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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 14 (Revised)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBoisvenuCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDayDemersDowneDyckEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGreeneHervieux-PayetteHubleyJafferJohnsonJoyalKennyLangLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhPattersonPlettPoirierRaineRinguetteRivardRuncimanSeidmanSibbestonSmith (Cobourg)Smith (Saurel)Stewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWattWellsWhite

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBoisvenuCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDayDemersDowneDyckEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGreeneHervieux-PayetteHubleyJafferJohnsonJoyalKennyLangLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreMunsonNancy 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.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Marshall presented the following:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Committee of Selection has the honour to present its

THIRD REPORT

Pursuant to the order of the Senate of December 10, 2015, your committee submits herewith the list of senators nominated to serve on the Special Committee on Senate Modernization:

The Honourable Senators Bellemare, Cools, Eggleton, P.C., Frum, Greene, Johnson, Joyal, P.C., Massicotte, McInnis, McIntyre, McCoy, Stewart Olsen, Tannas, Tardif and Wells.

Pursuant to rule 12-3(3) of the Rules of the Senate, the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C. (or Martin) is ex officio member of all committees except the Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators and the joint committees.

Respectfully submitted,

ELIZABETH MARSHALL

Chair

Ordered, That the report be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration later this day.

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 Hervieux-Payette, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., for the second reading of Bill S-208, An Act respecting National Seal Products Day.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Patterson moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, 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.

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Second reading of Bill S-211, An Act respecting National Sickle Cell Awareness Day.

The Honourable Senator Cordy moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Baker, P.C., that the bill be read the second time.

After debate,

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

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

Reports of Committees – Other

Consideration of the third report of the Committee of Selection (Nomination of senators to serve on the Special Committee on Senate Modernization), presented in the Senate on February 17, 2016.

The Honourable Senator Marshall moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tkachuk, that the report be adopted.

After debate,

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

Motions

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Fraser, seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C.:

That, notwithstanding rule 12-27(1) and subsections 35(1), (4), (5) and (8) of the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code for Senators, the Honourable Senators Andreychuk, Cordy, Frum, Joyal, P.C. and Tannas, be appointed to serve on the Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators, until such time as a motion pursuant to rule 12-27(1) is adopted by the Senate; and

That, when a vacancy occurs in the membership of the committee before the establishment of the committee pursuant to rule 12-27(1), the replacement member shall be appointed by order of the Senate.

And on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator McCoy, seconded by the Honourable Senator Wallace:

That the motion be not now adopted, but that it be amended by replacing all words following the words “Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code for Senators,” by the following:

“the Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators be composed of two Conservative senators, two Liberal senators, and one independent senator;

That the Conservative senators select the Conservative members to sit on the committee by means of a secret ballot;

That the Liberal senators select the Liberal members to sit on the committee by means of a secret ballot;

That the independent senators who are authorized to attend the Senate select the independent member to sit on the committee by means of a secret ballot;

That each of the groups of Conservative, Liberal and independent senators select a representative to move a motion in the Senate without notice that the selected senator or senators be a member or members of the committee, which motion shall be deemed seconded and adopted when moved;

That, when a vacancy occurs in the membership of the committee before the establishment of the committee pursuant to rule 12-27(1), the replacement member be appointed by the same process used to name the previous member of the committee; and

That the membership of Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators as established pursuant to this motion remain in effect until such time as a motion pursuant to rule 12-27(1) is adopted by the Senate.”.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Frum moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Plett, that further debate on the motion in amendment be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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Orders No. 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 Ogilvie moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare:

That the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying be permitted, notwithstanding usual practices, to deposit with the Clerk of the Senate its final report between February 24 and February 26, 2016, at a time of day that the Senate is not sitting, and that the report be deemed to have been tabled in the Chamber.

After debate,

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

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The Honourable Senator Ogilvie moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator White:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology be permitted, notwithstanding usual practices, to deposit with the Clerk of the Senate a report relating to its study on the increasing incidence of obesity in Canada between February 29 and March 4, 2016, if the Senate is not then sitting, and that the report be deemed to have been tabled in the Chamber.

After debate,

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

ADJOURNMENT

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

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 3:07 p.m., the Senate was continued until tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.)

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

Report on the administration of the Species at Risk Act for the year 2014, pursuant to the Act, S.C. 2002, c. 29, s. 126.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-164.

Debt Management Report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. F-11, sbs. 49(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-165.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

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

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator Smith (Saurel) (February 16, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Marshall replaced the Honourable Senator Black (February 17, 2016).

Committee of Selection

The Honourable Senator Hubley replaced the Honourable Senator Mitchell (February 17, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Housakos replaced the Honourable Senator Unger (February 17, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Andreychuk replaced the Honourable Senator Black (February 17, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Black replaced the Honourable Senator Oh (February 17, 2016).