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2021-01-20 [p.423]
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:
2021-01-20 [p.423]
— by the Speaker — Costing notes from the Parliamentary Budget Officer on the Fall Economic Statement 2020, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1119-24. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)
2021-01-20 [p.423]
— by Mr. Duclos (President of the Treasury Board) — Service Fees Report of the Canada School of Public Service for 2019 to 2020, pursuant to the Service Fees Act, S.C. 2017, c. 20, s. 20. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1196-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)
2021-01-20 [p.423]
— by Ms. Hajdu (Minister of Health) — Copies of Orders in Council P.C. 2020-1128 and P.C. 2021-1 concerning minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in Canada, pursuant to the Quarantine Act, S.C. 2005, c. 20, sbs. 61(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1079-09. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Health)
2021-01-20 [p.423]
It was ordered, — 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) 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
(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. (Business of Supply — Ms. Rempel Garner (Calgary Nose Hill))
The return to this order, deposited with the Clerk of the House by the Speaker, is deemed laid before the House. — Sessional Paper No. 8550-432-2. (Pursuant to order made Monday, October 26, 2020, permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Health)
2020-12-16 [p.417]
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 deemed laid upon the table as follows:
2020-12-16 [p.417]
— by the Speaker — Costing Note from the Parliamentary Budget Officer on Supporting Jobs and Safe Operations of Junior Mining Companies, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1119-21. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)
2020-12-16 [p.417]
— by the Speaker — Costing Note from the Parliamentary Budget Officer on Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – March 2020 to June 2021, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1119-22. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)
2020-12-16 [p.417]
— by the Speaker — Costing Note from the Parliamentary Budget Officer on Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support – up to June 2021, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1119-23. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)
2020-12-16 [p.417]
— by Ms. Hajdu (Minister of Health) — Document entitled "Canada's COVID-19 Immunization Plan: Saving Lives and Livelihoods", pursuant to order made Monday, December 7, 2020. — Sessional Paper No. 8530-432-2.
2020-12-16 [p.418]
— by Ms. Hajdu (Minister of Health) — Copies of Orders in Council P.C. 2020-966, P.C. 2020-967 and P.C. 2020-968 concerning minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in Canada, pursuant to the Quarantine Act, S.C. 2005, c. 20, sbs. 61(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1079-08. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Health)
2020-12-16 [p.418]
— by Mr. LeBlanc (President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs) — Report of the Public Service Commission for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Public Service Employment Act, S.C. 2003, c. 22, ss. 12 "23(2)" and 13. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-908-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)
2020-12-16 [p.418]
— by Mr. O'Regan (Minister of Natural Resources) — Report on the state of Canada's forests for the year 2020, pursuant to the Department of Natural Resources Act, S.C. 1994, c. 41, sbs. 7(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-461-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources)
2020-12-16 [p.418]
— by Mr. Sajjan (Minister of National Defence) — Report on the administration of the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act - Reserve Force Pension Plan for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, pursuant to the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act, R.S. 1985, c. C-17, ss. 57, 59.7 and 72. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-92-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on National Defence)
2020-12-16 [p.418]
— by Mr. Sajjan (Minister of National Defence) — Report on the administration of the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act - Reserve Force Pension Plan for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, pursuant to the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act, R.S. 1985, c. C-17, ss. 57, 59.7 and 72. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-92-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on National Defence)
2020-12-16 [p.418]
— by Mr. Wilkinson (Minister of Environment and Climate Change) — Management Plan for the Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue Canal, pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act, S.C. 1998, c. 31, sbs. 32(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-888-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)
2020-12-16 [p.418]
On Monday, October 26, 2020, it was ordered, — 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) 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
(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. (Business of Supply — Ms. Rempel Garner (Calgary Nose Hill))
The return to this order, deposited with the Clerk of the House by the Speaker, is deemed laid before the House. — Sessional Paper No. 8550-432-1. (Pursuant to order made Monday, October 26, 2020, permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Health)
2020-12-11 [p.413]
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 the Committee of the Whole, took the chair, pursuant to Standing Order 8.
2020-12-11 [p.413]
The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Guilbeault (Minister of Canadian Heritage), seconded by Ms. Murray (Minister of Digital Government), — That Bill C-10, 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.
The debate continued.
2020-12-11 [p.413]
Statements By Members
Pursuant to Standing Order 31, members made statements.
2020-12-11 [p.413]
Oral Questions
Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.
