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2020-10-23 [p.168]
Adjournment
At 2:32 p.m., the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House until Monday at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).
2020-10-23 [p.168]
— by Mr. Sloan (Hastings—Lennox and Addington), one concerning information and privacy (No. 432-00151).
2020-10-23 [p.165]
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.
2020-10-23 [p.165]
The order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage of Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation).
Mr. Guilbeault (Minister of Canadian Heritage), seconded by Mrs. Schulte (Minister of Seniors), moved, — That the bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
Debate arose thereon.
2020-10-23 [p.165]
Statements By Members
Pursuant to Standing Order 31, members made statements.
2020-10-23 [p.165]
Oral Questions
Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.
2020-10-23 [p.165]
Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Oliphant (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs) laid upon the table, — Copy of the Headquarters Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, and Explanatory Memorandum, done at Gatineau and Ottawa on October 5, 2020. — Sessional Paper No. 8532-432-6.
2020-10-23 [p.166]
Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Oliphant (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs) laid upon the table, — Copy of the Headquarters Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization, and Explanatory Memorandum, done at Ottawa and Miquelon, on June 5 and 13, 2019. — Sessional Paper No. 8532-432-7.
2020-10-23 [p.166]
Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Barsalou-Duval (Pierre-Boucher—Les Patriotes—Verchères), seconded by Ms. Normandin (Saint-Jean), Bill C-249, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (refund – cancelled air service), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.
2020-10-23 [p.166]
Presenting Petitions
Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:
2020-10-23 [p.166]
— by Mr. Johns (Courtenay—Alberni), one concerning fisheries (No. 432-00146);
2020-10-23 [p.166]
— by Mr. Masse (Windsor West), two concerning consumer protection (Nos. 432-00147 and 432-00148), one concerning business and trade (No. 432-00149) and one concerning the environment (No. 432-00150).
2020-10-23 [p.166]
The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Guilbeault (Minister of Canadian Heritage), seconded by Mrs. Schulte (Minister of Seniors), — That Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
The debate continued.
2020-10-23 [p.166]
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:
2020-10-23 [p.166]
— by the Speaker — Minutes of Proceedings of the Board of Internal Economy of the House of Commons for October 8, 2020, pursuant to Standing Order 148(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8527-432-6.
2020-10-23 [p.166]
— by Mr. Blair (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) — Amendment to the Agreement for RCMP policing services (First Nations Community Policing Service) for the province of Prince Edward Island, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, R.S. 1985, c. R-10, sbs. 20(5). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-475-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security)
2020-10-23 [p.167]
— by Mr. Blair (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) — Amendment to the Agreement for RCMP policing services (First Nations Community Policing Service) for the province of Alberta, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, R.S. 1985, c. R-10, sbs. 20(5). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-475-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security)
2020-10-23 [p.167]
— by Mr. Blair (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) — Amendment to the Agreement for RCMP policing services (First Nations Community Policing Service) for the province of New Brunswick, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, R.S. 1985, c. R-10, sbs. 20(5). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-475-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security)
2020-10-23 [p.167]
— by Mr. Blair (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) — Amendment to the Agreement for RCMP policing services (First Nations Community Policing Service) for the province of Nova Scotia, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, R.S. 1985, c. R-10, sbs. 20(5). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-475-05. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security)
2020-10-23 [p.167]
— by Mr. Rodriguez (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) — Orders in council approving certain appointments made by the Governor General in Council, pursuant to Standing Order 110(1), as follows:
— P.C. 2020-691, P.C. 2020-734 and P.C. 2020-767. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-3-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)
2020-10-23 [p.167]
— P.C. 2020-735, P.C. 2020-736, P.C. 2020-737, P.C. 2020-738, P.C. 2020-739, P.C. 2020-740, P.C. 2020-741, P.C. 2020-742, P.C. 2020-743, P.C. 2020-744, P.C. 2020-745, P.C. 2020-746 and P.C. 2020-747. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-14-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration)
