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2009-12-30 [p.1209]
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 on Wednesday, December 16, 2009:
2009-12-16 [p.1209]
— by Mr. Baird (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities) — Report on the Marine Liability Act (Part 5, Liability for the Carriage of Goods by Water), pursuant to the Marine Liability Act, S.C. 2001, c. 6, s. 44. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-874-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)
2009-12-16 [p.1209]
— by Mr. Blackburn (Minister of National Revenue) — Report of the Taxpayers' Ombudsman for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, pursuant to the Terms and Conditions of Employment of the Taxpayers' Ombudsman P.C. 2007-0828 (JUS - 609751, sbs. 9(2)). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-1030-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)
2009-12-16 [p.1209]
— by Mr. Clement (Minister of Industry) — Report on the administration of the Canada Small Business Financing Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, pursuant to the Canada Small Business Financing Act, S.C. 1998, c. 36, ss. 18 and 20. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-240-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)
2009-12-16 [p.1209]
— by Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance) — Debt Management Report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 49(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-205-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)
2009-12-15 [p.1207]
A message was received informing the Commons that on December 15, 2009, at 6:35 p.m., the Honourable Louis LeBel, Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada, in his capacity as Deputy of the Governor General, signified Royal Assent by written declaration to the following Bills:
Bill C-51, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on January 27, 2009 and to implement other measures — Chapter No. 31;
Bill C-62, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act — Chapter No. 32;
Bill C-56, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts — Chapter No. 33;
Bill C-64, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the financial year ending March 31, 2010 (Appropriation Act No. 4, 2009-2010) — Chapter No. 34.
2009-12-14 [p.1207]
Pursuant to Standing Order 28(5), the Speaker caused to be published the following messages:
2009-12-14 [p.1207]
Pursuant to Standing Order 32(1.1), messages received from the Senate were deposited with the Clerk of the House earlier today, as follows:
2009-12-15 [p.1207]
— ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-62, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act, without amendment.
2009-12-15 [p.1207]
— ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-56, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, without amendment.
2009-12-15 [p.1207]
— ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-64, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the financial year ending March 31, 2010.
2009-12-10 [p.1185]
Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Hill (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) for Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency), seconded by Mr. O'Connor (Minister of State), Bill C-63, An Act to amend the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act and another Act in consequence thereof, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.Recommendation(Pursuant to Standing Order 79(2))
Her Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled “An Act to amend the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act and another Act in consequence thereof”.
2009-12-10 [p.1185]
Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Brown (Leeds—Grenville) presented the report of the Canadian delegation of the Canada-United States Inter-parliamentary Group respecting its participation at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments, held in Overland Park, Kansas, from August 9 to 12, 2009. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-402-59-29.
2009-12-10 [p.1185]
Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Brown (Leeds—Grenville) presented the report of the Canadian delegation of the Canada-United States Inter-parliamentary Group respecting its participation at the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance Conference, held in Washington, D.C., from September 20 to 22, 2009. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-402-59-30.
2009-12-10 [p.1186]
Mr. Bezan (Selkirk—Interlake), from the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, presented the Fifth Report of the Committee (Bill C-311, An Act to ensure Canada assumes its responsibilities in preventing dangerous climate change, without amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-187.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 29, 31 to 41 and 43) was tabled.
2009-12-10 [p.1186]
Mr. Blaney (Lévis—Bellechasse), from the Standing Committee on Official Languages, presented the Third Report of the Committee (Publication Assistance Program and Canada Periodical Fund). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-188.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 46) was tabled.
2009-12-10 [p.1186]
Mr. Chong (Wellington—Halton Hills), from the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, presented the Ninth Report of the Committee (extension of time, pursuant to Standing Order 97.1, to consider Bill C-309, An Act establishing the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Region of Northern Ontario). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-189.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 50) was tabled.
Pursuant to Standing Order 97.1(3), the motion to concur in the Report was deemed moved, the question deemed put and a recorded division was deemed requested and deferred until Wednesday, January 27, 2010, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business. (Concurrence in Committee Reports No. 19)
2009-12-10 [p.1186]
Mr. Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings), from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, presented the 23rd Report of the Committee, "Chapter 7, Acquisition of Leased Office Space of the May 2006 Report of the Auditor General of Canada (Place Victoria)". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-190.
