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2021-01-26 [p.467]
Adjournment
At midnight, the Speaker adjourned the House until later today at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).
2021-01-25 [p.427]
By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, notwithstanding any standing order, special order or usual practice of the House, until Wednesday, June 23, 2021:
(a) members may participate in proceedings of the House either in person or by videoconference;
(b) members who participate remotely in a sitting of the House are counted for the purpose of quorum;
(c) any reference in the Standing Orders to the need for members to rise or to be in their place, as well as any reference to the chair, the table or the chamber shall be interpreted in a manner consistent with the virtual nature of the proceedings;
(d) the application of Standing Order 17 shall be suspended;
(e) the application of Standing Order 62 shall be suspended for any member participating remotely;
(f) in Standing Orders 26(2), 53(4), 56.1(3), and 56.2(2), the reference to the number of members required to rise be replaced with the word “five”;
(g) documents may be laid before the House or presented to the House electronically, provided that:
(i) documents deposited pursuant to Standing Order 32(1) shall be deposited with the Clerk of the House electronically,
(ii) during Routine Proceedings, members who participate remotely may table documents or present petitions or reports to the House electronically, provided that the documents are transmitted to the clerk prior to their intervention,
(iii) any petition presented pursuant to Standing Order 36(5) may be filed with the clerk electronically;
(iv) responses to questions on the Order Paper deposited pursuant to Standing Order 39 may be tabled electronically;
(h) should the House resolve itself in a committee of the whole, the Chair may preside from the Speaker’s chair;
(i) when a question that could lead to a recorded division is put to the House, in lieu of calling for the yeas and nays, one representative of a recognized party can rise to request a recorded vote or to indicate that the motion is adopted on division, provided that a request for a recorded division has precedence;
(j) when a recorded division is requested in respect of a debatable motion, including any division arising as a consequence of the application of Standing Order 61(2) or Standing Order 78, but excluding any division in relation to motions relating to the budget debate, pursuant to Standing Order 84, or the business of supply occurring on the last supply day of a period, other than as provided in Standing Orders 81(17) and (18)(b), or arising as a consequence of an order made pursuant to Standing Order 57,
(i) before 2:00 p.m. on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, it shall stand deferred until the conclusion of Oral Questions at that day’s sitting, or
(ii) after 2:00 p.m. on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, or at any time on a Friday, it shall stand deferred until the conclusion of Oral Questions at the next sitting day that is not a Friday, provided that, if a recorded division on the previous question is deferred and the motion is subsequently adopted, the recorded division on the original question shall not be deferred;
provided that any extension of time pursuant to Standing Order 45(7.1) shall not exceed 90 minutes;
(k) when a recorded division, which would have ordinarily been deemed deferred on a Wednesday governed by this order, to no later than the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders, or to immediately before the time provided for Private Members’ Business, is requested, the said division is deemed to have been deferred until the conclusion of Oral Questions on the same Wednesday;
(l) for greater certainty, this order shall not limit the application of Standing Order 45(7);
(m) when a recorded division is to be held, the bells to call in the members shall be sounded for not more than 30 minutes, except recorded divisions deferred to the conclusion of Oral Questions, when the bells shall be sounded for not more than 15 minutes;
(n) until such a time as a remote voting application is ready to use, recorded divisions shall take place in the usual way for members participating in person and by roll call for members participating by videoconference, provided that members participating by videoconference must have their camera on for the duration of the vote;
(o) in relation to the development of a remote voting application, the House Administration be directed to begin the onboarding process of all members as soon as possible and conduct two comprehensive simulations with all members being invited to attend;
(p) after the two simulations outlined in paragraph (o) have been completed and after the Speaker has received a notice from the House leaders of all recognized parties in the House stating that they are satisfied that the remote voting application is ready to be used, starting the next sitting day and concluding on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, the Speaker shall so inform the House and recorded divisions shall take place in the usual way for members participating in person or by electronic means for all other members, provided that:
(i) electronic votes shall be cast from within Canada through the House of Commons electronic voting application using the member’s House-managed mobile device and the member’s personal House of Commons account, and that each vote requires visual identity validation,
(ii) the period allowed for voting electronically on a motion shall be 10 minutes, to begin after the Chair has read the motion to the House, and members voting electronically may change their vote until the electronic voting period has closed,
(iii) in the event a member casts their vote both in person and electronically, a vote cast in person takes precedence,
(iv) any technical issues encountered by:
(A) members of recognized parties shall be brought to the attention of their respective whip, and that whip may then rise before the results are announced to indicate to the Speaker the voting intention of the identified members of their party,
(B) members not part of a recognized party shall be brought to the attention of the Speaker and the member shall immediately confirm to the Speaker how they cast their vote, before the results are announced,
(v) the whip of each recognized party have access to a tool to confirm the visual identity of each member voting by electronic means, and that the votes of members voting by electronic means be made available to the public during the period allowed for the vote;
(vi) the process for votes in committees of the whole take place in a manner similar to the process for votes during sittings of the House with the exception of the requirement to call in the members,
(vii) any question to be resolved by secret ballot be excluded from this order;
(q) during meetings of standing, standing joint, special and legislative committees and the Liaison Committee, as well as their subcommittees, where applicable, members may participate either in person or by videoconference and witnesses shall participate remotely, provided that priority use of House resources for meetings shall be established by an agreement of the whips and, for virtual or hybrid meetings, the following provisions shall apply:
(i) members who participate remotely shall be counted for the purpose of quorum,
(ii) except for those decided unanimously or on division, all questions shall be decided by a recorded vote,
(iii) when more than one motion is proposed for the election of a chair or a vice-chair of a committee, 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,
(iv) public proceedings shall be made available to the public via the House of Commons website,
(v) in camera proceedings may be conducted in a manner that takes into account the potential risks to confidentiality inherent in meetings with remote participants,
(vi) notices of membership substitutions pursuant to Standing Order 114(2) and requests pursuant to Standing Order 106(4) may be filed with the clerk of each committee by email; and
(r) following the adoption of this order, the sitting be suspended to the call of the Chair to permit members to participate by videoconference, and, when the sitting resumes, the House shall proceed to the consideration of Private Members’ Business for a maximum of one hour.
