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

Journals

No. 75

Friday, June 17, 2016

10:00 a.m.



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

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

Prayer
Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Morneau (Minister of Finance), seconded by Ms. Hajdu (Minister of Status of Women), — That Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act, be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

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

The Assistant Deputy Speaker laid upon the Table, — Report of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act, S.C. 2005, c. 46, sbs. 38(1) and (3.3). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-1000-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Dion (Minister of Foreign Affairs) laid upon the Table, — Report on Exports of Military Goods from Canada for the year 2014. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-94-01.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Dion (Minister of Foreign Affairs) laid upon the Table, — Report on Exports of Military Goods from Canada for the year 2015. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-94-02.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Dion (Minister of Foreign Affairs) laid upon the Table, — Report of operations under the Export and Import Permits Act for the year 2014. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-137-01.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Dion (Minister of Foreign Affairs) laid upon the Table, — Report of operations under the Export and Import Permits Act for the year 2015. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-137-02.


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Dion (Minister of Foreign Affairs) laid upon the Table, — Copy of the Arms Trade Treaty, and Explanatory Memorandum, dated April 2, 2013. — Sessional Paper No. 8532-421-13.


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. 421-00227 concerning the fishing industry. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-24-03;

— No. 421-00229 concerning climate change. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-4-04;

— Nos. 421-00230, 421-00288 and 421-00298 concerning the electoral system. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-11-06;

— No. 421-00231 concerning species at risk. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-50-01;

— No. 421-00249 concerning assisted suicide. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-9-06.


Introduction of Government Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Dion (Minister of Foreign Affairs) for Mr. Goodale (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), seconded by Ms. Chagger (Minister of Small Business and Tourism), Bill C-23, An Act respecting the preclearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States, 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 Committees

Mrs. Schulte (King—Vaughan), from the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, presented the Second Report of the Committee, "Federal Sustainability for Future Generations - A Report Following an Assessment of the Federal Sustainable Development Act". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-421-83.

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. 8 to 10, 12, 19, 21 and 23) was tabled.


Mr. Nault (Kenora), from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, presented the First Report of the Committee, "Sentenced to a Slow Demise: The Plight of Myanmar's Rohingya Minority". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-421-84.

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

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 21) was tabled.


Mr. Nault (Kenora), from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, presented the Second Report of the Committee (crimes against religious, Ethnic and other groups in Syria and Iraq). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-421-85.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 21) was tabled.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Van Loan (York—Simcoe), seconded by Mrs. Vecchio (Elgin—Middlesex—London), Bill C-299, An Act to amend the Copyright Act (term of copyright), 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. Thériault (Montcalm), seconded by Ms. Pauzé (Repentigny), Bill C-300, An Act to amend the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act (Canada Health Transfer), 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, in relation to its studies on wild atlantic salmon in Eastern Canada and northern cod stock, seven members of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans be authorized to travel to St. John’s, Port De Grave and Fogo, Newfoundland and Labrador; and to Miramichi, New Brunswick, in the Fall of 2016, and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study on federal protected areas and conservation objectives, seven members of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development be authorized to travel to Vancouver, Masset, Queen Charlotte, Sandspit, Victoria and Sidney, British Columbia; and to Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Edmonton, Alberta, in the Summer-Fall of 2016, and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study on Canada’s National Security Framework, seven members of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security be authorized to travel to Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the Fall of 2016, and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its pre-budget consultations in advance of the 2017 budget, seven members of the Standing Committee on Finance be authorized to travel to Kelowna, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Québec, Quebec; Toronto, Ontario; Fredericton, New Brunswick; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; and to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the Fall of 2016, and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its studies on women, peace and security and on the Canadian government's countries of focus for bilateral development assistance, seven members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development be authorized to travel to Guatemala City and Cobán, Guatemala; Bogotá and Villavicencio, Colombia, in the Summer-Fall of 2016, and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study of the next agricultural policy framework, seven members of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food be authorized to travel to Vancouver and Chilliwack, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Toronto, Niagara Region and Guelph, Ontario; Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec; and to Kentville, Nova Scotia, in the Fall of 2016, and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study on the suicide among indigenous peoples and communities, seven members of the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs be authorized to travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Nelson House and Thompson, Manitoba; Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay, Ontario; Iqaluit, Nunavut; Kuujjuaq, Quebec; Inuvik and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; Prince George and Vancouver, British Columbia; Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador; Sept-Îles (Uashat), Quebec; and to Eskasoni, Nova Scotia, in the Fall 2016-Winter 2017, and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study on Canada Post, seven members of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates be authorized to travel to Blainville and Montréal, Quebec; Toronto, Kitchener, Windsor, Dryden and Sandy Lake, Ontario; Corner Brook and St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Bathurst, New Brunswick; and to Lévis and Québec, Quebec, in the Fall of 2016, and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Allison (Niagara West), one concerning Iran (No. 421-00544);

— by Mr. Stewart (Burnaby South), one concerning health care services (No. 421-00545) and three concerning the income tax system (Nos. 421-00546 to 421-00548);

— by Ms. Pauzé (Repentigny), one concerning oil and gas exploration (No. 421-00549);

— by Mr. Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), one concerning health care services (No. 421-00550).


