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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 19 (Revised)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDayDemersDowneDoyleEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGreeneHervieux-PayetteHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalKennyLangMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhPattersonPoirierRaineRinguetteRuncimanSeidmanSibbestonSmith (Cobourg)Smith (Saurel)Stewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWattWellsWhite

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDayDemersDowneDoyleEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGreeneHervieux-PayetteHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalKennyLangMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhPattersonPoirierRaineRinguetteRuncimanSeidmanSibbestonSmith (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

Tabling of Documents

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Fraser tabled the following:

Reports on Plans and Priorities, Main Estimates, 2016-2017:

Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Economic Development Agency for
Quebec Regions

Canada Revenue Agency

Canada School of Public Service

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Grain Commission

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Human Rights Commission

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission

Canadian Space Agency

Canadian Transportation Agency

Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Copyright Board of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

Courts Administration Service

Department of Finance Canada

Department of Justice Canada

Department of National Defence and the
Canadian Armed Forces

Employment and Social Development Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Federal Economic Development Agency for
Southern Ontario

Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre
of Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Global Affairs Canada

Health Canada

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Infrastructure Canada

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Library and Archives Canada

Military Grievances External Review Committee

Military Police Complaints Commission
of Canada

National Battlefields Commission

National Energy Board

National Film Board

National Research Council of Canada

Natural Resources Canada

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
of Canada

Northern Pipeline Agency

Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Office of the Chief Electoral Officer

Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada

Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner

Office of the Correctional Investigator

Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada

Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions

Parks Canada Agency

Parole Board of Canada

Patented Medicine Prices Review Board

Polar Knowledge Canada

Privy Council Office

Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Prosecution Service of Canada

Public Safety Canada

Public Service Commission of Canada

Public Services and Procurement Canada

RCMP External Review Committee

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Security Intelligence Review Committee

Shared Services Canada

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Statistics Canada

Status of Women Canada

Supreme Court of Canada

Transport Canada

Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Review and Appeal Board

Western Economic Diversification Canada.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-196.

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Ogilvie, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, informed the Senate that, pursuant to the orders adopted by the Senate on January 26, 2016, and February 17, 2016, the committee deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on March 1, 2016, its second report entitled: Obesity in Canada: A Whole-of-Society Approach for a Healthier Canada.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-195S.

The Honourable Senator Ogilvie moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., 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.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Motions

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Jaffer, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy:

That the following Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor General of Canada:

To His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY:

We, Her Majesty’s most loyal and dutiful subjects, the Senate of Canada in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Excellency for the gracious Speech which Your Excellency has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.

After debate,

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

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

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 14 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Second reading of Bill S-205, An Act to amend the Canada Border Services Agency Act (Inspector General of the Canada Border Services Agency) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

The Honourable Senator Moore moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Day, that the bill be read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Moore moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Day, 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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Second reading of Bill S-207, An Act to modernize the composition of the boards of directors of certain corporations, financial institutions and parent Crown corporations, and in particular to ensure the balanced representation of women and men on those boards.

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

The Honourable Senator Hervieux-Payette, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., 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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Second reading of Bill S-218, An Act respecting Latin American Heritage Month.

The Honourable Senator Enverga moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Stewart Olsen, that the bill be read the second time.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Fraser moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cowan, 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

Orders No. 1 and 2 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Orders No. 51, 60, 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 Martin moved, for the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Andreychuk:

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, March 9, 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, it was adopted.

INQUIRIES

The Honourable Senator Fraser called the attention of the Senate to the work of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Andreychuk, that further debate on the inquiry be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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The Honourable Senator Ngo called the attention of the Senate to the hostile behavior of the People’s Republic of China in the escalating territorial claim dispute in the South China Sea.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Enverga moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Patterson, that further debate on the inquiry be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

ADJOURNMENT

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

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 4:03 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)

Document entitled “Pathways: Connecting Canada’s Transportation System to the World”, pursuant to the Canada Transportation Act, S.C. 1996, c. 10.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-188.

Report of the British Columbia Treaty Commission for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the British Columbia Treaty Commission Act, S.C. 1995,c. 45, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-189.

Report of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board, together with the Auditors’ Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the section 41.2 of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management, as ratified by the First Nations Land Management Act, S.C. 1999,c. 24, sbs. 4(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-190.

Annual Report of the Specific Claims Tribunal for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Specific Claims Tribunal Act, S.C. 2008, c. 22, s. 40.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-191.

Progress Report of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy for the year 2015, pursuant to the Federal Sustainable Development Act, S.C. 2008, c. 33,sbs. 7(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-192.

Report of operations under the Fisheries Development Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Fisheries Development Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-21, s. 10.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-193.

Summary of the Corporate Business Plan for 2016-2017 to 2018-2019 of the Canada Revenue Agency, pursuant to the Canada Revenue Agency Act, S.C. 1999, c. 17, sbs. 49(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-194.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Maltais replaced the Honourable Senator Beyak (March 4, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator Rivard replaced the Honourable Senator MacDonald (March 4, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Patterson replaced the Honourable Senator Rivard (March 2, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Mockler replaced the Honourable Senator Eaton (March 2, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator Lang (March 4, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Mockler replaced the Honourable Senator Enverga (March 2, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages

The Honourable Senator McIntyre replaced the Honourable Senator Oh (March 8, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator McIntyre (March 7, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Plett replaced the Honourable Senator Oh (March 8, 2016).

The Honourable Senator MacDonald replaced the Honourable Senator Housakos (March 8, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Housakos replaced the Honourable Senator MacDonald (March 4, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator Plett (March 4, 2016).