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2022-05-13 [p.779]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.779]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.780]
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news content available to persons in Canada, be not now read a second time but that the order be discharged, the bill withdrawn, and the subject matter thereof referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.”.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.
2022-05-13 [p.780]
Statements By Members
Pursuant to Standing Order 31, members made statements.
2022-05-13 [p.780]
Oral Questions
Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.
2022-05-13 [p.780]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.780]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.780]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.781]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.781]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.781]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.781]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.781]
Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Drouin (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food) 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.
2022-05-13 [p.781]
Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Drouin (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food) 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.
2022-05-13 [p.781]
Presenting Petitions
Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:
2022-05-13 [p.781]
— by Mr. Lloyd (Sturgeon River—Parkland), one concerning justice (No. 441-00459);
2022-05-13 [p.781]
— by Ms. May (Saanich—Gulf Islands), one concerning the environment (No. 441-00460);
2022-05-13 [p.781]
— by Mr. Hanley (Yukon), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 441-00461);
2022-05-13 [p.781]
— by Mr. Lobb (Huron—Bruce), one concerning justice (No. 441-00462);
2022-05-13 [p.782]
— by Ms. Barron (Nanaimo—Ladysmith), one concerning fisheries (No. 441-00463);
2022-05-13 [p.782]
— by Mr. Van Popta (Langley—Aldergrove), one concerning health (No. 441-00464) and one concerning foreign affairs (No. 441-00465);
2022-05-13 [p.782]
— by Mr. Cooper (St. Albert—Edmonton), one concerning justice (No. 441-00466);
2022-05-13 [p.782]
— by Mr. Morrice (Kitchener Centre), one concerning social affairs and equality (No. 441-00467);
2022-05-13 [p.782]
— by Mr. Barrett (Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes), one concerning justice (No. 441-00468);
2022-05-13 [p.782]
— by Ms. Gladu (Sarnia—Lambton), one concerning justice (No. 441-00469);
2022-05-13 [p.782]
— by Mr. Gerretsen (Kingston and the Islands), one concerning justice (No. 441-00470);
2022-05-13 [p.782]
— by Mr. Albas (Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola), one concerning justice (No. 441-00471);
2022-05-13 [p.782]
— by Mrs. Kusie (Calgary Midnapore), one concerning justice (No. 441-00472);
2022-05-13 [p.782]
— by Mr. Tolmie (Moose Jaw—Lake Centre—Lanigan), one concerning justice (No. 441-00473);
2022-05-13 [p.782]
— by Mr. Lewis (Essex), one concerning justice (No. 441-00474);
2022-05-13 [p.782]
— by Mr. Maguire (Brandon—Souris), one concerning justice (No. 441-00475);
2022-05-13 [p.782]
— by Mr. Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan), one concerning justice (No. 441-00476).
2022-05-13 [p.782]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.782]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.783]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.783]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.783]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.783]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.783]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.784]
Private Members' Business
At 1:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.
2022-05-13 [p.784]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.784]
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.
2022-05-13 [p.784]
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:
2022-05-13 [p.784]
— 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)
2022-05-13 [p.784]
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).
2022-05-13 [p.778]
Adjournment
At 12:01 a.m., the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until later today at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).
2022-05-12 [p.769]
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.
2022-05-12 [p.769]
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. 441-00299, 441-00300 and 441-00302 concerning foreign affairs;
— Nos. 441-00301, 441-00305, 441-00308, 441-00309 and 441-00310 concerning justice;
— Nos. 441-00303, 441-00304, 441-00313 and 441-00314 concerning social affairs and equality;
— Nos. 441-00306 and 441-00312 concerning health;
— Nos. 441-00307, 441-00315 and 441-00316 concerning the environment;
— No. 441-00311 concerning taxation.
2022-05-12 [p.769]
Presenting Petitions
Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:
2022-05-12 [p.769]
— by Mr. Baldinelli (Niagara Falls), one concerning business and trade (No. 441-00454);
2022-05-12 [p.770]
— by Mr. Johns (Courtenay—Alberni), one concerning food and drink (No. 441-00455);
2022-05-12 [p.770]
— by Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke), one concerning health (No. 441-00456);
2022-05-12 [p.770]
— by Mr. Vis (Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon), one concerning justice (No. 441-00457).
