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2021-04-16 [p.777]
The clerk informed the House of the unavoidable absence of the Speaker.
Whereupon, Mrs. Mendès (Brossard—Saint-Lambert), Assistant Deputy Speaker and Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole, took the chair, pursuant to Standing Order 8.
2021-04-16 [p.777]
The order was read for the consideration at report stage of Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy), as reported by the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights with amendments.
2021-04-16 [p.777]
Pursuant to Standing Order 76.1(5), the Speaker selected for debate Motion No. 1.
2021-04-16 [p.777]
Ms. Chagger (Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth) for Mr. Lametti (Minister of Justice), seconded by Ms. Gould (Minister of International Development), moved Motion No. 1, — That Bill C-6, in Clause 5, be amended by replacing line 31 on page 4 with the following:
320.101 In sections 320.102 to 320.105, conversion.
2021-04-16 [p.777]
Debate arose on Motion No. 1.
2021-04-16 [p.777]
By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any standing order, special order or usual practices of the House:
(a) the report stage amendment to Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy), standing on the Notice Paper in the name of the Minister of Justice, be deemed adopted on division;
(b) Bill C-6, as amended, be deemed concurred in at report stage with a further amendment on division; and
(c) the third reading stage of Bill C-6 be allowed to be taken up in the same sitting.
2021-04-16 [p.778]
Pursuant to order made earlier today, the order was read for the third reading of Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy).
Ms. Chagger (Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth) for Mr. Lametti (Minister of Justice), seconded by Ms. Gould (Minister of International Development), moved, — That the bill be now read a third time and do pass.
Debate arose thereon.
2021-04-16 [p.778]
Statements By Members
Pursuant to Standing Order 31, members made statements.
2021-04-16 [p.778]
Oral Questions
Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.
2021-04-16 [p.778]
Mr. May (Cambridge), from the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, presented the fifth report of the committee, "Main Estimates 2021-22: Votes 1 and 5 under Department of Veterans Affairs and Vote 1 under Veterans Review and Appeal Board". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-432-117.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 18) was tabled.
2021-04-16 [p.778]
Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan), seconded by Mr. Barrett (Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes), Bill C-287, An Act to amend the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.
2021-04-16 [p.778]
By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That,
(a) pursuant to section 5(1) of An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), a special joint committee of the Senate and the House of Commons be appointed to review the provisions of the Criminal Code relating to medical assistance in dying and their application, including but not limited to issues relating to mature minors, advance requests, mental illness, the state of palliative care in Canada and the protection of Canadians with disabilities;
(b) pursuant to section 5(2) of the act, five members of the Senate and ten members of the House of Commons be members of the committee, including five members of the House of Commons from the governing party, three members of the House of Commons from the official opposition, and two members of the House of Commons from the opposition who are not members of the official opposition, with two Chairs of which the House Co-Chair shall be from the governing party and the Senate Co-Chair shall be determined by the Senate;
(c) in addition to the Co-Chairs, the committee shall elect three vice-chairs from the House, of whom the first vice-chair shall be from the Conservative Party of Canada, the second vice-chair shall be from the Bloc Québécois, and the third vice-chair shall be from the New Democratic Party;
(d) pursuant to section 5(3) of the act, the quorum of the committee be eight members whenever a vote, resolution or other decision is taken, so long as both Houses and one member of the governing party in the House, one from the opposition in the House and one member of the Senate are represented, and that the Joint Chairs be authorized to hold meetings, to receive evidence and authorize the printing thereof, whenever six members are present, so long as both Houses and one member of the governing party in the House, one member from the opposition in the House and one member of the Senate are represented;
(e) the House of Commons members be named by their respective whip by depositing with the Clerk of the House the list of their members to serve on the committee no later than five sitting days after the adoption of this motion;
(f) changes to the membership of the committee, on the part of the House of Commons, be effective immediately after notification by the relevant whip has been filed with the Clerk of the House;
(g) membership substitutions, on the part of the House of Commons, be permitted, if required, in the manner provided for in Standing Order 114(2) and that they may be filed with the clerk of the committee by email;
(h) until Wednesday, June 23, 2021, members may participate either in person or by videoconference and witnesses shall participate remotely;
(i) until Wednesday, June 23, 2021, members who participate remotely shall be counted for the purpose of quorum;
(j) until Wednesday, June 23, 2021, except for those decided unanimously or on division, all questions shall be decided by a recorded vote;
(k) until Wednesday, June 23, 2021, when more than one motion is proposed for the election of the House Joint Chair or Vice-Chairs, any motion received after the initial one shall be taken as a notice of motion and such motions shall be put to the committee seriatim until one is adopted;
(I) the committee have the power to sit during sittings and adjournments of the House;
(m) the committee have the power to report from time to time, to send for persons, papers and records, and to print such papers and evidence as may be ordered by the committee;
(n) the committee have the power to retain the services of expert, professional, technical and clerical staff, including legal counsel;
(o) the committee have the power to appoint, from among its members such subcommittees as may be deemed appropriate and to delegate to such subcommittees, all or any of its powers, except the power to report to the Senate and House of Commons;
(p) the committee have the power to authorize video and audio broadcasting of any or all of its proceedings and that public proceedings be made available to the public via the Parliament of Canada's websites;
(q) until Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in camera proceedings may be conducted in a manner that take into account the potential risks to confidentiality inherent in meetings with remote participants;
(r) pursuant to section 5(5) of the act, the committee submit a final report of its review, including a statement of any recommended changes, to Parliament no later than one year after the day on which it commenced the review; and
(s) pursuant to section 5(6) of the act, following the tabling of the final report in both Houses, the committee shall expire; and
that a message be sent to the Senate requesting that House to unite with this House for the above purpose and to select, if the Senate deems advisable, members to act on the proposed special joint committee.
2021-04-16 [p.780]
Presenting Petitions
Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:
2021-04-16 [p.780]
— by Ms. Sgro (Humber River—Black Creek), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 432-00815);
2021-04-16 [p.780]
— by Ms. Blaney (North Island—Powell River), one concerning the environment (No. 432-00816);
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