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64 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 9 (Revised)

Thursday, January 28, 2016
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuCampbellCarignanChaputCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDowneDoyleDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGersteinGreeneHousakosHubleyJoyalLangLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMerchantMeredithMitchellMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhPlettPoirierRaineRinguetteRuncimanSeidmanSibbestonSmith (Cobourg)Stewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWhite

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuCampbellCarignanChaputCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawson*DayDowneDoyleDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGersteinGreeneHousakosHubleyJoyal*KennyLangLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMerchantMeredithMitchellMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhPlettPoirierRaineRinguette*RivardRuncimanSeidmanSibbestonSmith (Cobourg)Stewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallin*WellsWhite

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

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Tabling of Documents

The Honourable the Speaker tabled the following:

2014 Annual Report on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s use of the Law Enforcement Justification Provisions pursuant to section 25.3 of the Criminal Code.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-97.

Report of the Security Intelligence Review Committee for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-23, s. 53.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-98.

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Dyck tabled the following (Sessional Paper No. 1/42-99S):

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples 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 Second Session of the Forty-first Parliament:

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

2013-2014


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
2,143

SUBTOTAL $ 2,143







2014-2015


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
9,417

SUBTOTAL $ 9,417







2015-2016


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
0

SUBTOTAL $ 0





TOTAL $ 11,560




2. With respect to its special study on the federal government’s constitutional, treaty, political and legal responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and other matters generally relating to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada authorized by the Senate on Thursday, November 21, 2013:

2013-2014


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
3,833

SUBTOTAL $ 3,833







2014-2015


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
0

SUBTOTAL $ 0







2015-2016


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
0

SUBTOTAL $ 0





TOTAL $ 3,833




3. With respect to its special study on the challenges relating to First Nations infrastructure on reserves authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, February 25, 2014:

2013-2014





General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
2,275

SUBTOTAL $ 2,275







2014-2015





General Expenses $ 0

Activity 1: Vancouver Island-BC interior
57,385

Activity 2: Ontario
82,161

Activity 3: Maniwaki
1,017

Activité 4: Nova Scotia
24,757

Total Activities
165,320

Witness Expenses
38,865

SUBTOTAL $ 204,186







2015-2016





General Expenses $ 7,838

Witness Expenses
5,728

SUBTOTAL $ 13,565





TOTAL $ 220,026




In addition to the expenses for its studies as set out above, your committee also incurred general postal charges of $94.

During the session, your committee held 70 meetings (124 hours, 49 minutes), heard 213 witnesses and submitted 12 reports in relation to its work. Your committee examined 6 bills (C-9, C-16, C-25, C-34, C-63, C-428) and received a total of 10 orders of reference.

Respectfully submitted,

LILLIAN EVA DYCK

Chair

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The Honourable Senator Ogilvie tabled the following (Sessional Paper No. 1/42-100S):

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology 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 Second Session of the Forty-first Parliament:

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

2013-2014





General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
2,860

SUBTOTAL $ 2,860







2014-2015





General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
32,997

SUBTOTAL $ 32,997







2015-2016





General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
1,456

SUBTOTAL $ 1,456





TOTAL $ 37,313




2. With respect to its special study on prescription pharmaceuticals in Canada authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, November  19, 2013:

2013-2014





General Expenses $ 6,420

Witness Expenses
7,380

SUBTOTAL $ 13,800







2014-2015





General Expenses $ 9,459

Witness Expenses
9,428

SUBTOTAL $ 18,887







2015-2016





General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
0

SUBTOTAL $ 0





TOTAL $ 32,687




3. With respect to its special study on the increasing incidence of obesity in Canada: causes, consequences and the way forward, authorized by the Senate on Wednesday, February 26, 2014:

2013-2014





General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
0

SUBTOTAL $ 0







2014-2015





General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
13,488

SUBTOTAL $ 13,488







2015-2016





General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
8,594

SUBTOTAL $ 8,594





TOTAL $ 22,082




In addition to the expenses for its studies as set out above, your committee also incurred general postal charges of $49.

During the session, your committee held 84 meetings(123.16 hours), heard 283 witnesses and submitted 22 reports in relation to its work. Your committee examined 13 bills and received a total of 22 orders of reference.

