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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 25 (Revised)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDayDoyleEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGagnéGreeneHarderHervieux-PayetteHousakosHubleyJafferJohnsonJoyalKennyLangLankinMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRinguetteRivardRuncimanSeidmanSibbestonSinclairSmith (Cobourg)Smith (Saurel)Stewart OlsenTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWattWellsWhite

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDayDoyleEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGagnéGreeneHarderHervieux-PayetteHousakosHubleyJafferJohnsonJoyalKennyLangLankinMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRinguetteRivardRuncimanSeidmanSibbestonSinclairSmith (Cobourg)Smith (Saurel)Stewart OlsenTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWattWellsWhite

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

INTRODUCTION OF SENATORS

The Honourable the Speaker informed the Senate that the Clerk of the Senate had received certificates from the Registrar General of Canada showing that:

the honourable V. Peter Harder, P.C.,

Raymonde Gagné,

the honourable Frances Lankin, P.C.,

Ratna Omidvar,

Chantal Petitclerc,

André Pratte, and

Murray Sinclair,

respectively, had been summoned to the Senate.

The Honourable the Speaker informed the Senate that there were senators without waiting to be introduced.

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The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., was introduced between the Honourable Senator Cowan and the Honourable Senator Black, and having presented Her Majesty’s Writ of Summons it was read by one of the clerks at the table as follows:

CANADA

David Johnston

(G.S.)

Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories QUEEN, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

To

Our Trusty and Well-beloved,

V. PETER HARDER

of Manotick, in the Province of Ontario,

GREETING:

KNOW YOU, that as well for the especial trust and confidence We have manifested in you, as for the purpose of obtaining your advice and assistance in all weighty and arduous affairs which may the State and Defence of Canada concern, We have thought fit to summon you to the Senate of Canada.

AND WE do command you, that all difficulties and excuses whatsoever laying aside, you be and appear for the purposes aforesaid, in the Senate of Canada at all times whensoever and wheresoever Our Parliament may be in Canada convoked and holden, and this you are in no wise to omit.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed.

WITNESS:

Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved David Johnston, Chancellor and Principal Companion of Our Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

AT OUR GOVERNMENT HOUSE, in Our City of Ottawa, this twenty-third day of March in the year of Our Lord two thousand and sixteen and in the sixty-fifth year of Our Reign.

BY COMMAND,

N. BAINS

Registrar General of Canada

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., came to the table and took and subscribed the oath prescribed by law, which was administered by the Clerk of the Senate, the Commissioner appointed for that purpose, and took his seat as a member of the Senate.

The Honourable Senator Gagné was introduced between the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., and the Honourable Senator Tardif, and having presented Her Majesty’s Writ of Summons it was read by one of the clerks at the table as follows:

CANADA

David Johnston

(G.S.)

Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories QUEEN, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

To

Our Trusty and Well-beloved,

RAYMONDE GAGNÉ

A Member of Our Order of Canada,

A Member of the Order of Manitoba,

of Winnipeg, in the Province of Manitoba,

GREETING:

KNOW YOU, that as well for the especial trust and confidence We have manifested in you, as for the purpose of obtaining your advice and assistance in all weighty and arduous affairs which may the State and Defence of Canada concern, We have thought fit to summon you to the Senate of Canada.

AND WE do command you, that all difficulties and excuses whatsoever laying aside, you be and appear for the purposes aforesaid, in the Senate of Canada at all times whensoever and wheresoever Our Parliament may be in Canada convoked and holden, and this you are in no wise to omit.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed.

WITNESS:

Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved David Johnston, Chancellor and Principal Companion of Our Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

AT OUR GOVERNMENT HOUSE, in Our City of Ottawa, this first day of April in the year of Our Lord two thousand and sixteen and in the sixty-fifth year of Our Reign.

BY COMMAND,

N. BAINS

Registrar General of Canada

The Honourable Senator Gagné came to the table and took and subscribed the oath prescribed by law, which was administered by the Clerk of the Senate, the Commissioner appointed for that purpose, and took her seat as a member of the Senate.

The Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., was introduced between the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., and the Honourable Senator Runciman, and having presented Her Majesty’s Writ of Summons it was read by one of the clerks at the table as follows:

CANADA

David Johnston

(G.S.)

Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories QUEEN, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

To

Our Trusty and Well-beloved,

FRANCES LANKIN

A Member of Our Privy Council for Canada,

A Member of our Order of Canada,

of Restoule, in the Province of Ontario,

GREETING:

KNOW YOU, that as well for the especial trust and confidence We have manifested in you, as for the purpose of obtaining your advice and assistance in all weighty and arduous affairs which may the State and Defence of Canada concern, We have thought fit to summon you to the Senate of Canada.

AND WE do command you, that all difficulties and excuses whatsoever laying aside, you be and appear for the purposes aforesaid, in the Senate of Canada at all times whensoever and wheresoever Our Parliament may be in Canada convoked and holden, and this you are in no wise to omit.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed.

WITNESS:

Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved David Johnston, Chancellor and Principal Companion of Our Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

AT OUR GOVERNMENT HOUSE, in Our City of Ottawa, this first day of April in the year of Our Lord two thousand and sixteen and in the sixty-fifth year of Our Reign.

BY COMMAND,

N. BAINS

Registrar General of Canada

The Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., came to the table and took and subscribed the oath prescribed by law, which was administered by the Clerk of the Senate, the Commissioner appointed for that purpose, and took her seat as a member of the Senate.

The Honourable Senator Omidvar was introduced between the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., and the Honourable Senator Jaffer, and having presented Her Majesty’s Writ of Summons it was read by one of the clerks at the table as follows:

CANADA

David Johnston

(G.S.)

Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories QUEEN, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

To

Our Trusty and Well-beloved,

RATNA OMIDVAR

A Member of our Order of Canada,

A Member of the Order of Ontario,

of Toronto, in the Province of Ontario,

GREETING:

KNOW YOU, that as well for the especial trust and confidence We have manifested in you, as for the purpose of obtaining your advice and assistance in all weighty and arduous affairs which may the State and Defence of Canada concern, We have thought fit to summon you to the Senate of Canada.

AND WE do command you, that all difficulties and excuses whatsoever laying aside, you be and appear for the purposes aforesaid, in the Senate of Canada at all times whensoever and wheresoever Our Parliament may be in Canada convoked and holden, and this you are in no wise to omit.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed.

WITNESS:

Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved David Johnston, Chancellor and Principal Companion of Our Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

AT OUR GOVERNMENT HOUSE, in Our City of Ottawa, this first day of April in the year of Our Lord two thousand and sixteen and in the sixty-fifth year of Our Reign.

BY COMMAND,

N. BAINS

Registrar General of Canada

The Honourable Senator Omidvar came to the table and took and subscribed the oath prescribed by law, which was administered by the Clerk of the Senate, the Commissioner appointed for that purpose, and took her seat as a member of the Senate.

The Honourable Senator Petitclerc was introduced between the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., and the Honourable Senator Tardif, and having presented Her Majesty’s Writ of Summons it was read by one of the clerks at the table as follows:

CANADA

David Johnston

(G.S.)

Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories QUEEN, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

To

Our Trusty and Well-beloved,

CHANTAL PETITCLERC

A Companion of our Order of Canada,

Knight of the Ordre national du Québec,

of Montréal, in the Province of Quebec,

GREETING:

KNOW YOU, that as well for the especial trust and confidence We have manifested in you, as for the purpose of obtaining your advice and assistance in all weighty and arduous affairs which may the State and Defence of Canada concern, We have thought fit to summon you to the Senate of Canada and We do appoint you for the division of Grandville in our Province of Quebec.

AND WE do command you, that all difficulties and excuses whatsoever laying aside, you be and appear for the purposes aforesaid, in the Senate of Canada at all times whensoever and wheresoever Our Parliament may be in Canada convoked and holden, and this you are in no wise to omit.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed.

WITNESS:

Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved David Johnston, Chancellor and Principal Companion of Our Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

AT OUR GOVERNMENT HOUSE, in Our City of Ottawa, this first day of April in the year of Our Lord two thousand and sixteen and in the sixty-fifth year of Our Reign.

BY COMMAND,

N. BAINS

Registrar General of Canada

The Honourable Senator Petitclerc came to the table and took and subscribed the oath prescribed by law, which was administered by the Clerk of the Senate, the Commissioner appointed for that purpose, and took her seat as a member of the Senate.

