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Friday, October 23, 2020 (No. 18)

Orders of the Day

Government Orders

Business of Supply

September 23, 2020 — The President of the Treasury Board — Consideration of the business of supply.
Supply period ending December 10, 2020 — maximum of nine allotted days, pursuant to order made Monday, April 20, 2020.

Opposition Motion — Deferred recorded division
October 22, 2020 — Resuming consideration of the motion of Ms. Rempel Garner (Calgary Nose Hill), seconded by Mr. O'Toole (Durham), — That the Standing Committee on Health be instructed to undertake a study on the emergency situation facing Canadians in light of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that this study evaluate, review and examine any issues relevant to this situation, such as, but not limited to:
(a) rapid and at-home testing approvals and procurement process and schedule, and protocol for distribution;
(b) vaccine development and approvals process, procurement schedules, and protocol for distribution;
(c) federal public health guidelines and the data being used to inform them for greater clarity on efficacy;
(d) current long-term care facility COVID-19 protocols as they pertain solely to federal jurisdiction;
(e) the availability of therapeutics and treatment devices for Canadians diagnosed with COVID-19;
(f) the early warning system, Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN);
(g) the government’s progress in evaluating pre- and post-arrival rapid testing for travellers;
(h) the availability of paid sick leave for those in need, including quarantine and voluntary isolation;
(i) the adequacy of health transfer payments to the provinces, in light of the COVID-19 crisis;
(j) the impact of the government’s use of World Heath Organization (WHO) advice in early 2020 to delay the closure of borders and delay in the recommendation of wearing of masks on the spread of COVID-19 in Canada;
(k) the Public Health Agency of Canada’s communication strategy regarding COVID-19;
(l) the development, efficacy and use of data related to the government’s COVID Alert application;
(m) Canada’s level of preparedness to respond to another pandemic;
(n) the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) in Canada and a review of Canada’s emergency stockpile of PPE between 2015 and present;
(o) the government’s contact tracing protocol, including options considered, technology, timelines and resources;
(p) the government’s consideration of and decision not to invoke the federal Emergencies Act;
provided that,
(q) this study begin no later than seven days following the adoption of this motion;
(r) the committee present its findings to the House upon completion and, notwithstanding Standing Order 109, that the government provide a comprehensive response to these findings within 30 days;
(s) evidence and documentation received by the committee during its study of the Canadian response to the outbreak of the coronavirus, commenced during the first session of the 43rd Parliament, be taken into consideration by the committee in the current study;
(t) that each party represented on the committee be entitled to select one witness per one-hour witness panel, and two witnesses per two-hour witness panel;
(u) an order of the House do issue for all memoranda, emails, documents, notes or other records from the Office of the Prime Minister, the Privy Council Office, the office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the office of the Minister of Health, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, concerning options, plans and preparations for the GPHIN since January 1, 2018;
(v) an order of the House do issue for a record of all communications between the government and the WHO in respect of options, plans or preparations for any future operation, or absence thereof, of the GPHIN, since January 1, 2018;
(w) an order of the House do issue for all memoranda, emails, documents, notes and other records from the Office of the Prime Minister, the Privy Council Office, the office of the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, the office of the Minister of Health, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, concerning plans, preparations, approvals and purchasing of COVID-19 testing products including tests, reagents, swabs, laboratory equipment and other material related to tests and testing applications used in the diagnosis of COVID-19, since March 19, 2020;
(x) an order of the House do issue for all memoranda, emails, documents, notes and other records from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Privy Council Office, the office of the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, the office of the Minister of Health, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada concerning plans, preparations and purchasing of PPE, including gowns, gloves, masks, respirators, ventilators, visors and face shields, since March 19, 2020;
(y) an order of the House do issue for all memoranda, e-mails, documents, notes and other records relating to the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force and its subcommittees;
(z) an order of the House do issue for all memoranda, e-mails, documents, notes and other records relating to the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution and monitoring strategy, including, but not limited to anticipated timelines for the distribution of an approved COVID-19 vaccine across Canada and the prioritization of population groups for vaccination;
(aa) all documents issued pursuant to this order (i) be organized by department and be provided to the Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel within 15 days of the adoption of this order, (ii) be vetted for matters of personal privacy information, and national security, and, with respect to paragraph (y) only, be additionally vetted for information the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to interfere with contractual or other negotiations between the Government of Canada and a third party, by the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel within seven days of the receipt of the documents, (iii) be laid upon the table by the Speaker, at the next earliest opportunity, once vetted, and permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Health; and
(bb) within seven days after all documents have been tabled pursuant to paragraph (aa), the Minister of Health, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry be ordered to appear separately as witnesses before the Standing Committee on Health, for at least three hours each.
Deferred recorded division on the amendment of Mrs. Block (Carlton Trail—Eagle Creek), seconded by Ms. Alleslev (Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill), — That the motion be amended by replacing paragraph (aa) with the following:
“(aa) minutes of meetings of the Cabinet and its committees be excluded from this order and all documents issued pursuant to this order (i) be organized by department and be provided to the Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel as soon as is practicable in light of the pandemic, but, in any event, not later than November 30, 2020, and, if this is not possible, the Clerk of the Privy Council may request an extension, of no more than seven days, by writing a letter to the committee, (ii) be vetted for matters of personal privacy information and national security, and, with respect to paragraph (y) only, be additionally vetted for information the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to interfere with contractual or other negotiations between the Government of Canada and a third party, by the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel within seven days of the receipt of the documents, (iii) be laid upon the table by the Speaker, at the next earliest opportunity, once vetted, and permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Health; and”.
Recorded division on the amendment — deferred until Monday, October 26, 2020, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions, pursuant to order made Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
Voting on the main motion — immediately after the amendment is disposed of, pursuant to Standing Order 81(16).