2022-05-12 [p.770]
The order was read for the consideration of the business of supply.
Mr. Chong (Wellington—Halton Hills), seconded by Mr. Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent), moved, — That, given that the House recognize
(i) that Canadians of Chinese descent have made immeasurable contributions to Canada,
(ii) that the people of China are part of an ancient civilization that has contributed much to humanity,
(iii) the distinction between the people of China and the Chinese state, as embodied by the Communist Party of China and the government of the People's Republic of China,
(iv) that authoritarian states, including the People's Republic of China, increasingly pose a threat to the rules-based international order,
the House appoint a special committee with the mandate to conduct hearings to examine and review all aspects of the Canada-People's Republic of China relationship, including but not limited to diplomatic, consular, legal, security and economic relations, provided that:
(a) the committee be composed of 12 members, of which six shall be from the government party, four shall be from the official opposition, one shall be from the Bloc Québécois and one shall be from the New Democratic Party;
(b) the whips of the recognized parties shall deposit with the Clerk of the House the list of their members to serve on the committee within four calendar days after the adoption of this motion;
(c) changes to the membership of the committee shall be effective immediately after notification by the whip has been filed with the Clerk of the House;
(d) membership substitutions be permitted, if required, in the manner provided for in Standing Order 114(2);
(e) the Clerk of the House shall convene an organizational meeting within one week of the presentation of the final report of the Special Committee on Afghanistan;
(f) the chair of the committee shall be a member of the government party, the first vice-chair shall be a member of the official opposition, the second vice-chair shall be a member of the Bloc Québécois and the third vice-chair shall be a member of the New Democratic Party;
(g) the quorum of the committee be as provided for in Standing Order 118, provided that the Chair be authorized to hold meetings to receive evidence and to have that evidence printed when at least four members are present, including one member of the opposition and one member of the government;
(h) the committee have all of the powers of a standing committee, as well as the power to (i) travel, accompanied by the necessary staff, inside and outside of Canada, (ii) authorize video and audio broadcasting of any or all of its proceedings;
(i) the provisions of Standing Order 106(4) shall also extend to the committee;
(j) the committee shall, notwithstanding paragraph (r) of the order adopted on Thursday, November 25, 2021, have the first priority for the use of House resources for committee meetings;
(k) the evidence and documentation received by the Special Committee on Canada-China Relations during the first and second sessions of the 43rd Parliament be referred to this committee and taken into consideration in this session; and
(l) any proceedings before the committee, when hybrid committee meetings are authorized, in relation to a motion to exercise the committee's power to send for persons, papers and records shall, if not previously disposed of, be interrupted upon the earlier of the completion of four hours of consideration or one sitting week after the motion was first moved, and, in turn, every question necessary for the disposal of the motion shall be put forthwith and successively, without further debate or amendment.
Debate arose thereon.
2022-05-12 [p.771]
Statements By Members
Pursuant to Standing Order 31, members made statements.
2022-05-12 [p.771]
Oral Questions
Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.
2022-05-12 [p.771]
Pursuant to order made Thursday, November 25, 2021, the House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Rodriguez (Minister of Canadian Heritage), seconded by Ms. Khera (Minister of Seniors), — That Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage;
And of the amendment of Ms. Rempel Garner (Calgary Nose Hill), seconded by Mr. Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent), — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words afler the word "That" and substituting the following:
"Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, 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 House proceeded to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the subamendment of Mr. Patzer (Cypress Hills—Grasslands), seconded by Mr. Kitchen (Souris—Moose Mountain), — That the amendment be amended by adding the following:
"; and that the committee report back no later than 10 sitting days following the adoption of this motion.".
The question was put on the subamendment and it was negatived on the following division:
(Division No. 87 -- Vote no 87) - View vote details.
YEAS: 109, NAYS: 209
2022-05-12 [p.773]
Pursuant to order made Wednesday, May 11, 2022, under the provisions of Standing Order 78(3), the question was put on the amendment and it was negatived on the following division:
(Division No. 88 -- Vote no 88) - View vote details.
YEAS: 111, NAYS: 209
2022-05-12 [p.775]
Pursuant to Standing Order 78(3), the question was put on the main motion and it was agreed to on the following division:
(Division No. 89 -- Vote no 89) - View vote details.