2020-12-11 [p.413]
By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That, given that the alarming rate of suicide in Canada constitutes a national health crisis, the House call on the government to take immediate action, in collaboration with the provinces, to establish a national suicide prevention hotline that consolidates all suicide crisis numbers into one easy to remember three-digit (988) hotline that is accessible to all Canadians.
2020-12-11 [p.414]
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:
— Nos. 432-00165, 432-00170, 432-00173 and 432-00174 concerning foreign affairs;
— Nos. 432-00166, 432-00169, 432-00171, 432-00172 and 432-00176 concerning justice;
— Nos. 432-00167, 432-00168 and 432-00177 concerning health;
— No. 432-00175 concerning the environment.
2020-12-11 [p.414]
Ms. Khalid (Mississauga—Erin Mills), from the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, presented the fifth report of the committee (Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy), with amendments). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-432-50.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 13 to 16) was tabled.
2020-12-11 [p.414]
Mr. May (Cambridge), from the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, presented the fourth report of the committee, "Clearing the jam: addressing the backlog of disability benefit claims at Veterans Affairs Canada". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-432-51.
Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 2, 4 to 6, 9 and 10) was tabled.
2020-12-11 [p.414]
Ms. Sahota (Brampton North), from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented the seventh report of the committee, "Interim Report: Protecting Public Health and Democracy During a Possible Pandemic Election". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-432-52.
Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 4 to 9 and 14 to 16) was tabled.
2020-12-11 [p.414]
Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. McLean (Calgary Centre), seconded by Mr. Steinley (Regina—Lewvan), Bill C-262, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (capture and utilization or storage of greenhouse gases), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.
2020-12-11 [p.415]
Mr. Barrett (Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes), seconded by Mr. Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent), moved, — That the report of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner entitled “Maloney Report”, tabled on Thursday, November 19, 2020, be concurred in.
Debate arose thereon.
2020-12-11 [p.415]
Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Ms. Ng (Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade) laid upon the table, — Answers to questions Q-206 to Q-208 on the Order Paper. — Sessional Paper No. 8530-432-1.
2020-12-11 [p.415]
The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Barrett (Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes), seconded by Mr. Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent).
The debate continued.
2020-12-11 [p.415]
Private Members' Business
At 1:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.
2020-12-11 [p.415]
Mr. Maloney (Etobicoke—Lakeshore), seconded by Ms. Hutchings (Long Range Mountains), moved, — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the important contributions that Irish-Canadians have made to building Canada, and to Canadian society in general, and should mark the importance of educating and reflecting upon Irish heritage and culture for future generations by declaring the month of March as Irish Heritage Month. (Private Members' Business M-18)
Debate arose thereon.
2020-12-11 [p.415]
Pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the order was dropped to the bottom of the order of precedence on the Order Paper.
2020-12-11 [p.415]
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:
2020-12-11 [p.415]
— by the Prime Minister — Report on the activities of the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency for the year ended December 31, 2019, pursuant to the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency Act, S.C. 2019, c. 13, s.2, sbs. 38(1) and 38(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1265-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security)
2020-12-11 [p.415]
— by Mr. Bains (Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry) — Report of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, pursuant to the Patent Act, R.S. 1985, c. P-4, s. 26. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-330-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)
2020-12-11 [p.416]
— by Mr. Blair (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) — Report of the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency respecting the disclosure of information under the Security of Canada Information Disclosure Act for the year ended December 31, 2019, pursuant to the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency Act, S.C. 2019, c. 13, s.2, sbs. 39(1) and 39(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1264-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security)
2020-12-11 [p.416]
— by Mr. Miller (Minister of Indigenous Services) — Report to Parliament on the review of the implementation of An Act to amend the Indian Act in response to the Superior Court of Quebec decision in Descheneaux c. Canada (Procureur général), pursuant to the Act to amend the Indian Act in response to the Superior Court of Quebec decision in Descheneaux c. Canada (Procureur général), S.C. 2017, c. 25, sbs. 12(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1266-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs)
2020-12-11 [p.416]
— by Mr. Sajjan (Minister of National Defence) — Report on the administration of the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, pursuant to the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act, R.S. 1985, c. C-17, ss. 57, 59.7 and 72. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-92-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on National Defence)
2020-12-11 [p.416]
Adjournment
At 2:30 p.m., the Assistant Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until Monday, January 25, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Orders 28(2) and 24(1).
2020-12-10 [p.411]
Pursuant to Standing Order 28(5), the Speaker caused to be published the following messages:
2020-12-10 [p.411]
Pursuant to Standing Order 32(1.1), messages received from the Senate were deposited with the Clerk of the House earlier today as follows:
— ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-17, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021;
2020-12-10 [p.411]
— ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-16, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.