2020-10-23 [p.167]
— P.C. 2020-664, P.C. 2020-692, P.C. 2020-704, P.C. 2020-784 and P.C. 2020-785. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-9-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)
2020-10-23 [p.167]
— P.C. 2020-665, P.C. 2020-666, P.C. 2020-668 and P.C. 2020-781. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-4-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates)
2020-10-23 [p.167]
— P.C. 2020-670. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-18-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Health)
2020-10-23 [p.167]
— P.C. 2020-693, P.C. 2020-694, P.C. 2020-695, P.C. 2020-696, P.C. 2020-697, P.C. 2020-698, P.C. 2020-699, P.C. 2020-700, P.C. 2020-748, P.C. 2020-787, P.C. 2020-788, P.C. 2020-789, P.C. 2020-790 and P.C. 2020-791. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-16-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)
2020-10-23 [p.168]
— P.C. 2020-667, P.C. 2020-716, P.C. 2020-717 and P.C. 2020-718. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-1-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs)
2020-10-23 [p.168]
— P.C. 2020-669, P.C. 2020-690 and P.C. 2020-782. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-22-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)
2020-10-23 [p.168]
— P.C. 2020-786. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-28-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on International Trade)
2020-10-23 [p.168]
— P.C. 2020-749, P.C. 2020-750, P.C. 2020-751, P.C. 2020-752, P.C. 2020-753, P.C. 2020-754 and P.C. 2020-755. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-13-03. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)
2020-10-23 [p.168]
— P.C. 2020-758, P.C. 2020-759, P.C. 2020-760, P.C. 2020-761, P.C. 2020-762, P.C. 2020-763, P.C. 2020-764, P.C. 2020-765 and P.C. 2020-766. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-5-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs)
2020-10-23 [p.168]
— P.C. 2020-686. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-30-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security)
2020-10-23 [p.168]
— P.C. 2020-731, P.C. 2020-732, P.C. 2020-733 and P.C. 2020-783. — Sessional Paper No. 8540-432-24-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(6), referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities)
2020-10-23 [p.168]
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:
2020-10-22 [p.164]
Accordingly, at 6:29 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).
2020-10-22 [p.157]
Pursuant to Standing Order 79(3), the Speaker read the following message from Her Excellency the Governor General, presented by Mr. Duclos (President of the Treasury Board):
Message on Estimates
Her Excellency the Governor General transmits to the House of Commons the Supplementary Estimates (B) of sums required for the public service of Canada in the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2021, and in accordance with section 54 of the Constitution Act, 1867, recommends these estimates to the House of Commons.
Mr. Duclos (President of the Treasury Board) laid upon the table, — Document entitled "Supplementary Estimates (B), 2020-21" (USB key included). — Sessional Paper No. 8520-432-02.
Pursuant to Standing Order 81(5), the Supplementary Estimates (B) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021, were deemed referred to the several standing committees of the House as follows:(1) To the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and EthicsOffices of the Information and Privacy Commissioners of Canada, Vote 1b(2) To the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-FoodDepartment of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Votes 1b and 10b(3) To the Standing Committee on Canadian HeritageCanadian Broadcasting Corporation, Vote 1bCanadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, Vote 1bDepartment of Canadian Heritage, Votes 1b and 5bLibrary and Archives of Canada, Vote 5b(4) To the Standing Committee on Citizenship and ImmigrationDepartment of Citizenship and Immigration, Votes 1b, 5b and 10bImmigration and Refugee Board, Vote 1b(5) To the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable DevelopmentDepartment of the Environment, Votes 1b and 10bParks Canada Agency, Vote 1b(6) To the Standing Committee on FinanceCanada Revenue Agency, Vote 1bDepartment of Finance, Vote 1bFinancial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, Vote 1b(7) To the Standing Committee on Fisheries and OceansDepartment of Fisheries and Oceans, Votes 1b, 5b and 10b(8) To the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International DevelopmentDepartment of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Votes 1b, 10b, 20b and L25bInternational Joint Commission (Canadian Section), Vote 1b(9) To the Standing Committee on Government Operations and EstimatesDepartment of Public Works and Government Services, Vote 1bPrivy Council Office, Vote 1bShared Services Canada, Votes 1b and 5bTreasury Board Secretariat, Votes 1b, 10b, 15b and 20b(10) To the Standing Committee on HealthCanadian Food Inspection Agency, Votes 1b and 5bCanadian Institutes of Health Research, Votes 1b and 