YEAS: 208, NAYS: 111
Accordingly, Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
2022-05-12 [p.777]
The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Chong (Wellington—Halton Hills), seconded by Mr. Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent), in relation to the business of supply.
The debate continued.
2022-05-12 [p.777]
At 5:30 p.m., pursuant to order made Monday, May 2, 2022, the Deputy Speaker interrupted the proceedings.
2022-05-12 [p.777]
The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to order made Thursday, November 25, 2021, the recorded division was deferred until Monday, May 16, 2022, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.
2022-05-12 [p.777]
Private Members' Business
At 5:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.
2022-05-12 [p.777]
The order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill S-206, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (disclosure of information by jurors).
Mr. Cooper (St. Albert—Edmonton), seconded by Mr. MacGregor (Cowichan—Malahat—Langford), moved, — That the bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
Debate arose thereon.
2022-05-12 [p.777]
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.
2022-05-12 [p.777]
Messages were received from the Senate informing this House that the Senate has passed the following bills to which the concurrence of the House is desired:
Bill S-203, An Act respecting a federal framework on autism spectrum disorder;
2022-05-12 [p.777]
Bill S-209, An Act respecting Pandemic Observance Day;
2022-05-12 [p.777]
Bill S-227, An Act to establish Food Day in Canada.
2022-05-12 [p.777]
At 6:30 p.m., by unanimous consent, 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.
2022-05-12 [p.778]
Mr. Berthold (Mégantic—L'Érable), seconded by Mr. Lehoux (Beauce), moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word '“That” and substituting the following:
“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 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 Official Languages.”.
Debate arose thereon.
2022-05-12 [p.778]
Mr. Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan), seconded by Mr. Ellis (Cumberland—Colchester), moved the following subamendment, — That the amendment be amended by adding the following:
"; and that the committee report back no later than 10 sitting days following the adoption of this motion.".
Debate arose thereon.
2022-05-12 [p.778]
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:
2022-05-12 [p.778]
— by the Speaker — Report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled "The Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy: An Analysis of Contractor Obligations and Fulfillment", pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-441-1119-37. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)
2022-05-12 [p.778]
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:
2022-05-12 [p.778]
— by Ms. Lewis (Haldimand—Norfolk), one concerning social affairs and equality (No. 441-00458).
2022-05-11 [p.753]
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.
2022-05-11 [p.753]
Statements By Members
Pursuant to Standing Order 31, members made statements.
2022-05-11 [p.753]
Oral Questions
Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.
2022-05-11 [p.753]
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 Thursday, May 12, 2022, be 12:00 a.m. and this request was deemed adopted.
2022-05-11 [p.753]
Pursuant to order made Thursday, November 25, 2021, the House proceeded to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion of Mr. Champoux (Drummond), seconded by Mrs. Gill (Manicouagan), — That, given that the House respects the beliefs and non-beliefs of all parliamentarians and of the general public and it is committed to the principle of the separation of religion and the state, the diversity of views and freedom of conscience while upholding the secularism and religious neutrality of the state and out of a desire for inclusiveness, the reading of the prayer at the opening of a sitting be abolished and replaced by a moment of reflection; and that, accordingly, Standing Order 30 be amended, in paragraphs (1) and (2), by substituting the following:
“(1) A moment of reflection be observed every day at the meeting of the House before any business is entered upon.
(2) Not more than two minutes after the moment of reflection, the business of the House shall commence.”.
The question was put on the motion and it was negatived on the following division:
(Division No. 83 -- Vote no 83) - View vote details.
