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44th PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION

Journals

No. 71

Friday, May 13, 2022

10:00 a.m.



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

Whereupon, Mr. d'Entremont (West Nova), 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 second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage of Bill C-18, An Act respecting online communications platforms that make news content available to persons in Canada.

Notice of the royal recommendation was given on Monday, April 25, 2022, by the Minister of Canadian Heritage 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 respecting online communications platforms that make news content available to persons in Canada".

Ms. Bennett (Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health) for Mr. Rodriguez (Minister of Canadian Heritage), seconded by Mrs. St-Onge (Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec), moved, — That the bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Debate arose thereon.

Mr. Nater (Perth—Wellington), seconded by Mrs. Vecchio (Elgin—Middlesex—London), moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word '“That” and substituting the following:

“Bill C-18, An Act respecting online communications platforms that make news content available to persons in Canada, be not now read a second time but that the order be discharged, the bill withdrawn, and the subject matter thereof referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.”.

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.

Requests for extension of sitting hours

Pursuant to order made Monday, May 2, 2022, Mr. Holland (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) requested that the ordinary hour of daily adjournment on Monday, May 16, 2022, be 12:00 a.m. and this request was deemed adopted.

Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Fillmore (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry) laid upon the table, — Copy of the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Customs Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters, done at London on March 18, 2022, and Explanatory Memorandum. — Sessional Paper No. 8532-441-20.


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:

— No. 441-00317 concerning health;

— Nos. 441-00318 and 441-00319 concerning foreign affairs;

— Nos. 441-00320, 441-00321, 441-00322 and 441-00323 concerning justice.


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, Autumn Meeting, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, from October 3 to 6, 2018. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-441-61-01.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Ms. Fry (Vancouver Centre) presented the report of the Canadian Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, 19th Autumn Meeting, by videoconference, from November 3 to 4, 2021. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-441-61-02.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Ms. Fry (Vancouver Centre) presented the report of the Canadian Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, 2021 Remote Session, by videoconference, from June 28 to July 6, 2021. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-441-61-03.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Ms. Fry (Vancouver Centre) presented the report of the Canadian Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, 21st Winter Meeting, by videoconference, from February 24 to 25, 2022. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-441-61-04.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Drouin (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell) presented the report of the Canadian Branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie, 40th Ministerial Conference of the Francophonie and working meetings, Paris, France, From March 14 to 18, 2022. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-441-52-03.


Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Drouin (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell) presented the report of the Canadian Branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie, Conference of Branch Chairs of the APF America Region, by videoconference, April 4, 2022. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-441-52-04.


Presenting Petitions

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

— by Mr. Lloyd (Sturgeon River—Parkland), one concerning justice (No. 441-00459);
— by Ms. May (Saanich—Gulf Islands), one concerning the environment (No. 441-00460);
— by Mr. Hanley (Yukon), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 441-00461);
— by Mr. Lobb (Huron—Bruce), one concerning justice (No. 441-00462);
— by Ms. Barron (Nanaimo—Ladysmith), one concerning fisheries (No. 441-00463);
— by Mr. Van Popta (Langley—Aldergrove), one concerning health (No. 441-00464) and one concerning foreign affairs (No. 441-00465);
— by Mr. Cooper (St. Albert—Edmonton), one concerning justice (No. 441-00466);
— by Mr. Morrice (Kitchener Centre), one concerning social affairs and equality (No. 441-00467);
— by Ms. Gladu (Sarnia—Lambton), one concerning justice (No. 441-00469);
— by Mr. Gerretsen (Kingston and the Islands), one concerning justice (No. 441-00470);
— by Mr. Albas (Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola), one concerning justice (No. 441-00471);
— by Mrs. Kusie (Calgary Midnapore), one concerning justice (No. 441-00472);
— by Mr. Tolmie (Moose Jaw—Lake Centre—Lanigan), one concerning justice (No. 441-00473);
— by Mr. Lewis (Essex), one concerning justice (No. 441-00474);
— by Mr. Maguire (Brandon—Souris), one concerning justice (No. 441-00475);
— by Mr. Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan), one concerning justice (No. 441-00476).

