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67 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2018, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 263 (Unrevised)

Thursday, December 13, 2018
1:30 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukBattersBellemareBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBoveyBoyerBussonCampbellCarignanCordyCormierCoyleDalphondDaskoDawsonDayDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDupuisDyckEatonForestForest-NiesingFrancisFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingJoyalKlyneLaBoucane-BensonMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcInnisMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRavaliaRichardsSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSinclairSmithTannasTkachukVernerWallinWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukBattersBellemareBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBoveyBoyerBussonCampbellCarignanCordyCormierCoyleDalphondDaskoDawsonDayDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDupuisDyckEatonForestForest-NiesingFrancisFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingJoyalKlyneLaBoucane-BensonMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcInnisMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRavaliaRichardsSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSinclairSmithTannasTkachukVernerWallinWetstonWhiteWoo

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.

PRAYERS

The Honourable the Speaker informed the Senate that a communication had been received from the Secretary to the Governor General.

The communication was then read by the Honourable the Speaker as follows:

RIDEAU HALL

December 13th, 2018

The Honourable

The Speaker of the Senate

Ottawa

Mr. Speaker,

I have the honour to inform you that the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will proceed to the Senate Chamber today, the 13th day of December, 2018, at 4:30 p.m., for the purpose of giving Royal Assent to certain bills of law.

Yours sincerely,

Assunta Di Lorenzo

Secretary to the Governor General

and Herald Chancellor

Senators’ Statements

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Tabling of Documents

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Furey tabled the following:

Report of the Speaker of the Senate respecting his visit to England, United Kingdom, from May 10 to 14, 2018. —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2654S.

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

Document entitled Response to the Supply Day Motion on Terrorist Activity.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2655.

Report of the Council of Canadian Academies entitled The State of Knowledge on Medical Assistance in Dying for Mature Minors: The Expert Panel Working Group on MAID for Mature Minors.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2656.

Report of the Council of Canadian Academies entitled The State of Knowledge on Advance Requests for Medical Assistance in Dying: The Expert Panel Working Group on Advance Requests for MAID.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2657.

Report of the Council of Canadian Academies entitled The State of Knowledge on Medical Assistance in Dying Where a Mental Disorder is the Sole Underlying Medical Condition: The Expert Panel Working Group on MAID Where a Mental Disorder is the Sole Underlying Medical Condition.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2658.

Report of the Council of Canadian Academies entitled The State of Knowledge on Medical Assistance in Dying for Mature Minors, Advance Requests, and in Where a Mental Disorder is the Sole Underlying Medical Condition: Summary of Reports.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2659.

The annual report on the application of section 5 of the Red Tape Reduction Act, entitled Annual Report to Parliament for the 2017 to 2018 Fiscal Year: Federal Regulatory Management Initiatives.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2660.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Delayed Answers

Pursuant to rule 4-10(2), the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., tabled the following:

Reply to Question No. 74, dated February 7, 2018, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Smith, respecting the treatment of Canadian citizens who admit prior recreational marijuana use at the border.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2661S.

Reply to Question No. 108, dated September 18, 2018, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Downe, respecting the Canada Revenue Agency report referencing the Joint International Taskforce on Shared Intelligence and Collaboration of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2662S.

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

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on March 1, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Boisvenu, concerning the Prime Minister’s trip to India.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2663S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on April 25, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Ataullahjan, concerning the report of the Special Envoy to Myanmar.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2664S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on September 18, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Jaffer, concerning Venezuela.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2665S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on September 19, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Maltais, concerning the restoration of the walls of Quebec City.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2666S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on September 19, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Smith, concerning oral fluid drug screen devices.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2667S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on September 19, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Boisvenu, concerning youth prostitution (Department of Justice Canada).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2668S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on September 19, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Boisvenu, concerning youth prostitution (Public Safety Canada).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2669S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on September 26, 2018 by the Honourable Senator McIntyre, concerning roadside cannabis testing—drug recognition experts.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2670S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on September 26, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Gagné, concerning the Court Challenges Program.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2671S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 3, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Housakos, concerning the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2672S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 4, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning genetic non-discrimination.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2673S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 17, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Smith, concerning the social media campaign on cannabis.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2674S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 18, 2018 by the Honourable Senator McIntyre, concerning the judicial selection process.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2675S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 24, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Downe, concerning greenhouse gas emissions.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2676S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 25, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Downe, concerning the fuel consumption tax.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2677S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 30, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Gold, concerning fish harvesting.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2678S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 30, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Marshall, concerning infrastructure projects (Fisheries and Oceans Canada).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2679S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 30, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Marshall, concerning infrastructure projects (Fisheries and Oceans Canada).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2680S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 31, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Smith, concerning Statistics Canada—Privacy Commissioner—Pilot Project.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2681S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 1, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Housakos, concerning the Champlain Bridge.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2682S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 1, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning the Infrastructure Bank—official languages services.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2683S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 7, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Stewart Olsen, concerning tariffs—duty relief (Finance Canada).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2684S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 7, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Stewart Olsen, concerning tariffs—duty relief (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2685S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 7, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning bilateral and multilateral agreements.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2686S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 29, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Eaton, concerning First Nations land management.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2687S.

