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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 13 (Revised)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

BakerBattersBellemareBeyakCampbellCarignanCordyCowanDawsonDemersDowneDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGreeneHervieux-PayetteHubleyJafferJohnsonJoyalKennyLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhPattersonPlettPoirierRaineRinguetteRivardRuncimanSeidmanSibbestonSmith (Cobourg)Smith (Saurel)Stewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWattWellsWhite

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

*AndreychukBakerBattersBellemareBeyakCampbellCarignanCordyCowanDawson*DayDemersDowneDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGreeneHervieux-PayetteHubleyJafferJohnsonJoyalKenny*LangLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhPattersonPlettPoirierRaineRinguetteRivardRuncimanSeidmanSibbestonSmith (Cobourg)Smith (Saurel)Stewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWattWellsWhite

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.

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 Mercer, seconded by the Honourable Senator Day, for the second reading of Bill S-213, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Parliament of Canada Act (Speakership of the Senate).

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Plett moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin, 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 13 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Second reading of Bill S-208, An Act respecting National Seal Products Day.

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

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Maltais moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Ngo, 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. 15 and 16 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Orders No. 43, 7, 31, 25, 6 and 9 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

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

MOTIONS

The Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Patterson:

That, in order to allow the Senate to receive a Minister of the Crown during Question Period as authorized by the Senate on December 10, 2015, and notwithstanding rule 4-7, when the Senate sits on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Question Period shall begin at 3:30 p.m., with any proceedings then before the Senate being interrupted until the end of Question Period;

That, if a standing vote would conflict with the holding of Question Period at 3:30 p.m. on that day, the vote be postponed until immediately after the conclusion of Question Period;

That, if the bells are ringing for a vote at 3:30 p.m. on that day, they be interrupted for Question Period at that time, and resume thereafter for the balance of any time remaining; and

That, if the Senate concludes its business before 3:30 p.m. on that day, the sitting be suspended until that time for the purpose of holding Question Period.

With leave of the Senate and pursuant to rule 5-10(1), the motion was modified to read as follows:

That, in order to allow the Senate to receive a Minister of the Crown during Question Period as authorized by the Senate on December 10, 2015, and notwithstanding rule 4-7, when the Senate sits on Thursday, February 18, 2016, Question Period shall begin at 3:30 p.m., with any proceedings then before the Senate being interrupted until the end of Question Period;

That, if a standing vote would conflict with the holding of Question Period at 3:30 p.m. on that day, the vote be postponed until immediately after the conclusion of Question Period;

That, if the bells are ringing for a vote at 3:30 p.m. on that day, they be interrupted for Question Period at that time, and resume thereafter for the balance of any time remaining; and

That, if the Senate concludes its business before 3:30 p.m. on that day, the sitting be suspended until that time for the purpose of holding Question Period.

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

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The Honourable Senator Tkachuk moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Patterson:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce be authorized to examine and report on issues pertaining to internal barriers to trade, including:

existing internal trade barriers, the reasons for their existence, and their economic, social and other effects on Canadians, Canadian businesses and the country’s economy;

variations in regulatory requirements across provinces/territories, and the ways in which such variations may limit the free flow of goods and services across Canada; and

measures that could be taken by the federal and provincial/territorial governments to facilitate a reduction in — if not elimination of — internal trade barriers  in order to enhance trade, as well as to promote economic growth and prosperity.

That the committee submit its final report no later than June 10, 2016, 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 Manning moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Ngo:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans be authorized to examine and report on issues arising from, and developments since, the tabling in July 2015 of its final report on the regulation of aquaculture, current challenges and future prospects for the industry in Canada;

That the papers and evidence received and taken and work accomplished by the committee on its study of aquaculture 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 October 31, 2017, and that the committee retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings for 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 Manning moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Ngo:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans be authorized to examine and to report on issues relating to the federal government’s current and evolving policy framework for managing Canada’s fisheries and oceans;

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

After debate,

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

ADJOURNMENT

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C.:

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 3:11 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)

Report of the Canadian Polar Commission for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Canadian Polar Commission Act, S.C. 1991,c. 6, sbs. 21(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-157.

Report on the Implementation of the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, and the Enforcement of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, pursuant to the Act, S.C. 1998,c. 34, s. 12.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-158.

Copy of the Directive to the Canadian Commercial Corporation and Export Development Canada regarding travel, hospitality, conference and event expenditures policies (P.C. 2015-1110), pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. F-11, sbs. 89(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-159.

Report of the National Arts Centre, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2015, pursuant to the National Arts Centre Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. N-3, sbs. 17(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-160.

Report on the Operation of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. 24 (4th Supp.),s. 8.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-161.

Report of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 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. 1/42-162.

Report of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Broadcasting Act, S.C. 1991,c.11, sbs. 71(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-163.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator Mockler replaced the Honourable Senator Dagenais (February 16, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Smith (Saurel) replaced the Honourable Senator Oh (February 15, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Enverga was added to the membership (February 11, 2016).

Committee of Selection

The Honourable Senator Mitchell replaced the Honourable Senator Hubley (February 16, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator Black (February 15, 2016).