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43rd PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION

Journals

No. 107

Monday, May 31, 2021

11:00 a.m.



Prayer
Private Members' Business

At 11:00 a.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. May (Cambridge), seconded by Ms. Khalid (Mississauga—Erin Mills), — That Bill C-272, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act (diagnosis, maintenance or repair), 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 Monday, January 25, 2021, the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Lametti (Minister of Justice), seconded by Ms. Gould (Minister of International Development), — That Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy), 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

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Lamoureux (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and 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. 432-00800, 432-00801, 432-00805, 432-00806, 432-00815, 432-00818, 432-00820 and 432-00822 concerning foreign affairs;

— Nos. 432-00802, 432-00803, 432-00812, 432-00813, 432-00814, 432-00819, 432-00821, 432-00825, 432-00826 and 432-00827 concerning justice;

— No. 432-00804 concerning public safety;

— Nos. 432-00807 and 432-00816 concerning the environment;

— Nos. 432-00808 and 432-00811 concerning parliament and politics;

— No. 432-00809 concerning taxation;

— Nos. 432-00810 and 432-00824 concerning natural resources and energy;

— No. 432-00817 concerning transportation;

— No. 432-00823 concerning health.


Presenting Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Ms. Fry (Vancouver Centre) presented the report of the Canadian Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, 20th Winter Meeting, by videoconference, from February 24 to 26, 2021. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-432-61-01.


Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Maloney (Etobicoke—Lakeshore), from the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, presented the fourth report of the committee, "Main Estimates 2021-22: Vote 1 under Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Vote 1 under Canadian Energy Regulator, Vote 1 under Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Votes 1, 5 and 10 under Department of Natural Resources and Vote 1 under Northern Pipeline Agency". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-432-143.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 17 and 28) was tabled.


Mr. Maloney (Etobicoke—Lakeshore), from the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, presented the fifth report of the committee, "Supplementary Estimates (A), 2021-22: Votes 1a, 5a and 10a under Department of Natural Resources". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-432-144.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 28) was tabled.


Mr. Warkentin (Grande Prairie—Mackenzie), from the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, presented the first report of the committee, "Main Estimates 2021-22: Vote 1 under Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying, Vote 1 under Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Votes 1 and 5 under Offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioners of Canada and Vote 1 under Office of the Senate Ethics Officer". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-432-145.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 34 to 36) was tabled.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Ms. Fry (Vancouver Centre), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 432-00996);
— by Mrs. Jansen (Cloverdale—Langley City), one concerning justice (No. 432-00997) and two concerning foreign affairs (Nos. 432-00998 and 432-00999);
— by Mrs. Gray (Kelowna—Lake Country), one concerning transportation (No. 432-01000);
— by Mr. Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan), four concerning foreign affairs (Nos. 432-01001, 432-01004, 432-01005 and 432-01006) and four concerning justice (Nos. 432-01002, 432-01003, 432-01007 and 432-01008);
— by Mr. Falk (Provencher), one concerning justice (No. 432-01009);
— by Mr. Ruff (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound), four concerning the environment (Nos. 432-01010, 432-01011, 432-01012 and 432-01013);
— by Mr. Viersen (Peace River—Westlock), two concerning health (Nos. 432-01014 and 432-01015), one concerning Indigenous affairs (No. 432-01016), two concerning justice (Nos. 432-01017 and 432-01018) and one concerning public safety (No. 432-01019).

Questions on the Order Paper

Mr. Lamoureux (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the answers to questions Q-610, Q-612, Q-613, Q-619 and Q-620 on the Order Paper.


Pursuant to Standing Order 39(7), Mr. Lamoureux (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the returns to the following questions made into orders for return:

Q-607 — Ms. Michaud (Avignon—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia) — With regard to the Centennial Flame unveiled on July 1, 1967, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa: (a) what fuel is used to enable the flame to burn perpetually; (b) what is the price per cubic metre of the fuel used and, if applicable, how much gas is used annually to keep the flame burning; (c) what is the estimated amount of greenhouse gases emitted annually by (i) the flame itself, (ii) the infrastructure supporting the flame’s operation; (d) since the unveiling of the Centennial Flame in 1967, has the government estimated the cumulative amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere; and (e) has the government purchased carbon credits to offset these greenhouse gas emissions and, if so, what is the total amount that has been spent to offset greenhouse gas emissions, broken down by (i) year, (ii) annual amount spent? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-607.