Orders of the Day

MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-316, An Act to amend the Canada Revenue Agency Act (organ donors), to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, that the bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for a second reading two days hence.

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

Government Business

Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 and 2 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 22 to 28 and 30 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Orders No. 1 and 238 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

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


With leave of the Senate,

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

That the sitting be suspended to the call of the chair, with the bells to ring for five minutes before the sitting resumes.

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

(Accordingly, at 2:30 p.m., the sitting was suspended.)

At 4:21 p.m., the sitting resumed.

MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

A message was brought from the House of Commons to return Bill C-76, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and other Acts and to make certain consequential amendments,

And to acquaint the Senate that the Commons has agreed to the amendment made by the Senate to this bill, without amendment.

ROYAL ASSENT

The sitting of the Senate was suspended to await the arrival of Her Excellency the Governor General.

After awhile, Her Excellency the Governor General arrived and was seated at the foot of the Throne.

The Honourable the Speaker commanded the Usher of the Black Rod to proceed to the House of Commons and acquaint that House that:

“It is the pleasure of Her Excellency the Governor General that they attend her immediately in the Senate Chamber.”

The House of Commons being come,

One of the Clerks at the Table then read the titles of the bills to be assented to as follows:

An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code (amendments permitting the accession to the Arms Trade Treaty and other amendments) (Bill C-47, Chapter 26, 2018)

A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures (Bill C-86, Chapter 27, 2018)

An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Justice Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act (Bill C-51, Chapter 29, 2018)

An Act to amend the Customs Act (Bill C-21, Chapter 30, 2018)

An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and other Acts and to make certain consequential amendments (Bill C-76, Chapter 31, 2018)

To these bills the Royal Assent was pronounced by the Clerk of the Senate in the following words:

“In Her Majesty’s name, Her Excellency the Governor General doth assent to these bills.”

4:50 p.m.

The Speaker of the House of Commons addressed Her Excellency the Governor General as follows:

“May it Please Your Excellency:

The Commons of Canada have voted supplies to enable the Government to defray certain expenses of the public service.

In the name of the Commons, I present to Your Excellency the following bill:

An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019 (Bill C-90, Chapter 28, 2018)

To which bill I humbly request Your Excellency’s Assent.”

After one of the Clerks at the Table read the title of this bill,

To this bill the Royal Assent was pronounced by the Clerk of the Senate in the following words:

“In Her Majesty’s name, Her Excellency the Governor General thanks her loyal subjects, accepts their benevolence and assents to this bill.”

4:54 p.m.

The Commons withdrew.

After which Her Excellency the Governor General was pleased to retire.


Ordered : That Order No. 238, under Motions, be again called.

The Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mitchell:

That, when the Senate next adjourns after the adoption of this motion, it do stand adjourned until Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 2 p.m.

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

ADJOURNMENT

The Honourable Senator Bellemare 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 4:58 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 2 p.m.)

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

Document entitled "Canada’s Report with Respect to International Labour Organization Instruments adopted at the 106th session (June 2017) session of the International Labour Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland".—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2652.

Report of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency on the administration and enforcement of the Pest Control Products Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, pursuant to the Act, S.C. 2002, c. 28, sbs. 80(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2653.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator Mockler replaced the Honourable Senator Oh (December 13, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator Mockler (December 12, 2018).

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator Smith (December 13, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Smith replaced the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C. (December 12, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Boniface replaced the Honourable Senator Pate (December 13, 2018).