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42nd PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION

Journals

No. 2

Friday, December 4, 2015

2:30 p.m.



Prayer
Opening of Parliament

A Message was received from His Excellency the Governor General desiring the immediate attendance of the Commons in the Senate.

Accordingly, the Speaker, with the Commons proceeded to the Senate.

The Commons returned to the Chamber.

Whereupon, the Speaker reported that when the Commons had been in the Senate, he had, on their behalf, claimed their undoubted rights and privileges, especially that they may have freedom of speech in their debates, access to His Excellency's person at all seasonable times, and that their proceedings may receive from His Excellency the most favourable construction and that His Excellency the Governor General had been pleased to declare that He freely confides in the duty and attachment of the House of Commons to Her Majesty's Person and Government and, not doubting that their proceedings will be conducted with wisdom, temper and prudence, grants and upon all occasions will recognize and allow their constitutional privileges, and to assure the Commons that they shall have ready access to Him upon all occasions, and that their proceedings as well as their words and actions, will constantly receive from Him the most favourable construction.

Pro-Forma Bill

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Trudeau (Prime Minister), seconded by Mr. LeBlanc (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), Bill C-1, An Act respecting the administration of oaths of office, was introduced and read the first time.

Speech from the Throne

The Speaker reported that when the Commons was in the Senate, His Excellency the Governor General was pleased to make a speech to both Houses of Parliament.

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Copy of the Speech from the Throne. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-421-1.

Mr. Trudeau (Prime Minister), seconded by Mr. LeBlanc (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), moved, — That the Speech from the Throne delivered this day by His Excellency the Governor General to both Houses of Parliament be taken into consideration later this day.

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

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the House, desiring to record its deep appreciation of the distinguished and faithful service of Audrey Elizabeth O'Brien as Clerk of the House of Commons, designate her as Clerk Emerita and an Honorary Officer of the House of Commons with an entrée to the Chamber and a seat at the Table.

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. LeBlanc and Ms. Foote, members of the Queen's Privy Council;

Mr. Leslie, representative of the government caucus;

Mr. Scheer and Mr. Brown, representatives of the Conservative Party of Canada caucus;

Mr. Julian, representative of the New Democratic Party caucus.

Business of Supply

Pursuant to Standing Order 81, Mr. Brison (President of the Treasury Board), seconded by Mr. LeBlanc (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), moved, — That the Business of Supply be considered at the next sitting of the House.

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


The Speaker informed the House that, pursuant to Standing Order 81(10)(b), a total of one day will be allotted for the Supply period ending December 10, 2015.

Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole

Pursuant to Standing Order 7(1.1), the motion “That Mr. Stanton (Simcoe North) be appointed Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole” was deemed to have been moved and seconded.

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

Motions

Mr. LeBlanc (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), seconded by Ms. Wilson-Raybould (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada), moved, — That the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs be appointed to prepare and report lists of members to compose the standing and standing joint committees of this House; and that the Committee be composed of Larry Bagnell, Arnold Chan, David Graham, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Ruby Sahota, Anita Vandenbeld, Randy Hoback, Scott Reid, Blake Richards and David Christopherson.

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

Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne

The Order for the consideration of the Speech from the Throne delivered by His Excellency the Governor General to both Houses of Parliament was read.

Mr. Massé (Avignon—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia), seconded by Ms. Sahota (Brampton North), moved, — That the following Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor General of Canada:
To His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY:
We, Her Majesty's most loyal and dutiful subjects, the House of Commons of Canada, in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Excellency for the gracious Speech which Your Excellency has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.

Debate arose thereon.

Ms. Ambrose (Leader of the Opposition), seconded by Mr. Lebel (Lac-Saint-Jean), moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

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

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, until December 10, 2015, Standing Order 81 be amended as follows:

Section (5) be replaced with the following:

“Supplementary estimates shall be deemed referred to a Committee of the Whole House immediately after they are presented in the House. A Committee of the Whole shall consider and shall report, or shall be deemed to have reported, the same back to the House not later than one sitting day before the final sitting or the last allotted day in the current period.

On a day appointed by a Minister of the Crown, consideration of the supplementary estimates shall be taken up by a Committee of the Whole House immediately following the consideration of a motion under the provisions of Standing Order 83(3) and (4), for a period of time not exceeding three hours. During the time provided for consideration of the supplementary estimates pursuant to this paragraph, no quorum calls, dilatory motions, or requests for unanimous consent shall be received by the Chair; no Member shall be recognized for more than 15 minutes at a time and the Member shall not speak in debate for more than ten minutes during that period. The 15 minutes may be used both for debate and posing questions to the Minister of the Crown or a Parliamentary Secretary acting on behalf of the Minister. When the Member is recognized he or she shall indicate how the 15 minutes is to be apportioned. Furthermore, within each 15-minute period, each party may allocate time to one or more of its Members for speeches or for questions and answers, provided that, in the case of questions and answers, the Minister's answer approximately reflect the time taken by the question, and provided that, in the case of speeches, Members of the party to which the period is allocated may speak one after the other.

At the conclusion of the time provided for the consideration of the business pursuant to this section, the Committee shall rise, the estimates shall be deemed reported and the House shall immediately adjourn to the next sitting day.”; and

that, subject to the provisions of this Order, the Business of Supply shall otherwise be conducted in accordance with Standing Order 81..


Mr. LeBlanc (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), seconded by Ms. Wilson-Raybould (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada), moved, — That this House do now adjourn.

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

Returns and Reports Deposited with the Acting 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. Bibeau (Minister of International Development and La Francophonie) — Report of the International Development Research Centre, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the International Development Research Centre Act, R.S. 1985, c. I-19, sbs. 22(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-365-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development)
— by Ms. Bibeau (Minister of International Development and La Francophonie) — Report on the Government of Canada's Official Development Assistance for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act, S.C. 2008, c. 17, s. 5. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-1022-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development)
— by Ms. Bibeau (Minister of International Development and La Francophonie) — Reports of the International Development Research Centre for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Access to Information Act and to the Privacy Act, R.S. 1985, c. A-1 and P-21, sbs. 72(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8561-421-701-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(h)(v), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics)
Adjournment

Accordingly, at 5:05 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until Monday, at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).