The Honourable Senator Pratte was introduced between the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., and the Honourable Senator McCoy, and having presented Her Majesty’s Writ of Summons it was read by one of the clerks at the table as follows:

CANADA

David Johnston

(G.S.)

Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories QUEEN, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

To

Our Trusty and Well-beloved,

ANDRÉ PRATTE

of Saint-Lambert, in the Province of Quebec,

GREETING:

KNOW YOU, that as well for the especial trust and confidence We have manifested in you, as for the purpose of obtaining your advice and assistance in all weighty and arduous affairs which may the State and Defence of Canada concern, We have thought fit to summon you to the Senate of Canada and We do appoint you for the division of De Salaberry in our Province of Quebec.

AND WE do command you, that all difficulties and excuses whatsoever laying aside, you be and appear for the purposes aforesaid, in the Senate of Canada at all times whensoever and wheresoever Our Parliament may be in Canada convoked and holden, and this you are in no wise to omit.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed.

WITNESS:

Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved David Johnston, Chancellor and Principal Companion of Our Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

AT OUR GOVERNMENT HOUSE, in Our City of Ottawa, this first day of April in the year of Our Lord two thousand and sixteen and in the sixty-fifth year of Our Reign.

BY COMMAND,

N. BAINS

Registrar General of Canada

The Honourable Senator Pratte came to the table and took and subscribed the oath prescribed by law, which was administered by the Clerk of the Senate, the Commissioner appointed for that purpose, and took his seat as a member of the Senate.

The Honourable Senator Sinclair was introduced between the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., and the Honourable Senator Watt, and having presented Her Majesty’s Writ of Summons it was read by one of the clerks at the table as follows:

CANADA

David Johnston

(G.S.)

Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories QUEEN, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

To

Our Trusty and Well-beloved,

MURRAY SINCLAIR

of Winnipeg, in the Province of Manitoba,

GREETING:

KNOW YOU, that as well for the especial trust and confidence We have manifested in you, as for the purpose of obtaining your advice and assistance in all weighty and arduous affairs which may the State and Defence of Canada concern, We have thought fit to summon you to the Senate of Canada, effective the second day of April in the year of Our Lord two thousand and sixteen.

AND WE do command you, that all difficulties and excuses whatsoever laying aside, you be and appear for the purposes aforesaid, in the Senate of Canada at all times whensoever and wheresoever Our Parliament may be in Canada convoked and holden, and this you are in no wise to omit.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed.

WITNESS:

Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved David Johnston, Chancellor and Principal Companion of Our Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

AT OUR GOVERNMENT HOUSE, in Our City of Ottawa, this first day of April in the year of Our Lord two thousand and sixteen and in the sixty-fifth year of Our Reign.

BY COMMAND,

N. BAINS

Registrar General of Canada

The Honourable Senator Sinclair came to the table and took and subscribed the oath prescribed by law, which was administered by the Clerk of the Senate, the Commissioner appointed for that purpose, and took his seat as a member of the Senate.

The Honourable the Speaker informed the Senate that the honourable senators introduced today had made and subscribed the Declaration of Qualification required of them by the Constitution Act, 1867, in the presence of the Clerk of the Senate, the Commissioner appointed to receive and witness same.

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 Tribunal for the year 2015, entitled: Providing Fair Access to Justice for Canadians, pursuant to the Canadian Human Rights Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. H-6,sbs. 61(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-256.

Introduction and First Reading of Senate Public Bills

The Honourable Senator Hervieux-Payette, P.C., introduced Bill S-223, An Act to amend the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code and to make consequential changes to other Acts.

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Hervieux-Payette, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mercer, 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 – Reports of Committees

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Munson, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cowan for the adoption of the second report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights (Bill S-201, An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination, with amendments and observations), presented in the Senate on April 12, 2016.

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

The Honourable Senator Cowan moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser, that the bill, as amended, be placed on the Orders of the Day for third reading at the next sitting.

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.

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 4 were 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 Day, for the second reading of Bill S-220, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (international fraud).

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marshall, 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. 6 to 17 were 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-206, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children against standard child-rearing violence).

The Honourable Senator Plett moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Black, 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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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).

