House of Commons Hansard #147 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was provinces.

Topics

Ways and Means
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 83(1), I have the honour to table a notice of a ways and means motion to amend the Income Tax Act concerning taxation of non resident trusts and foreign investment entities. I am also tabling legislative proposals and an information document on the same subject.

I ask that an order of the day be designated for consideration of the motion.

Canada's Performance-2003
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

Westmount—Ville-Marie
Québec

Liberal

Lucienne Robillard President of the Treasury Board

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, 87 performance reports on behalf of departments and agencies, as well as a report entitled “Canada's Performance-2003”.

Immigration
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

Bourassa
Québec

Liberal

Denis Coderre Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to section 94 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, I am pleased to present, in both official languages, the annual report on immigration for the year 2003.

Canada Customs and Revenue Agency Report
Routine Proceedings

October 30th, 2003 / 10:05 a.m.

Thornhill
Ontario

Liberal

Elinor Caplan Minister of National Revenue

Mr. Speaker, in accordance with Standing Order 32(2) I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency's third annual report to Parliament for the year ending March 31.

Order in Council Appointments
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table, in both official languages, a number of order in council appointments made recently by the government.

Government Response to Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8) I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to four petitions.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the 51st report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, which contains a proposed conflict of interest code for members of Parliament.

I also have the honour to present the 52nd report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs which describes the committee's work on the conflict of interest code and which also includes a dissenting opinion from the Canadian Alliance.

I would like to thank the members of the committee and the staff who have worked many months on the conflict of interest code. This has not been an easy matter. It is something that is very important for the House and I am most grateful to the staff and all members for their work.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Ken Epp Elk Island, AB

Debate, Mr. Speaker?

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Bélair)

To the hon. member for Elk Island, there are no provisions in the rule book for debate after presenting a report from committee.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Ken Epp Elk Island, AB

Mr. Speaker, it is my understanding that the standing orders do provide for the official opposition to give a clear and succinct statement regarding the essence of the dissenting report.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Bélair)

There is a slight difference between debate and presenting a dissenting opinion. The dissenting opinion is indeed allowed and the hon. member has the floor.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Ken Epp Elk Island, AB

Mr. Speaker, I am sorry I was not clear in my original request.

I would like to point out to members present that we did indeed enjoy working together with the committee. It was a good process, as the chairman has just stated. I have been involved in the process for approximately 10 years.

With respect to the dissenting report, I want to point out that while we agree with pretty well everything in the report, the big hang-up we have is the lack of independence of the ethics commissioner.

The method of appointment is such that the Prime Minister chooses and appoints that person. That is really our largest problem. The committee came so close to doing it right. If the committee had made that one little change we would be delighted to support the bill.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Liberal

Andy Scott Fredericton, NB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the eighth report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Pursuant to its order of reference of Tuesday, May 13, your committee has considered Bill C-33, an act to implement treaties and administrative arrangements on the international transfers of persons found guilty of criminal offences, and has agreed to report it with one amendment.

I have also the honour to present, in both official languages, the ninth report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Pursuant to its order of reference of Tuesday, April 1, your committee has considered Bill C-20, an act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children and other vulnerable persons) and the Canada Evidence Act, and has agreed to report it with amendments.

If I may, I would like to thank the members of the committee and the staff. This is our fifth piece of legislation in the last two weeks. It is very important legislation and everyone has done very good work. I must say, as the chair, that I appreciated it.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Williams St. Albert, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the twenty-fourth report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on chapter 10 of the Auditor General of Canada's December 10 report: Department of Justice—Costs of Implementing the Canadian Firearms Program.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109 of the House of Commons, the committee asks that the government table a comprehensive response to this report.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Larry Spencer Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre, SK

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present with nearly 300 signatures from people in the province of Ontario.

Both petitions call upon Parliament to modify legislation to ensure that children can have involvement with both parents after a divorce and that the payments would go strictly for the support of the children.