47 Elizabeth II, A.D. 1998, Canada

Journals of the Senate


Issue 49

Wednesday, March 25, 1998
1:30 p.m.

The Honourable Gildas L. Molgat, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

Adams, Angus, Atkins, Austin, Bacon, Beaudoin, Buchanan, Butts, Callbeck, Carney, Carstairs, Cochrane, Cogger, Cohen, Comeau, Cook, Cools, Corbin, De Bané, DeWare, Di Nino, Doody, Eyton, Ferretti Barth, Fitzpatrick, Forest, Forrestall, Gauthier, Ghitter, Gigantès, Grafstein, Graham, Grimard, Hébert, Hervieux-Payette, Jessiman, Johnson, Johnstone, Joyal, Kelleher, Kelly, Keon, Kinsella, Kolber, Lavoie-Roux, LeBreton, Lewis, Lucier, Lynch-Staunton, Maheu, Meighen, Mercier, Milne, Molgat, Moore, Murray, Nolin, Oliver, Pearson, Pépin, Pitfield, Poulin, Prud'homme, Rivest, Roberge, Rompkey, Rossiter, St. Germain, Simard, Spivak, Stanbury, Stewart, Stollery, Tkachuk, Watt, Wood

PRAYERS

SENATORS' STATEMENTS

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

DAILY ROUTINE OF BUSINESS

Presentation of Reports from Standing or Special Committees

The Honourable Senator Bacon, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications, presented its Fifth Report (Bill C-17, An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act and the Teleglobe Canada Reorganization and Divestiture Act) without amendment.

The Honourable Senator Carstairs moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bacon, that the Bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for a third reading at the next sitting.

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

Introduction and First Reading of Senate Public Bills

The Honourable Senator Tkachuk presented a Bill S-14, An Act providing for self-government by the first nations of Canada.

The Bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Tkachuk moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Adams, that the Bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for a second reading on Tuesday next, March 31, 1998.

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

With leave, The Senate reverted to Presentation of Reports From Standing or Special Committees. The Honourable Senator Rompkey, P.C., presented the following:

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 1998

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has the honour to present its

SEVENTEENTH REPORT

Your Committee has examined and approved the budget presented to it by the Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access for the proposed expenditures of the said Committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1999:

(Senate's Share)

Professional and Special Services   

 $ 16,035

Transport and Communications   

 87,870

All Other Expenditures   

 2,025

Witness Expenses   

 23,850

Printing   

 7,500

TOTAL   

 $ 137,280

Respectfully submitted,

WILLIAM ROMPKEY

Chair

The Honourable Senator Rompkey, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Johnstone, that the Report be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next sitting.

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

The Honourable Senator Rompkey, P.C., presented the following:

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 1998

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has the honour to present its

SIXTEENTH REPORT

Your Committee has examined and approved the budget presented to it by the Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access for the proposed expenditures of the said Committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1998:

(Senate's Share)

Professional and Special Services   

 $ 1,815

Transport and Communications   

 7,530

All Other Expenditures   

 150

Witness Expenses   

 3,150

TOTAL   

 $ 12,645

Respectfully submitted,

WILLIAM ROMPKEY

Chair

The Honourable Senator Rompkey, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cook, that the Report be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next sitting.

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

ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Bills

Orders No. 1 and 2 were called and postponed until the next sitting. Second reading of Bill C-21, An Act to amend the Small Business Loans Act.

The Honourable Senator Hervieux-Payette, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Poulin, that the Bill be read the second time.

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

The Bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Carstairs moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Ferretti Barth, that the Bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.

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

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Ordered, That Order No. 1 under OTHER BUSINESS, Reports of Committees be brought forward. Consideration of the Third Report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance (Supplementary Estimates (B) 1997-98) presented in the Senate on March 24, 1998.

The Honourable Senator Cools moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mercier, that the Report be adopted.

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

Bills

Second reading of Bill C-33, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the public service of Canada for the financial year ending March 31, 1998.

The Honourable Senator Cools moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Butts, that the Bill be read the second time.

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

The Bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Cools moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Butts, that the Bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for a third reading at the next sitting.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted. Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Lucier, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cook, for the second reading of Bill C-8, An Act respecting an accord between the Governments of Canada and the Yukon Territory relating to the administration and control of and legislative jurisdiction in respect of oil and gas.