2020-12-10 [p.411]
A message was received informing the Commons that on December 10, 2020, at 8:29 p.m., Her Excellency the Governor General signified royal assent by written declaration to the following bills:
Bill C-17, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 (Appropriation Act No. 5, 2020-21) — Chapter No. 14;
Bill C-16, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 (Appropriation Act No. 4, 2020-21) — Chapter No. 15.
2020-12-10 [p.401]
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.
2020-12-10 [p.401]
The Deputy Speaker laid upon the table, — Report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled "Fall Economic Statement 2020: Issues for Parliamentarians", pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1119-20. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)
2020-12-10 [p.401]
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:
— Nos. 432-00160, 432-00162 and 432-00163 concerning justice;
— No. 432-00161 concerning health;
— No. 432-00164 concerning foreign affairs.
2020-12-10 [p.402]
Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mrs. Fortier (Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance) for Mr. LeBlanc (President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada), seconded by Ms. Bibeau (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food), Bill C-19, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (COVID-19 response), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.
2020-12-10 [p.402]
Mrs. Block (Carlton Trail—Eagle Creek), from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, presented the third report of the committee, "Follow-up Audit on the Transportation of Dangerous Goods". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-432-46.
Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 5 and 12) was tabled.
2020-12-10 [p.402]
Mrs. Block (Carlton Trail—Eagle Creek), from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, presented the fourth report of the committee, "Supplying the Canadian Armed Forces". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-432-47.
Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 7 and 12) was tabled.
2020-12-10 [p.402]
Mr. Spengemann (Mississauga—Lakeshore), from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, presented the second report of the committee, "Good Friday Accord". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-432-48.
Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 11) was tabled.
2020-12-10 [p.402]
Ms. Sgro (Humber River—Black Creek), from the Standing Committee on International Trade, presented the second report of the committee, "Trade Between Canada and the United Kingdom: A Potential Transitional Trade Agreement – Interim Report". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-432-49.
Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requested that the government table a comprehensive response.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 5 to 11) was tabled.
2020-12-10 [p.402]
Presenting Petitions
Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:
2020-12-10 [p.403]
— by Ms. May (Saanich—Gulf Islands), one concerning the environment (No. 432-00408);
2020-12-10 [p.403]
— by Mr. Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 432-00409);
2020-12-10 [p.403]
— by Mr. Saroya (Markham—Unionville), three concerning justice (Nos. 432-00410, 432-00411 and 432-00412);
2020-12-10 [p.403]
— by Mr. Reid (Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 432-00413);
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— by Mr. Sweet (Flamborough—Glanbrook), two concerning foreign affairs (Nos. 432-00414 and 432-00415);
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— by Mr. Vis (Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 432-00422);
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— by Mr. Waugh (Saskatoon—Grasswood), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 432-00429).
2020-12-10 [p.403]
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.
2020-12-10 [p.403]
The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to order made Wednesday, September 23, 2020, the recorded division was deferred until later today, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.
2020-12-10 [p.403]
The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Mendicino (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship), seconded by Ms. Hajdu (Minister of Health), — That Bill C-8, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's call to action number 94), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
The debate continued.
2020-12-10 [p.403]
The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to order made Wednesday, September 23, 2020, the recorded division was deferred until later today, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.
2020-12-10 [p.403]
The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Guilbeault (Minister of Canadian Heritage), seconded by Ms. Murray (Minister of Digital Government), — That Bill C-10, 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.
The debate continued.
2020-12-10 [p.404]
Statements By Members
Pursuant to Standing Order 31, members made statements.
2020-12-10 [p.404]
Oral Questions
Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.
2020-12-10 [p.404]
Pursuant to order made Wednesday, September 23, 2020, the House proceeded to the taking of the deferred recorded division on 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 question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following division:
(Division No. 39 -- Vote no 39) - View vote details.
YEAS: 213, NAYS: 106
Accordingly, the bill was read the third time and passed.
2020-12-10 [p.406]
Pursuant to order made Wednesday, September 23, 2020, the House proceeded to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion of Mr. Mendicino (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship), seconded by Ms. Hajdu (Minister of Health), — That Bill C-8, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's call to action number 94), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following division:
(Division No. 40 -- Vote no 40) - View vote details.
YEAS: 288, NAYS: 28
Accordingly, Bill C-8, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's call to action number 94), was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
2020-12-10 [p.407]
The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Guilbeault (Minister of Canadian Heritage), seconded by Ms. Murray (Minister of Digital Government), — That Bill C-10, 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.
The debate continued.
