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69 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2020, Canada

2nd Session, 43rd Parliament

Issue 15 (Unrevised)

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKeatingKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKeatingKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

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

Senators’ Statements

Tributes

Tribute was paid to the Honorable Lillian Eva Dyck, who retired from the Senate on August 23, 2020.

Senators’ Statements

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator MacDonald tabled the following (Sessional Paper No. 2/43-460S):

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications has the honour to table its

FIRST REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate to incur expenses for the purpose of its examination and consideration of such matters as were referred to it, tables, pursuant to rule 12-26(2), the following report on expenses incurred for that purpose during the First Session of the Forty-second Parliament:

1. Witness Expenses $ 127,784

 2.With respect to its examination and consideration of legislation:

Travel Expenses $ 180,534

 3.With respect to its special study on the regulatory and technical issues related to the deployment of connected and automated vehicles, authorized by the Senate on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 (final report tabled January 2018):

Travel Expenses $ 32,886

 4.With respect to its special study on the development of a strategy to facilitate the transport of crude oil to eastern Canadian refineries and to ports on the East and West coasts of Canada, authorized by the Senate on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 (final report tabled December 2016):

Travel Expenses $ 112,529

During the session, your committee held 149 meetings (237 hours 51 minutes), heard 549 witnesses and submitted 18 reports in relation to its work. Your committee examined six bills and received a total of 15 orders of reference.

During the First Session of the Forty-third Parliament the committee was not created and therefore did not incur any expenses.

Respectfully submitted,

MICHAEL L. MACDONALD

Chair

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The Honourable Senator Griffin tabled the following (Sessional Paper No. 2/43-461S):

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry has the honour to table its

FIRST REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate to incur expenses for the purpose of its examination and consideration of such matters as were referred to it, tables, pursuant to rule 12-26(2), the following report on expenses incurred for that purpose during the First Session of the Forty-second Parliament:

1. Witness Expenses $ 205,620

 2.With respect to its special study to examine international market access priorities for the Canadian agricultural and agri-food sector, authorized by the Senate on Thursday, January 28, 2016 (final report tabled May 2017):

Travel Expenses $ 149,753

 3.With respect to its special study to examine the acquisition of farmland in Canada and its potential impact on the farming sector, authorized by the Senate on Thursday, October 6, 2016 (final report tabled March 2018):

Travel Expenses $ 29,525

 4.With respect to its special study to examine the potential impact of the effects of climate change on the agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors and the actions undertaken to increase adaptation and emissions reduction strategies, as well as to know more about the opportunities within their sectors that come with climate change, authorized by the Senate on Thursday, March 9, 2017 (final report tabled December 2018):

Travel Expenses $ 138,664

 5.With respect to its special study to examine how the value-added food sector can be more competitive in global markets, authorized by the Senate on Thursday, February 15, 2018 (final report tabled July 2019):

Travel Expenses $ 94,154

During the session, your committee held 145 meetings (260 hours 59 minutes), heard 636 witnesses and submitted 19 reports in relation to its work. Your committee examined one bill, the subject matter of two budget bills and received a total of ten orders of reference.

During the First Session of the Forty-third Parliament the committee was not created and therefore did not incur any expenses.

Respectfully submitted,

DIANE F. GRIFFIN

Chair

Introduction and First Reading of Senate Public Bills

The Honourable Senator Griffin introduced Bill S-220, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (use of wood).

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Griffin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Black (Ontario), 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.

Tabling of Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

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

Report of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, First Part of the 2020 Ordinary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France, January 27-31, 2020.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-462.

Report of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, Meeting of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region, Strasbourg, France, February 12 to 13, 2020.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-463.

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The Honourable Senator Woo tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Meeting of the Executive Committee (EXCO) Coordinating Committee, London, United Kingdom, February 27 to 29, 2020.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-464.

Report of the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CCOM), Bilateral Visit to the Caribbean, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and Bridgetown, Barbados, January 18 to 24, 2020.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-465.

Report of the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, CPA EXCO Coordinating Committee Meeting, London, United Kingdom, January 18 to 18, 2020.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-466.

Report of the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, 2019 Westminster Seminar on Effective Parliaments, London, United Kingdom, November 25 to 29, 2019.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-467.

Report of the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Kampala, Uganda, September 22 to 29, 2019.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-468.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.


At 2:46 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 2:49 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Question Period

The Senate resumed Question Period.


With leave,

The Senate reverted to Senators’ Statements.

An Honourable Senator made a statement.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Second Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Coyle, seconded by the Honourable Senator Ringuette, for the second reading of Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Coyle moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator McPhedran, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

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

Motions

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

ADJOURNMENT

At 3:40 p.m., pursuant to the order adopted by the Senate on October 27, 2020, the Senate adjourned until 2 p.m., tomorrow.

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

Public Accounts of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, as follows: (1) Volume I — Summary Report and Consolidated Financial Statements, (2) Volume II — Details of Expenses and Revenues, (3) Volume III — Additional Information and Analyses, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 64(1).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-459.

WRITTEN REPLIES TO WRITTEN QUESTIONS DEPOSITED WITH THE CLERK OF THE SENATE PURSUANT TO THE ORDER ADOPTED OCTOBER 27, 2020

Reply to Question No. 9, dated September 23, 2020, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett, regarding the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-469S.

Reply to Question No. 30, dated September 23, 2020, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett, regarding the Indian Act.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-470S.

Reply to Question No. 53, dated September 23, 2020, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett, regarding the Canada Student Loans Program.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-471S.

Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples

The Honourable Senator MacDonald replaced the Honourable Senator Plett (December 2, 2020).

The Honourable Senator Poirier replaced the Honourable Senator Martin (December 2, 2020).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Pate replaced the Honourable Senator Boyer (December 2, 2020).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Smith replaced the Honourable Senator Plett (December 2, 2020).