2021-01-25 [p.430]
At 11:19 a.m., pursuant to order made earlier today, the sitting was suspended.
At 11:28 a.m., pursuant to Order made earlier today, the sitting resumed.
2021-01-25 [p.430]
A message was received from the Senate informing this House that the Senate has passed the following bill to which the concurrence of the House is desired:
Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act.
2021-01-25 [p.430]
Private Members' Business
Pursuant to order made earlier today, the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.
2021-01-25 [p.430]
The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Saroya (Markham—Unionville), seconded by Mr. Vis (Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon), — That Bill C-238, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (possession of unlawfully imported firearms), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
The debate continued.
2021-01-25 [p.431]
The question was put on the motion and, pursuant to order made earlier today, the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.
2021-01-25 [p.431]
The order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-14, An Act to implement certain provisions of the economic statement tabled in Parliament on November 30, 2020 and other measures.
Notice of the royal recommendation was given on Monday, December 7, 2020, by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance as follows:
Recommendation
(Pursuant to Standing Order 79(2))
Her Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled An Act to implement certain provisions of the economic statement tabled in Parliament on November 30, 2020 and other measures.
Mrs. Schulte (Minister of Seniors) for Ms. Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance), seconded by Ms. Bibeau (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food), moved, — That the bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.
Debate arose thereon.
2021-01-25 [p.431]
Statements By Members
Pursuant to Standing Order 31, members made statements.
2021-01-25 [p.431]
Oral Questions
Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.
2021-01-25 [p.431]
By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the House call upon the government to use all available tools to address the proliferation of white supremacist and hate groups, starting with immediately designating the Proud Boys as a terrorist entity.
2021-01-25 [p.431]
Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Lefebvre (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources) laid upon the table, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:
— Nos. 432-00178, 432-00183, 432-00188, 432-00193, 432-00198, 432-00199, 432-00202, 432-00206, 432-00207, 432-00211, 432-00214, 432-00215, 432-00216, 432-00217, 432-00220, 432-00221, 432-00222, 432-00226, 432-00228, 432-00229, 432-00231, 432-00233, 432-00238, 432-00242, 432-00245, 432-00253, 432-00255, 432-00262, 432-00266, 432-00270, 432-00272, 432-00273, 432-00275, 432-00281, 432-00285, 432-00288, 432-00292, 432-00300, 432-00301, 432-00304, 432-00307, 432-00309, 432-00310, 432-00311, 432-00313, 432-00319, 432-00320, 432-00323, 432-00325, 432-00328, 432-00329, 432-00331, 432-00335, 432-00337, 432-00360, 432-00369, 432-00371, 432-00375, 432-00380, 432-00384, 432-00386, 432-00390, 432-00393, 432-00394, 432-00395, 432-00398, 432-00401, 432-00406, 432-00409, 432-00413, 432-00414, 432-00415, 432-00417, 432-00419, 432-00421, 432-00422, 432-00423, 432-00425, 432-00429 and 432-00430 concerning foreign affairs;
— Nos. 432-00179, 432-00181, 432-00182, 432-00184, 432-00185, 432-00190, 432-00191, 432-00192, 432-00197, 432-00200, 432-00209, 432-00210, 432-00218, 432-00227, 432-00234, 432-00240, 432-00241, 432-00243, 432-00246, 432-00247, 432-00251, 432-00256, 432-00260, 432-00263, 432-00265, 432-00267, 432-00268, 432-00271, 432-00274, 432-00276, 432-00277, 432-00278, 432-00280, 432-00282, 432-00283, 432-00284, 432-00286, 432-00289, 432-00293, 432-00298, 432-00302, 432-00303, 432-00308, 432-00312, 432-00316, 432-00326, 432-00330, 432-00361, 432-00364, 432-00365, 432-00378, 432-00381, 432-00382, 432-00387, 432-00388, 432-00391, 432-00392, 432-00396, 432-00397, 432-00399, 432-00400, 432-00403, 432-00404, 432-00405, 432-00407, 432-00410, 432-00411, 432-00412, 432-00416, 432-00418, 432-00420, 432-00424, 432-00427 and 432-00428 concerning justice;
— Nos. 432-00180, 432-00189, 432-00195, 432-00203, 432-00213, 432-00224, 432-00236, 432-00248, 432-00257, 432-00258, 432-00287, 432-00290, 432-00299, 432-00305, 432-00318, 432-00362, 432-00368 and 432-00372 concerning health;
— No. 432-00186 concerning citizenship and immigration;
