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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 83 (Revised)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEggletonForestFraserFrumFureyGagnéGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosHubleyJoyalLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMégieMercerMeredithMitchellMocklerMoncionMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukWallaceWallinWattWellsWetstonWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEggleton*EnvergaForestFraserFrumFureyGagnéGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosHubleyJoyal*Kenny*LangLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMégieMercerMeredithMitchellMocklerMoncionMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukWallaceWallinWattWellsWetston*WhiteWoo

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

The Senate observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the tragedy at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, which occurred 27 years ago on December 6, 1989.

Senators’ Statements

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Munson, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, informed the Senate that, pursuant to the orders adopted by the Senate on April 14, 2016, and December 1, 2016, the committee deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on December 6, 2016, its fifth report entitled Finding Refuge in Canada: A Syrian Resettlement Story.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-833S.

The Honourable Senator Munson moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dawson, 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.

Introduction and First Reading of Senate Public Bills

The Honourable Senator Frum introduced Bill S-232, An Act respecting Canadian Jewish Heritage Month.

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Frum moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Wetston, 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 – Third Reading

Third reading of Bill S-4, An Act to implement a Convention and an Arrangement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and to amend an Act in respect of a similar Agreement.

The Honourable Senator Greene moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator MacDonald, 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.

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.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Black, for the third reading of Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act.

After debate,

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

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

Bills – Reports of Committees

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

Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 5 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Reports of Committees – Other

Consideration of the ninth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce (Subject matter of Bill C-29, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016 and other measures), tabled in the Senate on December 5, 2016.

The Honourable Senator Massicotte moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Munson, that the report be adopted.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Day 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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Order No. 2 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Order No. 55 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Jaffer, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy:

That the following Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor General of Canada:

To His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY:

We, Her Majesty’s most loyal and dutiful subjects, the Senate of Canada in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Excellency for the gracious Speech which Your Excellency has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.

Debate.

Ordered, That motion No. 1 stand adjourned on the Order Paper.

Question Period

Pursuant to the order adopted on December 1, 2016, the Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Pursuant to the order adopted on December 10, 2015, the Honourable  Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, entered the Senate and took part in Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

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 Mitchell, seconded by the Honourable Senator Omidvar, for the second reading of Bill S-229, An Act respecting underground infrastructure safety.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Mitchell moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Omidvar, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources.

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

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Orders No. 4 to 8 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Nancy Ruth, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tkachuk, for the second reading of Bill C-210, An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender).

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 Nancy Ruth moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tkachuk, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.

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

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 1 to 9 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Tardif, seconded by the Honourable Senator Moore, for the adoption of the eighth report (interim) of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization, entitled Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Broadcasting), tabled in the Senate on October 18, 2016.

After debate,

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

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Orders No. 11 and 12 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Orders No. 92, 60, 43, 31, 51, 7, 73, 72, 69 and 89 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Order No. 8 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Mockler, calling the attention of the Senate to the issue of pipeline safety in Canada, and the nation-building project that is the Energy East proposal, and its resulting impact on the Canadian economy.

After debate,

With leave of the Senate,

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

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Orders No. 12, 14, 11, 2, 1, 13 and 15 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

The Honourable Senator Campbell moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Black:

That, notwithstanding the Rules of the Senate and the Senate Administrative Rules, the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration be authorized to approve funding for the Independent Senators Group for the current fiscal year and for the fiscal year 2017-18.

After debate,

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

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

That, notwithstanding the order of the Senate adopted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, the date for the final report of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce in relation to its study on the development of a national corridor in Canada as a means of enhancing and facilitating commerce and internal trade be extended from February 28, 2017 to May 31, 2017.

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 5:24 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 British Columbia Treaty Commission for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the British Columbia Treaty Commission Act,S.C. 1995,c. 45,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-832.

Fifth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights entitled Finding Refuge in Canada: A Syrian resettlement Story, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on December 6, 2016, pursuant to the orders adopted by the Senate on April 14, 2016, and December 1, 2016. —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-833S.

Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Mockler replaced the Honourable Senator Enverga (December 6, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator Greene replaced the Honourable Senator Lang (December 6, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

The Honourable Senator Martin replaced the Honourable Senator Poirier (December 6, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Maltais replaced the Honourable Senator Eaton (December 6, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Martin replaced the Honourable Senator Poirier (December 6, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Doyle replaced the Honourable Senator Neufeld (December 6, 2016).