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

Journals

No. 306

Friday, June 1, 2018

10:00 a.m.



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

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

Prayer
Government Orders

The Order was read for the third reading of Bill C-57, An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act.

Ms. McKenna (Minister of Environment and Climate Change), seconded by Ms. Monsef (Minister of Status of Women), moved, — That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.

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), 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:

— Nos. 421-02218, 421-02219 and 421-02220 concerning discrimination. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-32-18;

— No. 421-02221 concerning the Employment Insurance Program. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-180-04;

— No. 421-02222 concerning cannabis. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-93-08;

— No. 421-02224 concerning aerodromes. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-106-02;

— Nos. 421-02225 and 421-02229 concerning the protection of the environment. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-3-49;

— No. 421-02226 concerning the official languages of Canada. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-207-01;

— No. 421-02227 concerning the pension system. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-98-06;

— No. 421-02228 concerning marine transportation. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-92-11;

— No. 421-02230 concerning health care services. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-31-40.


Presenting Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations



Presenting Reports from Committees

Ms. Dabrusin (Toronto—Danforth), from the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, presented the 11th Report of the Committee (Bill S-218, An Act respecting Latin American Heritage Month, without amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-421-409.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 112) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. O'Toole (Durham), seconded by Ms. Finley (Haldimand—Norfolk), Bill C-405, An Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (pension plans), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Ms. Gladu (Sarnia—Lambton), one concerning discrimination (No. 421-02399);

— by Ms. Dabrusin (Toronto—Danforth), one concerning public safety (No. 421-02400);

— by Ms. Quach (Salaberry—Suroît), three concerning the protection of the environment (Nos. 421-02401 to 421-02403);

— by Ms. Finley (Haldimand—Norfolk), one concerning international development and aid (No. 421-02404);

— by Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe), one concerning military medals and decorations (No. 421-02405), one concerning navigable waters (No. 421-02406) and one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 421-02407);

— by Ms. Malcolmson (Nanaimo—Ladysmith), one concerning the protection of the environment (No. 421-02408);

— by Mr. Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), one concerning health care services (No. 421-02409).


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-1637 to Q-1642, Q-1647, Q-1650 to Q-1655 and Q-1658 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-1629 — Ms. Pauzé (Repentigny) — With regard to federal spending in the riding of Repentigny, for each fiscal year since 2010–11, inclusively: what are the details of all grants and contributions and all loans to every organization, group, business or municipality, broken down by the (i) name of the recipient, (ii) municipality of the recipient, (iii) date on which the funding was received, (iv) amount received, (v) department or agency that provided the funding, (vi) program under which the grant, contribution or loan was made, (vii) nature or purpose? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1629.


Q-1630 — Mr. Fortin (Rivière-du-Nord) — With regard to federal spending in the riding of Rivière-du-Nord, for each fiscal year since 2010–11, inclusively: what are the details of all grants and contributions and all loans to every organization, group, business or municipality, broken down by the (i) name of the recipient, (ii) municipality of the recipient, (iii) date on which the funding was received, (iv) amount received, (v) department or agency that provided the funding, (vi) program under which the grant, contribution or loan was made, (vii) nature or purpose? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1630.


Q-1631 — Mr. Marcil (Mirabel) — With regard to federal spending in the riding of Mirabel, for each fiscal year since 2010–11, inclusively: what are the details of all grants and contributions and all loans to every organization, group, business or municipality, broken down by the (i) name of the recipient, (ii) municipality of the recipient, (iii) date on which the funding was received, (iv) amount received, (v) department or agency that provided the funding, (vi) program under which the grant, contribution or loan was made, (vii) nature or purpose? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1631.


Q-1632 — Mr. Thériault (Montcalm) — With regard to federal spending in the riding of Montcalm, for each fiscal year since 2010–11, inclusively: what are the details of all grants and contributions and all loans to every organization, group, business or municipality, broken down by the (i) name of the recipient, (ii) municipality of the recipient, (iii) date on which the funding was received, (iv) amount received, (v) department or agency that provided the funding, (vi) program under which the grant, contribution or loan was made, (vii) nature or purpose? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1632.


Q-1633 — Mr. Boudrias (Terrebonne) — With regard to federal spending in the riding of Terrebonne, for each fiscal year since 2010–11, inclusively: what are the details of all grants and contributions and all loans to every organization, group, business or municipality, broken down by the (i) name of the recipient, (ii) municipality of the recipient, (iii) date on which the funding was received, (iv) amount received, (v) department or agency that provided the funding, (vi) program under which the grant, contribution or loan was made, (vii) nature or purpose? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1633.


