No. 22/2009

House of Assembly

Province of Newfoundland & Labrador

 

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2nd Session – 46th General Assembly

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

 

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

(a)    Statements by Members

(b)    Statements by Ministers

(c)    Oral Questions

(d)    Presenting Reports by Standing and Select Committees

(e)    Tabling of Documents

(f)    Notices of Motion

(g)    Answers to questions for which notice has been given

(h)    Petitions

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

1. C Committee of Supply

 

Third Reading Bills

 

2. C Third Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Amend The Labour-Sponsored Venture Capital Tax Credit Act”. (Bill No. 3)                                         (Finance and President of Treasury Board)

 

3. C Third Reading of a Bill C AAn Act Respecting Chiropractors”. (Bill No. 8)

                                                                                (Health and Community Services)

 

        4. C Third Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Amend The Student Financial Assistance Act”. (Bill No. 9)

                                                                                                 (Education)         

 

5. C Third Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Amend The Highway Traffic Act”. (Bill No. 10)

                                                                                                (Government Services)

       

        6. C Third Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Amend The Pharmacy Act”. (Bill No. 12)

                                                                                (Health and Community Services)

 

        7. C Third Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Amend The Children’s Law Act”. (Bill No. 13)

                                                                                (Justice and Attorney General)

 

8. C Third Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Amend The City Of St. John’s Act”. (Bill No. 14)

                                                                                        (Municipal Affairs)

 

        9. C Third Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Amend The Legal Aid Act”. (Bill No. 15)

                                                                                (Justice and Attorney General)

 

        10. C Third Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Amend The Tobacco Control Act”. (Bill No. 17)

                                                                                (Health and Community Services)

 

        11. C Third Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Amend The Judicature Act”. (Bill No. 18)

                                                                                (Justice and Attorney General)

 

12. C Third Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Amend The Research and Development Council Act”. (Bill No. 20)

                                                                (Innovation, Trade and Rural Development)

 

13. C Third Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Amend The Provincial Court Act, 1991”. (Bill No. 28)

                                                                                        (Justice and Attorney General)

 

Second Reading Bills

 

14. C Second Reading of a Bill C AAn Act Respecting Apologies”. (Bill No. 1)

                                                                                (Justice and Attorney General)

 

        15. C Second Reading of a Bill C AAn Act Respecting Credit Unions”. (Bill No.11)

                                                                                (Government Services)

 

        16. C Second Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Amend The Income Tax Savings Plans Act”. (Bill No. 19)

                                                                                         (Government Services)

 

17. C Second Reading of a Bill C AAn Act Respecting The Registration Of Deeds And Other Documents”. (Bill No. 21)                                               (Government Services)

 

18. C Second Reading of a Bill C AAn Act Respecting Consumer Protection And Business Practices”. (Bill No. 22)

                                                        (Government Services)

 

19. C Second Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Amend The Occupational Health And Safety Act”. (Bill No. 23)

                                                                (Government Services)

 

20. C Second Reading of a Bill C AAn Act Respecting The Registration Of Births, Marriages, Deaths And Other Vital Events”. (Bill No. 24)                                 (Government Services)

 

21. C Second Reading of a Bill C AAn Act Respecting Marriage In The Province”. (Bill No. 25)

                                                                                (Government Services)

 

22. C Second Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Provide For Change of Name”. (Bill No. 26)

                                                                                (Government Services)

 

23. C Second Reading of a Bill C AAn Act Respecting The Public Trustee”. (Bill No. 27)

                                                                        (Justice and Attorney General)

 

24. C Second Reading of a Bill C A An Act To Amend The Income Tax Act, 2000.” (Bill No. 29)

                                                                                (Finance and President of Treasury Board)

 

25. C Second Reading of a Bill C A An Act To Amend The Wild Life Act.” (Bill No. 30)

                                                                        (Environment and Conservation)

 

26. C Second Reading of a Bill C A An Act To Repeal The Government-Kruger Agreements Act.” (Bill No. 31)

                                                        (Natural Resources)

 

MOTIONS

 

1. C THE HONOURABLE THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND PRESIDENT OF TREASURY BOARD C To Move that the House Resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole to consider a Resolution Relating to the Advancing or Guaranteeing of Certain Loans made under the Loan and Guarantee Act, 1957. (Bill No. 16)

 

2. C MR. WADE VERGE (Lewisporte) C To Move:

 

        WHEREAS Members of the European Parliament decided on May 5, 2009 – by a vote of 550 in favour, 49 against and 41 abstentions – to ban the commercial trade of seal products in European Union countries, with two derogations:

 

(a)                        the import of seal products shall also be allowed where it is of an occasional nature and consists exclusively of goods for the personal use of the travelers or their families.  The nature and quantity of such goods may not be such as to indicate that they are being imported for commercial reasons;

 

        (b)        the placing on the market shall be allowed for seal products that result from by-products of hunting that is regulated under national law and conducted for the sole purpose of sustainable management of marine resources.  Such placing on the market shall only be allowed on a non-profit basis.  The nature and quantity of such products shall not be such as to indicate that they are being placed on the market for commercial reasons.

 

        AND WHEREAS the next step to bring this ban into effect is a decision by the Council, representing each of the 27 EU national governments; and the Council is expected to consider the matter in June 2009;

 

        AND WHEREAS it is the height of hypocrisy for European Union countries to ban the commercial trade of products from the Canadian seal harvest – which is ecologically sustainable, economically sustainable, tightly regulated and humane – while permitting the harvests, culling and hunting of animals within their own jurisdictions and the commercial trade of products from such activities;

 

        AND WHEREAS the Council of the Federation on May 11, 2009 discussed the proposed trade ban on seal products by the EU at the request of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Premier and Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak, and expressed a strong objection to the EU’s proposed ban, which is not based on fact or on scientific information and could be inconsistent with World Trade Organization obligations and with the commitment made by Leaders at the G-20 meeting on April 2, 2009 to refrain from imposing new trade barriers;

 

        THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Assembly, by way of letters from the Speaker on our behalf, calls on the Government of each European Union country to direct their representatives on the Council to vote against the ban on the trade of seal products within the European Union;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the House calls on the Government of Canada to challenge the ban immediately, vigorously and persistently before the World Trade Organization if such a ban is finally imposed.”

 

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Published under the authority of the Speaker of the

House of Assembly by Earl G. Tucker, Queen's Printer