2020-12-10 [p.408]
Private Members' Business
At 5:26 p.m., by unanimous consent, the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.
2020-12-10 [p.408]
The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Bragdon (Tobique—Mactaquac), seconded by Mr. Moore (Fundy Royal), — That Bill C-228, An Act to establish a federal framework to reduce recidivism, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.
The debate continued.
2020-12-10 [p.408]
The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on division.
Accordingly, Bill C-228, An Act to establish a federal framework to reduce recidivism, was read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.
2020-12-10 [p.408]
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:
2020-12-10 [p.408]
— by the Prime Minister — Service Fees Report of the Privy Council Office from 2019 to 2020, pursuant to the Service Fees Act, S.C. 2017, c. 20, s. 20. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1205-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)
2020-12-10 [p.408]
— by Ms. Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance) — Report on the operations of the Exchange Fund Account for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Currency Act, R.S. 1985, c. C-52, sbs. 21(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-133-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)
2020-12-10 [p.408]
— by Mr. Lametti (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) — Charter Statement — Bill C-8, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's call to action number 94), pursuant to the Department of Justice Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. J-2, sbs. 4.2(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1232-14. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs)
2020-12-10 [p.408]
— by Mr. Lametti (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) — Charter Statement — Bill C-18, An Act to implement the Agreement on Trade Continuity between Canada and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Department of Justice Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. J-2, sbs. 4.2(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1232-15. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on International Trade)
2020-12-10 [p.409]
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:
2020-12-10 [p.409]
— by Mr. Richards (Banff—Airdrie), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 432-00430).
2020-12-10 [p.409]
Adjournment Proceedings
At 6:27 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 38(1), the question “That this House do now adjourn” was deemed to have been proposed.
After debate, the question was deemed to have been adopted.
2020-12-10 [p.409]
Accordingly, at 6:55 p.m., the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).
2020-12-09 [p.400]
Accordingly, at 7:00 p.m., the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).
2020-12-09 [p.387]
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.
2020-12-09 [p.387]
Statements By Members
Pursuant to Standing Order 31, members made statements.
2020-12-09 [p.387]
Oral Questions
Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.
2020-12-09 [p.387]
By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That, given that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted people who are homeless or unhoused, the House call upon the government, while respecting the jurisdiction of Quebec, the other provinces and Indigenous Nations, to:
(a) recognize that people who are homeless and unhoused, many of whom are Indigenous peoples, seniors, persons with disabilities, and low income people, do not have the resources to fully practice the necessary public health measures as recommended by federal, provincial and territorial officials on how to stay safe during the pandemic;
(b) make substantive investments in both long-term and short-term programs, including low-barrier shelters, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing for those who are chronically unhoused;
(c) put in place an urban Indigenous housing strategy led by Indigenous peoples; and
(d) increase funding for non-governmental organizations that help individuals needing to self-isolate due to COVID-19, including by providing mental health support, addiction services, meal programs and other measures.
2020-12-09 [p.388]
Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. MacAulay (Minister of Veterans Affairs) laid upon the table, — Annual Report 2019-20 of the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman. — Sessional Paper No. 8525-432-10.
2020-12-09 [p.388]
Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Ms. Ng (Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade) laid upon the table, — Copy of the Agreement on Trade Continuity between Canada and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. — Sessional Paper No. 8532-432-14.
2020-12-09 [p.388]
Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Duclos (President of the Treasury Board) laid upon the table, — Document entitled "Annual Report to Parliament for the 2019 to 2020 Fiscal Year: Federal Regulatory Management Initiatives". — Sessional Paper No. 8525-432-9.
2020-12-09 [p.388]
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:
— Nos. 432-00152, 432-00154 and 432-00159 concerning justice;
— No. 432-00153 concerning Indigenous affairs;
— No. 432-00155 concerning the democratic process;
— Nos. 432-00156, 432-00157 and 432-00158 concerning foreign affairs.
2020-12-09 [p.388]
Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Ng (Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade), seconded by Mr. Lametti (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada), Bill C-18, An Act to implement the Agreement on Trade Continuity between Canada and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.
2020-12-09 [p.389]
Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Manly (Nanaimo—Ladysmith), seconded by Ms. May (Saanich—Gulf Islands), Bill C-261, An Act to amend the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (thermal coal), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.
2020-12-09 [p.389]
Presenting Petitions
Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:
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— by Ms. Gladu (Sarnia—Lambton), one concerning justice (No. 432-00378);
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— by Ms. May (Saanich—Gulf Islands), one concerning natural resources and energy (No. 432-00379);
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