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-185 and Q-189 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-186 — Ms. Malcolmson (Nanaimo—Ladysmith) — With regard to the strategy to deal with abandoned and derelict vessels by Transport Canada: (a) how many abandoned and derelict vessels are there in Canada; (b) for each of the vessels identified in (a), (i) what are their locations, (ii) how long have they been considered abandoned and derelict, (iii) what are the removal plans for each vessel, (iv) in which state of removal are each of the vessels, including but not limited to, assessing, removing, or disposing, (v) what are the cost estimates for removal, (vi) what are the assessments on options available for carrying out the physical removal of the vessels, (vii) have the owners been identified, (viii) what has prevented the government from identifying the vessel owners, if anything, (ix) are they registered or licensed, and have the registrations or licenses been cancelled or suspended at any point, (x) are they a threat to navigation or to the marine environment; (c) how many abandoned and derelict vessels in Canada are 300 Gross Tons and over; (d) what would be the total estimated cost for the removal of all vessels in the derelict vessel inventory; (e) how many marine casualties have involved vessels that became shipwrecks in Canada’s internal waters and territorial sea, broken down by year for each of the past ten years; (f) how many accidents and maritime casualties are caused by abandoned and derelict vessels, broken down by year for each of the past ten years; (g) what are the risk factors that could lead to a vessel becoming a shipwreck and how is Transport Canada preventing those risk factors; (h) how many “responds to incidents” did the Canadian Coast Guard complete on abandoned and derelict vessels, broken down by year for each of the past ten years, and for each of these incidents please indicate (i) the date, time, and location of the incident, (ii) a description of the incident, (iii) the names of the vessels involved, (iv) the actions that were taken, if any, with regard to the abandoned vessel, (v) the current status of the abandoned vessel, boat or wreck and whether or not the abandoned boat, wreck, or vessel were decommissioned or disposed of, (vi) the plans to decommission or dispose of the vessel, if any exist; (i) what are the reasons for which vessels in Canadian waters would either be unregistered or unlicensed, or for which the registration or license has been cancelled or suspended; (j) for the vessels identified in (a), how many of these vessels then continue to float at anchor or tied to a dock; (k) how many lawsuits have involved the owner of the vessel and have had the aim of recovering the money to cover the cost of removal for abandoned and derelict vessels; (l) what has the government’s strategy been to date and what are the next steps for dealing with abandoned and derelict vessels, including (i) objectives, (ii) government departments and agencies involved in the strategy, (iii) other stakeholders; (m) what consultations has the government conducted and what are the next steps for future consultations with regard to abandoned and derelict vessels, broken down by (i) date and time, (ii) federal government participants, (iii) other participants, (iv) goal of the consultations, (v) method of inviting participants, (vi) length of time given for participation in the consultations; (n) has the government consulted with (i) municipalities, (ii) provinces and territories, (iii) First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, (iv) representatives of Canadian ship owners, (v) maritime lawyers, vi) marine underwriters, (vii) shoreline property owners, (viii) the shellfish industry, (ix) the fishing industry, (x) the lobster industry, (xi) the tourism industry, (xii) First Nations and Indigenous People, (xiii) the Canadian Maritime Advisory; (o) if the answer to (n) is in the affirmative, what are the names of each person consulted; (p) has Transport Canada held any conversations with the Coast Guard regarding the possibility of making the Coast Guard responsible for abandoned and derelict vessels in Canadian water; (q) which options are examined by Transport Canada to address the issue of abandoned vessels and wrecks; (r) what did the department recommend with regard to Canadian membership to the International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks (IWR); (s) if the answer to (r) is in the affirmative, when did Transport Canada first make this recommendation; (t) does the strategy propose a manner in which to deal with the wrecks that were in existence prior to its coming into force; (u) how does Transport Canada plan to deal with existing abandoned and derelict vessels; (v) how would the IWR Convention address several of the limitations inherent in Canada’s current legislative framework; (w) has there been any consideration as to the use the IWR Convention as the centrepiece for a new legislative regime; and (x) has the government considered regulatory frameworks from other jurisdictions, and if so, which ones? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-186.


