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67 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2018, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 244 (Unrevised)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
2 p.m.

The Honourable PATRICIA BOVEY, Acting Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDayDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDuffyDupuisDyckForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJoyalKlyneLaBoucane-BensonLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRavaliaRichardsSeidmanSimonsSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDayDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)Dean*DowneDuffyDupuisDyckForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJoyalKlyneLaBoucane-BensonLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRavaliaRichardsSeidmanSimonsSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The first list records senators present in the Senate Chamber during the course of the sitting.

An asterisk in the second list indicates a senator who, while not present during the sitting, was in attendance to business, as defined in subsections 8(2) and (3) of the Senators Attendance Policy.

The clerk at the table informed the Senate that the Honourable the Speaker and the Honourable the Speaker pro tempore were unavoidably absent.

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Smith:

That during the absence of the Honourable the Speaker and the Honourable the Speaker pro tempore, the Honourable Senator Bovey do preside as Speaker.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

Whereupon the Honourable Senator Bovey took the chair.

PRAYERS

Senators’ Statements

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Tabling of Documents

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., tabled the following:

Government response to the fourteenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, entitled Promoting Human Rights: Canada’s Approach to its Export Sector, tabled in the Senate on June 7, 2018.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2575S.

(Pursuant to rule 12-24(4), the report and the response were deemed referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights.)

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 3 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Gold, seconded by the Honourable Senator Moncion, for the second reading of Bill C-59, An Act respecting national security matters.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Frum, that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

o o o

Orders No. 5 to 8 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Order No. 1 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Order No. 3 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Other Business

Bills – Messages from the House of Commons

Order No. 1 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

Orders No. 1 to 3 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Third reading of Bill S-244, An Act respecting Kindness Week.

The Honourable Senator Munson moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mercer, that the bill be read for a third time.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Smith, that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

o o o

Order No. 5 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Patterson, seconded by the Honourable Senator Enverga, for the second reading of Bill S-221, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Property qualifications of Senators).

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, for the Honourable Senator Plett, seconded by the Honourable Senator Smith, that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

o o o

Orders No. 2 to 10 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 7 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 1 and 5 and 6 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Frum, seconded by the Honourable Senator Beyak, for the adoption of the ninth report (interim) of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization, entitled Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Question Period), presented in the Senate on October 25, 2016.

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Wells, that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

o o o

Orders No. 8, 50 and 100 and 101 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Orders No. 73, 89 and 146 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Merchant, seconded by the Honourable Senator Housakos:

That the Senate call upon the government of Canada:

(a) to recognize the genocide of the Pontic Greeks of 1916 to 1923 and to condemn any attempt to deny or distort a historical truth as being anything less than genocide, a crime against humanity; and

(b) to designate May 19th of every year hereafter throughout Canada as a day of remembrance of the over 353,000 Pontic Greeks who were killed or expelled from their homes.

The Honourable Senator Mercer moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy, that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

o o o

Orders No. 189, 215, 245, 302, 310, 325, 328, 357 and 358, and 371 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Orders No. 12, 20, 24, 26, 36, 39 and 40, 45, 47, 52 and 56 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

INQUIRIES

Order No. 50 was called and, pursuant to rule 4-15(2), dropped from the Order Paper and Notice Paper.

o o o

Order No. 51 was called and, pursuant to rule 4-15(2), dropped from the Order Paper and Notice Paper.


At 3:05 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 3:30 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Question Period

Pursuant to the order adopted on November 1, 2018, the Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Pursuant to the order adopted on December 10, 2015, the Honourable  Bill Blair, P.C., M.P., Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, entered the Senate and took part in Question Period.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

At 4:19 p.m., pursuant to the order adopted on October 31, 2018, the Senate was resolved into a Committee of the Whole to consider the subject matter of Bill C-76, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and other Acts and to make certain consequential amendments, the Honourable Senator Seidman in the Chair.

—In the Committee—

Pursuant to the order adopted on October 31, 2018, Stéphane Perrault, Chief Electoral Officer and Yves Côté, Q.C., Commissioner of Canada Elections, accompanied by Anne Lawson, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Regulatory Affairs, and Marc Chénier, General Counsel, were escorted to a seat in the Senate Chamber.

Debate.

It was agreed that the chair report to the Senate that the witnesses had been heard.


The sitting of the Senate resumed.

The Chair of the Committee reported that the Committee had heard the witnesses on the subject matter of Bill C-76 and had directed her to report the same to the Senate.

ADJOURNMENT

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mitchell:

That the Senate do now adjourn.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

(Accordingly, at 6:22 p.m., the Senate was continued until tomorrow at 2 p.m.)

DOCUMENTS DEPOSITED WITH THE CLERK OF THE SENATE PURSUANT TO RULE 14-1(7)

Government response to the twenty-first report of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking Trade and Commerce entitled Taxation of the Hutterites in Canada, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on November 2, 2018.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2566S.

(Pursuant to rule 12-24(4), the report and the response were deemed referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.)

Report of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board, together with the Auditors’ Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, pursuant to the section 41.2 of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management, as ratified by the First Nations Land Management Act, S.C. 1999, c. 24, sbs. 4(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2567.

Actuarial Report (including cost certificate) on the Pension Plan for the Public Service of Canada as at March 31, 2017, and certification of assets of the Pension Plan, pursuant to the Public Pension Reporting Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 13 (2nd Supp.), sbs. 9(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2568.

Actuarial Report (including certification of assets) on the Public Service Death Benefit Account as at March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Public Service Superannuation Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-36, sbs. 59(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2569.

Summaries of the Amended Corporate Plan for the period 2017-18 to 2021-22 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets of the Canadian Dairy Commission for the dairy year ending July 31, 2018, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2570.

Summaries of the Amended Corporate Plan for the period 2018-19 to 2022-23 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets of the Canadian Dairy Commission for the dairy year ending July 31, 2019, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2571.

Report of the Parole Board of Canada on Record Suspension Decisions for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, pursuant to the Criminal Records Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-47, sbs. 11(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2572.

Summary of the amended Corporate Plan for the period 2018-19 to 2022-23 of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2573.

Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2018-19 to 2022-23 of the Canada Infrastructure Bank, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2574.

Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator Simons replaced the Honourable Senator McCallum (November 6, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Dalphond replaced the Honourable Senator Pate (November 1, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator Forest-Niesing (November 1, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Neufeld replaced the Honourable Senator Tannas (November 5, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Andreychuk replaced the Honourable Senator Frum (November 5, 2018).

Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization

The Honourable Senator Maltais replaced the Honourable Senator Manning (November 5, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Mockler replaced the Honourable Senator Oh (November 5, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Stewart Olsen replaced the Honourable Senator Patterson (November 5, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Wells replaced the Honourable Senator Boisvenu (November 5, 2018).