Q-1634 — Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — With regard to Canada Post: (a) since January 1, 2009, how many reports or studies were undertaken by Canada Post with regard to postal banking and retail financial services, (i) what were the contents of those reports or studies, (ii) were any reports or studies incomplete, (iii) what were the contents of the final drafts of the incomplete reports or studies, (iv) which individuals or organizations were consulted, (v) which elected officials were allowed to view the contents of any reports or studies; (b) since January 1, 1997, with regard to post office locations, (i) how many post office locations have been closed, including, (ii) the year, (iii) the location address and postal code, (iv) how many moratorium lists were developed with regard to post office closures, (v) what were the post offices included in each list, including an address and postal code, (vi) who was consulted on which post offices were selected for each list, (vii) were lists provided to any federal government task forces, (viii) which lists were provided for each task force, (ix) what is the content of each list; and (c) since January 1, 2009, with regard to mailboxes designed for the public to mail letters, postcards and small packages, (i) how many have been removed, including, (ii) the year, (iii) the location, (iv) what was the criteria used to determine removal? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1634.


Q-1635 — Mrs. McLeod (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo) — With regard to the Urban Indigenous Strategy, formerly known as the Urban Aboriginal Strategy, from 2013 to 2018: which organizations received funding through this strategy, and how much did each receive, broken down by year? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1635.


Q-1636 — Mr. Plamondon (Bécancour—Nicolet—Saurel) — With regard to federal spending in the riding of Bécancour—Nicolet—Saurel, for each fiscal year since 2010–11, inclusively: what are the details of all grants and contributions and all loans to every organization, group, business or municipality, broken down by the (i) name of the recipient, (ii) municipality of the recipient, (iii) date on which the funding was received, (iv) amount received, (v) department or agency that provided the funding, (vi) program under which the grant, contribution or loan was made, (vii) nature or purpose? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1636.


Q-1643 — Ms. Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski) — With regard to the government’s use of temporary help services and contracts: (a) what are the companies contracted by the government to provide temporary help services, broken down by department and agency; (b) what is the average length of employment for temporary workers, broken down by department and agency; (c) what mechanisms does the government use to track the work done by contractors across government departments and agencies; (d) how many temporary staff were hired by the government, broken down by (i) region and province where they were hired, (ii) year; (e) how much is disbursed by the government on average for (i) temporary staff, in terms of annual full time equivalency, broken down by classification, (ii) permanent staff, in terms of annual full time equivalency, broken down by classification; (f) what is the percentage change in expenditures for temporary help services and salary costs for indeterminate, term, and casual employees from 2015 to 2017-18 (in unadjusted dollars, reference year 1999-2000); (g) what were the reasons given for engaging temporary help services, broken down by year, beginning from 2015-16; (h) what were the percentages of contracts allocated for temporary help services for each cost range of less than $20,000, between $20,000 and $60,000 and more than $60,000, by reasons provided for the hires, broken down by year beginning from 2015-16; and (i) what is the average age of temporary staff hired, broken down by (i) region, (ii) department or agency, (iii) classification? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1643.


Q-1644 — Ms. Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski) — With regard to Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve and Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities: (a) what amount has been allocated for every fiscal year since 1996-97, broken down by (i) program, (ii) fiscal year, (iii) region, (iv) percent change year by year; and (b) what amount has been spent for every fiscal year since 1996-97, broken down by (i) program, (ii) fiscal year, (iii) region, (iv) percent change year by year? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1644.


Q-1645 — Mr. Stewart (Burnaby South) — With regard to the letter addressed to the Prime Minister dated November 2, 2017, from Canadian artificial intelligence experts, calling for an international ban on the weaponization of artificial intelligence: (a) when will the Prime Minister respond to the letter; (b) since Canada has not yet announced a national policy on these future weapons beyond a single sentence in “Strong, Secure, Engaged”, is the government working on a national policy and, if so, when will Parliament be consulted on this policy; and (c) what is the government doing to ensure Canadian artificial intelligence will not be utilized for the development of autonomous weapons, both domestically and in other countries? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1645.


Q-1646 — Mr. Blaikie (Elmwood—Transcona) — With regard to the restructuring of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and the associated arrangement by which employees of the now Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) continue to contribute to the Public Service Pension Plan: what would be the annual cost to the government to continue that arrangement, broken down by category? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1646.