Q-608 — Mr. Shipley (Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte) — With regard to the Supplementary Estimates (A), (B) and (C), 2020-21 and the items listed under Privy Council Office as COVID-19 communications and marketing: (a) what was the total amount actually spent under this line item; (b) what is the detailed breakdown of how the money was spent, including a detailed breakdown by (i) type of expenditure, (ii) type of communications and marketing, (iii) specific message being communicated; (c) what are the details of all contracts signed under this line item, including the (i) vendor, (ii) amount, (iii) date, (iv) detailed description of goods or services, including the volume; and (d) was any funding under this line item transferred to another department or agency, and, if so, what is the detailed breakdown and contract details of how that money was spent? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-608.

Q-609 — Mr. Brassard (Barrie—Innisfil) — With regard to training and education benefits provided by Veterans Affairs Canada: (a) of applications for the Veterans Education and Training Benefit, since April 1, 2018, (i) how many veterans have applied for the benefit, (ii) how many family members of veterans have applied for the benefit, (iii) how many applications for the benefit have been received, (iv) how many applications have been denied, (v) how much money have been awarded to veterans and their family members, broken down by fiscal year; and (b) for the Rehabilitation and Vocational Assistance Program, broken down by year since 2009, (i) how many veterans have applied for the program, (ii) how many veterans were accepted into the program, (iii) how many veteran’s applications were denied, (iv) how much was paid to WCG Services to deliver the program, (v) how much was paid to March of Dimes to deliver the program? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-609.

Q-611 — Mrs. Vecchio (Elgin—Middlesex—London) — With regard to the Translation Bureau operations: (a) how many hours of simultaneous interpretation of parliamentary proceedings were provided each year since 2016, broken down by (i) sittings of the Senate, (ii) sittings of the House of Commons, (iii) meetings of Senate committees, (iv) meetings of House committees; (b) how many employees have provided simultaneous interpretation each year since 2016 (i) of parliamentary proceedings, (ii) in total; (c) how many freelance contractors have provided simultaneous interpretation each year since 2016 (i) of parliamentary proceedings, (ii) in total; (d) what are the minimum employment qualifications for simultaneous interpreters employed by the Translation Bureau, including, but not limited to, (i) education, (ii) work experience, (iii) profession accreditation, (iv) security clearance; (e) how many of the employees and freelance contractors identified in (b) and (c) meet the Translation Bureau’s minimum employment qualifications listed in (d), including a breakdown of the qualifications specifically listed in (d)(i) to (iv); (f) what is the estimated number of total Canadians who currently meet the Translation Bureau’s minimum employment qualifications listed in (d); (g) what are the language profiles of employees and freelance contractors, listed in (b) and (c), as well as the estimated number of Canadians in (f), broken down by “A language” and “B language” pairings; (h) what was the cost associated with the services provided by freelance simultaneous interpreters, identified in (c), each year since 2016, broken down by (i) professional fees, (ii) air fare, (iii) other transportation, (iv) accommodation, (v) meals and incidental expenses, (vi) other expenses, (vii) the total amount; (i) what are the expenses listed in (h), broken down by “A language” and “B language” pairings; (j) what percentage of meetings or proceedings where simultaneous interpretation was provided in each year since 2016 has been considered to be (i) entirely remote or distance interpretation, (ii) partially remote or distance interpretation, and broken down between (A) parliamentary, (B) non-parliamentary work; (k) how many employees or freelance contractors providing simultaneous interpretation have reported workplace injuries each year since 2016, broken down by (i) nature of injury, (ii) whether the meeting or proceeding was (A) entirely remote, (B) partially remote, (C) neither, (iii) whether sick leave was required and, if sick leave was required, how much; (l) how many of the workplace injuries identified in (k) have occurred during (i) sittings of the Senate, (ii) sittings of the House of Commons, (iii) meetings of Senate committees, (iv) meetings of House committees, (v) meetings of the Cabinet or its committees, (vi) ministerial press conferences or events; (m) what is the current status of the turnkey interpreting solution, using ISO-compliant digital communications services, which was, in 2019, projected to be available by 2021, and what is the current projected date of availability; (n) how many requests for services in Indigenous languages have been made in each year since 2016, broken down by (i) parliamentary simultaneous interpretation, (ii) non-parliamentary simultaneous interpretation, (iii) parliamentary translation, (iv) non-parliamentary translation; (o) what is the breakdown of the responses to each of (n)(i) to (iv) by (i) A language pairing, (ii) B language pairing; (p) how many of the requests for parliamentary simultaneous interpretation, listed in (n)(i), were (i) fulfilled, (ii) not fulfilled, (iii) cancelled; (q) how many days’ notice was originally given of each service request which was not fulfilled, as identified in (p)(ii); (r) for each service request which was cancelled as listed in (p)(iii), (i) how soon after the request was made was it cancelled, (ii) how far in advance of the scheduled time of service was the request cancelled, (iii) what were the total expenses incurred; (s) how many documents have been translated with the use of machine translation, either in whole or in part, each year since 2016, broken down by original language and translated language pairings; and (t) how many of the machine-translated documents listed in (s) were translated for parliamentary clients, broken down by categories of documents, including (i) Debates, Journals, Order Paper and Notice Paper of the Senate and House of Commons, (ii) legislation, (iii) committee records, (iv) Library of Parliament briefing notes, (v) briefs and speaking notes submitted to committees by witnesses, (vi) correspondence, (vii) all other documents? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-611.