— Nos. 432-00187 and 432-00332 concerning the correctional system;
— Nos. 432-00194, 432-00254 and 432-00383 concerning social affairs and equality;
— Nos. 432-00196, 432-00208, 432-00225 and 432-00230 concerning the democratic process;
— Nos. 432-00201, 432-00232, 432-00235, 432-00259, 432-00269, 432-00317, 432-00363, 432-00402 and 432-00426 concerning public safety;
— No. 432-00204 concerning consumer protection;
— Nos. 432-00205, 432-00223, 432-00250, 432-00295, 432-00327, 432-00334 and 432-00379 concerning natural resources and energy;
— Nos. 432-00212, 432-00244 and 432-00389 concerning economics and finance;
— Nos. 432-00219, 432-00239, 432-00249, 432-00291, 432-00294, 432-00296, 432-00322, 432-00324, 432-00336, 432-00338, 432-00339, 432-00340, 432-00341, 432-00342, 432-00343, 432-00344, 432-00345, 432-00346, 432-00347, 432-00348, 432-00349, 432-00350, 432-00351, 432-00352, 432-00353, 432-00354, 432-00355, 432-00356, 432-00357, 432-00358, 432-00359, 432-00367, 432-00370, 432-00374, 432-00376, 432-00377 and 432-00408 concerning the environment;
— Nos. 432-00237 and 432-00314 concerning transportation;
— No. 432-00252 concerning culture and heritage;
— Nos. 432-00261 and 432-00385 concerning taxation;
— Nos. 432-00264, 432-00315, 432-00321 and 432-00373 concerning Indigenous affairs;
— No. 432-00279 concerning veterans' affairs;
— Nos. 432-00297, 432-00333 and 432-00366 concerning fisheries;
— No. 432-00306 concerning employment and labour.
2021-01-25 [p.433]
Mr. McKinnon (Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam), from the Standing Committee on Health, presented the third report of the committee (Bill C-210, An Act to amend the Canada Revenue Agency Act (organ and tissue donors), without amendment). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-432-53.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 13) was tabled.
2021-01-25 [p.433]
Ms. Sahota (Brampton North), from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented the Eight report of the committee, which was as follows:The committee recommends, pursuant to Standing Orders 104 and 114, the following changes to the lists of members of the following standing committees:Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and EthicsColin Carrie for David SweetStanding Committee on Industry, Science and TechnologyBernard Généreux for Derek SloanStanding Committee on Official LanguagesAlexandre Boulerice for Niki AshtonStanding Committee on Veterans AffairsDavid Yurdiga for Colin CarrieThe committee further recommends, pursuant to Standing Orders 104 and 114, that the name of the following Member be added to the list of associate members of the Standing Committee on Official Languages:Niki AshtonThe committee further recommends, pursuant to Standing Orders 104 and 114, that the names of the following Members be deleted from the lists of associate members of the following standing committees:Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and EthicsDerek SloanStanding Committee on Agriculture and Agri-FoodDerek SloanStanding Committee on Canadian HeritageDerek SloanStanding Committee on Citizenship and ImmigrationDerek SloanStanding Committee on Environment and Sustainable DevelopmentDerek SloanStanding Committee on FinanceDerek SloanStanding Committee on Fisheries and OceansDerek SloanStanding Committee on Foreign Affairs and International DevelopmentDerek SloanStanding Committee on Government Operations and EstimatesDerek SloanStanding Committee on HealthDerek SloanStanding Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with DisabilitiesDerek SloanStanding Committee on Indigenous and Northern AffairsDerek SloanStanding Committee on International TradeDerek SloanStanding Committee on Justice and Human RightsDerek SloanStanding Committee on National DefenceDerek SloanStanding Committee on Natural ResourcesDerek SloanStanding Committee on Official LanguagesDerek SloanStanding Committee on Procedure and House AffairsDerek SloanStanding Committee on Public AccountsDerek SloanStanding Committee on Public Safety and National SecurityDerek SloanStanding Committee on the Status of WomenDerek SloanStanding Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and CommunitiesDerek SloanStanding Committee on Veterans AffairsDerek SloanThe Committee further recommends, pursuant to Standing Orders 104 and 114, that the names of the following Members be deleted from the lists of associate members of the following standing joint committees:Standing Joint Committee on the Library of ParliamentDerek SloanStanding Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of RegulationsDerek SloanA copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 1) is tabled.
