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43rd PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION

Journals

No. 43

Friday, December 4, 2020

10:00 a.m.



The clerk informed the House of the unavoidable absence of the Speaker.

Whereupon, Mr. Stanton (Simcoe North), Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole, took the chair, pursuant to subsection 43(1) of the Parliament of Canada Act.

Prayer
Government Orders

The order was read for the third reading of Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying).

Ms. Monsef (Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development) for Mr. Lametti (Minister of Justice), seconded by Mrs. Lebouthillier (Minister of National Revenue), moved, — That the bill be now read a third time and do pass.

Debate arose thereon.

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 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. 432-00137 concerning foreign affairs;

— No. 432-00138 concerning media and telecommunications;

— No. 432-00139 concerning national defence and military operations;

— No. 432-00140 concerning taxation;

— No. 432-00141 concerning the environment.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 432-00335);
— by Mr. Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay), one concerning the environment (No. 432-00336);
— by Mr. Liepert (Calgary Signal Hill), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 432-00337);
— by Mr. Viersen (Peace River—Westlock), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 432-00360), three concerning justice (Nos. 432-00361, 432-00364 and 432-00365), one concerning health (No. 432-00362) and one concerning public safety (No. 432-00363);
— by Mr. Arnold (North Okanagan—Shuswap), one concerning fisheries (No. 432-00366);
— by Ms. Collins (Victoria), one concerning the environment (No. 432-00367).

Questions on the Order Paper

Mr. Lamoureux (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the answers to questions Q-146 and Q-152 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 to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the returns to the following questions made into orders for return:

Q-142 — Mrs. Stubbs (Lakeland) — With regard to the cancelled tender entitled “TSPS – Solution – Compensation Model and Program Design Options for a Potential Buyback Program for Recently Prohibited Firearms (202101502)”: (a) for each of the 15 invited bidders, what are the rationales for why each firm was invited to participate in this tender, listed by firm; (b) what communications were made between the department and these firms, including email, phone and in-person meeting, broken down by name of the firm and type of contact; (c) what is the total number of firms that submitted a bid by September 9, 2020; (d) what are the names of all firms that submitted a bid by September 9, 2020; (e) what are the names of all firms that indicated interest in a revised process, should a revised tender be offered in the future; and (f) what information was provided to those invited to participate in order to help prepare their bids, including (i) the list of models of newly prohibited firearms, (ii) the number of firearms that were expected to be bought back, (iii) the estimate of the total number of newly prohibited firearms that are lawfully owned in Canada, (iv) the estimated total cost to buy back these newly prohibited firearms, (v) the source of the estimates referred to in (iii) and (iv), (vi) the sources that are considered acceptable for determining the fair market value for the newly prohibited firearms, (vii) the detailed timelines associated with the anticipated work, (viii) the deadline to begin a buyback program in order to provide adequate time for lawful firearms owners to comply with the buyback program before the current amnesty expires, (ix) direction, explanation or context on provincial versus federal jurisdiction, (x) the tracking numbers for all notes, reference and briefing materials that were not included in the tender documents but were made available to the invited firms to assist in preparing a potential bid, (xi) other information? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-142.

Q-143 — Mrs. Stubbs (Lakeland) — With regards to the May 1, 2020, Order Declaring an Amnesty Period (2020): what are the details of all documents prepared by any agency or department related to this order, including (i) title, (ii) date, (iii) sender, (iv) recipient, (v) tracking number, (vi) summary of the contents, (vii) form (memos, letters, emails, etc.)? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-143.