Q-614 — Mr. Dowdall (Simcoe—Grey) — With regard to the trips of the Minister of National Defence, broken down by each trip since November 4, 2015: (a) what are the dates, points of departure, and points of arrival for trips made with military search and rescue aircraft; and (b) what are the dates, points of departure, and points of arrival for trips using Canadian Armed Forces drivers (i) between the Vancouver International Airport and his personal residence, (ii) between his personal residence and the Vancouver International Airport, (iii) between the Vancouver International Airport and his constituency office, (iv) between his constituency office and the Vancouver International Airport, (v) between his constituency office and meetings with constituents, (vi) to and from personal appointments, including medical appointments, (vii) to and from the ministerial regional offices? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-614.

Q-615 — Mr. Brassard (Barrie—Innisfil) — With regard to reports that some arriving air travelers are having their expenses for quarantining at a designated hotel or other quarantine facility covered by the government: (a) how many arriving travelers have had their quarantine expenses covered by the government since the hotel quarantine requirement began, broken down by airport point of entry; (b) what specific criteria is used by the government to determine which travelers are required to pay for their own hotel quarantine and which travelers have their quarantine paid for by the government; and (c) what are the estimated total expenditures by the government on expenses related to quarantining the travelers in (a), broken down by line item and type of expense? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-615.

Q-616 — Mr. Webber (Calgary Confederation) — With regard to expenditures on talent fees and other expenditures on models for media produced by the government since October 1, 2017, broken down by department, agency, Crown corporation or other government entity: (a) what is the total amount of expenditures; and (b) what are the details of each expenditure, including the (i) vendor, (ii) project or campaign description, (iii) description of goods or services provided, (iv) date and duration of the contract, (v) file number, (vi) publication name where the related photographs are located, if applicable, (vii) relevant website, if applicable? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-616.

Q-617 — Mr. Manly (Nanaimo—Ladysmith) — With regard to the government funding in the constituency of Nanaimo—Ladysmith, between October 21, 2019, and March 31, 2021: (a) what are the details of all the applications for funding, grants, loans, and loan guarantees received, broken down by the (i) name of the organization(s), (ii) government department, agency, or Crown corporation, (iii) program and any relevant sub-program, (iv) date of the application, (v) amount applied for, (vi) total amount of funding or loan approved; (b) what funds, grants, loans, and loan guarantees has the government issued and that did not require a direct application, broken down by the (i) name of the organization(s), (ii) government department, agency, or Crown corporation, (iii) program and any relevant sub-program, (iv) total amount of funding or loan approved; and (c) what projects have been funded by organizations responsible for sub-granting government funds, broken down by the (i) name of the recipient organization(s), (ii) name of the sub-granting organization, (iii) government department, agency, or Crown corporation, (iv) program and any relevant sub-program, (v) total amount of funding? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-617.