2021-01-25 [p.435]
By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the eighth report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented earlier today, be concurred in.
2021-01-25 [p.435]
Presenting Petitions
Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:
2021-01-25 [p.435]
— by Mr. Williamson (New Brunswick Southwest), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 432-00431);
2021-01-25 [p.435]
— by Mr. Waugh (Saskatoon—Grasswood), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 432-00432);
2021-01-25 [p.436]
— by Mr. Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 432-00433);
2021-01-25 [p.436]
— by Mr. Kelly (Calgary Rocky Ridge), one concerning foreign affairs (No. 432-00434).
2021-01-25 [p.436]
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) presented the answers to questions Q-209, Q-210, Q-215, Q-216, Q-219, Q-224, Q-226, Q-228, Q-229, Q-231, Q-235, Q-236, Q-238, Q-242, Q-250, Q-254, Q-257, Q-260, Q-261, Q-269, Q-272, Q-274, Q-278 to Q-280, Q-283, Q-290, Q-291, Q-298, Q-299, Q-309, Q-311, Q-332 and Q-344 on the Order Paper.
2021-01-25 [p.436]
Pursuant to Standing Order 39(7), 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) presented the supplementary return to the following question made into an order for return:
Q-173 — Mr. Seeback (Dufferin—Caledon) — With regard to the chart entitled "Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - Overview" on the government's website, under the "Related resources" tab of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan webpage: (a) what is the actual amount of actual expenditures made to date, broken down by each initiative listed on the chart; and (b) what is the number of individuals or organizations who have received funding, broken down by each initiative listed on the chart? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-173-01.
2021-01-25 [p.436]
Pursuant to Standing Order 39(7), 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) presented the returns to the following questions made into orders for return:
Q-206 — Mr. Lawrence (Northumberland—Peterborough South) — With regard to the Next Generation Human Resources and Pay project: (a) what is the total projected budget for the project; (b) what are the project’s anticipated (i) start-up and implementation costs, broken down by type of expense, (ii) ongoing or yearly operating costs; and (c) what is the projected date of when the system will be implemented for each department, agency or other government entity, broken down by entity? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-206.
2021-01-25 [p.436]
Q-207 — Mr. Chong (Wellington—Halton Hills) — With regard to the government’s reaction to measures taken by the Chinese government against those living in Hong Kong: (a) how many asylum and refugee claims have been granted, since January 1, 2019, to those who were previously living in Hong Kong; (b) how many asylum and refugee claims from individuals in Hong Kong does the government project will be received in the next 12 months; (c) has the government made contingency plans to ensure that safe return of all Canadians who wish to return, including those with dual citizenship and, if so, what are the details of such plans; and (d) what specific steps, if any, has the government taken to ensure that Canadians in Hong Kong are not arbitrarily arrested or detained under the guise of the so-called national security law? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-207.
2021-01-25 [p.437]
Q-208 — Mr. Lawrence (Northumberland—Peterborough South) — With regard to each contract signed by the government since March 1, 2020, with a value greater than $10 million: (a) what specific measures, if any, were taken by the government to ensure that taxpayers were getting value for money, broken down by each contract; and (b) what are the details of each contract, including (i) vendor, (ii) amount, (iii) description of goods or services, (iv) whether or not the contract was sole-sourced? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-208.
2021-01-25 [p.437]
Q-211 — Mr. Aitchison (Parry Sound—Muskoka) — With regard to training provided to Canadian Armed Forces public affairs staff, since January 1, 2016: (a) what is the total value of the contracts awarded to the companies or individuals that provided the training; and (b) what are the details of each related contract, including the (i) vendor, (ii) amount, (iii) date, (iv) type of training provided (public speaking, social media, etc.), (v) file number? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-211.
2021-01-25 [p.437]
Q-212 — Mr. Vidal (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River) — With regard to Indigenous Services Canada's provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for Indigenous peoples in Canada since January 1, 2020: (a) what is the total amount requested by First Nations communities and other Indigenous organizations, broken down by type of PPE (masks, face shields, etc.); (b) what is the breakdown of (a) by (i) date of request, (ii) name of First Nations community or organization making the request, (iii) amount requested, broken down by type of PPE; and (c) what are the details of each PPE delivery provided to First Nations and other Indigenous organizations, including (i) date of delivery, (ii) recipient community or organization, (iii) amount delivered, broken down by type of PPE? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-212.
2021-01-25 [p.437]
Q-213 — Mr. Zimmer (Prince George—Peace River—Northern Rockies) — With regard to the Invest in Canada Hub: (a) since March 12, 2018, how much has been spent on hospitality or ticket purchases related to attracting foreign investment; and (b) what are the details of all expenditures in (a), including (i) date, (ii) amount, (iii) number of guests or tickets purchased, (iv) location, (v) vendor, (vi) description of event, (vii) number of government officials in attendance, (viii) number of guests in attendance, (ix) companies or organizations represented? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-213.