5bDepartment of Health, Votes 1b, 5b and 10bPublic Health Agency of Canada, Votes 1b, 5b and 10b(11) To the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with DisabilitiesCanada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Vote 1bCanadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization, Vote 1bCanadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Vote 1bDepartment of Employment and Social Development, Votes 1b and 5b(12) To the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern AffairsDepartment of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Votes 1b, 5b and 10bDepartment of Indigenous Services, Votes 1b and 10b(13) To the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and TechnologyAtlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Votes 1b and 5bCanadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Votes 1b and 5bCanadian Space Agency, Votes 1b, 5b and 10bDepartment of Industry, Votes 1b and 10bDepartment of Western Economic Diversification, Votes 1b and 5bEconomic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Vote 5bFederal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Votes 1b and 5bNational Research Council of Canada, Votes 1b, 5b and 10bNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Vote 5bSocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Vote 5b(14) To the Standing Committee on Justice and Human RightsCanadian Human Rights Commission, Vote 1bCourts Administration Service, Vote 1bOffice of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Vote 1bRegistrar of the Supreme Court of Canada, Vote 1b(15) To the Standing Committee on National DefenceCommunications Security Establishment, Vote 1bDepartment of National Defence, Votes 1b, 5b and 10b(16) To the Standing Committee on Natural ResourcesCanadian Energy Regulator, Vote 1bDepartment of Natural Resources, Votes 1b, 5b and 10b(17) To the Standing Committee on Procedure and House AffairsHouse of Commons, Vote 1bLeaders' Debates Commission, Vote 1b(18) To the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National SecurityCanada Border Services Agency, Votes 1b and 5bCanadian Security Intelligence Service, Vote 1bCorrectional Service of Canada, Vote 1bDepartment of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Votes 1b and 5bParole Board of Canada, Vote 1bRoyal Canadian Mounted Police, Votes 1b and 5bRoyal Canadian Mounted Police External Review Committee, Vote 1b(19) To the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and CommunitiesCanadian Air Transport Security Authority, Vote 1bCanadian Transportation Agency, Vote 1bDepartment of Transport, Votes 1b, 5b, 10b, 15b and 20bMarine Atlantic Inc., Vote 1bOffice of Infrastructure of Canada, Votes 1b and 10bThe Federal Bridge Corporation Limited, Vote 1bVIA Rail Canada Inc., Vote 1b(20) To the Standing Committee on Veterans AffairsDepartment of Veterans Affairs, Votes 1b and 5b
2020-10-22 [p.160]
Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Mendicino (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship), seconded by Mr. Blair (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), Bill C-8, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's call to action number 94), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.
2020-10-22 [p.160]
Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Drouin (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell) presented the report of the Canadian Branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie, Bureau Meeting of the APF, Dakar, Senegal, from January 28 to 30, 2020. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-432-52-01.
2020-10-22 [p.160]
Pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), Mr. Drouin (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell) presented the report of the Canadian Branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie, Bureau meeting and 45th Ordinary Session meeting, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, from July 4 to 9, 2019. — Sessional Paper No. 8565-432-52-02.
2020-10-22 [p.160]
Ms. Sahota (Brampton North), from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented the second report of the committee (items to remain votable). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-432-2.
Pursuant to Standing Order 91.1(2), the report was deemed concurred in.
2020-10-22 [p.160]
Presenting Petitions
Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:
2020-10-22 [p.160]
— by Mr. Bergeron (Montarville), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 432-00142);
2020-10-22 [p.161]
— by Mrs. Wagantall (Yorkton—Melville), one concerning justice (No. 432-00143);
2020-10-22 [p.161]
— by Mr. Longfield (Guelph), one concerning social affairs and equality (No. 432-00144);
2020-10-22 [p.161]
— by Mr. Powlowski (Thunder Bay—Rainy River), one concerning human diseases (No. 432-00145).
2020-10-22 [p.161]
The order was read for the consideration of the business of supply.
Ms. Rempel Garner (Calgary Nose Hill), seconded by Mr. O'Toole (Durham), moved, — 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) 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 within 15 days of the adoption of this order, (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.
Debate arose thereon.
