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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 40 (Revised)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

BakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuCampbellCarignanCoolsCowanDagenaisDawsonDowneDoyleDuffyEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGagnéGreeneHarderHousakosHubleyJafferJohnsonJoyalKennyLangLankinMaltaisMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreNancy RuthNeufeldOgilvieOhOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifUngerWallaceWallinWattWellsWhite

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

*Andreychuk*AtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuCampbellCarignanCools*CordyCowanDagenaisDawson*DayDowneDoyleDuffyEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGagnéGreeneHarderHousakosHubleyJafferJohnsonJoyalKennyLangLankinMaltaisMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMeredithMitchellMocklerMoore*MunsonNancy RuthNeufeld*NgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRinguette*RivardRuncimanSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifUngerWallaceWallinWattWellsWhite

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.

(Pursuant to rule 3-6(2), the adjournment of the Senate was extended from May 30, 2016, to May 31, 2016.)

PRAYERS

Senators’ Statements

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Tabling of Documents

The Honourable the Speaker tabled the following:

The Spring 2016 Reports of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development to the House of Commons, pursuant to the Auditor General Act,R.S.C. 1985,c. A-17,sbs. 23(5).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-332.

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With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable the Speaker tabled the following:

Document entitled: Senate Procedure in Practice, hardcover edition with index.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-333S.

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

2014-2015 Annual Report of the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for the Victims of Crime.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-334.

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Ogilvie, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, tabled the third report of the committee (Subject matter of Bill C-15, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016 and other measures).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-335S.

(Pursuant to the order adopted on May 3, 2016, the report was deemed referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance and placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next sitting.)

Government Notices of Motions

With leave of the Senate,

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

That, at the end of the Orders of the Day and the Notice Paper today, the sitting be suspended to await the receipt of messages from the House of Commons if the Government Representative or the Legislative Deputy to the Government Representative so requests;

That, if the sitting is suspended under this motion, it be to the call of the chair, with the bells to ring for 15 minutes before the sitting resumes;

That committees of the Senate scheduled to meet today be authorized to sit from the time the Senate suspends, even though the Senate may then be sitting, with the application of rule 12-18(1) being suspended; and

That rule 3-3(1) be suspended today.

After debate,

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

Introduction and First Reading of Government Bills

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act and other Acts and to provide for certain other measures, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

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

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Second Reading

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

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 Hervieux-Payette, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., for the second reading of Bill S-207, An Act to modernize the composition of the boards of directors of certain corporations, financial institutions and parent Crown corporations, and in particular to ensure the balanced representation of women and men on those boards.

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Plett, 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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Second reading of Bill S-222, An Act for the promotion and advancement of Canada’s linguistic plurality.

The Honourable Senator Jaffer moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Hubley, that the bill be read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Jaffer 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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Orders No. 20 and 21 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 1 and 2 were 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, tabled in the Senate on February 25, 2016.

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, for the Honourable Senator Eaton, seconded by the Honourable Senator Plett, that 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

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

That the Senate encourage the federal government, after appropriate consultations, to sponsor along with one or more of the provinces/territories a pilot project, and any complementary studies, to evaluate the cost and impact of implementing a national basic income program based on a negative income tax for the purpose of helping Canadians to escape poverty.

After debate,

In amendment, the Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C.:

That the motion be amended to read as follows:

That the Senate encourage the federal government, after appropriate consultations, to provide support to initiatives by Provinces/Territories, including the Aboriginal Communities, aimed at evaluating the cost and impact of implementing measures, programs and pilot projects for the purpose of helping Canadians to escape poverty, by way of a basic income program (such as a negative income tax) and to report on their relative efficiency.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser, 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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Orders No. 60, 92, 89, 43, 31, 7, 64, 73, 79 and 9 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Boisvenu, 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.

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.

Inquiries

Orders No. 3, 12, 5, 8, 2 and 1 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

The Honourable Senator Moore moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Hubley:

That all documents, information, papers and reports provided to the Auditor General of Canada by each Senator who was subject to the comprehensive audit by the Auditor General pursuant to the motion adopted by the Senate of Canada on June 6, 2013, be returned intact and complete, including any copies thereof, to each Senator, respectively, within 30 days of the adoption of this motion.

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Greene, that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

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


At 3:06 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 3:30 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Question Period

Pursuant to the order adopted on May 19, 2016, the Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Pursuant to the order adopted on December 10, 2015, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue, entered the Senate and took part in Question Period.


Ordered, That the sitting be suspended to reassemble at the call of the chair, with a 15 minute bell.

(Accordingly, at 4:14 p.m., the sitting was suspended.)

At 6:25 p.m., the sitting resumed.

MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying), to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

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.


With leave of the Senate,

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

That, without affecting the progress of any proceedings relating to Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying):

1.immediately after Prayers on the sitting day following the adoption of this motion, the Senate resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole to consider the subject matter of the bill;

2.the committee receive the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and officials, for a period of up to two hours, followed by the Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health, and officials, for another period of up to two hours; and

3.two televisions cameras and two pool photographers be authorized in the Senate Chamber to broadcast and photograph the proceedings of the committee, with the least possible disruption of the proceedings; and

That on the day the Senate resolves itself into Committee of the Whole pursuant to this motion:

1.the provisions of the order of February 4, 2016, respecting the time of adjournment while the committee meets, be suspended; and

2.the provisions of rule 3-3(1) be suspended.

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

That, without affecting the progress of any proceedings relating to Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying):

1.immediately after Prayers on the sitting day following the adoption of this motion, the Senate resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole to consider the subject matter of the bill;

2.the committee receive the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and officials, for a period of up to two hours, followed by the Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health, and officials, for another period of up to two hours; and

3.two televisions cameras and two pool photographers be authorized in the Senate Chamber to broadcast and photograph the proceedings of the committee, with the least possible disruption of the proceedings; and

That on the day the Senate resolves itself into Committee of the Whole pursuant to this motion:

1.the provisions of the order of February 4, 2016, respecting the time of adjournment, be suspended; and

2.the provisions of rule 3-3(1) be suspended.

After debate,

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

ADJOURNMENT

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

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 6:28 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 administration of the Firearms Act for the year 2015, pursuant to the Act, S.C. 1995,c. 39, sbs. 93(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-331.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples

The Honourable Senator Beyak replaced the Honourable Senator Oh (May 19, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator Moore was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (May 31, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator Runciman replaced the Honourable Senator MacDonald (May 31, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

The Honourable Senator Frum replaced the Honourable Senator Eaton (May 31, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan replaced the Honourable Senator Martin (May 19, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Poirier replaced the Honourable Senator Marshall (May 19, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

The Honourable Senator Cordy replaced the Honourable Senator Omidvar (May 31, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Omidvar replaced the Honourable Senator Cordy (May 30, 2016).

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator White replaced the Honourable Senator Manning (May 31, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Lang replaced the Honourable Senator Eaton (May 30, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Eaton replaced the Honourable Senator Ngo (May 19, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

The Honourable Senator Beyak replaced the Honourable Senator Oh (May 31, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator Beyak (May 30, 2016).

Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator Tkachuk (May 30, 2016).

Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization

The Honourable Senator Frum replaced the Honourable Senator Oh (May 31, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator Frum (May 30, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Black replaced the Honourable Senator Manning (May 19, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Unger replaced the Honourable Senator Andreychuk (May 19, 2016).