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No. 375

Thursday, January 31, 2019

10:00 a.m.

The 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.

Statement by the Speaker

Pursuant to Standing Order 92(4), the Speaker declared that the motion relating to the designation of Bill C-421, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (adequate knowledge of French in Quebec), was negatived.

Accordingly, the Bill was declared non-votable.

Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

The Deputy Speaker laid upon the Table, — Report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled "Canada’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline – Financial and Economic Considerations" for the year 2019, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S., 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-1119-30.

Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Lukiwski (Moose Jaw—Lake Centre—Lanigan), from the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, presented the 16th Report of the Committee, "Improving Transparency and Parliamentary Oversight of the Government’s Spending Plans". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-421-509.

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. 3, 12, 17, 22, 50, 52, 56, 64, 95, 128 to 132, 133, 139, 142, 144, 145, 148, 149, 154, 156, 157 and 159) was tabled.

Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Harvey (Tobique—Mactaquac), seconded by Mr. Arseneault (Madawaska—Restigouche), Bill C-427, An Act to amend the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Act (excellence in agricultural innovation), 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 Mr. Sikand (Mississauga—Streetsville), one concerning police officers (No. 421-03151);

— by Ms. Harder (Lethbridge), one concerning organ transplants (No. 421-03152);

— by Ms. O'Connell (Pickering—Uxbridge), six concerning the protection of the environment (Nos. 421-03153 to 421-03158) and one concerning the use of animals in research (No. 421-03159);

— by Mr. Iacono (Alfred-Pellan), one concerning tobacco (No. 421-03160);

— by Mr. Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), one concerning China (No. 421-03161).

Business of Supply

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

Ms. Benson (Saskatoon West), seconded by Ms. Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga), moved, — That, in the opinion of the House, the government is failing to adequately address Canada’s housing crisis and that, therefore, the House call on the government to create 500,000 units of quality, affordable housing within ten years, and to commit in Budget 2019 to completing 250,000 of those units within five years.

Debate arose thereon.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, at the conclusion of today's debate on the opposition motion in the name of the Member for Saskatoon West, all questions necessary to dispose of the motion be deemed put and a recorded division deemed requested and deferred until Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.

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.

Business of Supply

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Benson (Saskatoon West), seconded by Ms. Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga), in relation to the Business of Supply.

The debate continued.

At 5:15 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 81(16), the Deputy Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

Pursuant to Order made earlier today, the question was deemed put on the motion and the recorded division was deemed requested and deferred until Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.

Private Members' Business

At 5:19 p.m., by unanimous consent, the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology of Bill C-278, An Act to amend the Lobbying Act (reporting obligations).

Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke), seconded by Mrs. Kusie (Calgary Midnapore), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the Order was dropped to the bottom of the order of precedence on the Order Paper.

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:21 p.m., 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 6:41 p.m., the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).