2020-10-22 [p.163]
Statements By Members
Pursuant to Standing Order 31, members made statements.
2020-10-22 [p.163]
Oral Questions
Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.
2020-10-22 [p.163]
The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. Rempel Garner (Calgary Nose Hill), seconded by Mr. O'Toole (Durham), in relation to the business of supply.
The debate continued.
2020-10-22 [p.163]
Mrs. Block (Carlton Trail—Eagle Creek), seconded by Ms. Alleslev (Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill), moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by replacing paragraph (aa) with the following:
“(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”.
Debate arose thereon.
2020-10-22 [p.164]
At 6:15 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 81(16), the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.
2020-10-22 [p.164]
The question was put on the amendment and, pursuant to order made Wednesday, September 23, 2020, the recorded division was deferred until Monday, October 26, 2020, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.
2020-10-22 [p.164]
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:
2020-10-22 [p.164]
— by Ms. Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance) — Extraordinary Borrowing Report to Parliament, dated October 22, 2020, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S., 1985, c. F-11, s. 49.1(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1260-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance)
2020-10-22 [p.164]
— by Mr. Lametti (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) — Report on the activities of the Courts Administration Service for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Courts Administration Service Act, S.C. 2002, c. 8, sbs. 12(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-872-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)
2020-10-22 [p.164]
Adjournment Proceedings
At 6:18 p.m., by unanimous consent and 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.
2020-10-21 [p.147]
Statements By Members
Pursuant to Standing Order 31, members made statements.
2020-10-21 [p.147]
Oral Questions
Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.
2020-10-21 [p.147]
Pursuant to order made Wednesday, September 23, 2020, the House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. O'Toole (Durham), seconded by Mr. Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent), — That the House:
(a) note that the WE Charity scandal has preoccupied Parliament since the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) was announced on June 25, 2020, and despite many meetings on this topic held by several of the standing committees of the House of Commons in the subsequent weeks, the outstanding and unanswered questions only became more numerous and increasingly serious;
(b) further note that several other scandals and potential scandals have come to light more recently in the context of government expenditures related to the COVID-19 pandemic response, including, but not limited to,
(i) the awarding of contracts to the employer of the Prime Minister’s chief of staff’s spouse to administer the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program,
(ii) allegations of lobbying by the Prime Minister’s chief of staff’s spouse to secure amendments to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program (CEWS) which would benefit his employer,
(iii) the acquisition of ventilators, which did not have regulatory approval for use, manufactured by a company owned by a retired Liberal member of the House of Commons;
(c) acknowledge that the Prime Minister’s abrupt decision to prorogue Parliament intensified the need for parliamentary accountability;
(d) believe that, to ensure that the work required to achieve this accountability does not interfere with the ordinary operations of the House’s network of committees, a special committee with a dedicated mandate should be established; and
(e) therefore appoint a special committee on anti-corruption, to be styled: The Anti-Corruption Committee, with the mandate to examine and review,
(i) all aspects of the CSSG, including its conceptualization, planning, development, establishment, implementation and termination,
(ii) the assorted relationships between WE Charity, including any of its affiliated or related organizations and the Kielburger family, on the one part, and the government and ministers of the Crown and their families, on the other part,
(iii) all aspects of the CECRA program, including its planning, development, establishment and implementation,
(iv) all aspects related to the allegations of lobbying by Rob Silver or MCAP for amendments to the Income Tax Act in respect of the CEWS program,
(v) all aspects related to the acquisition, purchase and regulatory approval of ventilators manufactured by, or otherwise associated with, the Baylis Medical Company,
(vi) any other matter connected to the government’s COVID-19 pandemic response measures that any standing committee of the House may request the committee to investigate,
provided that,
(vii) the committee be composed of 15 members, of which six shall be government members, five shall be from the official opposition, two shall be from the Bloc Québécois and two shall be from the New Democratic Party,
(viii) the members shall 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 the day following the adoption of this order,
(ix) the Clerk of the House shall convene an organization meeting of the said committee within five days of the adoption of this order,
(x) changes in the membership of the committee shall be effective immediately after notification by the whip has been filed with the Clerk of the House,
(xi) membership substitutions be permitted, if required, in the manner provided for in Standing Order 114(2),
