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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 21 (Revised)

Thursday, March 10, 2016
1:30 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuCarignanCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDayDemersDowneDoyleEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGreeneHervieux-PayetteHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalLangMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMocklerMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilviePattersonPoirierRaineRinguetteRivardRuncimanSeidmanSibbestonSmith (Cobourg)Smith (Saurel)Stewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWattWellsWhite

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuCarignanCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDayDemersDowneDoyleEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGreeneHervieux-PayetteHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalLangMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMocklerMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilviePattersonPoirierRaineRinguetteRivardRuncimanSeidmanSibbestonSmith (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

The Honourable the Speaker tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Human Rights Commission for the year 2015, pursuant to the Canadian Human Rights Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. H-6,sbs. 61(4), and the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44,s. 32.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-202.

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The Honourable the Speaker informed the Senate that the Clerk of the Senate had tabled the following (Sessional Paper No. 1/42-203S) :

March 10, 2016

Mr. Speaker,

In accordance with rule 15-6(1), Members of the Senate must renew their Declaration of Qualification within the first 20 sitting days of the first session of each Parliament.  As Clerk, it is my duty to submit to you, Mr. Speaker, a list of the names of those Senators who have met this obligation and signed their Declaration so that it may be tabled, by you, Mr. Speaker, in the Chamber.

I have the honour to be, Mr. Speaker, your obedient servant.

CHARLES ROBERT

Clerk of the Senate

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuBrazeauCampbellCarignanChaputCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDayDemersDowneDoyleDuffyDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGersteinGreeneHervieux-PayetteHousakosHubleyJafferJohnsonJoyalKennyLangLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhPattersonPlettPoirierRaineRinguetteRivardRuncimanSeidmanSibbestonSmith, D (Cobourg)Smith, L (Saurel)Stewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerVernerWallaceWallinWattWellsWhite

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Tkachuk, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, presented the second report of the committee (Budget—study on the issues pertaining to internal barriers to trade—power to hire staff and to travel).

(The report is printed as Appendix A at pages 248-257 (available in print format PDF).)

(The HTML version of the report is available on the committee website.)

The Honourable Senator Tkachuk moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Andreychuk, that the report be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next siting.

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

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The Honourable Senator Manning presented the following:

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans has the honour to present its

SECOND REPORT

Your committee, to which was referred Bill S-208, An Act respecting National Seal Products Day, has, in obedience to the order of reference of February 23, 2016, examined the said bill and now reports the same with the following amendment:

1.Preamble, pages 1 and 2: Replace the word “Aboriginal” with the word “Indigenous” in four instances in the English version of the bill.

Respectfully submitted,

FABIAN MANNING

Chair

The Honourable Senator Manning moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Ataullahjan, that the report be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next siting.

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

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The Honourable Senator Munson, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, presented the committee’s second report (Bill S-201, An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination, with amendments and observations).

(The report is printed as Appendix B at pages 258-259 (available in print format PDF).)

(The HTML version of the report is available on the committee website.)

The Honourable Senator Munson moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Hubley, that the report be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next siting.

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

Introduction and First Reading of Senate Public Bills

The Honourable Senator Patterson introduced Bill S-221, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Property qualifications of Senators).

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Patterson moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Runciman, that the bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for a second reading two days hence.

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

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

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 17 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Reports of Committees – Other

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Ogilvie, seconded by the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C.:

That the second report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, tabled with the Clerk of the Senate on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, be adopted and that, pursuant to rule 12-24(1), the Senate request a complete and detailed response from the government, with the Minister of Health being identified as minister responsible for responding to the report, in consultation with the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

After debate,

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

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Order No. 2 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the consideration of the first report of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, entitled Medical Assistance in Dying: A Patient-Centred Approach, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on February 25, 2016.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Eaton moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Stewart Olsen, thate further debate on the consideration of the report be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

Motions

Orders No. 51, 60, 43, 7, 31, 6 and 9 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

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

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Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Jaffer, calling the attention of the Senate to the human rights implications of climate change, and how it will affect the most vulnerable in Canada and the world by threatening their right to food, water, health, adequate shelter, life, and self-determination.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Greene, 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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Orders No. 3 and 6 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

The Honourable Senator Boisvenu moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dawson:

That the Senate urge the government to take all necessary steps to bring into force as soon as possible by order-in-council the provisions of C-452  An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons), chapter 16 of the Statutes of Canada (2015), which received royal assent on June 18, 2015.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Fraser moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Hubley, 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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The Honourable Senator Neufeld moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Frum:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources be authorized to examine and report on the effects of transitioning to a low carbon economy, as required to meet the Government of Canada’s announced targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions. Recognizing the role of energy production, distribution and consumption in Canada, the committee shall be authorized to:

(a)identify and report on the impact transitioning to a low carbon economy will have on energy end users, including Canadian households and businesses;

(b)identify and report on the most viable way the following sectors — electricity, oil and gas, transportation, buildings and trade-exposed energy intensive industries — can contribute to a low carbon economy in meeting Canada’s emission targets;

(c)examine and report on cross-sector issues and undertake case studies, if necessary, on specific programs or initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions;

(d)identify areas of concern and make any necessary recommendations to the federal government that will help achieve greenhouse gas emission targets in a manner that is sustainable, affordable, efficient, equitable and achievable.

That the committee submit interim reports on identified sectors, cross-sector issues and case studies and submit its final report no later than September 30, 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 Moore:

That when the Senate adjourns today, it do stand adjourned until Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 2 p.m.

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

ADJOURNMENT

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Greene:

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 3:14 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 2 p.m.)

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

Report on operations under the Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act for the year 2015, pursuant to the Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. B-7,s. 13.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-199.

Copy of Order in Council P.C. 2016-54 dated February 5, 2016, concerning the Order Repealing the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to Ebola Virus Disease in Canada Order (No. 4), pursuant to the Quarantine Act, S.C. 2005, c. 20, sbs. 61(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-200.

Report of the Correctional Investigator for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, S.C. 1992,c. 20,s. 192.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-201.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples

The Honourable Senator Lovelace Nicholas replaced the Honourable Senator Watt (March 10, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Housakos replaced the Honourable Senator Eaton (March 9, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Mitchell replaced the Honourable Senator Cordy (March 10, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Raine replaced the Honourable Senator Neufeld (March 10, 2016).

Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations

The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan was added to the membership (March 9, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Martin was added to the membership (March 9, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Black was added to the membership (March 9, 2016).