Questions on the Order Paper

Mr. Gerretsen (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (Senate)) presented the answers to questions Q-439, Q-441 and Q-442 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-440 — Ms. Barron (Nanaimo—Ladysmith) — With regard to the Oceans Protection Plan (OPP) announced by the government in 2016: (a) how much money has been allocated to the departments of (i) Transport, (ii) Fisheries and Oceans, (iii) Environment and Climate Change, under the OPP, since 2016, broken down by year; (b) how much money has been spent under the OPP by the departments of (i) Transport, (ii) Fisheries and Oceans, (iii) Environment and Climate Change, since 2016, broken down by year and program; (c) how much money from the OPP has been allocated to the Whales Initiative, since 2016, broken down by year; (d) how much money has been spent under the OPP on the Whales Initiative since 2016; (e) how much money has been spent under the OPP on efforts to mitigate the potential impacts of oil spills, since 2016, broken down by year and by program; and (f) what policies does the government have in place to ensure that the funding allocated under the OPP is spent on its stated goals in a timely manner? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-440.

Q-443 — Mrs. Gray (Kelowna—Lake Country) — With regard to government expenditures with Amazon since January 1, 2020, broken down by department or agency: (a) what was the total value of expenditures, broken down by year; and (b) what are the details of each expenditure, including the (i) date, (ii) amount, (iii) vendor, (iv) description of goods or services? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-443.

Q-444 — Mr. Chambers (Simcoe North) — With regard to expenditures on public relations or media training, or similar type of services for ministers or their offices, including the Office of the Prime Minister, since January 1, 2019: what are the details of each such expenditure, including the (i) date of the contract, (ii) amount, (iii) vendor, (iv) individual providing the training, (v) summary of services provided, including the type of training, (vi) person who received the training, (vii) date of the training? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-444.

Q-445 — Mr. Steinley (Regina—Lewvan) — With regard to government procurement and contracts for the provision of research or speechwriting services to ministers since January 1, 2018: (a) what are the details of all such contracts, including the (i) start and end dates, (ii) contracting parties, (iii) file number, (iv) nature or description of the work, (v) value of the contract; and (b) in the case of a contract for speechwriting, what is the (i) date, (ii) location, (iii) audience or event, at which the speech was, or was intended to be, delivered, (iv) number of speeches to be written, (v) cost charged per speech? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-445.

Q-446 — Mrs. Gray (Kelowna—Lake Country) — With regard to expenditures made by the government since October 1, 2020, under government-wide object code 3259 (Miscellaneous expenditures not elsewhere classified), or a similar code if the department uses another system: what are the details of each expenditure, including the (i) vendor name, (ii) amount, (iii) date, (iv) description of the goods or services provided, including the volume, (v) file number? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-446.
Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Rodriguez (Minister of Canadian Heritage), seconded by Mrs. St-Onge (Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec), — That Bill C-18, An Act respecting online communications platforms that make news content available to persons in Canada, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage;

And of the amendment of Mr. Nater (Perth—Wellington), seconded by Mrs. Vecchio (Elgin—Middlesex—London), — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word '“That” and substituting the following:
“Bill C-18, An Act respecting online communications platforms that make news content available to persons in Canada, be not now read a second time but that the order be discharged, the bill withdrawn, and the subject matter thereof referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.”.

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 Foreign Affairs and International Development of Bill S-223, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking in human organs).

Mr. Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan), seconded by Mr. Zuberi (Pierrefonds—Dollard), moved, — That the bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.

Debate arose thereon.

The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to order made Thursday, November 25, 2021, the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.

Returns and Reports Deposited with the Clerk of the House

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(1), a paper deposited with the Clerk of the House was laid upon the table as follows:

— by Mr. Duclos (Minister of Health) and Mr. Lametti (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) — Report of the Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying and Mental Illness, pursuant to An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), S.C. 2021, c. 2, s. 3.1. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-441-1288-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Health)

Adjournment

At 1:40 p.m., the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).