(xii) notwithstanding Standing Order 106(2), the committee be chaired by a member of the official opposition, and in addition to the Chair, the first vice-chair shall be from the Bloc Québécois, the second vice-chair shall be from the New Democratic Party, and the third vice-chair shall be from the government party,
(xiii) quorum of the committee be as provided for in Standing Order 118 and that the Chair be authorized to hold meetings to receive evidence and to have evidence printed when a quorum is not present, provided that at least four members are present, including one member of the opposition and one member of the government,
(xiv) the committee be granted all of the powers of a standing committee, as provided in the Standing Orders,
(xv) the provisions of Standing Order 106(4) shall extend to the committee,
(xvi) the committee and any of its subcommittees have the power to authorize video and audio broadcasting of any or all of its proceedings,
(xvii) the provisions of paragraph (o) of the order adopted on September 23, 2020, shall apply to the committee and any of its subcommittees until January 29, 2021, provided that the meetings of the committee and any of its subcommittees shall have the first claim to the priority use of House resources available for committees,
(xviii) the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, the President of the Treasury Board and the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth may be ordered to appear as witnesses from time to time, as the committee sees fit,
(xix) the committee be instructed to present an interim report no later than February 15, 2021,
(xx) the committee’s initial work shall be supported by orders of the House issuing for
(A) the unredacted version of all documents produced by the government in response to the July 7, 2020, order of the Standing Committee on Finance, provided that these records shall be filed directly with the Clerk of the House either electronically or in hardcopy within 24 hours of the adoption of this order and, in turn, transmitted to the committee which shall, until it may decide otherwise, consider them in camera,
(B) a copy of all records at Speakers’ Spotlight pertaining to speaking appearances arranged, since October 14, 2008, for the current Prime Minister, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Margaret Trudeau and Alexandre Trudeau, including, in respect of each speaking appearance, an indication of the fee provided, any expenses that were reimbursed and the name of the company, organization, person or entity booking it, which had been originally ordered to be produced on July 22, 2020, by the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, provided that these records shall be filed directly with the Clerk of the House either electronically or in hardcopy within 24 hours of the adoption of this order and, in turn, transmitted to the committee which shall, until it may decide otherwise, consider them in camera,
(C) all memoranda, e-mails, documents, notes or other records from the Office of the Prime Minister and the Privy Council Office, since June 25, 2020, concerning options, plans and preparations for the prorogation of Parliament, including polling and public opinion research, provided that these documents shall be laid upon the table within 10 days of the adoption of this order and, upon tabling, shall stand referred to the committee and to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs,
(D) a complete accounting of all communications between the government and any of WE Charity (or its affiliated organizations), Craig Kielburger, Marc Kielburger, Speakers’ Spotlight, Rob Silver, MCAP, Frank Baylis or Baylis Medical Company since June 25, 2020, in respect of the prorogation of Parliament, provided that these documents shall be laid upon the table within 10 days of the adoption of this order and, upon tabling, shall stand referred to the committee and to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs;
The House proceeded to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the amendment of Mr. Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent), seconded by Mr. Martel (Chicoutimi—Le Fjord), — That the motion be amended in paragraph (e):
(a) by replacing the words before subparagraph (i) with the following: “therefore appoint a special committee on allegations of misuse of public funds by the government during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, with the mandate to examine and review”; and
(b) by adding the following: “, (xxi) the establishment of the committee shall not, in the opinion of the House, constitute legitimate grounds for calling a general election”.
The question was put on the amendment and it was negatived on the following division:
(Division No. 10 -- Vote no 10) - View vote details.
YEAS: 143, NAYS: 181
2020-10-21 [p.152]
Pursuant to Standing Order 81(16), the House proceeded to the putting of the question on the main motion of Mr. O'Toole (Durham), seconded by Mr. Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent).
The question was put on the main motion and it was negatived on the following division:
(Division No. 11 -- Vote no 11) - View vote details.
YEAS: 146, NAYS: 180
2020-10-21 [p.154]
Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Lametti (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) laid upon the table, — Charter Statement — Bill C-7, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), pursuant to the Department of Justice Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. J-2, sbs. 4.2(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-432-1232-04. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)
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