Respectfully submitted,

KELVIN KENNETH OGILVIE

Chair

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The Honourable Senator Tardif tabled the following (Sessional Paper No. 1/42-101S):

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages 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 Second Session of the Forty-first Parliament:

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

2013-2014


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
0

SUBTOTAL $ 0




2014-2015


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
3,730

SUBTOTAL $ 3,730




2015-2016


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
2,897

SUBTOTAL $ 2,897





TOTAL $ 6,627




2.With respect to its special study on CBC/Radio-Canada’s obligations under the Official Languages Act and some aspects of the Broadcasting Act authorized by the Senate on Thursday, November 21, 2013:

2013-2014


General Expenses $ 5,070

Witness Expenses
0

SUBTOTAL $ 5,070




2014-2015


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
736

SUBTOTAL $ 736




2015-2016


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
0

SUBTOTAL $ 0





TOTAL $ 5,806




3.With respect to its special study on the impacts of recent changes to the immigration system on official language minority communities authorized by the Senate on Thursday, November 21, 2013:

2013-2014


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
1,534

SUBTOTAL $ 1,534




2014-2015


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
15,694

SUBTOTAL $ 15,694




2015-2016


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
872

SUBTOTAL $ 872





TOTAL $ 18,100




4.With respect to its special study on best practices for language policies and second-language learning in a context of linguistic duality or plurality authorized by the Senate on Thursday, November 21, 2013:

2013-2014


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
0

SUBTOTAL $ 0




2014-2015


General Expenses $ 0

Witness Expenses
6,377

SUBTOTAL $ 6,377




2015-2016


General Expenses $ 464

Witness Expenses
858

SUBTOTAL $ 1,322





TOTAL $ 7,699




In addition to the expenses for its studies as set out above, your committee also incurred general postal charges of $8.

During the session, your committee held 41 meetings(72.1 hours), heard 135 witnesses and submitted 6 reports in relation to its work. Your committee examined 1 bill (S-205) and received a total of 7 orders of reference.

Respectfully submitted,

CLAUDETTE TARDIF

Chair

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Motions

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

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

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

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Dyck, seconded by the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., for the second reading of Bill S-215, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing for violent offences against Aboriginal women).

After debate,

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

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

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Orders No. 3 to 15 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Dawson, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications be authorized to examine and report on emerging issues related to its mandate under rule 12-7(6);

That it be further authorized to examine and report on the elements related to its mandate found in the ministerial mandate letters of the Minister of Transport, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and the Minister of Canadian Heritage; and

That the committee submit its final report no later than June 30, 2017.

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

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Orders No. 25, 6, 9 and 7 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

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

MOTIONS

The Honourable Senator Lang moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Maltais :

That the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence be authorized to examine and report on:

(a) services and benefits provided to members of the Canadian Forces; to veterans who have served honourably in Her Majesty’s Canadian Armed Forces in the past; to members and former members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and its antecedents; and all of their families;

(b) commemorative activities undertaken by the Department of Veterans Affairs Canada, to keep alive for all Canadians the memory of Canadian veterans’ achievements and sacrifices; and

(c) continuing implementation of the New Veterans’ Charter;

That the papers and evidence received and taken and the work accomplished by the committee on this subject during the Fortieth Parliament and the Forty-first Parliament be referred to the committee; and

That the committee report to the Senate no later than December 31, 2017, and that the committee retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

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

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The Honourable Senator Maltais moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tannas :

That, pursuant to rule 12-24(1), the Senate request a complete and detailed response from the Government to the Ninth Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, entitled: The Importance of Bee Health to Sustainable Food Production in Canada, tabled in the Senate on May 27, 2015 and adopted on May 28, 2015, during the Second Session of the Forty-first Parliament, with the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food being identified as minister responsible, in consultation with the Ministers of Health and Finance, for responding to the report.

After debate,

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

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The Honourable Senator Maltais moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tannas :

That the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry be authorized to examine and report on international market access priorities for the Canadian agricultural and agri-food sector. The study will focus on:

(a)the expectations and concerns of stakeholders from the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector;

(b)sustainable improvements to the production capabilities of the supply chain;

(c)diversity, food security and traceability; and

(d)the competitiveness and profitability of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector (including producers and processors).

That the papers and evidence received and taken and work accomplished by the committee on this subject during the Second Session of the Forty-first Parliament be referred to the Committee; and

That the Committee submit its final report to the Senate no later than March 31, 2017, and that the Committee retain until June 30, 2017, all powers necessary to publicize its findings.

