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44th PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION

Journals

No. 51

Friday, April 1, 2022

10:00 a.m.



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

Whereupon, Mrs. Hughes (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing), Assistant Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole, took the chair, pursuant to Standing Order 8.

Prayer
Government Orders

The order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Official Languages of Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Official Languages Act, to enact the Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act and to make related amendments to other Acts.

Notice of the royal recommendation was given on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, by the Minister of Official Languages as follows:

Recommendation

(Pursuant to Standing Order 79(2))

Her Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled "An Act to amend the Official Languages Act, to enact the Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act and to make related amendments to other Acts".

Ms. Petitpas Taylor (Minister of Official Languages), seconded by Mrs. Fortier (President of the Treasury Board), moved, — That the bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Official Languages.

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. Gerretsen (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (Senate)) laid upon the table, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— Nos. 441-00193 and 441-00194 concerning foreign affairs;

— No. 441-00195 concerning infrastructure;

— No. 441-00196 concerning the environment.


Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That the membership of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs be amended as follows: Ms. Gaudreau (Laurentides—Labelle) for Mr. Therrien (La Prairie).


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Viersen (Peace River—Westlock), one concerning health (No. 441-00328), one concerning taxation (No. 441-00329), one concerning social affairs and equality (No. 441-00330) and one concerning civil and human rights (No. 441-00331);
— by Ms. Blaney (North Island—Powell River), one concerning fisheries (No. 441-00332);
— by Mr. Melillo (Kenora), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 441-00333);
— by Ms. Barron (Nanaimo—Ladysmith), one concerning the environment (No. 441-00334);
— by Mr. Kram (Regina—Wascana), two concerning foreign affairs (Nos. 441-00335 and 441-00336).

Questions on the Order Paper

Pursuant to Standing Order 39(7), Mr. Gerretsen (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (Senate)) presented the returns to the following questions made into orders for return:

Q-333 — Mrs. Goodridge (Fort McMurray—Cold Lake) — With regard to the federal government’s actions to increase hospital and intensive care unit (ICU) capacity across Canada since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic or March 2020: (a) what is the total amount of all federal government funding provided to provinces or territories meant to increase the permanent hospital and ICU capacity; (b) broken down by province or territory and by month, how much did each receive to permanently increase hospital and ICU capacity; (c) what was the total hospital and ICU capacity in Canada as of March 1, 2020; (d) what is the total hospital and ICU capacity as of February 14, 2022; and (e) what is the breakdown of (c) and (d) by province or territory? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-333.

Q-334 — Mr. Williamson (New Brunswick Southwest) — With regard to government funding provided to BC Ferries and to East Coast Ferries, since January 1, 2019, and broken down by year: (a) what is the total amount provided to BC Ferries; (b) what is the total amount provided to BC Ferries through (i) the Safe Restart Agreement, (ii) other programs, broken down by program; (c) what is the total amount provided to East Coast Ferries for their service between Deer Island and Campobello; and (d) what is the total amount provided to East Coast Ferries, through (i) the Safe Restart Agreement, (ii) other programs, broken down by program? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-334.

Q-335 — Mr. Schmale (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock) — With regard to asylum seekers who entered Canada at the unauthorized border point at Roxham Road since the government lifted the crossing ban on November 1, 2021: (a) how many asylum seekers have crossed the border at Roxham Road; (b) how many of the individuals in (a) were (i) fully vaccinated, (ii) not fully vaccinated; (c) were asylum seekers who were not fully vaccinated returned to the United States; and (d) were the individuals who entered through the unauthorized border at Roxham Road subjected to the same public health requirements related to COVID-19, including the requirement to present a negative PCR or molecular test result taken within 72 hours prior to entering Canada, and, if so, how many (i) presented the required negative test, (ii) did not present the required negative test? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-335.

