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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 35 (Revised)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackCarignanCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDayDowneDoyleDuffyDyckEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGagnéGreeneHarderHousakosHubleyJafferJohnsonJoyalKennyLangLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreMunsonNancy RuthNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRinguetteRivardRuncimanSeidmanSinclairSmith (Saurel)Stewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWhite

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackCarignanCoolsCordyCowanDagenaisDawsonDayDowneDoyleDuffyDyckEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGagnéGreeneHarderHousakosHubleyJafferJohnsonJoyalKennyLangLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreMunsonNancy RuthNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRinguetteRivardRuncimanSeidmanSinclairSmith (Saurel)Stewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWhite

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 Senator Harder, P.C., tabled the following:

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2016-2017.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-316.

Introduction and First Reading of Government Bills

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., introduced Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and to make a consequential amendment to another Act.

The bill was read the first time.

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

Tabling of Petitions

The Honourable Senator Dawson tabled the following petition:

Of La Capitale Financial Security Insurance Company, in the City of Mississauga, in the Province of Ontario; praying for the passage of a private Act authorizing it to apply to be continued as a body corporate under the laws of the Province of Quebec.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-317S.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Delayed Answers

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., tabled the following:

Response to the oral question asked by the Honourable Senator Poirier on April 14, 2016, concerning linguistic duality.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-318S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on May 5, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning the funds for Montreal’s three hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary Celebrations.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-319S.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Motions

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

Inquiries

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.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Runciman, seconded by the Honourable Senator Patterson, for the second reading of Bill S-217, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (detention in custody).

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Fraser moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Moore, 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. 19 and 20 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,

Further debate on the motion was adjourned until the next sitting in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett.

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Orders No. 22 and 23 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. 43, 31, 7, 64, 73, 79, 9, 69, 51 and 60 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Frum, calling the attention of the Senate to egregious human rights abuses in Iran, particularly the use of torture and the cruel and inhuman treatment of unlawfully incarcerated political prisoners.

Debate.

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 Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator Martin replaced the Honourable Senator Wells (May 11, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Frum replaced the Honourable Senator McInnis (May 11, 2016).

The Honourable Senator McInnis replaced the Honourable Senator Doyle (May 11, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan replaced the Honourable Senator Eaton (May 10, 2016).

Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament

The Honourable Senator Tkachuk replaced the Honourable Senator Ngo (May 11, 2016).

Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization

The Honourable Senator Wells replaced the Honourable Senator Tkachuk (May 11, 2016).

The Honourable Senator McIntyre replaced the Honourable Senator Beyak (May 11, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Tkachuk replaced the Honourable Senator Wells (May 11, 2016).