Q-1648 — Mr. Allison (Niagara West) — With regard to all surveys conducted by the government with a cost in excess of $10,000, since January 1, 2016: what are the details of all such surveys, including (i) vendor, (ii) date and duration, (iii) questions asked, (iv) answers, findings and results, (v) file number of associated contracts, (vi) goal or rationale of survey? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1648.


Q-1649 — Mr. Allison (Niagara West) — With regard to government employees, broken down by department, agency, and other government entity, and as of April 1, 2018: (a) what was the total number of employees or full-time equivalents; (b) what was the total number of employees at each Treasury Board classification level (AS-07, EX-02, etc.); and (c) what is the associated salary range of each classification level in (b)? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1649.


Q-1656 — Mr. Shipley (Lambton—Kent—Middlesex) — With regard to the “Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements”: (a) how many leaves without pay were requested on or after November 4, 2015, to permit acceptance of employment in the office of the Prime Minister, a Minister, a Minister of state, a Senator or a Member of the House of Commons, broken down by the department or agency granting the leave; (b) of the requests in (a), how many were (i) accepted, (ii) rejected; (c) what are the names of the public servants who submitted a request in each (b)(i) and (ii); (d) what are the titles and units of the public servants who submitted a request in each (b)(i) and (ii); and (e) which offices did the public servants who submitted a request in each (b)(i) and (ii) join or intend to join, as the case may be? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1656.


Q-1657 — Mr. Shipley (Lambton—Kent—Middlesex) — With regard to exempt staff appointments under section 128 of the Public Service Employment Act: (a) how many persons currently holding an exempt staff appointment are on a leave of absence from substantive positions in the public service, broken down by minister’s office; (b) with respect to the persons referred to in (a), what are their (i) names, (ii) exempt staff position titles, (iii) position titles, organizational unit, and department or agency of the substantive public service position; (c) how many persons currently employed in substantive positions in the public service received an appointment to an exempt staff positions after November 4, 2015, broken down by current department or agency of employment; and (d) with respect to the persons referred to in (c), what are their (i) names, (ii) current position titles, organizational unit, and department or agency, (iii) titles and minister’s office of the exempt staff position? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1657.


Q-1659 — Mr. Shields (Bow River) — With regard to the trip to South Korea by the Minister of Canadian Heritage in April of 2018 to study “K-pop” music: (a) what was the Minister’s itinerary on the trip; (b) why did the Minister ignore her department’s recommendation not to take the trip; (c) excluding invoices yet to be received, what are the details of all expenditures related to the trip, including (i) vendor, (ii) date, (iii) amount, (iv) description of goods or services; and (d) what specifically did the Minister learn about “K-pop” music on the trip which justified the associated costs? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-1659.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. McKenna (Minister of Environment and Climate Change), seconded by Ms. Monsef (Minister of Status of Women), — That Bill C-57, An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act, be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

At 1:15 p.m., pursuant to Order made Tuesday, May 29, 2018, under the provisions of Standing Order 78(3), the Assistant Deputy Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Order made Tuesday, May 29, 2018, the recorded division was deferred until Monday, June 4, 2018, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.

Private Members' Business

At 1:16 p.m., by unanimous consent, the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Bernier (Beauce), seconded by Mr. Kmiec (Calgary Shepard), — That Bill C-396, An Act to amend the Department of Industry Act (financial assistance), 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, pursuant to Order made Tuesday, May 29, 2018, the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.

Returns and Reports Deposited with the 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 Mr. Garneau (Minister of Transport) — Interim Order No. 9 Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft (81100-3-64-9), dated May 31, 2018, pursuant to the Aeronautics Act, R.S. 1985, c. A-2, sbs. 6.41(5) and (6). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-926-11. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— by Ms. Joly (Minister of Canadian Heritage) — Response of the government, pursuant to Standing Order 109, to the Tenth Report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, "Taking action against systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia" (Sessional Paper No. 8510-421-340), presented to the House on Thursday, February 1, 2018. — Sessional Paper No. 8512-421-340.

— by Ms. McKenna (Minister of Environment and Climate Change) — Amendments to the Management Plan for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada, pursuant to the Canada National Parks Act, S.C. 2000, c. 32, sbs. 11(2) and to the Parks Canada Agency Act, S.C. 1998, c. 31, sbs. 32(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-566-09. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Ms. McKenna (Minister of Environment and Climate Change) — Amendments to the Management Plan for the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site of Canada, pursuant to the Canada National Parks Act, S.C. 2000, c. 32, sbs. 11(2) and to the Parks Canada Agency Act, S.C. 1998, c. 31, sbs. 32(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-566-10. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

Adjournment

At 2:03 p.m., the Assistant Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).