Q-336 — Mr. Baldinelli (Niagara Falls) — With regard to polling data obtained by the Privy Council Office since January 1, 2016, concerning Canada Post: what are the details of all such polling including, for each poll, (i) who conducted the poll, (ii) the start and end dates of when the poll was conducted, (iii) the number of participants, (iv) the complete results of the poll, including the questions asked and the responses received, (v) the value of the contract related to the poll, (vi) the date the polling data was shared with Canada Post, if applicable? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-336.
Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Petitpas Taylor (Minister of Official Languages), seconded by Mrs. Fortier (President of the Treasury Board), — That Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Official Languages Act, to enact the Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act and to make related amendments to other Acts, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Official Languages.

The debate continued.

Private Members' Business

At 1:32 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(7), 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 Finance of Bill C-228, An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985.

Ms. Gladu (Sarnia—Lambton), seconded by Mr. Lewis (Essex), moved, — That the bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

Debate arose thereon.

Notices of Motions

Mr. Rodriguez (Minister of Canadian Heritage) gave notice of the intention to move a motion at the next sitting of the House, pursuant to Standing Order 78(3), for the purpose of allotting a specified number of days or hours for the consideration and disposal of the report stage and third reading stage of Bill C-8, An Act to implement certain provisions of the economic and fiscal update tabled in Parliament on December 14, 2021 and other measures.

Private Members' Business

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Gladu (Sarnia—Lambton), seconded by Mr. Lewis (Essex), — That Bill C-228, An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

The debate continued.

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

Messages from the Senate

A message was received from the Senate as follows:

— ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that house that the Senate has adopted the following motion:

That:

(a) pursuant to subsection 5(1) of An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), S.C. 2021, c. 2, a Special Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons be appointed to review the provisions of the Criminal Code relating to medical assistance in dying and their application, including but not limited to issues relating to mature minors, advance requests, mental illness, the state of palliative care in Canada and the protection of Canadians with disabilities;
(b) pursuant to subsection 5(2) of the act, the committee be composed of five members of the Senate, including one senator from the Opposition, two senators from the Independent Senators Group, one senator from the Progressive Senate Group, and one senator from the Canadian Senators Group, and ten members of the House of Commons, with two chairs, of whom the Senate chair shall be from the Opposition and the House chair shall be from the governing party;
(c) in addition to the chairs, there be one deputy chair from the Senate, from the Independent Senators Group and three vice-chairs from the House;
(d) the five senators to be members of the committee be named by means of a notice signed by their respective leader or facilitator, or their respective designates, and filed with the Clerk of the Senate no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day after this motion is adopted, failing which, the leader or facilitator, and, in the case of the Independent Senators Group, the deputy facilitator if appropriate, of any party or group identified in paragraph (b) that has not filed the name of a senator with the Clerk of the Senate, shall be deemed to be named to the committee, with the names of the senators named as members being recorded in the Journals of the Senate;
(e) pursuant to subsection 5(3) of the act, the quorum of the committee be eight members whenever a vote, resolution or other decision is taken, so long as both houses are represented and that one member from the Senate, one member of the governing party in the House, and one member from the opposition in the House are present and that the chairs be authorized to hold meetings, to receive evidence and authorize the publication thereof, whenever six members are present, so long as both houses are represented and that one member of the Senate, one member of the governing party in the House and one member from the opposition in the House are present;
(f) for greater certainty, changes to the membership of the committee on the part of the Senate be made in accordance with rule 12-5;
(g) until Thursday, June 23, 2022:
(i) where applicable, the provisions contained in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of the order adopted by the Senate on February 10, 2022, respecting the participation of senators in hybrid meetings of standing joint committees, shall apply to senators on this committee; and
(ii) senators, members and departmental and parliamentary officials appearing as witnesses before the committee may do so in person, as may any witness invited to appear before the committee;
(h) the committee have the power to:
(i) meet during sittings and adjournments of the Senate;
(ii) report from time to time, to send for persons, papers and records, and to publish such papers and evidence as may be ordered by the committee;
(iii) retain the services of expert, professional, technical and clerical staff, including legal counsel; and
(iv) authorize video and audio broadcasting of any or all of its public proceedings and to make them available to the public via the Parliament of Canada’s websites;
(i) a report of the committee may be deposited with the Clerk of the Senate at any time the Senate stands adjourned, and that any report so deposited may be deposited electronically, with the report being deemed to have been presented or tabled in the Senate;
(j) pursuant to subsection 5(5) of the act, the committee submit a final report of its review, including a statement of any recommended changes, to Parliament no later than June 23, 2022; and
(k) pursuant to subsection 5(6) of the act, following the tabling of the final report in both houses, the committee shall expire.
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) — Interim Order No. 3 Respecting Vessel Restrictions and Vaccination Requirements due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), pursuant to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, S.C. 2001, c. 26, sbs. 10.1(7). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-441-1223-08. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— by Mr. Holland (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. 2022-49, P.C. 2022-50 and P.C. 2022-51. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-441-2-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food)

