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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 29 (Revised)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDayDoyleEatonEggletonFraserFrumFureyGagnéGreeneHarderHervieux-PayetteHousakosHubleyJafferJohnsonJoyalLangLankinMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMunsonNancy RuthNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPlettPoirierPratteRinguetteRivardRuncimanSeidmanSmith (Cobourg)Smith (Saurel)Stewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWhite

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlack*BoisvenuCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDay*DowneDoyle*DyckEatonEggleton*EnvergaFraserFrumFureyGagnéGreeneHarderHervieux-PayetteHousakosHubleyJafferJohnsonJoyalLangLankin*Lovelace Nicholas*MacDonaldMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyre*MercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMockler*MooreMunsonNancy RuthNgoOgilvieOhOmidvar*PattersonPlettPoirierPratte*RaineRinguetteRivardRuncimanSeidmanSmith (Cobourg)Smith (Saurel)Stewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallin*Watt*WellsWhite

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 Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Interparliamentary Union respecting its participation at the Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations, held in New York,New York, United States of America, on February 8 and 9, 2016.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-274.

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Inter-Parliamentary Union respecting its participation at the Steering Committee of the Twelve Plus Group, held in Brussels, Belgium, on February 22, 2016.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-275.

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The Honourable Senator Andreychuk tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association respecting its participation at the Joint meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Interparliamentary Council, the Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships and the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Economic Relations, held in Kyiv, Ukraine, on June 8 and 9, 2015.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-276.

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The Honourable Senator Day tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association respecting its participation at the 61st Annual Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, held in Stavanger, Norway, from October 9 to 12, 2015.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-277.

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 Mockler, 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 Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C.:

That, in accordance with rule 10-11(1), the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs be authorized to examine the subject matter of Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying), introduced in the House of Commons on April 14, 2016, in advance of the said bill coming before the Senate;

That, notwithstanding any provision of the Rules or usual practice, the committee be authorized to meet for the purposes of this study at any time the Senate is sitting or adjourned;

That the papers and evidence received and taken by the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, during its study and review of the framework for legislation on physician-assisted dying, be referred to the committee for its study of the subject matter of Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying); and

That, notwithstanding usual practices, the committee be authorized to deposit with the Clerk of the Senate its report on this study if the Senate is not then sitting, and that the report be deemed to have been tabled in the Senate.

After debate,

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

Inquiries

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

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

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

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 11 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-216, An Act to provide the means to rationalize the governance of Canadian public corporations.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mockler, 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. 13 to 19 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Stewart Olsen, seconded by the Honourable Senator Johnson, for the second reading of Bill S-214, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (cruelty-free cosmetics).

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Fraser moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Smith, P.C. (Cobourg), 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. 21 and 22 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 1 to 3 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Orders No. 31, 7, 64, 73, 79, 9, 69, 51, 60 and 43 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

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

MOTIONS

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

That the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages be authorized to examine and report on the challenges associated with access to French-language schools and French immersion programs in British Columbia;

That the papers and evidence received and taken, and work accomplished by the committee on its study of best practices for language policies and second-language learning in a context of linguistic duality or plurality 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 December 15, 2016, 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

At 4 p.m., pursuant to the order adopted by the Senate on February 4, 2016, the Senate adjourned until 1:30 p.m., tomorrow.

Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Mockler replaced the Honourable Senator Enverga (April 20, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Enverga replaced the Honourable Senator Mockler (April 20, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator MacDonald replaced the Honourable Senator Martin (April 20, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

The Honourable Senator Enverga replaced the Honourable Senator Ataullahjan (April 20, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Raine replaced the Honourable Senator Black (April 20, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Cowan replaced the Honourable Senator Fraser (April 20, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Tkachuk replaced the Honourable Senator Neufeld (April 20, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Neufeld replaced the Honourable Senator Ogilvie (April 20, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Ogilvie replaced the Honourable Senator Neufeld (April 19, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Tannas replaced the Honourable Senator Black (April 20, 2016).