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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 54 (Revised)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

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The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyDagenaisDayDowneDoyleDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGagnéGreeneHarderHousakosHubleyJaffer*JohnsonJoyalKennyLangLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartin*MassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMockler*MooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteRivardRuncimanSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWattWellsWhite

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

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator MacDonald, Deputy Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications, presented the committee’s fourth report (Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Air Canada Public Participation Act and to provide for certain other measures, without amendment).

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator MacDonald moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Manning, that the bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for third reading later this day.

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

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The Honourable Senator Manning, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, tabled the fourth report of the committee, entitled: Report on Aquaculture.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-389S.

The Honourable Senator Manning moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Smith, that the report be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next sitting.

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

Delayed Answers

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

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on April 14, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Dagenais, concerning the government’s suicide prevention policy.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-390S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on April 21, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning stop smoking initiatives (tobacco and marijuana).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-391S.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Third Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, for the third reading of Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Copyright Act (access to copyrighted works or other subject-matter for persons with perceptual disabilities).

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed this bill, without amendment.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Campbell, seconded by the Honourable Senator Pratte, for the third reading of 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, as amended.

After debate,

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

The bill, as amended, was then read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed this bill with certain amendments, to which it desires its concurrence.

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Third reading of Bill C-15, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016 and other measures.

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, that the bill be read for a third time.

Debate.

Question Period

Pursuant to the order adopted on June 17, 2016, the Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Pursuant to the order adopted on December 10, 2015, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, P.C., M.P., Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, entered the Senate and took part in Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Third Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, for the third reading of Bill C-15, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016 and other measures.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Andreychuk, 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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Third reading of Bill C-19, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017.

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, that the bill be read for a third time.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed this bill, without amendment.

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Third reading of Bill C-20, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017.

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Baker, P.C., that the bill be read for a third time.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed this bill, without amendment.

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The order was called for the third reading of Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Air Canada Public Participation Act and to provide for certain other measures.

The order was postponed until the next sitting.

Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 and 2 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

The Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc:

That the provisions of the order of February 4, 2016, respecting the time of adjournment, be suspended on Wednesday, June 22, 2016; and

That the provisions of rule 3-3(1) also be suspended on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

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

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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 – Reports of Committees

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

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 14 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Chaput, seconded by the Honourable Senator Moore, for the second reading of Bill S-209, An Act to amend the Official Languages Act (communications with and services to the public).

After debate,

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

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Orders No. 16 to 19 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 Jaffer, for the second reading of Bill S-223, An Act to amend the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code and to make consequential changes to other Acts.

The Honourable Senator Fraser moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., 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 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.

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

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

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

Second reading of Bill C-210, An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender).

The Honourable Senator Nancy Ruth moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tkachuk, that the bill be read the second time.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator McCoy 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

Consideration of the fourth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (Budget—release of additional funds (international market access priorities for the Canadian agricultural and agri-food sector), presented in the Senate on June 20, 2016.

The Honourable Senator Maltais moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Smith, that the report be adopted.

After debate,

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

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Consideration of the third report of the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans (Budget—study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities—power to hire staff and to travel), presented in the Senate on June 20, 2016.

The Honourable Senator Manning moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Smith, that the report be adopted.

After debate,

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

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Consideration of the fourth report (interim) of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, entitled: The Forgotten Many: Human Rights and North Korean Defectors, tabled in the Senate on June 20, 2016.

After debate,

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

That the fourth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, tabled with the Clerk of the Senate on Monday, June 20, 2016, be adopted and that, pursuant to rule 12-24(1), the Senate request a complete and detailed response from the government, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs being identified as minister responsible for responding to the report, in consultation with the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

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

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Orders No. 4 and 5 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Consideration of the fifth report (interim) of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, entitled: Perspectives on the Situation in Venezuela, tabled in the Senate on June 8, 2016.

The Honourable Senator Andreychuk moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tkachuk, that the report be adopted.

After debate,

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

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Consideration of the fifth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, entitled: Tear down these walls: Dismantling Canada’s internal trade barriers, tabled in the Senate on June 13, 2016.

The Honourable Senator Tkachuk moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Andreychuk, that the report be adopted.

After debate,

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

Motions

Orders No. 31 and 7 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Ngo, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cowan:

That the Senate note with concern the escalating and hostile behaviour exhibited by the People’s Republic of China in the South China Sea and consequently urge the Government of Canada to encourage all parties involved, and in particular the People’s Republic of China, to:

(a) recognize and uphold the rights of freedom of navigation and overflight as enshrined in customary international law and in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea;

(b) cease all activities that would complicate or escalate the disputes, such as the construction of artificial islands, land reclamation, and further militarization of the region;

(c) abide by all previous multilateral efforts to resolve the disputes and commit to the successful implementation of a binding Code of Conduct in the South China Sea;

(d) commit to finding a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the disputes in line with the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and respect the settlements reached through international arbitration; and

(e) strengthen efforts to significantly reduce the environmental impacts of the disputes upon the fragile ecosystem of the South China Sea;

That the Senate also urge the Government of Canada to support its regional partners and allies and to take additional steps necessary to de-escalate tensions and restore the peace and stability of the region; and

That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint it with the foregoing.

After debate,

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

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Orders No. 79, 73, 9, 51, 69, 96, 60, 89 and 43 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Orders No. 11, 2, 1, 3, 12, 5 and 8 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

The Honourable Senator Runciman moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marshall:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs be permitted, notwithstanding usual practices, to deposit with the Clerk of the Senate an interim report relating to its study on matters pertaining to delays in Canada’s criminal justice system, between August 1st and 15th, 2016, if the Senate is not then sitting; and that the report be deemed to have been tabled in the Chamber.

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

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With leave of the Senate,

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

That the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples be authorized to meet on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, even though the Senate may then be sitting, and that the application of rule 12-18(1) be suspended in relation thereto.

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

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With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Runciman moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marshall:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs be authorized to meet on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, even though the Senate may then be sitting, and that the application of rule 12-18(1) be suspended in relation thereto.

The question being put on the motion, 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 6:40 p.m., the Senate was continued until tomorrow at 2 p.m.)


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Neufeld replaced the Honourable Senator Patterson (June 21, 2016).