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. 42) was tabled.
2009-12-10 [p.1187]
Mr. Weston (Saint John), from the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, presented the Ninth Report of the Committee, "Small Craft Harbours: An Essential Infrastructure Managed by and for Fishing Communities". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-192.
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. 41 and 45 to 50) was tabled.
2009-12-10 [p.1187]
Ms. Fry (Vancouver Centre), from the Standing Committee on Status of Women, presented the Ninth Report of the Committee, "Pension Security for Women". — Sessional Paper No. 8510-402-193.
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. 32, 34, 36 and 38 to 48) was tabled.
2009-12-10 [p.1187]
Presenting Petitions
Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified correct by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:
2009-12-10 [p.1187]
— by Mr. Regan (Halifax West), one concerning cruelty to animals (No. 402-1479);
2009-12-10 [p.1187]
— by Mr. Bellavance (Richmond—Arthabaska), two concerning the Canada Post Corporation (Nos. 402-1480 and 402-1481);
2009-12-10 [p.1187]
— by Mr. Martin (Sault Ste. Marie), one concerning cruelty to animals (No. 402-1482);
2009-12-10 [p.1187]
— by Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke), one concerning sources of energy (No. 402-1483) and one concerning research and development (No. 402-1484);
2009-12-10 [p.1187]
— by Mr. MacAulay (Cardigan), one concerning the Employment Insurance Program (No. 402-1485);
2009-12-10 [p.1187]
— by Mr. Plamondon (Bas-Richelieu—Nicolet—Bécancour), six concerning the Canada Post Corporation (Nos. 402-1486 to 402-1491);
2009-12-10 [p.1187]
— by Ms. Savoie (Victoria), one concerning the fishing industry (No. 402-1492) and one concerning chemical products (No. 402-1493);
2009-12-10 [p.1187]
— by Mr. Komarnicki (Souris—Moose Mountain), one concerning unborn children (No. 402-1494);
2009-12-10 [p.1188]
— by Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North), one concerning the Food and Drugs Act (No. 402-1500), one concerning cruelty to animals (No. 402-1501) and one concerning transportation (No. 402-1502);
2009-12-10 [p.1188]
— by Mr. Benoit (Vegreville—Wainwright), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 402-1503);
2009-12-10 [p.1188]
— by Mr. Pomerleau (Drummond), one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 402-1505);
2009-12-10 [p.1188]
— by Mr. Warawa (Langley), one concerning gun control (No. 402-1507), one concerning the Employment Insurance Program (No. 402-1508) and one concerning unborn children (No. 402-1509);
2009-12-10 [p.1188]
— by Mr. Lessard (Chambly—Borduas), one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 402-1510).
2009-12-10 [p.1188]
Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the answer to question Q-559 on the Order Paper.
2009-12-10 [p.1188]
Pursuant to Standing Order 39(7), Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the revised return to the following question made into an Order for Return:
Q-481 — Ms. Ratansi (Don Valley East) — With respect to ministers' office expenses within the National Capital Region: (a) what has been the total amount spent on taxis for each fiscal year from 2005-2006 up to and including the current fiscal year for each minister's office; (b) how many employees at each minister's office have access to taxi vouchers; and (c) what is the overtime cost for each minister's driver for each fiscal year from 2005-2006 up to and including the current fiscal year? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-481-01.
2009-12-10 [p.1188]
Pursuant to Standing Order 39(7), Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the returns to the following questions made into Orders for Return:
Q-560 — Ms. Fry (Vancouver Centre) — With regard to the proposed changes to Employment Insurance premiums, what is the full breakdown in cost to businesses, including small and medium enterprises, in British Columbia, for both employers and employees as a result of the new Employment Insurance premiums, broken down into cost to employees alone on a wage sliding scale, as well as the cost to employers alone? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-560.
2009-12-10 [p.1189]
Q-561 — Ms. Fry (Vancouver Centre) — With regard to promises made in Budgets 2006 and 2007 concerning the mountain pine beetle infestation in British Columbia, after consultations between the government and communities affected by the mountain pine beetle, what is the detailed account of how much of the $200 million promised in Budget 2006, and the added $200 million in Budget 2007 has been disbursed, broken down by (i) department, (ii) community, including aboriginal groups? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-561.