2021-01-25 [p.438]
Q-214 — Mr. Zimmer (Prince George—Peace River—Northern Rockies) — With regard to the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP): (a) how many businesses have received loans from (i) Export Development Canada, (ii) the Business Development Bank of Canada, (iii) other sources under the BCAP program since the pandemic began; (b) how many applications for loans under the program were declined; (c) what is the total value of loans provided under the program; and (d) what were the median and average value of loans provided under the program? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-214.
2021-01-25 [p.438]
Q-217 — Mr. Mazier (Dauphin—Swan River—Neepawa) — With regard to the Universal Broadband Fund: (a) how many applications has the government received for funding; (b) what is the total amount dispersed by the fund since its official formation; (c) how many applications were classified as originating from a local government district; (d) how many applications were received from applicants in the province of Manitoba; (e) how many of the applications in (d) were successful; and (f) what are the details of all funding provided through the fund, including (i) recipient, (ii) amount, (iii) location, (iv) project description or summary? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-217.
2021-01-25 [p.438]
Q-218 — Ms. Rood (Lambton—Kent—Middlesex) — With regard to the government's announcement in May 2020 to provide $77 million to assist food processors with their COVID-19 protection and adaptation plans: (a) how much of the funding has been provided to date; and (b) what is the breakdown of how much funding each food processor received by (i) name of recipient, (ii) type of processor (beef, pork, produce, etc.), (iii) amount, (iv) location? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-218.
2021-01-25 [p.438]
Q-220 — Mr. Nater (Perth—Wellington) — With regard to the statutory responsibilities of ministers: what are the statutory responsibilities of the Minister of Rural Economic Development? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-220.
2021-01-25 [p.438]
Q-221 — Mr. Motz (Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner) — With regard to the requests for information received by the government from the Parliamentary Budget Officer since January 1, 2017: what are the details of all the instances where some or all of the information requested was either withheld or redacted, including (i) the specific request, (ii) date of request, (iii) number of pages withheld or redacted, (iv) title of the individual who authorized the redactions or the refusal to provide all of the information, (v) reason for the redactions or refusal to provide the information? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-221.
2021-01-25 [p.439]
Q-222 — Mr. Lobb (Huron—Bruce) — With regard to the recommendation by the Chief Public Health Officer that Canadians use a three-layer non-medical mask with a filter: (a) how many non-medical masks purchased by the government since March 1, 2020, (i) meet this criterion, (ii) do not meet this criterion; and (b) what is the value of the masks purchased by the government that (i) meet this criterion, (ii) do not meet this criterion? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-222.
2021-01-25 [p.439]
Q-223 — Mr. Epp (Chatham-Kent—Leamington) — With regard to expenditures made since January 1, 2018, for non-public servant travel, and broken down by department, agency, or other government entity: (a) what is the total of all expenditures, broken down by object code; (b) what are the details of each trip taken in relation to expenditures made under the classification non-public servant travel - Key stakeholders (code 0262), or similar classification, including (i) date, (ii) origin, (iii) destination, (iv) mode of travel (train, air, etc.), (v) cost of trip, broken down by type of expense (accommodation, airfare, etc.), (vi) organization represented by traveller, (vii) purpose of travel or description of events requiring travel; and (c) what are the details of each trip taken in relation to expenditures made under the classification non-public servant travel - Other travel (code 0265), or similar classification, including (i) date, (ii) origin, (iii) destination, (iv) mode of travel (train, air, etc.), (v) cost of trip, broken down by type of expense (accommodation, airfare, etc.), (vi) organization represented by traveller, (vii) purpose of travel or description of events requiring travel? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-223.
2021-01-25 [p.439]
Q-225 — Mr. Schmale (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock) — With regard to the Canada Student Service Grant program and the original decision to have WE Charity administer the program: was an Official Languages Impact Analysis conducted for the program, and, if so, (i) who conducted the analysis, (ii) on what date was the analysis completed, (iii) what were the findings of the analysis, (iv) which minister signed the analysis? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-225.
