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

Journals

No. 25

Thursday, February 25, 2016

10:00 a.m.



Prayer
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 response, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petition:

— No. 421-00040 concerning assisted suicide. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-9-01.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Garneau (Minister of Transport) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled "Pathways: Connecting Canada's Transportation System to the World". — Sessional Paper No. 8525-421-6.


Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. McCallum (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship), seconded by Mr. MacAulay (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food), Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act, 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 Interparliamentary Delegations

Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Brown (Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes) presented the report of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group respecting its participation at the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance (BTA) Conference, held in Washington, D.C., from October 4 to 6, 2015. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-421-59-09.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Oliphant (Don Valley West), from the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, presented the First Report of the Committee, "Medical Assistance in Dying: A Patient-Centred Approach". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-421-1.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 1 to 16) was tabled.


Ms. Sgro (Humber River—Black Creek), from the Liaison Committee, presented the First Report of the Committee (Committee Activities and Expenditures for the period of April 1 to August 2, 2015). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-421-2.

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


Ms. Sgro (Humber River—Black Creek), from the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, presented the First Report of the Committee (Supplementary Estimates (C), 2015-16 — Vote 1c under Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, Votes 1c and 5c under Office of Infrastructure of Canada, Votes 1c and 10c under Transport and Vote 1c under VIA Rail Canada Inc.). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-421-3.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 3) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Lobb (Huron—Bruce), seconded by Mr. McColeman (Brantford—Brant), Bill C-232, An Act to amend the Excise Act, 2001 (spirits), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Nicholson (Niagara Falls), seconded by Mr. Oliphant (Don Valley West), Bill C-233, An Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Trudel (Jonquière), seconded by Ms. Benson (Saskatoon West), Bill C-234, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (replacement workers), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Bagnell (Yukon), seconded by Ms. Sgro (Humber River—Black Creek), Bill C-235, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (fetal alcohol disorder), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Lapointe (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles), seconded by Mr. Ayoub (Thérèse-De Blainville), Bill C-236, An Act to amend the Payment Card Networks Act (credit card acceptance fees), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Stewart (Burnaby South), seconded by Ms. Malcolmson (Nanaimo—Ladysmith), Bill C-237, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (gender equity), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Fisher (Dartmouth—Cole Harbour), seconded by Mr. Fraser (Central Nova), Bill C-238, An Act respecting the development of a national strategy for the safe disposal of lamps containing mercury, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Falk (Provencher), seconded by Mr. Nater (Perth—Wellington), Bill C-239, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (charitable gifts), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. May (Cambridge), seconded by Mr. Badawey (Niagara Centre), Bill C-240, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (tax credit — first aid), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, on Friday, February 26, 2016, the House shall consider Bill C-4, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Income Tax Act, at second reading, and, when no Member rises to speak or at the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders, whichever is earlier, all questions necessary to dispose of the second reading stage of the Bill shall be deemed put and a recorded division deemed requested and deferred until Monday, March 7, 2016, at the ordinary hour of daily adjournment.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Nater (Perth—Wellington), one concerning the electoral system (No. 421-00084);

— by Mr. MacGregor (Cowichan—Malahat—Langford), two concerning the electoral system (Nos. 421-00085 and 421-00086);

— by Mr. Bagnell (Yukon), one concerning the electoral system (No. 421-00087);

— by Ms. May (Saanich—Gulf Islands), one concerning discrimination (No. 421-00088) and one concerning the protection of the environment (No. 421-00089);

— by Mr. Cuzner (Cape Breton—Canso), one concerning poverty (No. 421-00090);

— by Mr. Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), one concerning the issuance of visas (No. 421-00091).

Business of Supply

The Order was read for the consideration of the Business of Supply.

Ms. Trudel (Jonquière), seconded by Ms. Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski), moved, — That the House (a) acknowledge that mounting job losses combined with a lack of access to Employment Insurance (EI) contribute to growing income inequality and a situation where too many Canadians are struggling to make ends meet; and (b) call on the government to honour its campaign promises and Throne Speech commitment to strengthen the EI system “to make sure that it best serves both the Canadian economy and all Canadians who need it,” by taking immediate action to: (i) create a universal qualifying threshold of 360 hours for EI, regardless of the regional rate of unemployment, (ii) immediately repeal the harmful reforms of the previous government, including those that force unemployed workers to move away from their communities, take lower-paying jobs and those that eliminated the Extended EI Benefits Pilot program to help seasonal workers, (iii) protect the EI account to ensure that funds are only spent on benefits for Canadians, including training, and never again used to boost the government’s bottom line.

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.

Ways and Means

Pursuant to Standing Order 83(2), at the request of Mr. LeBlanc (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) for Mr. Morneau (Minister of Finance), an Order of the Day was designated for the consideration of a Ways and Means motion for a Budget presentation on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.

Statement by the Speaker

The Speaker ruled that Bill C-222, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada-Barbados Income Tax Agreement), was improperly before the House and declared the first reading null and void.

Accordingly, the Order for the second reading of the Bill was discharged and the item was dropped from the Order Paper.

Business of Supply

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Trudel (Jonquière), seconded by Ms. Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski), in relation to the Business of Supply.

The debate continued.

At 6:15 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 81(16), the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 45, the recorded division was deferred until Monday, March 7, 2016, at the ordinary hour of daily adjournment.

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 Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament has been authorized to examine and report upon the expenditures set out in Library of Parliament Vote 1 of the Main Estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017.

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 Ms. Bennett (Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs) — Report of the British Columbia Treaty Commission for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the British Columbia Treaty Commission Act, S.C. 1995, c. 45, sbs. 21(3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-37-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development)

— by Ms. Bennett (Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs) — Report of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board, together with the Auditors' Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the section 41.2 of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management, as ratified by the First Nations Land Management Act, S.C. 1999, c. 24, sbs. 4(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-862-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development)

— by Ms. Bennett (Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs) — Annual Report of the Specific Claims Tribunal for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Specific Claims Tribunal Act, S.C. 2008, c. 22, s. 40. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-1045-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:17 p.m., by unanimous consent and 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 6:45 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).