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Wednesday, December 11, 2019 (No. 5)

Orders of the Day

Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne

Address debate — maximum of six appointed days, pursuant to Standing Order 50(1).
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 — third appointed day.
Thursday, December 12, 2019 — fourth appointed day.
Friday, December 13, 2019 — fifth appointed day.
December 6, 2019 — Resuming debate on the motion of Mrs. Bessette (Brome—Missisquoi), seconded by Mr. Weiler (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country), — That the following address be presented to Her Excellency the Governor General:
To Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, 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.
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;
And on the amendment of Mr. Scheer (Regina—Qu'Appelle), seconded by Ms. Alleslev (Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill), — That the motion be amended by adding the following:
“and wish to inform Your Excellency that Canada is threatened by:
(a) declining productivity and competitiveness, a rising cost of living, and challenges to our society, which require (i) offering a plan for tax relief for Canadians with a path to a balanced budget, (ii) restoring Canada as an attractive place to invest, (iii) addressing social challenges that limit the ability of Canadians to achieve their full potential, (iv) developing a real environment plan that strengthens the competitiveness of our economic sectors and tackles global climate change;
(b) a weakening position within an increasingly uncertain world, which requires (i) confronting threats such as the regimes in Moscow and Beijing, and protecting Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic, (ii) developing a principled foreign policy that stands with traditional allies such as NATO, Ukraine, and Israel, (iii) facing the rise of protectionism and strengthening the relationship with our largest trading partners; and
(c) a national unity crisis, which requires (i) respecting provincial jurisdiction and scrapping the carbon tax, (ii) stopping the attack on the Western Canadian economy, (iii) restoring confidence in our national institutions, starting by returning ethics and accountability to the federal government”.

Government Orders

Business of Supply

December 5, 2019 — The President of the Treasury Board — Consideration of the business of supply.
Supply period ending March 26, 2020 — maximum of seven allotted days, pursuant to Standing Order 81(10)(a).
Days to be allotted — seven days in current period.

Opposition Motions
December 6, 2019 — Mr. Barrett (Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes) — That, notwithstanding any standing order or usual practices of the House: (a) the membership of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics be constituted by each party whip depositing with the Clerk of the House the list of their members to serve on the committee no later than December 16, 2019; (b) the Clerk of the House shall convene an organization meeting of the said committee for no later than December 19, 2019; and (c) the committee be directed to conduct hearings on the matter of the Prime Minister’s breaches of the Conflict of Interest Act with the view to proposing new penalties under the Conflict of Interest Act.
Notice also received from:
Mr. Strahl (Chilliwack—Hope) — December 6, 2019

December 6, 2019 — Mr. O'Toole (Durham) — That the House condemn the Government of Canada’s vote of “yes” on November 19, 2019, on United Nations Resolution A/C.3/74/L.58 and express regret over the Government of Canada’s abandonment of the State of Israel.
Notice also received from:
Mr. Strahl (Chilliwack—Hope) — December 6, 2019

December 6, 2019 — Mrs. McLeod (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo) — That, given the government’s failure to negotiate a new softwood lumber agreement and its failure to address or even acknowledge the growing forestry crisis in British Columbia, the House call upon the government to table, within three months, a plan that includes specific actions that will help workers, communities and the forest industry to mitigate this crisis.
Notice also received from:
Mr. Strahl (Chilliwack—Hope) — December 6, 2019

December 6, 2019 — Mrs. Stubbs (Lakeland) — That, given the fact that provincial premiers from across the political spectrum have requested that “the federal government pursue improvements to the federal environmental assessment regime to ensure regulatory certainty, globally competitive timelines, and the full implementation of ‘one project, one assessment’ by exempting projects that fall within provincial-territorial jurisdiction from mandatory federal impact assessment”, the House call upon the government to set out a timeline for undertaking consultation with provinces and territories, and for enacting meaningful change in order to address these concerns.
Notice also received from:
Mr. Strahl (Chilliwack—Hope) — December 6, 2019

December 6, 2019 — Ms. Findlay (South Surrey—White Rock) — That the House call on the government to implement strong environment policies that strengthen the competitiveness of our economic sectors and tackle global climate change, such as the Green Patent Credit, the Canadian Clean brand, the Green Home Renovation Tax Credit, and ending raw sewage dumps.
Notice also received from:
Mr. Strahl (Chilliwack—Hope) — December 6, 2019

December 6, 2019 — Mr. Poilievre (Carleton) — That the House recognize that:
(a) more and more middle class Canadians are struggling in a weakening economy;
(b) October 2019 had the highest number of personal bankruptcies in a decade, the most since the global financial crisis;
(c) over the past three years, the number of food bank users with jobs has gone up 27%;
(d) under this government from 2016 to 2018, inflation-adjusted wages have barely budged, rising just 0.5% over three years;
(e) 48% of Canadians are within $200 of not being able to pay their bills and debt obligations, and 10% of Canadians are within $100;
(f) 33% of Canadians have no money left at the end of the month and are falling further into debt;
(g) businesses are leaving Canada because of this government’s tax hikes and harmful regulations;
(h) investment in plants and equipment by Canadian businesses has fallen by 20% over the past five years, the worst performance in more than five decades;
(i) foreign direct investment into Canada has fallen by 56% since this government came to power;
(j) since 2017, over $100 billion of investment in the energy sector has been cancelled;
(k) the United States outgrew Canada in three of the last four years and is projected to outgrow us by two-thirds this year;
(l) economist David Rosenberg has calculated that Canada’s per-capita gross domestic product could be shrinking; and
(m) five G8 countries have a significantly lower unemployment rate than does Canada, including Japan, Germany, the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom.
Notice also received from:
Mr. Strahl (Chilliwack—Hope) — December 6, 2019

Ways and Means

No. 1 — December 9, 2019 — The Minister of Finance — Consideration of a ways and means motion to amend the Income Tax Act and related regulations. — Sessional Paper No. 8570-431-1, tabled on Monday, December 9, 2019.

Government Bills (Commons)

Government Bills (Senate)

Government Business

No. 1 — December 2, 2019 — The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons — That the House consider the Canadian economy and recognize that cutting taxes for the middle class by raising the basic personal amount will help lift more Canadians out of poverty and grow the economy.
No. 2 — December 2, 2019 — The Minister of Finance — That the House consider the Canadian economy and recognize that cutting taxes for the middle class by raising the basic personal amount will help lift more Canadians out of poverty and grow the economy.