Q-144 — Mrs. Stubbs (Lakeland) — With regards to the May 1, 2020, Order in Council 2020-0298 and the annexed Regulations Amending the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and Other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited, Restricted or Non-Restricted: (a) what are the details of all documents prepared by any agency or department related to this order, including (i) title, (ii) date, (iii) sender, (iv) recipient, (v) tracking number, (vi) summary of contents, (vii) form (memos, letters, emails, etc.); (b) what are the details of each time a model of firearm was added to the Firearms Reference Table between May 1, 2020, and October 9, 2020, including (i) the make and model, (ii) the day they were added to the table, (iii) the rationale for adding them to the table (i.e. variant, bore size, muzzle velocity, etc.), (iv) all actions broken down by date, type of action, form of communication to reach firearms owners affected by the addition of a firearm to the Firearms Reference Table; (c) what are the details of each time a firearm was removed from the Firearms Reference Table, between May 1, 2020, and October 9, 2020, including, (i) the make and model, (ii) the day they were removed from the table, (iii) the rationale for removing them from the table; (d) what is the cost to notify firearms owners and businesses of the changes imposed by the Order in Council and annexed regulations, including (i) the total cost of all notification activities, (ii) the number of hours of work required by government employees to issue these notices, including Crown corporations (e.g. Canada Post), (iii) the number of total pieces of mail issued, (iv) the total cost to issue all mail pieces, (v) the number of emails issued, (vi) the total cost to issue all emails, (vii) the total number of telephone calls made, (viii) the total cost to make these telephone calls; and (e) what are the references cited in all policy development and briefing materials that were provided to a minister or to the Privy Council Office related to the Order in Council and the annexed regulations, including research reports (internal and external), media stories, Statistics Canada reports and research, third party individuals and organizations that provided feedback or participated in consultations, or any other source that was footnoted in these materials, broken down by the title of the government document the reference was included in? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-144.

Q-145 — Mr. Van Popta (Langley—Aldergrove) — With regard to information held by either Health Canada or the Public Health Agency of Canada: (a) on what date did the government become aware that specific rapid tests for COVID-19 were approved by other governments in the G7, broken down by country and by specific test; (b) of the rapid tests approved by other G7 governments, which ones have been approved for use in Canada, and on what date was each test approved; and (c) for each test in (b) that has not been approved for use in Canada, why has the test not been approved? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-145.

Q-147 — Mr. Vidal (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River) — With regard to government spending on water infrastructure since January 1, 2016: (a) what is the total amount spent on water infrastructure for First Nations communities; (b) what is the breakdown of (a) by (i) year, (ii) First Nations community; (c) what is the total amount spent on water infrastructure in developing countries; and (d) what is the breakdown of (c) by (i) year, (ii) country? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-147.

Q-148 — Mr. Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan) — With regard to the government's international development assistance funding since November 4, 2015: (a) how much funding has the government provided to or through the WE Charity, WE Organization, or any WE-affiliated organization; (b) what are the details of any projects funded through the funding in (a), including (i) project description, (ii) amount of government funding, (iii) date the agreement was signed, (iv) project start date, (v) location of the project, (vi) recipient of the funding; (c) for each project in (b), what type of funding was provided (grant, interest-free loan, etc.), and what were the terms of each funding agreement; and (d) for each project in (b), did the government use performance metrics to evaluate the results of each project and, if so, (i) what performance metrics were used, (ii) were those performance metrics met? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-148.

Q-149 — Mr. Baldinelli (Niagara Falls) — With regard to funding provided to the Canada China Business Council (CCBC), including grants, sponsorships, ticket purchases, and any other form of expenditure by any department, agency, Crown corporation, or other government entity since December 1, 2015: (a) what are the details of all government expenditures on or funding provided to the CCBC, including (i) date, (ii) amount, (iii) type of expenditure (grant, ticket purchase, etc), (iv) purpose of expenditure, (v) location of associated event, if applicable; (b) how much funding did Destination Canada provide to the CCBC to sponsor the 2020 annual general meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing; (c) how many government representatives were in attendance at the meetings, and what are their titles; and (d) what is the total of all expenditures incurred by the government in relation to the meeting, including any travel-related costs, broken down by type of expense (travel, ticket purchase, signage, etc.)? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-149.

Q-150 — Mr. Barrett (Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes) — With regard to the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance: (a) how much did the government pay (i) MCAP, (ii) First Canadian Title (FCT), to deliver the program; and (b) what specific deliverables did MCAP and FCT provide to the government in relation to the program? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-150.