2009-12-10 [p.1189]
Q-562 — Ms. Fry (Vancouver Centre) — In detail, what are the transportation and hospitality expenses for the Chief Government Whip and Minister of State, the honourable Gordon O’Connor, and his entire exempt staff for the past 18 months, including a detailed account of the locations where Mr. O’Connor was picked up and dropped off by the driver? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-562.
2009-12-10 [p.1189]
Q-564 — Mr. Holland (Ajax—Pickering) — With regard to Correctional Services Canada (CSC): (a) what cost has been associated with the implementation of bills C-2, (passed in 39th Parliament, second Session), C-14, C-15, C-36, C-25, C-42, C-43, C-52 and C-53 (from the current session); (b) what is the inflow of inmates anticipated, broken down annually, over the next 15 years; (c) what are the budgeted annual costs for CSC, broken down by subject, over the next 15 years; (d) are there any additional costs anticipated in the next 15 years that CSC has not accounted for in their annual budget projections and, if so, what are they and how much will they cost; (e) what plans does CSC have to alter existing facilities to meet the needs of inmates and staff over the next 15 years, what is the timeline and what costs are associated with these projects; (f) are there any plans within the next 15 year to close down any of existing federal institutions; (g) what plans does CSC have regarding building new super prisons (multi-level facilities), and what is the timeline and anticipated cost; (h) what plans does CSC have to convert existing facilities into super prisons, what is the timeline and anticipated cost; (i) does CSC plan to enter into agreement with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador to build a joint provincial – federal correctional institution and, if so, what is the timeline and how much will the federal government contribute and, if not, on what grounds is the government making such a decision; (j) what is the annual breakdown over the past 15 years of CSC staff, by professional category and cost; (k) what is the projected annual breakdown for CSC staff over the next 15 years, including new hiring, broken down annually, by professional category and cost; (l) what is the annual breakdown of federal inmates over the past 15 years, including federal inmates housed in provincial and territorial institutions, broken down by sex, institution, and security level (super max, max, medium, minimum); (m) what is the projected annual breakdown of federal inmates over the next 15 years, including federal inmates housed in provincial and territorial institutions, broken down by sex, security level and institution; (n) what are the annual costs per federal inmate in the past 15 years, broken down by sex, security level, and intuition; and (o) what are the anticipated annual costs per federal inmate over the next 15 years, broken down by sex, security level, and institution? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-564.
2009-12-10 [p.1190]
Q-565 — Mr. Holland (Ajax—Pickering) — With regard to Correctional Services Canada's (CSC) prison farm program: (a) what is the plan for the prison farm lands over the next 15 years, broken down annually, and what is the anticipated cost to CSC to manage the lands, and is any profit anticipated and, if so, what is it; (b) is CSC planning on renting out these lands and, if so, what sort of process will be put into place to decide who the tenants will be, and how much is CSC anticipating it will make annually on the rental of these lands; (c) how many inmates have participated in the prison farm program over the past 15 years, broken down annually and by institution, and how many of these participants have gone on to work in agricultural or related sectors; (d) what, if any, studies, documentation or advice did CSC rely on in their decision to terminate the prison farms program, when was it received and who provided it; (e) what, if any, studies, documentation or advice did CSC receive showing the psychological, social, financial, environmental and health benefits of the prison farm program, when was it received and who provided it; and (f) what is CSC doing to replace the food that was provided through the prison farm program, and what is the annual cost to CSC of outsourcing this food, as compared to the food derived through the prison farm program over the next five years? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-565.
2009-12-10 [p.1190]
Q-566 — Mr. Holland (Ajax—Pickering) — With regard to GRK Fasteners: (a) on what grounds are duties, under the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), applied; (b) on what grounds was their petition to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) for a SIMA exempt status denied; (c) given that GRK’s request for exemption is based on the fact that all of their products are patented, is the CITT no longer recognizing that patents make a product unique; (d) was the fact that there are no domestic manufacturers able to provide GRK with the type of product they require taken into account when the CITT made their decision and, if so, why is the SIMA duty still imposed on them and, if not, why not; and (e) does the Canada Border Services Agency or any other department or agency have reason to believe that GRK Fasteners has ever engaged in product dumping and, if so, what evidence do they possess and, if not, how then can an anti-dumping duty be applied to GRK? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-566.
