House of Commons Hansard #114 of the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was airport.

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Reference to Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs
Privilege
Government Orders

6:15 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Reference to Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs
Privilege
Government Orders

6:15 p.m.

An hon. member

On division.

Reference to Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs
Privilege
Government Orders

6:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Andrew Scheer

(Motion, as amended, agreed to)

Reference to Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs
Privilege
Government Orders

6:15 p.m.

Conservative

Jay Hill Prince George—Peace River, BC

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. There have been consultations among all parties and I think you might find unanimous consent that in relation to the suspension of the House in lieu of private members' business, we see the clock as 6:30 p.m. so we might proceed directly to the special debate on the seventh report of the Standing Committee on Finance.

Reference to Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs
Privilege
Government Orders

6:15 p.m.

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Wascana, SK

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Before we proceed to that item, in view of the general support that has been expressed in the House earlier with respect to Bill C-34 dealing with Tsawwassen, I wonder, in the interests of expediting that matter, if we might, now by unanimous consent, deem that bill read a third time and passed?

The House resumed from June 16 consideration of the motion that Bill C-34, An Act to give effect to the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be read the third time and passed.

Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement Act
Government Orders

6:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Andrew Scheer

I will deal first with the opposition House leader's request. Is it agreed that Bill C-34 be read a third time and passed?

Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement Act
Government Orders

6:15 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement Act
Government Orders

6:15 p.m.

An hon. member

On division.

Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement Act
Government Orders

6:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Andrew Scheer

(Motion agreed to, bill read the third time and passed)

I will now deal with the request of the chief government whip. Is there unanimous consent in the House to see the clock as 6:30 p.m.?

Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement Act
Government Orders

6:15 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

The House resumed consideration of the motion.

Finance
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

6:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Andrew Scheer

Pursuant to Standing Order 97.1(2), the motion to concur in the seventh report of the Standing Committee on Finance (recommendation not to proceed further with Bill C-305, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (exemption from taxation of 50% of United States social security payments to Canadian residents)) presented on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, is deemed to be proposed.

Finance
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

6:15 p.m.

Blackstrap
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Lynne Yelich Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Essex for bringing forward this proposal. We all recognize the laudable intent behind this proposal is helping seniors. Accordingly, we applaud the government for bringing it forward. Indeed, the member for Essex has been a strong advocate on behalf of his constituents ensuring their issues and concerns are well represented in Parliament since his initial election in 2004.

Because of the member's hard work, he is able to spotlight this issue, surrounding the United States social security payments to Canadian residents, for parliamentarians. We have been able to discuss and debate it both on the floor of the House of Commons and at the Standing Committee on Finance.

A decision was made by the majority of members on the standing committee to not go forward with this proposal at the present time. However, by facilitating the debate on the matter, the member for Essex has raised the profile of the issues and concerns. Hopefully, some of the matters and concerns that we have had a chance to review in our debates will be considered as we go forward and in future debates.

This government stands for responsible leadership. We need to be prudent during these times of global economic uncertainty and we need to be responsible for determining fiscal policy and how best to manage the competing priorities of Canadians.

That is what budgets are all about and the integrity of the budget process is important to Canada. It allows us to ensure spending decisions and tax measures are thoroughly discussed, debated and considered in a thoughtful manner, where options can be weighed to determine how best to manage competing Canadian priorities, all of which are fighting for scarce resources.

The budget process enables the government to fully consider such factors and to balance priorities and undertake new fiscal commitments only to the extent that they are affordable. Accordingly, the House should return Bill C-305 to the House finance committee for more thorough discussion, debate and consideration, especially as we enter the period of prebudget consultations.

Therefore, I would like to move the following amendment. I move that the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following: The seventh report of the Standing Committee on Finance (recommendation not to proceed further with Bill C-305, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (exemption from taxation of 50% of United States total security payments to Canadian residents)), presented on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 be not now concurred in but that it be recommended to the Standing Committee on Finance with instruction that it amend the same so as to recommend that the committee be authorized to consider Bill C-305 beyond the deadline set out in Standing Order 97.1.

Finance
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

6:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Royal Galipeau

The hon. member for Northumberland—Quinte West is rising on a point of order.