— P.C. 2022-70, P.C. 2022-232 and P.C. 2022-233. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-441-3-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)

— P.C. 2022-157, P.C. 2022-158, P.C. 2022-159, P.C. 2022-160, P.C. 2022-161 and P.C. 2022-162. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-441-14-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration)

— P.C. 2022-56, P.C. 2022-57, P.C. 2022-140, P.C. 2022-141, P.C. 2022-142, P.C. 2022-143, P.C. 2022-144, P.C. 2022-145, P.C. 2022-146, P.C. 2022-147, P.C. 2022-148 and P.C. 2022-149. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-441-7-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— P.C. 2022-58, P.C. 2022-59, P.C. 2022-60 and P.C. 2022-120. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-441-9-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)

— P.C. 2022-169. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-441-10-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans)

— P.C. 2022-52, P.C. 2022-53, P.C. 2022-54, P.C. 2022-55, P.C. 2022-118, P.C. 2022-119, P.C. 2022-155, P.C. 2022-156, P.C. 2022-222, P.C. 2022-234, P.C. 2022-235, P.C. 2022-236, P.C. 2022-238, P.C. 2022-239, P.C. 2022-240, P.C. 2022-241, P.C. 2022-245 and P.C. 2022-246. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-441-4-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)

— P.C. 2022-63, P.C. 2022-64, P.C. 2022-65, P.C. 2022-66, P.C. 2022-67, P.C. 2022-68, P.C. 2022-69, P.C. 2022-71, P.C. 2022-170, P.C. 2022-171 and P.C. 2022-223. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-441-16-04. (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. 2022-168. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-441-1-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs)

— P.C. 2022-221. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-441-22-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Industry and Technology)

— P.C. 2022-61, P.C. 2022-62, P.C. 2022-231, P.C. 2022-243 and P.C. 2022-244. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-441-28-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on International Trade)

— P.C. 2022-121, P.C. 2022-122, P.C. 2022-123, P.C. 2022-124, P.C. 2022-125, P.C. 2022-126, P.C. 2022-127, P.C. 2022-224, P.C. 2022-225, P.C. 2022-226, P.C. 2022-227, P.C. 2022-228, P.C. 2022-229 and P.C. 2022-230. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-441-13-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)

— P.C. 2022-138 and P.C. 2022-172. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-441-29-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources)

— P.C. 2022-184, P.C. 2022-185, P.C. 2022-186, P.C. 2022-187, P.C. 2022-188, P.C. 2022-189, P.C. 2022-190 and P.C. 2022-191. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-441-5-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs)

— P.C. 2022-47, P.C. 2022-48, P.C. 2022-90, P.C. 2022-109, P.C. 2022-110, P.C. 2022-111, P.C. 2022-112, P.C. 2022-113, P.C. 2022-114, P.C. 2022-115, P.C. 2022-116, P.C. 2022-117, P.C. 2022-151, P.C. 2022-152, P.C. 2022-153, P.C. 2022-154, P.C. 2022-220 and P.C. 2022-237. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-441-24-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)

— by Mr. Lametti (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) — Charter Statement — Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, pursuant to the Department of Justice Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. J-2, sbs. 4.2(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-441-1232-13. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)

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. Kram (Regina—Wascana), one concerning business and trade (No. 441-00337).
Adjournment

At 2:32 p.m., the Assistant Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).