Q-151 — Mr. Shields (Bow River) — With regard to Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) support, including tax credits, provided to firms based outside of Canada, since 2016: (a) what is the total amount of SR&ED support provided annually to (i) Facebook, (ii) Google, (iii) Amazon, (iv) Apple, (v) Netflix, broken down by year and by type of support; and (b) what is the total amount of SR&ED support provided to firms based outside of Canada, broken down by year and by type of support? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-151.

Q-153 — Mrs. Jansen (Cloverdale—Langley City) — With regard to the ongoing transition in the city of Surrey, British Columbia, from a Royal Canadian Mounted Police force to a municipal police force: (a) will the government be providing use of its shared information management and IT services through Shared Services Canada to support the new municipal force, and, if so, has a costing arrangement been completed between the city of Surrey and the government; (b) if not, on what date will Shared Services Canada cease to provide IT support to the police in Surrey; (c) has the city of Surrey been notified of the decision related to IT support, and, if so, on what date was the city notified; (d) how many meetings involving officials at the Assistant Deputy Minister or higher rank have occurred where the transition was discussed, and what are the dates and list of attendees for each meeting; (e) how many times have federal officials attended meetings of the federal Surrey Police Transition Committee, and what were the (i) dates of each meeting, (ii) titles of federal officials in attendance; (f) what is the total value of the inventoried IT assets and systems; (g) what is the total value of the inventoried assets and equipment held at the Surrey detachment, and on what date was the latest inventory conducted; and (h) what is the government's projected timeline on the completion of the transition? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-153.
Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Lametti (Minister of Justice), seconded by Mrs. Lebouthillier (Minister of National Revenue), — That Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), be now read a third time and do pass.

The debate continued.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That the second report of the Standing Committee on Health, presented on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, be concurred in.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any standing order, special order or usual practice of the House, for the consideration of the supply period ending December 10, 2020, Standing Order 81(18)(c) shall be amended by replacing the words “10:00 p.m.” with the words “8:30 p.m.”.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Lametti (Minister of Justice), seconded by Mrs. Lebouthillier (Minister of National Revenue), — That Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), 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 order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development of Bill C-232, An Act respecting a Climate Emergency Action Framework.

Ms. Gazan (Winnipeg Centre), seconded by Ms. Collins (Victoria), moved, — That the bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the order was dropped to the bottom of the order of precedence on the Order Paper.

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. Rodriguez (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) — Orders in Council approving certain appointments made by the Governor General in Council, pursuant to Standing Order 110(1), as follows:

— P.C. 2020-861. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-9-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

— P.C. 2020-862, P.C. 2020-863, P.C. 2020-864, P.C. 2020-865, P.C. 2020-866, P.C. 2020-867 and P.C. 2020-868. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-16-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

— P.C. 2020-851, P.C. 2020-878, P.C. 2020-879, P.C. 2020-880, P.C. 2020-881 and P.C. 2020-882. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-1-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs)

— P.C. 2020-869. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-22-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)

— P.C. 2020-850. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-28-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on International Trade)

— P.C. 2020-854, P.C. 2020-855, P.C. 2020-856, P.C. 2020-857, P.C. 2020-858, P.C. 2020-859 and P.C. 2020-860. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-13-05. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— P.C. 2020-872. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-5-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs)

— P.C. 2020-853. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-30-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security)

— P.C. 2020-835. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-24-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— P.C. 2020-884. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-32-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs)

— by Mr. Wilkinson (Minister of Environment and Climate Change) — Reports by Federal Authorities with Obligations under Section 71 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, S.C. 2012, c. 19, s. 52 "71(2)" . — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1072-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mr. Wilkinson (Minister of Environment and Climate Change) — Annual Report on the administration of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act for the year 2019, pursuant to the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, S.C. 2018, c. 12, s. 270. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1263-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

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 Mr. Sloan (Hastings—Lennox and Addington), one concerning health (No. 432-00368).
Adjournment

At 2:30 p.m., the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).