2021-01-25 [p.439]
Q-227 — Mr. Motz (Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner) — With regard to the backlog of evidence processing in the RCMP crime laboratories: (a) what is the current backlog for each category and type of evidence submitted, including DNA, swabs, fingerprinting, firearms, fabric evidence, non-firearm weapons, and any other type of evidence, broken down by laboratory; (b) what was the expected timeline to deliver evidence prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, broken down by laboratory; (c) what is the current expected timeline to deliver evidence, broken down by laboratory; (d) how many times have the RCMP laboratories sent notices or requests to prosecutors, police officers or police services seeking an extension for the originally projected timelines; (e) in the last 24 months, how many evidence submissions have been rejected because of (i) lack of capacity to do the analysis, (ii) lack of response from the officer or prosecutor who sent in the evidence, (iii) inaccurate or poorly collected evidence, (iv) lack of personnel with the skills needed to do the work, (v) decision by the evidence laboratory that the evidence was not needed or relevant, (vi) decision by the evidence laboratory that they would not process evidence because they were already processing something similar; (f) in the last 24 months, how much work has been outsourced to private laboratories to deal with overflow, broken down by month, year, and the laboratory it was sent; (g) in the last 24 months, how many times was outsourcing of work requested by laboratories and rejected by management due to financial considerations; (h) in the last 24 months, how many times has the RCMP sent out any notice, communication or information declining to process certain evidence or types of evidence; (i) how many employees and vacant positions in evidence laboratories currently exist, broken down by evidence laboratory; (j) how many new staff have been hired in the last 24 months; (k) in the last 24 months, how many employees have left or retired; (l) over the last six months, are there any open positions requiring critical skills, in any of the evidence laboratories, thus limiting the amount of work done by the laboratory, and, if so, what are the details; (m) have any of the RCMP evidence laboratories sought support, work sharing, transfer of work to municipal, provincial or private sector laboratories for evidence they lacked the capacity, skills or equipment to process, and, if so, what are the details; and (n) how many notices have been sent in the last 24 months that evidence would be available for prosecutors or police in time for trial? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-227.
2021-01-25 [p.440]
Q-230 — Mr. Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) — With regard to the federal tobacco control strategy for fiscal year 2019-20: (a) what was the budget for the strategy; (b) how much of that budget was spent within the fiscal year; (c) how much was spent on each component of the strategy, specifically, (i) mass media, (ii) policy and regulatory development, (iii) research, (iv) surveillance, (v) enforcement, (vi) grants and contributions, (vii) programs for Indigenous Canadians; (d) were any other activities not listed in (c) funded by the strategy and, if so, how much was spent on each of these activities; and (e) was part of the budget reallocated for purposes other than tobacco control and, if so, how much was reallocated? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-230.
2021-01-25 [p.441]
Q-232 — Mrs. Block (Carlton Trail—Eagle Creek) — With regard to advertising by agencies and Crown corporations under the Finance portfolio since January 1, 2016: (a) how many advertisements have been created in total, broken down by year and by type (internet, print dailies, radio, television, etc.); (b) what is the media authorization number and name of each advertisement listed in (a); (c) what are the details of each advertisement or campaign, including the (i) title or description of the advertisement or campaign, (ii) purpose or goal, (iii) start and end date of the campaign, (iv) media outlets running advertisements, (v) name of the advertising agency used to produce the advertisement, if applicable, (vi) name of the advertising agency used to purchase advertising space, if applicable, (vii) total amount spent, broken down by advertisement and campaign; and (d) what are the details of all contracts awarded related to advertising, including any contracts awarded to advertising or production agencies, including the (i) vendor, (ii) amount, (iii) start and end date, (iv) title or summary of each related campaign, (v) description of goods or services? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-232.
2021-01-25 [p.441]
Q-233 — Mrs. Block (Carlton Trail—Eagle Creek) — With regard to the Canadian Armed Forces or the Department of National Defence creating dossiers on journalists since November 4, 2015: (a) how many dossiers on journalists have been created; and (b) what are the details of each dossier created including the (i) journalist, (ii) news outlet, (iii) date created, (iv) section that created the dossier (public affairs, defence strategic communication, etc.), (v) observations, analysis or comments contained in dossier? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-233.
2021-01-25 [p.441]
Q-234 — Mr. Blaney (Bellechasse—Les Etchemins—Lévis) — With regard to the government's Joint Support Ship program and the report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, dated November 17, 2020: (a) why did the government choose the more expensive option rather than purchase the vessels from Chantier Davie Canada Inc.; (b) why was the estimated savings of $3 billion with the Davie option not the deciding factor in the government's choice not to use Davie; (c) does the government accept the findings of the Parliamentary Budget Officer as accurate, and, if not, which specific findings does it not accept; and (d) has the government conducted an assessment of the capabilities of the Asterix and Obelix as commercial vessels converted for military purposes versus those of the built-for-purpose Joint Support Ship program, and, if so, what were the findings of the assessment, or, if not, why not? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-234.
2021-01-25 [p.442]
Q-237 — Mr. Diotte (Edmonton Griesbach) — With regard to expenditures on social media marketing and management companies, broken down by department, agency, Crown corporation or other government entity: (a) what is the total amount spent each year since January 1, 2016; (b) as of November 11, 2020, what are the details of all social media accounts that are managed, in whole or in part, by a company, including (i) platform, (ii) handle or account name, (iii) name of the company managing the account, (iv) type of work being done by the company (writing posts, scheduling, promoting, etc.); and (c) what are the details of all contracts signed since January 1, 2016, including the (i) vendor, (ii) amount, (iii) date and duration of the contract, (iv) which social media accounts are covered by the contract, (v) detailed description of goods or services provided? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-237.
