-income cut-off line; (c) how much will the annual cost of the basket of goods in the Market Basket Measure increase as a result of a $50-a-tonne price on carbon; (d) when fully implemented, how much will the $50-a-tonne price on carbon increase food prices for the average family of four, in each province; (e) how much will a $50-a-tonne carbon tax increase electricity costs, in percentage terms, in each province; (f) has the government calculated the average financial impact of the carbon tax on people living below the low-income cut-off line and, if so, what is the average monetary impact on the average family of four living below the low-income cut-off line; (g) how many individuals will fall beneath the low-income cut-off line as a result of a $50-a-tonne price on carbon; (h) did the Department of Finance conduct an analysis regarding the impact of a $50-a-tonne price on carbon on low-income families and, if so, what were its conclusions; (i) did the Department of Finance conduct an analysis regarding the impact of a $50-a-tonne price on carbon on the distribution of wealth and income in Canada and, if so, what were its conclusions; and (j) by how much does the government estimate a $50-a-tonne price on carbon will reduce carbon emissions? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-575.


Q-576 — Mr. Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) — With regard to the Minister of Democratic Institutions’ national tour on electoral reform: (a) what was the cost, including venue rentals, audio-visual, advertising, accommodations, travel, and per diems for the Minister and staff; (b) how many people attended each event, by location; (c) how many attendees supported adopting a proportional voting system; and (d) how many attendees supported holding a referendum on electoral reform? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-576.


Q-578 — Mr. Warawa (Langley—Aldergrove) — With regard to interactions between the government and Google Inc.: (a) what are the details of any requests, demands, orders, or directives the government has provided to Google Inc. including the (i) date, (ii) sender, (iii) recipient, (iv) title, (v) summary, (vi) file number; (b) for each instance referred to in (a), did Google Inc. comply; (c) what are the details of any requests Google Inc. has made to the government, including the (i) date, (ii) sender, (iii) recipient, (iv) title, (v) summary, (vi) file number; and (d) are any measures in place to ensure that ministerial exempt staff who were previously employed by Google Inc. are not lobbied by, or involved in any decisions concerning Google Inc.? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-578.


Q-579 — Mr. MacKenzie (Oxford) — With regard to travel taken by Ministers and their exempt staff to Medicine Hat, Alberta, between September 18, 2016, and October 24, 2016: (a) what are the details of all trips taken, including (i) the dates, (ii) the amount spent, (iii) the breakdown of expenses, (iv) the details of any official meetings or government business conducted on the trips; and (b) what are the details of any briefing documents or dockets prepared in relation to the trips, including the (i) date, (ii) title or subject matter, (iii) department’s internal tracking number? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-579.


Q-580 — Mr. Maguire (Brandon—Souris) — With regard to the government’s participation in the Global Progress 2016 Summit held in Montreal on September 14 and 15, 2016: (a) what is the total of all costs associated with the government’s involvement in the Summit; and (b) what is the itemized breakdown of all costs associated with the government’s involvement in the Summit? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-580.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Freeland (Minister of International Trade), seconded by Ms. Hajdu (Minister of Status of Women), — That Bill C-30, An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and its Member States and to provide for certain other measures, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on International Trade.

The debate continued.

Mr. Duguid (Winnipeg South), seconded by Mr. Leslie (Orléans), moved, — That this question be now put.

Debate arose thereon.

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 House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Tabbara (Kitchener South—Hespeler), seconded by Mr. Spengemann (Mississauga—Lakeshore), — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the contributions that German-Canadians have made to Canadian society, the richness of the German language and culture, and the importance of educating and reflecting upon German heritage for future generations, and that the Waterloo Region is host to the largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany, by declaring October, every year, German Heritage Month, and the nine days commencing the Friday before Thanksgiving, every year, Oktoberfest. (Private Members' Business M-73)

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Order made Thursday, December 1, 2016, the recorded division was deferred until Tuesday, December 13, 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), a paper deposited with the Acting Clerk of the House was laid upon the Table as follows:

— by Mr. Goodale (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) — Agreement for RCMP policing services made between Canada and the Town of Coaldale, Alberta, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, R.S. 1985, c. R-10, sbs. 20(5). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-475-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security)

Adjournment

At 1:46 p.m., the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).