YEAS: 56, NAYS: 266
2022-05-11 [p.755]
Pursuant to order made Thursday, November 25, 2021, the House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Sarai (Surrey Centre), seconded by Mr. Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis), — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should develop and publicly release within 120 days following the adoption of this motion a comprehensive plan to expand pathways to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers, including international students, with significant Canadian work experience in sectors with persistent labour shortages, and such plan should incorporate the following elements:
(a) amending eligibility criteria under economic immigration programs to give more weight to significant in-Canada work experience and expand the eligible occupational categories and work experience at various skills levels;
(b) examining evidence and data gathered from recent programs such as Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway, Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP), Rural and Northern Immigration Program (RNIP), and Agri-Food Pilot, and Provincial Nominee Process (PNP);
(c) incorporating data on labour market and skills shortages to align policy on immigrant-selection with persistent labour gaps;
(d) assessing ways to increase geographic distribution of immigration and encourage immigrant retention in smaller communities, as well as increase Francophone immigration outside Quebec;
(e) identifying mechanisms for ensuring flexibility in immigration-selection tools to react quicker to changes in labour market needs and regional economic priorities; and
(f) specifically considering occupations and essential sectors that are underrepresented in current economic immigration programs, such as health services, agriculture, manufacturing, service industry, trades, and transportation; (Private Members' Business M-44)
The House proceeded to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the amendment of Ms. Kwan (Vancouver East), seconded by Mr. Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby), — That the motion be amended:
(a) by adding after the words "comprehensive plan to expand" the following: "the economic immigration stream to allow workers of all skill levels to meet the full range of labour needs and"; and
(b) in paragraph (f), by adding the word ", caregivers" after the words "health services".
The question was put on the amendment and it was agreed to on the following division:
(Division No. 84 -- Vote no 84) - View vote details.
YEAS: 323, NAYS: 1
2022-05-11 [p.758]
The House proceeded to the putting of the question on the main motion, as amended, of Mr. Sarai (Surrey Centre), seconded by Mr. Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis), — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should develop and publicly release within 120 days following the adoption of this motion a comprehensive plan to expand the economic immigration stream to allow workers of all skill levels to meet the full range of labour needs and pathways to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers, including international students, with significant Canadian work experience in sectors with persistent labour shortages, and such plan should incorporate the following elements:
(a) amending eligibility criteria under economic immigration programs to give more weight to significant in-Canada work experience and expand the eligible occupational categories and work experience at various skills levels;
(b) examining evidence and data gathered from recent programs such as Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway, Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP), Rural and Northern Immigration Program (RNIP), and Agri-Food Pilot, and Provincial Nominee Process (PNP);
(c) incorporating data on labour market and skills shortages to align policy on immigrant-selection with persistent labour gaps;
(d) assessing ways to increase geographic distribution of immigration and encourage immigrant retention in smaller communities, as well as increase Francophone immigration outside Quebec;
(e) identifying mechanisms for ensuring flexibility in immigration-selection tools to react quicker to changes in labour market needs and regional economic priorities; and
(f) specifically considering occupations and essential sectors that are underrepresented in current economic immigration programs, such as health services, caregivers, agriculture, manufacturing, service industry, trades, and transportation
The question was put on the main motion, as amended, and it was agreed to on the following division:
(Division No. 85 -- Vote no 85) - View vote details.
YEAS: 324, NAYS: 0
2022-05-11 [p.760]
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. 441-00286 concerning transportation;
— Nos. 441-00287, 441-00288, 441-00289, 441-00291, 441-00294, 441-00295 and 441-00296 concerning foreign affairs;
— Nos. 441-00290 and 441-00297 concerning civil and human rights;
— Nos. 441-00292 and 441-00298 concerning justice;
— No. 441-00293 concerning social affairs and equality.
2022-05-11 [p.761]
Ms. Chagger (Waterloo), from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented the sixth report of the committee (item to remain votable). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-441-65.
Pursuant to Standing Order 91.1(2), the report was deemed concurred in.
2022-05-11 [p.761]
Mr. Dubourg (Bourassa), from the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, presented the fourth report of the committee, "Main Estimates 2022-23: Votes 1 and 5 under Department of Veterans Affairs and Vote 1 under Veterans Review and Appeal Board". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-441-66.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 13) was tabled.
2022-05-11 [p.761]
Presenting Petitions
Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:
2022-05-11 [p.761]
— by Mr. Kusmierczyk (Windsor—Tecumseh), one concerning taxation (No. 441-00439);
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— by Ms. May (Saanich—Gulf Islands), one concerning the environment (No. 441-00440);
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— by Mr. Kurek (Battle River—Crowfoot), one concerning social affairs and equality (No. 441-00441);
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— by Mr. Johns (Courtenay—Alberni), one concerning food and drink (No. 441-00442);
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— by Mr. Dong (Don Valley North), one concerning culture and heritage (No. 441-00443);
2022-05-11 [p.761]
Mr. Gerretsen (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (Senate)) presented the answers to questions Q-431, Q-433, Q-436 and Q-438 on the Order Paper.