Thursday, October 29, 2020 — third allotted day.

Opposition Motions
September 23, 2020 — Mr. Fortin (Rivière-du-Nord) — That the House call for an official apology from the Prime Minister for the enactment, on October 16, 1970, of the War Measures Act and the use of military force against the people of Quebec by the Government of Canada in order to arrest without cause, and then incarcerate without charge, close to 500 innocent Quebeckers.
Notice also received from:
Mr. Therrien (La Prairie) — September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020 — Mr. Thériault (Montcalm) — That the House call on the government to unconditionally increase the Canada Health Transfer so that it represents 35% of the health care spending of Quebec and the provinces for the current year, and to index this transfer to maintain this ratio, in keeping with the request from the premiers of Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba.
Notice also received from:
Mr. Therrien (La Prairie) — September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020 — Ms. Chabot (Thérèse-De Blainville) — That the House recognize that French is the official language of Quebec and its common language; and that it call on the government to promise not to obstruct the application of the Charter of the French Language, R.S.Q., c. C-11, in Quebec to businesses under federal jurisdiction.
Notice also received from:
Mr. Therrien (La Prairie) — September 23, 2020

October 15, 2020 — Mr. Chong (Wellington—Halton Hills) — That the House:
(a) recognize that the People’s Republic of China’s decision to impose a national security law on Hong Kong is a violation of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, which guarantees Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy in the “one country, two systems” framework, and which guarantees the people of Hong Kong rights and freedoms, including those of the person, of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of travel, of movement, of correspondence, of strike, of choice of occupation, of academic research and of religious belief; and
(b) call on the government to work with Canada’s allies to immediately impose sanctions, such as Magnitsky sanctions as per the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, on officials responsible for the violations of this international treaty.
Notice also received from:
Mr. Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent) — October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020 — Mrs. Stubbs (Lakeland) — That the House call on the government to ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G network.
Notice also received from:
Mr. Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent) — October 15, 2020

October 20, 2020 — Mrs. Stubbs (Lakeland) — That the House call on the government to make a decision on Huawei’s involvement in Canada’s 5G network within 30 days of the adoption of this motion.
Notice also received from:
Mr. Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent) — October 20, 2020

Ways and Means

Government Bills (Commons)

C-2 — September 24, 2020 — The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-2, An Act relating to economic recovery in response to COVID-19.
Royal Recommendation — notice given Thursday, September 24, 2020, by the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.
C-5 — September 29, 2020 — The Minister of Canadian Heritage — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage of Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation).
C-6 — October 1, 2020 — The Minister of Justice — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy).
C-7 — October 21, 2020 — Resuming consideration of the motion of Mr. Lametti (Minister of Justice), seconded by Mr. Guilbeault (Minister of Canadian Heritage), — That Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
C-8 — October 22, 2020 — The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship — Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs of Bill C-8, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's call to action number 94).

Government Bills (Senate)

Government Business