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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 16
Thursday, February 4, 2021, 11:06 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Bob Bratina, Chair (Liberal)

• Raquel Dancho for Arnold Viersen (Conservative)
• Jenny Kwan for Rachel Blaney (NDP)
• Christine Normandin for Sylvie Bérubé (Bloc Québécois)
• Brenda Shanahan for Jaime Battiste (Liberal)
Library of Parliament
• Marlisa Tiedemann, Analyst
• Olivier Leblanc-Laurendeau, Analyst
• Sara Fryer, Analyst
 
House of Commons
• Émilie Thivierge, Legislative Clerk
• Philippe Méla, Legislative Clerk
• Jacques Maziade, Legislative Clerk
Department of Citizenship and Immigration
• Alec Attfield, Director General, Citizenship
• Natasha Kim, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy
Department of Justice
• Lee Webber, Acting Senior Counsel, CIRNAC/ISC Legal Services
• Paul Yurack, Counsel, Legal Services
Pursuant to the order of reference of Thursday, December 10, 2020, the committee resumed consideration of Bill C-8, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's call to action number 94).

The committee commenced its clause-by-clause study of the Bill.

Pursuant to Standing Order 75(1), consideration of the Preamble was postponed.

The Chair called Clause 1.

Clause 1 carried.

Clause 2 carried.

On Schedule 1,

Christine Normandin moved, — That Bill C-8 be amended by replacing the Schedule on page 2 with the following:

“SCHEDULE

(Section 24)

Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship

I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada, respect the inherent, Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Christine Normandin and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Christine Normandin — 1;

NAYS: Gary Anandasangaree, Raquel Dancho, Jenny Kwan, Cathy McLeod, Eric Melillo, Marcus Powlowski, Brenda Shanahan, Adam van Koeverden, Gary Vidal, Lenore Zann — 10.

Christine Normandin moved, — That Bill C-8 be amended by replacing the Schedule on page 2 with the following:

“SCHEDULE

(Section 24)

Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship

I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada, respect the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Christine Normandin and it was negatived on division.

Jenny Kwan moved, — That Bill C-8 be amended by replacing the schedule on page 2 with the following:

“SCHEDULE

(Section 24)

Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship

I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada, including the inherent rights and titles of, and the treaties and agreements with, First Nations, the rights and agreements with Inuit and Métis peoples and the Constitution, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen."

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Jenny Kwan and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Jenny Kwan — 1;

NAYS: Gary Anandasangaree, Raquel Dancho, Cathy McLeod, Eric Melillo, Christine Normandin, Marcus Powlowski, Brenda Shanahan, Adam van Koeverden, Gary Vidal, Lenore Zann — 10.

Jenny Kwan moved, — That Bill C-8 be amended by replacing the Schedule on page 2 with the following:

“SCHEDULE

(Section 24)

Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship

I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada, including the inherent rights of First Nations, title rights and the Constitution, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.”

Debate arose thereon.

Christine Normandin moved, — That the amendment be amended by replacing the words “, title rights and the Constitution, which recognizes and affirms” with the word “and”.

After debate, the question was put on the subamendment of Christine Normandin and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Christine Normandin — 1;

NAYS: Gary Anandasangaree, Raquel Dancho, Jenny Kwan, Cathy McLeod, Eric Melillo, Marcus Powlowski, Brenda Shanahan, Adam van Koeverden, Gary Vidal, Lenore Zann — 10.

The question was put on the amendment of Jenny Kwan and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Jenny Kwan — 1;

NAYS: Gary Anandasangaree, Raquel Dancho, Cathy McLeod, Eric Melillo, Christine Normandin, Marcus Powlowski, Brenda Shanahan, Adam van Koeverden, Gary Vidal, Lenore Zann — 10.

After debate, Schedule 1 carried on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Gary Anandasangaree, Raquel Dancho, Jenny Kwan, Cathy McLeod, Eric Melillo, Marcus Powlowski, Brenda Shanahan, Adam van Koeverden, Gary Vidal, Lenore Zann — 10;

NAYS: Christine Normandin — 1.

The Preamble carried on division.

The Title carried.

The Bill was adopted on division.

ORDERED, — That the Chair report the Bill to the House.

The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

It was agreed, — That a proposed budget in the amount of $ 1,650 for study of Bill C-8, be adopted.

At 12:06 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:26 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

It was agreed, — That the updated work plan for the study of Food Security in Northern Communities be adopted.

At 12:50 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Naaman Sugrue
Clerk of the Committee