Q-187 — Mr. Sweet (Flamborough—Glanbrook) — With regard to the Prime Minister’s Office, ministerial exempt staff, and Ministers, for the period of November 4, 2015, to April 22, 2016, what is the total amount incurred for airline change fees, as well as the details of each change fee incurred including the date, amount, and reason for change? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-187.


Q-188 — Mr. Sweet (Flamborough—Glanbrook) — With regard to the renting of venues or properties for executive retreats or meetings outside of a government department, agency, or Crown Corporation’s own offices, for all government departments, agencies and Crown Corporations, and for the period of November 4, 2015, to April 22, 2016: (a) what was the total cost of the rental of these venues, broken down by department, agency, and Crown Corporation; (b) how many times were venues or properties contracted for or rented, broken down by department, agency, and Crown Corporation; and (c) in each case, (i) what was the name and location of the venue or property, (ii) what was the purpose of the venue or property rental, (iii) how many people attended the retreat or meeting, (iv) what was the overall cost of the rental of the venue? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-421-188.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Morneau (Minister of Finance), seconded by Ms. Hajdu (Minister of Status of Women), — That Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act, be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

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. Liepert (Calgary Signal Hill), seconded by Mr. Trost (Saskatoon—University), — That Bill C-229, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts (life sentences), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

The debate continued.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, at 2:30 p.m., the House not adjourn and instead be suspended until 3:30 p.m. or until a Minister rises on a point of order for the purpose of seeking unanimous consent to move a motion, whichever is earlier.

Private Members' Business

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Liepert (Calgary Signal Hill), seconded by Mr. Trost (Saskatoon—University), — That Bill C-229, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts (life sentences), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, June 22, 2016, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business.

Interruption

At 2:30 p.m., pursuant to Order made earlier today, the sitting was suspended.

At 3:30 p.m., pursuant to Order made earlier today, the sitting resumed.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, when the House adjourns today, it shall stand adjourned until Monday, September 19, 2016, provided that, for the purposes of any Standing Order, it shall be deemed to have been adjourned pursuant to Standing Order 28 and be deemed to have sat on Monday, June 20, Tuesday, June 21, Wednesday, June 22, and Thursday, June 23, 2016;

that, notwithstanding the Order of Tuesday, June 7, 2016, the deadline for filing the list of members to serve on the Special Committee on Electoral Reform be Thursday, June 23, 2016;

that Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act, be deemed read a third time and passed on division; and

that the recorded divisions on motion M-43, on the motion for second reading of C-221, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sports betting), and on the motion for second reading of C-229, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts (life sentences), be further deferred to Wednesday, September 21, 2016, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business.

Appointments to a Committee

Pursuant to Order made Tuesday, June 7, 2016, the list of members for the Special Committee on Electoral Reform was deposited with the Acting Clerk of the House as follows:

Special Committee on Electoral Reform

Members (12)

John Aldag
Alexandre Boulerice
Nathan Cullen
Matt DeCourcey
Gérard Deltell
Jason Kenney
Elizabeth May
Scott Reid
Sherry Romanado
Ruby Sahota
Francis Scarpaleggia
Luc Thériault

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 the Speaker — Report of Committees Activities and Expenditures for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to Standing Order 121(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8527-421-8.

— by the Speaker — Minutes of Proceedings of the Board of Internal Economy of the House of Commons for April 21, and May 12, 2016, pursuant to Standing Order 148(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8527-421-9.

— by Mr. Garneau (Minister of Transport) — Interim Order No. 5 Respecting Flight Deck Occupants (81100-3-57), dated June 15, 2016, pursuant to the Aeronautics Act, R.S. 1985, c. A-2, sbs. 6.41(5) and (6). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-421-926-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— by Mr. Garneau (Minister of Transport) — Reports of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, 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. 8561-421-878-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(h)(v), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics)

— by Mr. Garneau (Minister of Transport) — Reports of VIA Rail Canada Inc. for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, 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. 8561-421-921-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(h)(v), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics)

— by Mr. Garneau (Minister of Transport) — Reports of Ridley Terminals Inc. for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, 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. 8561-421-941-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 3108(3)(h)(v), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics)

— by Mr. Garneau (Minister of Transport) — Reports of Marine Atlantic Inc. for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, 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. 8561-421-944-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(h)(v), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics)

Adjournment

At 3:30 p.m., the Assistant Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until Monday, September 19, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Order made earlier today and to Standing Order 24(1).