2022-05-11 [p.761]
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-426 — Mr. Viersen (Peace River—Westlock) — With regard to the Departmental Plan and Departmental Results Report from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and the indicator listed in the reports tracking the "Number of influencers reached through Canadian-hosted events": (a) how many events have taken place where influencers have been reached since January 1, 2020; (b) what are the details of the events in (a), including, for each, the (i) date, (ii) location, (iii) total expenditures, (iv) itemized breakdown of the expenditures, (v) number of influencers reached, (vi) names of the influencers reached; and (c) what criteria does GAC use to determine if an individual is considered an influencer? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-426.
2022-05-11 [p.762]
Q-427 — Mr. Viersen (Peace River—Westlock) — With regard to research projects located outside of Canada that received government funding since January 1, 2020: (a) what are the details of all such projects, including, for each, the (i) recipient, (ii) date the funding was provided, (iii) amount of funding, (iv) country the research is taking place in, (v) project description, including the topics and the type of research, (vi) start and end dates of the research, (vii) country, (viii) municipality, (ix) program under which the funding was provided; and (b) for all the projects in (a) which are completed, what are the findings or the website location where the findings can be viewed? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-427.
2022-05-11 [p.762]
Q-428 — Mr. Vidal (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River) — With regard to the government’s Wellness Together Canada portal and the related PocketWell application: (a) how many unique accounts have been created, broken down by (i) province or territory, (ii) gender; (b) how many unique visits have been made to the site since the portal was launched, broken down by month; (c) how many Canadians have fully completed the course of treatment; (d) what has been the total cost of each of the programs or services identified through the portal and the application; (e) what is the total operating cost for the portal and the application; (f) what provisions are in place to provide identity theft protection to those impacted by data leaks related to the portal or the application; and (g) what is the budget for the identity theft protection provisions in (f)? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-428.
2022-05-11 [p.762]
Q-429 — Mr. Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) — With regard to the Safe Return to Class Fund, since its inception, broken down by province and territory: (a) what is the total amount allocated through this fund; (b) what is the total amount received by each province and territory every month; and (c) what accountability measures exist to ensure that students, educators, and other school staff benefit from this fund? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-429.
2022-05-11 [p.762]
Q-430 — Mr. Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) — With regard to provincial and territorial requests for assistance in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020, broken down by province and territory: (a) what was the nature of each request received by the government; (b) of the requests in (a), was the government able to meet the request in full; and (c) of the requests in (b) that were not fully met, what was the reason the government could not fulfill the request? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-430.
2022-05-11 [p.763]
Q-432 — Mr. Johns (Courtenay—Alberni) — With regard to the development of a national suicide prevention action plan since May 8, 2019: (a) what resources have been provided to establish culturally appropriate community-based suicide prevention; (b) what guidelines have been established since 2019 for best practices in suicide prevention; (c) what resources have been provided toward the creation of a national public health monitoring program for the prevention of suicide and identification of groups at elevated risk; (d) what progress has been made to identify and fill gaps in knowledge relating to suicide and its prevention; (e) what progress has been made in creating national standards for training persons engaged in suicide prevention; (f) what progress has been made in creating a national online hub to provide essential information and guides related to suicide prevention; (g) what analysis has been done of high-risk groups of people and the risk factors specific to these groups; and (h) when will preparations for the implementation of the national action plan, including a statistical overview of suicide in Canada, be tabled in Parliament? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-432.
2022-05-11 [p.763]
Q-434 — Mr. Chambers (Simcoe North) — With regard to transcriptions or transcripts procured by the government since January 1, 2016, and broken down by department or agency: (a) what is the (i) date of the proceeding or event, (ii) location of the proceeding or event, (iii) description or summary of the proceeding or event, (iv) main participants speaking at the proceeding or event, (v) subject matter of the proceeding or event, for each transcription prepared in this period; (b) what was the cost of each transcription in (a); (c) who requested each transcription in (a) be prepared; and (d) what was the total amount spent on transcriptions or transcripts, broken down by year? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-441-434.
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