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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 65 (Revised)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukBakerBattersBellemareBoisvenuBrazeauCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyDagenaisDayDowneDoyleDuffyDyckEatonEggletonFraserFrumFureyGagnéGreeneHarderHousakosJafferJoyalKennyLangLankinMacDonaldMaltaisMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSeidmanSinclairSmithTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWattWellsWhite

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

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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 Frum presented the following:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization has the honour to present its

NINTH REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Friday, December 11, 2015, to consider methods to make the Senate more effective within the current constitutional framework, now reports as follows:

In its first report tabled on October 4, 2016, your committee examined the issue of Question Period in the Senate, and now recommends the following:

That the Senate direct the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament to amend the Rules of the Senate to formalize the current practice of inviting Government ministers to appear in the Chamber during question period to answer questions from senators, and regularly invite such ministers.

That the Senate also periodically invite Officers of Parliament to answer questions during Question Period using the same method as that used for Government ministers.

That the Senate direct the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament to amend the Rules of the Senate such that question period should be limited to two days per week with one day being devoted to questions for a Government minister and one day devoted to questions for the Government Representative in the Senate or committee chairs.

Respectfully submitted,

LINDA FRUM

The Honourable Senator Frum moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Greene, that the report be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration two days hence.

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

Introduction and First Reading of
Government Bills

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., introduced Bill S-3, An Act to amend the Indian Act (elimination of sex-based inequities in registration).

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.

Delayed Answers

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

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on April 19, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Ngo, concerning international human rights reports.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-756S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on April 21, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning the Canada-Quebec infrastructure agreement.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-757S.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Second Reading

The order was called for resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, for the second reading of Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and to make a consequential amendment to another Act.

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications.

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

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Order No. 2 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Omidvar, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, for the second reading of Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act.

Debate.

Question Period

Pursuant to the order adopted on October 20, 2016, the Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Pursuant to the order adopted on December 10, 2015, the Honourable  Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, entered the Senate and took part in Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Second Reading

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Omidvar, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, for the second reading of Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Jaffer moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, 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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Order No. 4 was 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 – Reports of Committees

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Lang, seconded by the Honourable Senator Raine for the adoption of the sixth report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence (Bill S-205, An Act to amend the Canada Border Services Agency Act (Inspector General of the Canada Border Services Agency) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, with amendments), presented in the Senate on June 22, 2016.

And on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Moore, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy:

That the sixth report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence be not now adopted, but that it be amended in amendment No. 1:

(a)by deleting “and” at the end of subparagraph 1(e)(i); and

(b)by adding the following after subparagraph 1(e)(i):

“(i.1) replace lines 24 to 27 with the following:

“than a prosecution for an offence under this”, and”.

After debate,

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

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Lang, seconded by the Honourable Senator Raine for the adoption of the sixth report, as amended, of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence (Bill S-205, An Act to amend the Canada Border Services Agency Act (Inspector General of the Canada Border Services Agency) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, with amendments), presented in the Senate on June 22, 2016.

After debate,

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

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Moore moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lang, that the bill, as amended, be read for a third time.

After debate,

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

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

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

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

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

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Raine, seconded by the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., for the second reading of Bill S-228, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children).

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Petitclerc moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, 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. 3 and 4 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Andreychuk, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tkachuk, for the second reading of Bill S-226, An Act to provide for the taking of restrictive measures in respect of foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights and to make related amendments to the Special Economic Measures Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, for the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, 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. 6 to 16 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Order No. 17 (Bill S-207) was called and, pursuant to rule 4-15(2), dropped from the Order Paper and Notice Paper.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Jaffer, seconded by the Honourable Senator Hubley, for the second reading of Bill S-222, An Act for the promotion and advancement of Canada’s linguistic plurality.

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Jaffer 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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Order No. 19 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

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

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 1 to 10 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Order No. 11 (First report of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying) was called and, pursuant to rule 4-15(2), dropped from the Order Paper and Notice Paper.

Motions

Orders No. 89, 51, 60, 92, 79, 43, 31, 7, 73 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 Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Ngo, 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. 8, 12, 11, 2 and 1 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

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

That the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology be authorized to examine and report on the role of automation in the healthcare system, with a particular focus on robotics, artificial intelligence and 3D printing, in:

Direct patient healthcare;

Indirect patient healthcare; and,

Home healthcare.

That the committee submit its final report no later than December 31, 2017, and that the committee retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

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

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The Honourable Senator Smith moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Maltais:

That, for the purposes of hearing the Minister of Finance, during its consideration of Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act, the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance have the power to meet, even though the Senate may then be sitting, and that rule 12-18(1) be suspended in relation thereto.

After debate,

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

INQUIRIES

The Honourable Senator Bellemare called the attention of the Senate to the relevance of full employment in the 21st century in a Globalized economy.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Mitchell moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, that further debate on the inquiry be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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The Honourable Senator Maltais called the attention of the Senate to the softwood lumber crisis.

After debate,

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

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

ADJOURNMENT

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

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 5:50 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)

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2016-2017 to 2020-2021 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2014-2015 and 2016-2017 of the National Capital Commission, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11,sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-745.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2016-2017 to 2020-2021 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2016-2017 of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11,sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-746.

Amendments to the Management Plan for the Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada and Amherstburg Navy Yard National Historic Site of Canada, pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act, S.C. 1998,c. 31,sbs. 32(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-747.

Amendments to the Management Plan Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada, pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act, S.C. 1998,c. 31,sbs. 32(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-748.

Amendments to the Management Plan for the National Historic Sites of Southwest Nova Scotia (Port-Royal, Fort Anne, Charles Fort, Fort Edward and Melanson Settlement), pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act, S.C. 1998,c. 31,sbs. 32(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-749.

Management Plan for Saoyú-?ehdacho National Historic Site, pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act, S.C. 1998,c. 31, sbs. 32(1). —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-750.

Report of the Chief Public Health Officer on the State of Public Health in Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Public Health Agency of Canada Act, S.C. 2006,c. 5, sbs. 12(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-751.

Report of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on the operation of the National Do Not Call List for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Telecommunications Act, S.C. 1993, c. 38, s. 41.6—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-752.

Report of the Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency, together with the Auditors’ Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Farm Products Agencies Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-4, s. 30.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-753.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for the period 2016-2017 to 2020-2021 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets of the Canadian Dairy Commission for the dairy year ending July 31, 2017, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. F-11,sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-754.

Reports of the Gwich’in Land Use Planning Board for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Access to Information Act and to the Privacy Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. A-1 and P-21,sbs. 72(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-755.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples

The Honourable Senator Enverga replaced the Honourable Senator Ngo (October 25, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Beyak replaced the Honourable Senator McIntyre (October 25, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Ngo replaced the Honourable Senator Enverga (October 24, 2016).

The Honourable Senator McIntyre replaced the Honourable Senator Beyak (October 24, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator Raine replaced the Honourable Senator Beyak (October 24, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator MacDonald replaced the Honourable Senator Enverga (October 25, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Day replaced the Honourable Senator Cowan (October 24, 2016).