The Honourable Senator Plett moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marshall, 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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Order No. 20 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Reports of Committees – Other

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

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Consideration of the third report of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (Budget—international market access priorities for the Canadian agricultural and agri-food sector—power to hire staff and to travel), presented in the Senate on March 24, 2016.

The Honourable Senator Mercer moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Hubley, that the report be adopted.

After debate,

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

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Orders No. 3 and 4 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Orders No. 73, 79, 9, 69, 51, 60 and 43 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Wallace, seconded by the Honourable Senator McCoy:

That the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament, when and if it is formed, be authorized to examine and report on Senate practices, and provisions in the Rules of the Senate, relating to committees, including senators’ memberships on committees, in order to evaluate whether all senators:

(a) are, in practice, treated equally, and with fairness and equity, irrespective of whether they sit as government members, as opposition members, as members of recognized parties or as independent senators; and

(b) have reasonable and equal opportunities to fully participate in and contribute, through committee work and membership, to this chamber’s role as a complementary legislative body of sober second thought, thereby enabling all senators to adequately fulfill their constitutional roles and responsibilities;

That in conducting this evaluation the Rules Committee pay particular attention to:

(a) the process for selecting members of the Committee of Selection, so that all senators can be considered for membership on that committee, and so that the interests of all senators, whether they sit as government members, as opposition members, as members of recognized parties or as independent senators, are represented in the membership of that committee; and

(b) the process whereby the Committee of Selection develops its recommendations for membership of the other committees;

That the Rules Committee also take into account the anticipated increase in the number of senators who are not members of a recognized party and how this emerging reality should be taken into account, including during the current session;

That the Rules Committee recommend necessary amendments to the Rules and adjustments in Senate practice based upon the results of its examination; and

That the Rules Committee present its final report on this study to the Senate no later than March 31, 2016.

And on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Bellemare, seconded by the Honourable Senator Enverga:

That the motion be not now adopted, but that it be amended by replacing the paragraph reading:

“That the Rules Committee also take into account the anticipated increase in the number of senators who are not members of a recognized party and how this emerging reality should be taken into account, including during the current session;”

by the following:

“That the Rules Committee also take into account the anticipated increase in the number of senators who are not members of a recognized party so that they are able to form a group of independent senators with the resources and rights available to a party recognized under the Rules of the Senate;”.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Ringuette moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Smith, P.C. (Cobourg), 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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Order No. 31 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Orders No. 2, 1, 3 and 6 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

The Honourable Senator Johnson moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Enverga:

That the Rules of the Senate be amended by:

1.deleting the word “and” at the end of rule 12-3(2)(e) in the English version;

2.replacing the period at the end of rule 12-3(2)(f) by the following:

“; and

(g) the Standing Senate Committee on Culture, Communications and Heritage, nine Senators.”;

3.replacing rule 12-7(6) by the following:

“Transport

12-7. (6) the Standing Senate Committee on Transport, to which may be referred matters relating to transport generally, including:

(a) transport by any means,

(b) tourist traffic,

(c) common carriers, and

(d) navigation, shipping and navigable waters;”;

4.deleting rule 12-7(9)(a) and re-lettering rules 12-7(9)(b) to (i) as 12-7(9)(a) to (h);

5.deleting the word “and” at the end of rule 12-7(15) in the English version;

6.replacing the period at the end of rule 12-7(16) by the following:

“; and

Culture, Communications and Heritage

12-7. (17) the Standing Senate Committee on Culture, Communications and Heritage, to which may be referred matters relating to culture, communications and heritage generally.”; and

7.by updating all cross references in the Rules, including the lists of exceptions, accordingly; and

That the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications as it existed before the adoption of this motion continue as the Standing Senate Committee on Transport.