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

The Bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Lucier moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cook, that the Bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted. Order No. 6 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

OTHER BUSINESS

Senate Public Bills

With leave of the Senate, The Honourable Senator Kinsella spoke to the Point of Order raised on March 17, 1998 on the procedural acceptability of Bill S-13, An Act to incorporate and to establish an industry levy to provide for the Canadian Tobacco Industry Community Responsibility Foundation. Orders No. 1 and 2 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Reports of Committees

Orders No. 2 to 4 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Other

Orders No. 15, 21 (inquiries), 3, 45 (motions), 12, 19, 24, 18, 20 (inquiries), 48, 54 (motions), 16, 17 (inquiries) 1, 47 and 49 (motions) were called and postponed until the next sitting.

REPORTS DEPOSITED WITH THE CLERK OF THE SENATE PURSUANT TO RULE 28(2):

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 1998-2002 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 1998 of the Export Development Corporation, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). -Sessional Paper No. 1/36-523.

Report of the Canadian Human Rights Commission for the year 1997, pursuant to the Canadian Human Rights Act. R.S.C. 1985, c. H-6, sbs. 61(3).-Sessional Paper No. 1/36-524.

Report on Government Annuities, together with the Auditor General's Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1997, pursuant to the Government Annuities Improvement Act, S.C. 1974-75-76, c. 83, sbs. 18(1).-Sessional Paper No. 1/36-525.

1998-99 Reports on Plans & Priorities for the following:

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Canadian Heritage
Canada Information Office
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
National Archives of Canada
National Battlefields Commission
National Film Board
National Library of Canada
Public Service Commission of Canada
Status of Women Canada
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Environment Canada
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Department of Finance Canada
Office of the Auditor General of Canada
Canadian International Trade Tribunal
Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada
Fisheries and Oceans
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Canadian International Development Agency
NAFTA Secretariat, Canadian Section
Northern Pipeline Agency Canada
Health Canada
Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission Canada
Medical Research Council of Canada
Patented Medicine Prices Review Board
Human Resources Development Canada
Canada Labour Relations Board
Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Canadian Polar Commission
Industry Canada
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Canadian Space Agency
Competition Tribunal of Canada
Copyright Board Canada
Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
National Research Council Canada
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Statistics Canada
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Department of Justice Canada
Canadian Human Rights Commission
Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs
Registry of the Federal Court of Canada
Human Rights Tribunal Panel
Offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioners
Law Commission of Canada
Supreme Court of Canada
Tax Court of Canada
National Defence
Revenue Canada
Natural Resources Canada
Atomic Energy Control Board
National Energy Board
Privy Council Office
Canadian Centre for Management Development
Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Office of the Chief Electoral Officer
Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
Public Service Staff Relations Board
Security Intelligence Review Committee
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Solicitor General Canada
Correctional Service Canada
National Parole Board
Office of the Correctional Investigator
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
RCMP - External Review Committee
RCMP - Public Complaints Commission
Transport Canada
Canadian Transportation Agency of Canada
Civil Aviation Tribunal of Canada
Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat
Veterans Affairs Canada.-Sessional Paper No. 1/36-526.

ADJOURNMENT

The Honourable Senator Carstairs moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Senator Pépin:

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

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Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 85(4)

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The names of the Honourable Senators Cochrane and Di Nino substituted for those of the Honourable Senators DeWare and Cochrane (March 23).

The name of the Honourable Senator Cochrane substituted for that of the Honourable Senator Di Nino (March 25).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The name of the Honourable Senator Johnstone substituted for that of the Honourable Senator Perrault (March 24).

Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access

The names of the Honourable Senators Cook and Losier-Cool substituted for those of the Honourable Senators Milne and Maheu (March 24).

The name of the Honourable Senator Pépin substituted for that of the Honourable Senator Losier-Cool (March 25).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The name of the Honourable Senator Ferretti Barth substituted for that of the Honourable Senator Cook (March 25).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The name of the Honourable Senator Mercier substituted for that of the Honourable Senator Senator Robichaud (Saint-Louis-de-Kent) (March 25).