Q-618 — Mr. Steinley (Regina—Lewvan) — With regard to reports, studies, assessments, and evaluations (herein referenced as deliverables) prepared for the government, including any department, agency, Crown corporation or other government entity, by McKinsey and Company, Ernst and Young, or PricewaterhouseCoopers, since January 1, 2016: what are the details of all such deliverables, broken down by firm, including the (i) date that the deliverable was finished, (ii) title, (iii) summary of recommendations, (iv) file number, (v) website where the deliverable is available online, if applicable, (vi) value of the contract related to the deliverable? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-618.

Q-621 — Mr. Steinley (Regina—Lewvan) — With regard to the report that the government threatened to pull funding from the Halifax International Security Forum (HFX) if they awarded Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan with the John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service: (a) what are the details of all communications, formal or informal, between the government, including any ministers or exempt staff, and representatives of the HFX, and where there was any reference to Taiwan since January 1, 2020, including the (i) date, (ii) individuals participating in the communication, (iii) the senders and recipients, if applicable, (iv) type of communication, (email, text message, conversation, etc.), (v) summary of topics discussed; and (b) which of the communications in (a) gave the impression to HFX that its funding would be pulled if it awarded the prize to the president of Taiwan, and (i) has the individual who made the representation been reprimanded by the government, (ii) was that individual acting on orders or advice, either formal or informal, from superiors within the government, and, if so, who were the superiors providing the orders or advice? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-621.
Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That a take-note debate on the subject of the tragic discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in British Columbia be held, pursuant to Standing Order 53.1, on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, and that, notwithstanding any standing order, special order or usual practice of the House: (a) members rising to speak during the debate may indicate to the Chair that they will be dividing their time with another member; and (b) no quorum calls, dilatory motions or requests for unanimous consent shall be received by the Chair.

Government Orders
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. Alghabra (Minister of Transport) — Report on Transportation in Canada for the year 2020, pursuant to the Canada Transportation Act, S.C. 1996, c. 10, sbs. 52(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-79-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— by Mr. Alghabra (Minister of Transport) — Interim Order No. 29 Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, pursuant to the Aeronautics Act, R.S. 1985, c. A-2, sbs. 6.41(5) and (6). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-926-22. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— by Ms. Bibeau (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food) — Summaries of the Amended Corporate Plan for the period 2020-2021 to 2024-2025 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets and Borrowing Plan of Farm Credit Canada, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-432-818-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food)
— by Ms. Bibeau (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for the period 2021-2022 to 2025-2026 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets and Borrowing Plan of Farm Credit Canada, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-432-818-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food)
— by Ms. Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2021-2022 to 2025-2026 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets, and Borrowing Plan for 2021-2022 of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-432-847-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

— by Mr. Garneau (Minister of Foreign Affairs) — Reports of operations under the Export and Import Permits Act for the year 2020, pursuant to the Export and Import Permits Act, R.S. 1985, c. E-19, s. 27. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-137-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development)

— by Mr. Hussen (Minister of Families, Children and Social Development) — Report on the National Housing Strategy for the year 2020, pursuant to the National Housing Strategy Act, S.C. 2019, c. 29, s. 313 "18(2)". — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1272-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— by Mrs. Jordan (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for the periods 2019-2020 to 2023-2024, 2020-2021 to 2024-2025, and 2021-2022 to 2025-2026 of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-432-826-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans)

— by Ms. Qualtrough (Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion) — Response of the government, pursuant to Standing Order 109, to the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, "Student Financial Assistance" (Sessional Paper No. 8510-432-60), presented to the House on Thursday, February 18, 2021. — Sessional Paper No. 8512-432-60.

Petitions Filed with the Clerk of the House

Pursuant to Standing Order 36, a petition certified by the Clerk of Petitions was filed as follows:

— by Ms. Martinez Ferrada (Hochelaga), one concerning taxation (No. 432-01020).
Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 38(1), the question “That this House do now adjourn” was deemed to have been proposed.

After debate, pursuant to Standing Order 81(4)(a), the question was deemed to have been withdrawn.

Government Orders

Business of Supply

At 6:59 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 81(4)(a), the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole for the consideration of all votes under Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in the Main Estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022.

At 11:07 p.m., pursuant to order made Friday, May 28, 2021, the committee rose.

Pursuant to Standing Order 81(4)(a), the considered votes were deemed reported.

Adjournment

Accordingly, at 11:07 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).