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

That the Rules of the Senate be amended by:

1.deleting the word “and” at the end of rule 12-3(2)(e) in the English version;

2.replacing the period at the end of rule 12-3(2)(f) by the following:

“; and

(g) the Standing Senate Committee on Culture, Communications and Heritage, nine Senators.”;

3.replacing rule 12-7(6) by the following:

“Transport

12-7. (6) the Standing Senate Committee on Transport, to which may be referred matters relating to transport generally, including:

(a) transport by any means,

(b) tourist traffic,

(c) common carriers, and

(d) navigation, shipping and navigable waters;”;

4.deleting rule 12-7(9)(a) and re-lettering rules 12-7(9)(b) to (i) as 12-7(9)(a) to (h);

5.deleting the word “and” at the end of rule 12-7(15) in the English version;

6.replacing the period at the end of rule 12-7(16) by the following:

“; and

Culture, Communications and Heritage

12-7. (17) the Standing Senate Committee on Culture, Communications and Heritage, to which may be referred matters relating to culture, communications and heritage generally.”; and

7.by updating all cross references in the Rules, including the lists of exceptions, accordingly; and

That the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications as it existed before the adoption of this motion continue as the Standing Senate Committee on Transport.

The Honourable Senator Johnson moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Enverga, that further debate on the motion, as modified, be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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

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, April 13, 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.

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The Honourable Senator Smith (Saurel) moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Doyle:

That the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance be authorized to examine and report on the financial implications and regional considerations of Canada’s aging population, including but not limited to:

federal transfers to provinces, territories and Aboriginal governments to support the increased health care costs associated with the rise in the number of individuals requiring care at home and in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities;

how the federal government can support economic development in areas with an aging population; and

other related matters.

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.

ADJOURNMENT

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc:

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 4:52 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 Nuclear Safety Commission for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-220.

Report of the Staff of the Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-221.

Report of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-222.

Report of the Communications Security Establishment for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-223.

Report of the National Energy Board for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-224.

Report of the National Film Board of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-225.

Report of the National Research Council of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-226.

Report of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44, sbs 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-227.

Report of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-228.

Report of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-229.

Report of the Statistical Survey Operations for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-230.

Report of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-231.

Report on the Administration of the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Act, R.S. 1985,c. M-5,s. 67.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-232.

Report on the Public Service Pension Plan, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Public Service Superannuation Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-36, s. 46.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-233.

Report of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-234.

Report of the Employment Equity in the Federal Public Service for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44, sbs. 21(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-235.

Report on the Administration of the Supplementary Retirement Benefits Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. S-24,s.12.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-236.

Report of the President of the Treasury Board on Official Languages in federal institutions for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Official Languages Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 31 (4th Supp.),s. 48.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-237.

Report of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-238.

Report of the Canada Revenue Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-239.

Report of the Parks Canada Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-240.

Report of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-241.

Report of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for the year 2014, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-242.

Report of the Canadian Forces for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-243.

Copy of the Regulations Amending the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials (Tunisia and Egypt) Regulations (P.C. 2016-124), pursuant to the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, S.C. 2011, c. 10, s. 7.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-244.

Report on the administration of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Account, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. R-11, s. 31.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-245.

Report on the administration of the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, pursuant to the Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-17,ss. 57, 59.7 and 72.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-246.

Report on Canada’s activities as a Member Nation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. F-26,s. 4.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-247.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2016-2020 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2016 of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11,sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-248.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2016-2020 and the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2016 of the Atlantic Pilotage Authority, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11,sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-249.

Copies of the Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (P.C. 2016-134) and of the Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations (P.C. 2016-135), pursuant to the Special Economic Measures Act, S.C. 1992,c. 17, sbs. 7(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-250.

Report of the Governor of the Bank of Canada and Statement of Accounts, together with the Auditors’ Report, for the year ended December 31, 2015, pursuant to the Bank of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. B-2, sbs. 30(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-251.

Report of the Public Service Labour Relations Board on the administration of Part I (Staff Relations) of the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act for the period of April 1, to October 31, 2014, pursuant to the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 33 (2nd Supp.), s. 84.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-252.

Report of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board on the administration of Part I (Staff Relations) of the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act for the period of November 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. 33 (2nd Supp.), s. 84.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-253.

Report of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board on the administration of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act for the period of November 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act, S.C. 2013,c. 40,s. 365 “42”. —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-254.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2016-2020 and the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2016 of the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-255.

Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator McIntyre was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (April 7, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

The Honourable Senator Baker, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator Munson (April 12, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator Marshall (April 8, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Poirier replaced the Honourable Senator Wells (April 8, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan replaced the Honourable Senator Beyak (April 8, 2016).

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator Manning replaced the Honourable Senator Mockler (April 8, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages

The Honourable Senator Mockler replaced the Honourable Senator Maltais (April 8, 2016).