After debate,

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

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The Honourable Senator Neufeld moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Maltais :

That the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources be authorized to examine and report on emerging issues related to its mandate:

(a) The current state and future direction of production, distribution, consumption, trade, security and sustainability of Canada’s energy resources;

(b) Environmental challenges facing Canada including responses to global climate change, air pollution, biodiversity and ecological integrity;

(c) Sustainable development and management of renewable and non-renewable natural resources including but not limited to water, minerals, soils, flora and fauna; and

(d) Canada’s international treaty obligations affecting energy, the environment and natural resources and their influence on Canada’s economic and social development.

That the committee submit its final report no later than December 31, 2017 and that the committee retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

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

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The Honourable Senator Lang moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Neufeld:

That the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence be authorized to examine and report on the policies, practices, and collaborative efforts of the Canada Border Services Agency in determining admissibility to Canada and removal of inadmissible individuals;

That the papers and evidence received and taken and the work accomplished by the committee on this subject during the Second Session of the Forty-first Parliament be referred to the committee; and

That the committee report to the Senate no later than June 30, 2016, and that it retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

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

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The Honourable Senator Lang moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Neufeld:

That the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence be authorized to examine and report on:

(a) the medical, social, and operational impacts of mental health issues affecting serving members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and serving members and veterans of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, including operational stress injuries (OSIs) such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);

(b) the services and benefits provided to serving members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and serving members and veterans of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police affected by OSIs, and to their families;

(c) new and emerging technologies, treatments and solutions to aid mental health conditions such as PTSD for serving members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and serving members and veterans of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police;

(d) how those emerging technologies, treatments and solutions can be integrated into the benefit and services already provided by medical professionals working for National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada;

That the papers and evidence received and taken and the work accomplished by the committee on this subject during the Second Session of the Forty-first Parliament be referred to the committee; and

That the committee report to the Senate no later than December 31, 2017, and that it retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

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

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With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Runciman moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marshall :

That the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs be authorized to examine and report on matters pertaining to delays in Canada’s criminal justice system and to review the roles of the Government of Canada and Parliament in addressing such delays; and

That the committee submit its final report no later than March 31, 2017 and that the committee retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

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


With leave,

The Senate reverted to Notices of Motions.

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Fraser moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tardif :

That when the Senate adjourns today, it do stand adjourned until Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 2 p.m.

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

ADJOURNMENT

The Honourable Senator Fraser moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tardif:

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 3:19 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 2 p.m.)

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

Report of Telefilm Canada, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Telefilm Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. C-16, sbs. 23(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-87.

Reports of the Department of Canadian Heritage for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Access to Information Act and to the Privacy Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. A-1 and P-21, sbs. 72(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-88.

Report of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 150(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-89.

Copy of the Directive to the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Canada Development Investment Corporation, PPP Canada Inc. and the Royal Canadian Mint regarding travel, hospitality, conference and event expenditures policies (P.C. 2015-1107), pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11,sbs. 89(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-90.

Report of the Canadian Securities Regulation Regime Transition Office, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Canadian Securities Regulation Regime Transition Office Act, S.C. 2009, c. 2, ss. 297 "16(1) and (2)" and 298.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-91.

Report of the Canadian Commercial Corporation, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. F-11,sbs. 150(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-92.

Reports of the Canada GEN Investment Corporation (7176384 Canada Inc.) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Access to Information Act and to the Privacy Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. A-1 and P-21,sbs. 72(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-93.

Reports of Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Access to Information Act and to the Privacy Act, R.S.C.1985,c. A-1 and P-21, sbs. 72(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-94.

Reports of Canada Eldor Inc. for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Access to Information Act and to the Privacy Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. A-1 and P-21, sbs. 72(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-95.

Reports of Canada Development Investment Corporation for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Access to Information Act and to the Privacy Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. A-1 and P-21, sbs. 72(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-96.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Smith (Saurel) replaced the Honourable Senator Marshall (January 28, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Ngo replaced the Honourable Senator Neufeld (January 28, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Rivard replaced the Honourable Senator Maltais (January 28, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan replaced the Honourable Senator Unger (January 28, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Johnson replaced the Honourable Senator Tannas (January 28, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator Beyak (January 28, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Neufeld replaced the Honourable Senator Ngo (January 28, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

The Honourable Senator Martin was added to the membership (January 28, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Marshall was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (January 28, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Marshall was added to the membership (January 28, 2016).