2021-01-25 [p.442]
Q-239 — Mr. Seeback (Dufferin—Caledon) — With regard to the Veterans Affairs Canada service standard of 16 weeks for decisions in relation to disability benefit applications, for applications received during the 2019-20 fiscal year: (a) how many and what percentage of applications received a decision (i) within the 16-week standard, (ii) between 16 and 26 weeks, (iii) after 26 weeks; and (b) how many such applications have yet to receive a decision? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-239.
2021-01-25 [p.442]
Q-240 — Mr. Duncan (Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry) — With regard to privacy breaches since November 1, 2019, broken down by department, agency, Crown corporation or other government entity: (a) how many privacy breaches have occurred; and (b) for each privacy breach, (i) was it reported to the Privacy Commissioner, (ii) how many individuals were affected, (iii) what were the dates of the privacy breach, (iv) were the individuals affected notified that their information may have been compromised and, if so, on what date and in what manner? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-240.
2021-01-25 [p.442]
Q-241 — Mr. Duncan (Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry) — With regard to social media posts that were posted and later deleted or edited on government accounts since January 1, 2019, and broken down by department, agency, Crown corporation, or other government entity: what are the details of all such posts, including the (i) subject matter, (ii) time and date of the original post, (iii) time and date of the deletion or edit, (iv) description of the original post, including the type of post (text, still picture, video, etc.), (v) summary of the edit, including the precise differences between the original post and the revised post, (vi) reason for the deletion or edit? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-241.
2021-01-25 [p.443]
Q-243 — Mr. Kurek (Battle River—Crowfoot) — With regard to expenditures on, and use of, isolation or quarantine accommodations during the pandemic: (a) how many (i) foreigners, (ii) Canadian citizens or permanent residents have required the government to provide isolation or quarantine accommodations since August 1, 2020; (b) what is the total amount spent by the government on such accommodations since August 1, 2020, broken down by month; (c) what are the details of all such accommodations and in which municipalities and provinces are such accommodations located, including (i) municipality, (ii) province or territory, (iii) type of facility (hotel, dorm rooms, etc.); and (d) are individuals requiring such accommodations required to reimburse the taxpayer for the cost associated with the accommodation and, if so, how much has been received in reimbursements (i) prior to August 1, 2020, (ii) since August 1, 2020? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-243.
2021-01-25 [p.443]
Q-244 — Mr. Vis (Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon) — With regard to the government’s Rapid Housing Initiative: what are the details of all funding commitments provided to date under the initiative, including (i) date of commitment, (ii) amount of federal commitment, (iii) detailed location, including address, municipality and province, (iv) project description, (v) number of housing units, broken down by type of housing? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-244.
2021-01-25 [p.443]
Q-245 — Mr. Vis (Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon) — With regard to funding provided under the Social Development Partnerships Program since January 1, 2016: (a) what is the total amount of funding provided under the program, broken down by year and by province or territory; and (b) what are the details of all projects or programs funded through the program, including (i) date of funding, (ii) amount of federal contribution, (iii) recipient, (iv) purpose of funding or project description, (v) location of recipient, (vi) location of project or program, if different than recipient? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-245.
2021-01-25 [p.443]
Q-246 — Ms. Pauzé (Repentigny) — With regard to the fossil fuel sector and the renewable energy sector, and for all the departments and agencies affected: (a) what regulatory amendments, including amendments to federal-provincial partnership programs, have been made since March 15, 2020, that affect the funding or regulation of one of these sectors, including (i) the duration of each of these amendments, (ii) the impact of each amendment; and (b) for these two sectors, what financial support measures have been implemented (i) through programs administered by Export Development Canada, (ii) by any other governmental or quasi-governmental department or agency? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-246.
2021-01-25 [p.444]
Q-247 — Mr. Sweet (Flamborough—Glanbrook) — With regard to electric vehicle charging stations installed on government property, since January 1, 2016, that are primarily for the use of government employees, such as the stations near West Block or the stations adjacent to parking spots reserved for high-level government officials, such as the President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency: (a) what is the location of each such charging station; (b) who has access to each of the stations, broken down by location; (c) what was the total cost to install each of the stations, broken down by location; and (d) for those stations that are adjacent to reserved parking spaces for government employees, how does the public have access to each station, if they are available to the public? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-247.
2021-01-25 [p.444]
Q-248 — Mr. Sweet (Flamborough—Glanbrook) — With regard to contracts signed by any government department, agency, Crown corporation, or other government entity, and Bensimon Byrne, since November 4, 2015, and including any contracts that were not or have yet to be posted on the government's proactive disclosure websites: what are the details of all such contracts, including the (i) start and end dates, (ii) amount, (iii) description of goods or services provided, (iv) title and summary of any related advertising campaign, (v) title of the official who approved the contract, (vi) reason the contract was not made public through proactive disclosure, if applicable? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-248.
