House of Commons Hansard #128 of the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was documents.

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Business of the House
Government Orders

December 10th, 2009 / 6:10 p.m.

Haldimand—Norfolk
Ontario

Conservative

Diane Finley Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, there have been discussions throughout the afternoon with all parties, and I believe that if you were to seek it, you would find unanimous consent for the following motion. I move:

That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, the question on the third reading motion of Bill C-56 be deemed put, a recorded division deemed requested and the vote taken now, and when the House adjourns today, it shall stand adjourned until Monday, January 25, 2010, provided that, for the purposes of Standing Order 28, it shall be deemed to have sat on Friday, December 11, 2009; and

That this House call upon the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development to ask the Employment Insurance Commission to include in its Monitoring and Assessment Report an additional section that would monitor and assess the new employment insurance program for self-employed workers including a breakdown of data by province and that this House ask the Canada Employment Insurance Financing Board to consider the history of premiums and contributions in determining the rates of contribution if Quebec’s self-employed workers are making contributions that do not correspond to the true cost of the benefits offered to Quebec’s self-employed workers; and since the Fairness for the Self-Employed Act includes a five-year review of the new program, the policy direction should include a more detailed review from the Employment Insurance Commission in addition to the five-year legislative review.

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Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Does the hon. Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development have the unanimous consent of the House to propose this motion?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The House has heard the terms of the motion. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

(Motion agreed to)

I declare the motion carried.

(Bill C-56. On the Order: Government Orders:)

December 4, 2009--Third reading of Bill C-56, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts--the Minister of Human Resources and Skils Development.

(Motion for third reading deemed moved, bill read the third time and passed.)

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Conservative

Gordon O'Connor Carleton—Mississippi Mills, ON

Mr. Speaker, I think you have already passed the point. Had you sought it, you would have found agreement that we would have applied the previous vote to this one, with the Conservatives voting yes.

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Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

It was carried unanimously, so there was no need to apply the vote. What is done is done and cannot be undone.

The House resumed from December 2 consideration of the motion that Bill C-291, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (coming into force of sections 110, 111 and 171), be read the third time and passed.

Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
Private Members' Business

6:15 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Pursuant to order made on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at third reading stage of Bill C-291 under private members' business.

(The House divided on the motion:)

Vote #157

And the result of the vote having been announced: Yeas: 143; Nays: 143

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Private Members' Business

6:20 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. This will not change the vote at all, but I believe if you checked the official record the clerks inadvertently had named me the member for Thunder Bay—Superior North. Although he is much better looking than I am and much more intelligent, they just made a slight error on that.

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Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The correction had been noted when the voting was done and accordingly the member was counted correctly I am told.

Now we have a problem because we have a tie vote on a motion respecting third reading of a bill to amend other acts. While I do have plenty of experience with such votes, this is the first time we have had such an outcome at third reading.

In this case, I am going to go with the practice that I believe is normal for Speakers and that is to vote in favour of the status quo, which is for no change in the law. Accordingly I will vote against third reading of this bill and I declare the motion defeated.

Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
Private Members' Business

6:25 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order. Before I put the question on the last motion, since there might be a little noise in the chamber at the conclusion of the vote when things have completed, I would like to wish all hon. members the very best for the Christmas season.

I would like to extend my best wishes for a happy new year in 2010. We will meet again on January 25, and I look forward to seeing you all then.