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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 30 (Revised)

Thursday, April 21, 2016
1:30 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDayDoyleEatonEggletonFraserFrumFureyGagnéGreeneHarderHervieux-PayetteHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalLangLankinMacDonaldMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMeredithMitchellMocklerMunsonNancy RuthOgilvieOhOmidvarPlettPoirierPratteRinguetteRivardRuncimanSmith (Cobourg)Smith (Saurel)Stewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWhite

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDay*DowneDoyle*DyckEatonEggleton*EnvergaFraserFrumFureyGagnéGreeneHarderHervieux-PayetteHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalLangLankin*Lovelace NicholasMacDonaldMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMeredithMitchellMockler*MooreMunsonNancy RuthOgilvieOhOmidvar*PattersonPlettPoirierPratte*RaineRinguetteRivardRuncimanSmith (Cobourg)Smith (Saurel)Stewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallace*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 Petitions

The Honourable Senator Tardif tabled the following petitions:

Of residents of the Province of Alberta concerning guaranteed access to health services in French.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-282S.

Of residents of the Province of Alberta concerning employment insurance for compassionate leave.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-283S.

Of the residents of the Province of Alberta concerning mandatory access to French legal and judicial services across the country.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-284S.

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.

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

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 Tuesday, May 3, 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, which shall last a maximum of 40 minutes;

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.

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 19 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Mercer, seconded by the Honourable Senator Day, for the second reading of Bill S-213, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Parliament of Canada Act (Speakership of the Senate).

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Plett moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Frum, 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. 21 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Second reading of Bill S-225, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (substances used in the production of fentanyl).

The Honourable Senator White moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Ogilvie, that the bill be read the second time.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Campbell moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Ringuette, 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 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

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Lang moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tannas:

That the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence be authorized to examine and report on issues related to the Defence Policy Review presently being undertaken by the government;

That, pursuant to rule 12-18(2)(b)(i), the committee be authorized to meet from June to September 2016, even though the Senate may then be adjourned for a period exceeding one week;

That the committee be permitted, notwithstanding usual practices, to deposit with the Clerk of the Senate its report if the Senate is not then sitting, and that the report be deemed to have been tabled in the Chamber; and

That the committee table its report no later than December 16, 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.

INQUIRIES

The Honourable Senator Hervieux-Payette, P.C., called the attention of the Senate to her accomplishments and experiences throughout her career as a Parliamentarian.

Debate concluded.


With leave,

The Senate reverted to Government Notices of Motions.

With leave of the Senate,

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

That when the Senate adjourns today, it do stand adjourned until Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 2:15 p.m.

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

ADJOURNMENT

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

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 3:09 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at 2:15 p.m.)

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

Report of the National Film Board, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the National Film Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. N-8,sbs. 20(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-278.

Report of the Federal Bridge Corporation Limited, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 150(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-279.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2016-2020 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2016 of the Laurentian Pilotage Authority, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-280.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2016-2020 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2016 of the Pacific Pilotage Authority, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. F-11,sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-281.

Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Doyle replaced the Honourable Senator Enverga (April 21, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Enverga replaced the Honourable Senator Mockler (April 21, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Beyak replaced the Honourable Senator Johnson (April 20, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Unger replaced the Honourable Senator Ngo (April 20, 2016).

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator Plett replaced the Honourable Senator Wells (April 20, 2016).

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

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Fraser replaced the Honourable Senator Cowan (April 21, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Neufeld replaced the Honourable Senator Tkachuk (April 21, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages

The Honourable Senator Maltais replaced the Honourable Senator Dagenais (April 20, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Marshall replaced the Honourable Senator Raine (April 21, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Raine replaced the Honourable Senator Beyak (April 21, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Black replaced the Honourable Senator Tannas (April 21, 2016).