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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 70 (Revised)

Thursday, November 3, 2016
1:30 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBellemareBlackBrazeauCampbellCarignanCoolsCowanDayDowneDoyleDuffyEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGreeneHarderHousakosHubleyJafferKennyLangLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSeidmanSibbestonSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWellsWhite

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBellemareBlackBrazeauCampbellCarignanCoolsCowan*DagenaisDayDowneDoyleDuffyEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFurey*GagnéGreeneHarderHousakosHubleyJafferKennyLangLovelace NicholasMacDonald*MaltaisMarshallMartinMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyre*Mercer*MerchantMeredithMitchellMocklerMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvie*OhOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSeidmanSibbestonSmithStewart OlsenTannas*TardifTkachukUngerWallaceWallinWellsWhite

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:

Government response to the third report of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, entitled Border Crossing Issues and the Jay Treaty, tabled in the Senate on June 22, 2016.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-781S.

(Pursuant to rule 12-24(4), the report and the response were deemed referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.)

Supplementary Estimates (B), 2016-17.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-782.

First Reading of Commons Public Bills

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-224, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (assistance — drug overdose), to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Campbell moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Wallace, 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.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Second Reading

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

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Bellemare, seconded by the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., for the second reading of Bill C-4, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Income Tax Act.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Tannas 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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Order No. 4 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Black, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser, for the second reading of Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act, the Hazardous Products Act, the Radiation Emitting Devices Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Pest Control Products Act and the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act and to make related amendments to another Act.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Black moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

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

Motions

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

That, in order to allow the Senate to receive a Minister of the Crown during Question Period as authorized by the Senate on December 10, 2015, and notwithstanding rule 4-7, when the Senate sits on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Question Period shall begin at 3:30 p.m., with any proceedings then before the Senate being interrupted until the end of Question Period, which shall last a maximum of 40 minutes;

That, if a standing vote would conflict with the holding of Question Period at 3:30 p.m. on that day, the vote be postponed until immediately after the conclusion of Question Period;

That, if the bells are ringing for a vote at 3:30 p.m. on that day, they be interrupted for Question Period at that time, and resume thereafter for the balance of any time remaining; and

That, if the Senate concludes its business before 3:30 p.m. on that day, the sitting be suspended until that time for the purpose of holding Question Period.

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

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

That, when the Senate next adjourns after the adoption of this motion, it do stand adjourned until Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 2 p.m.

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 – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 and 2 were 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 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.

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Orders No. 4 to 13 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,

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.

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Order No. 15 (Bill S-223) was called and, pursuant to rule 4-15(2), dropped from the Order Paper and Notice Paper.

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Order No. 16 (Bill S-216) was called and, pursuant to rule 4-15(2), dropped from the Order Paper and Notice Paper.

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

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

Reports of Committees – Other

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

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Tannas, seconded by the Honourable Senator Wells for the adoption of the sixth report (interim) of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization, entitled Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Speakership), presented in the Senate on October 5, 2016.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Ringuette moved, for the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., 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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Consideration of the fourth report (interim) of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization, entitled Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Order Paper), presented in the Senate on October 4, 2016.

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

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Cools moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator McCoy, 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 12 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Orders No. 7, 73, 9, 72, 69 and 89 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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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.

And on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Bellemare, 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,

With leave of the Senate,

Further debate on the motion in amendment was adjourned until the next sitting, in the name of the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C.

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Orders No. 60, 92, 79, 43 and 31 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Orders No. 2, 1, 13, 15, 8, 12 and 11 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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 4 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 2 p.m.)

DECLARATIONS OF PRIVATE INTERESTS

Pursuant to rule 15-7(1) and subsection 12(1) of the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code for Senators, a declaration of private interest was made as follows:

The Honourable Senator Campbell, by oral declaration made to the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, regarding its study on the operation and practices of the Copyright Board of Canada.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator Marshall (November 3, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Marshall replaced the Honourable Senator Raine (November 3, 2016).

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator Manning replaced the Honourable Senator Ataullahjan (November 3, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Munson replaced the Honourable Senator Hubley (November 3, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan replaced the Honourable Senator Manning (November 2, 2016).

Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament

The Honourable Senator Martin replaced the Honourable Senator Housakos (November 3, 2016).