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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 66 (Revised)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukBakerBattersBellemareBoisvenuBrazeauCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyDagenaisDayDowneDoyleDuffyDyckEatonFraserFrumFureyGagnéGreeneHarderHousakosJafferJoyalLangMacDonaldMaltaisMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSeidmanSmithTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWattWellsWhite

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

Andreychuk*AtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBoisvenuBrazeauCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyDagenaisDayDowneDoyleDuffyDyckEaton*EnvergaFraserFrumFureyGagnéGreeneHarderHousakos*HubleyJafferJoyalLangMacDonaldMaltais*ManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoy*McInnisMcIntyreMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMoore*MunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlett*PoirierPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSeidmanSmith*Stewart 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

Tabling of Documents

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

Public Accounts of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, as follows: (1) Volume I — Summary Report and Consolidated Financial Statements, (2) Volume II — Details of Expenses and Revenues, (3) Volume III—Additional Information and Analyses, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 64(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-758.

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., presented the following:

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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

TENTH 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 nature of a senator’s constitutional role and now recommends the following:

That the Senate develop a mission and purpose statement modeled on the following:

The Senate is the appointed Upper House in Canada’s bicameral Parliament. It plays an important complementary role to the elected House of Commons by:

(i)Providing independent “sober second thought” to legislation, with particular respect to Canada’s national interests, aboriginal peoples, regions, minorities and under-represented segments of Canada’s populations;

(ii)Undertaking policy studies, reports and inquiries on public policy issues relevant to Canadians; and

(iii)Understanding, sharing and representing the views and concerns of different groups, based on a senator’s unique perspective.

That the Senate direct the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament and the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration to review the totality of its administrative rules as embodied in the Senate Administrative Rules, its procedural rules as embodied in the Rules of the Senate, as well as the Senate administrative processes, and revise them such that they incorporate the multiple roles of the modern Senate.

That the Senate direct the Senate administration to develop appropriate guide books and manuals that reinforce and support senators in discharging their multiple roles.

Respectfully submitted,

SERGE JOYAL

The Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tardif, 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.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Second Reading

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.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Pratte moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dyck, 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. 2 and 3 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

Order No. 1 was 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 Harder, P.C., 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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Order No. 3 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin, for the second reading of Bill S-230, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (drug-impaired driving).

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the second time, on division.

The Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

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

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Orders No. 5 to 13 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Plett, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin, for the second reading of Bill S-224, An Act respecting payments made under construction contracts.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Moore moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy, 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. 15 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Patterson, seconded by the Honourable Senator Enverga, for the second reading of Bill S-221, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Property qualifications of Senators).

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 Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator Beyak replaced the Honourable Senator Raine (October 26, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Marshall replaced the Honourable Senator Ataullahjan (October 26, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Batters replaced the Honourable Senator Andreychuk (October 26, 2016).