2009-12-10 [p.1191]
Mr. Hill (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) gave notice of intention to move at the next sitting of the House, pursuant to Standing Order 57, that, in relation to the consideration of the third reading stage of Bill C-56, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, the debate not be further adjourned.
2009-12-10 [p.1191]
The Order was read for the consideration of the Business of Supply.
Mr. Dosanjh (Vancouver South), seconded by Mr. Cotler (Mount Royal), moved, — That, given the undisputed privileges of Parliament under Canada’s constitution, including the absolute power to require the government to produce uncensored documents when requested, and given the reality that the government has violated the rights of Parliament by invoking the Canada Evidence Act to censor documents before producing them, the House urgently requires access to the following documents in their original and uncensored form:
all documents referred to in the affidavit of Richard Colvin, dated October 5, 2009;
all documents within the Department of Foreign Affairs written in response to the documents referred to in the affidavit of Richard Colvin, dated October 5, 2009;
all memoranda for information or memoranda for decision sent to the Minister of Foreign Affairs concerning detainees from December 18, 2005 to the present;
all documents produced pursuant to all orders of the Federal Court in Amnesty International Canada and British Columbia Civil Liberties Association v. Chief of the Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces, Minister of National Defence and Attorney General of Canada;
all documents produced to the Military Police Complaints Commission in the Afghanistan Public Interest Hearings;
all annual human rights reports by the Department of Foreign Affairs on Afghanistan; and
accordingly the House hereby orders that these documents be produced in their original and uncensored form forthwith.
Debate arose thereon.
2009-12-10 [p.1191]
Mr. Ignatieff (Etobicoke—Lakeshore), seconded by Mr. Goodale (Wascana), moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by adding before the word “accordingly” the following:
“all documents referred to by the Chief of the Defence Staff in his December 9, 2009 press conference, and all other relevant documents; and”.
Debate arose thereon.
2009-12-10 [p.1192]
At 2:00 p.m., pursuant to Order made Monday, December 7, 2009, the House resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole in order to welcome torchbearers carrying the Olympic Flame.
2009-12-10 [p.1192]
At 2:07 p.m., pursuant to Order made Monday, December 7, 2009, the Committee rose.
2009-12-10 [p.1192]
Statements By Members
Pursuant to Standing Order 31, Members made statements.
2009-12-10 [p.1192]
Oral Questions
Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.
2009-12-10 [p.1192]
By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That this House call upon the government to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities which was tabled in the House on Thursday, December 3, 2009, as soon as all provinces and territories have officially given their consent and that this House express the hope that ratification is achieved by the time of the Paralympic Games.
2009-12-10 [p.1192]
The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Dosanjh (Vancouver South), seconded by Mr. Cotler (Mount Royal), in relation to the Business of Supply;
And of the amendment of Mr. Ignatieff (Etobicoke—Lakeshore), seconded by Mr. Goodale (Wascana).
The debate continued.
2009-12-10 [p.1192]
Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Day (Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled "Canada's Engagement in Afghanistan — Quarterly Report to Parliament for the Period of July 1 to September 30, 2009". — Sessional Paper No. 8525-402-38.
2009-12-10 [p.1192]
Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Day (Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway) laid upon the Table, — Document entitled "Response to the Legislative Review of Export Development Canada, dated December 2009". — Sessional Paper No. 8525-402-39.
2009-12-10 [p.1192]
The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Dosanjh (Vancouver South), seconded by Mr. Cotler (Mount Royal), in relation to the Business of Supply;
And of the amendment of Mr. Ignatieff (Etobicoke—Lakeshore), seconded by Mr. Goodale (Wascana).
The debate continued.
2009-12-10 [p.1193]
By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, in relation to its study of Arctic sovereignty, 12 members of the Standing Committee on National Defence be authorized to travel to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, in February and March 2010 and that the necessary staff accompany the Committee.
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