2021-01-25 [p.444]
Q-249 — Mr. Steinley (Regina—Lewvan) — With regard to the ongoing process to replace the government's VIP aircraft, including the Airbus and Challenger planes used to transport the Prime Minister and other ministers: (a) what is the projected timeline when each aircraft will be replaced; (b) what is the projected cost to replace each aircraft; (c) what specific action to date has been completed in relation to the process of replacing each aircraft; (d) what replacement options have been presented to the Minister of National Defense, the Prime Minister, or the Minister of Transport in relation to the replacement option; and (e) for each option in (d), what is the anticipated location where each aircraft would be built? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-249.
2021-01-25 [p.444]
Q-251 — Mr. Chiu (Steveston—Richmond East) — With regard to the 2017 report presented by the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, entitled "Starting Again: Improving Government Oversight of Immigration Consultants": what specific action, if any, has the government taken in response to each of the committee’s 21 recommendations, broken down by each of the specific recommendations? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-251.
2021-01-25 [p.445]
Q-252 — Mr. Chiu (Steveston—Richmond East) — With regard to the mandate letter of the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth: (a) which of the items in the mandate letter have been fully accomplished to date; (b) which of the items are currently being worked on, and what is the expected completion date of each of the items; and (c) which of the items are no longer being pursued? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-252.
2021-01-25 [p.445]
Q-253 — Mr. Chiu (Steveston—Richmond East) — With regard to the response from the Minister of Immigration Refugee and Citizenship (IRCC) to Order Paper question Q-45 about visitors coming to Canada for the sole purpose of giving birth on Canadian soil, which stated that “IRCC is researching the extent of this practice, including how many non-residents giving birth are short-term visitors by engaging the CIHI and Statistics Canada": (a) what is the projected timeline for this research project; (b) how many people from IRCC have been assigned to work on this project; (c) on what date did IRCC “engage” the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Statistics Canada; (d) what information has been provided to IRCC to date from CIHI or Statistics Canada, broken down by date the information was provided; and (e) are provincial health authorities, including the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux Quebec, being engaged as part of the ongoing research? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-253.
2021-01-25 [p.445]
Q-255 — Mr. Vidal (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River) — With regard to both formal and informal requests received by Indigenous Services Canada for ministerial loan guarantees, since January 1, 2016: what are the details of all such requests, including the (i) date the request was received, (ii) name of the First Nation or organization making the request, (iii) value of the loan guarantee requested, (iv) value of the loan guarantee provided by the government, (v) purpose of the loan? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-255.
2021-01-25 [p.445]
Q-256 — Mr. McCauley (Edmonton West) — With regard to sole-sourced COVID-19 spending since March 13, 2020: (a) how many contracts have been sole-sourced; (b) what are the details of each such sole-sourced contract, including the (i) date of the award, (ii) description of goods or services, including volume, (iii) final amount, (iv) vendor, (v) country of vendor; (c) how many sole-sourced contracts have been awarded to domestic-based companies; and (d) how many sole-sourced contracts have been awarded to foreign-based companies, broken down by country where the company is based? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-256.
2021-01-25 [p.446]
Q-258 — Mr. McCauley (Edmonton West) — With regard to reports, studies, assessments, and evaluations (herein referenced as "deliverables") prepared for the government, including any department, agency, Crown corporation or other government entity, by Deloitte since January 1, 2016: what are the details of all such deliverables, including the (i) date that the deliverable was finished, (ii) title, (iii) summary of recommendations, (iv) file number, (v) website where the deliverable is available online, if applicable, (vi) value of the contract related to the deliverable? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-258.
2021-01-25 [p.446]
Q-259 — Mr. McCauley (Edmonton West) — With regard to personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement with AMD Medicom: (a) how many units of PPE have been produced for Canada by AMD Medicom since the contract was awarded, broken down by type of PPE; (b) how many units of PPE have been delivered to the government by AMD Medicom since the contract was awarded, broken down by type of PPE and date of delivery; (c) how many units of AMD Medicom PPE are being held in government storage facilities; (d) how many units of AMD Medicom PPE are being held in AMD Medicom storage facilities; (e) how many government storage facilities are there to hold PPE; (f) of the storage facilities in (e), how many are (i) full, (ii) empty; (g) what is AMD Medicom currently producing at, broken down monthly by type of PPE; (h) what was the date of the first shipment by AMD Medicom to the government; (i) what was the date of the first shipment received by the government; (j) since the contract was awarded, how many units of PPE were turned away due to lack of storage facilities; (k) of the units in (j), when were they (i) turned away, (ii) finally delivered; and (l) of the PPE delivered by AMD Medicom, how many units have been distributed to the provinces, by province, month and type of PPE? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-259.
2021-01-25 [p.446]
Q-262 — Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) — With regard to the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program, since its inception: (a) what is the total amount paid out through the program; (b) how many individual companies have received payments, broken down by (i) country of physical address, (ii) country of mailing address, (iii) country of the bank account the funds were deposited into; (c) for all companies in (b) that are located in Canada, what is the breakdown down by (i) province or territory, (ii) municipality; (d) how many audits have been conducted of companies receiving the CECRA; and (e) for the audits in (d), how many have found that funding has been spent outside of Canada? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-262.
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