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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2016, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 85 (Revised)

Thursday, December 8, 2016
1:30 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEggletonForestFraserFrumFureyGagnéGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosHubleyLangLankinLovelace NicholasMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMeredithMitchellMocklerMoncionMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukWallaceWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEggleton*EnvergaForestFraserFrumFureyGagnéGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosHubleyLangLankinLovelace NicholasMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMeredithMitchellMocklerMoncionMooreMunsonNancy RuthNeufeldNgoOgilvieOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukWallaceWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

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 Neufeld, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, presented the fourth report of the committee (Budget—study on the effects of transitioning to a low carbon economy—power to hire staff).

(The report is printed as Appendix A at pages 1101-1108 (available in print format PDF).)

(The HTML version of the report is available on the committee website.)

The Honourable Senator Neufeld moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lang, 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.

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The Honourable Senator Smith, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance, presented the tenth report of the committee (Budget—study on the federal government infrastructure funding program—power to hire staff).

(The report is printed as Appendix B at pages 1109-1115 (available in print format PDF).)

(The HTML version of the report is available on the committee website.)

The Honourable Senator Smith moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dupuis, 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.

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The Honourable Senator Runciman, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, presented the committee’s ninth report (Bill S-230, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (drug-impaired driving), without amendment).

The Honourable Senator Runciman moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Patterson, that the bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for third reading at the next sitting.

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

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The Honourable Senator Runciman, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, presented the committee’s tenth report (Bill S-215, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing for violent offences against Aboriginal women), without amendment).

The Honourable Senator Dyck moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lovelace Nicholas, that the bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for third reading at the next sitting.

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

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The Honourable Senator Ogilvie presented the following:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology has the honour to present its

EIGHTH REPORT

Your committee, to which was referred Bill C-26, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act and the Income Tax Act, has, in obedience to the order of reference of December 5, 2016, examined the said bill and now reports the same without amendment.

Your committee has also made certain observations, which are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

KELVIN KENNETH OGILVIE

Chair

Observations to the Eighth Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology(Bill C-26)

The Canadian Pension Plan includes provisions which allow an individual to leave out the years they were unable to work due to disability or child-rearing when calculating the value of their government pension. This ensures that an individual’s government pension is not dragged down due to these years of little to no contributions. The proposed expanded CPP plan in Bill C-26 does not include these provisions, and as such there is a potential that individuals who have to temporarily leave the workforce for the reasons stated above will receive a lower pension than their peers. The government should work with the provinces in order to ensure that the expanded CPP includes these provisions.

The Honourable Senator Dean moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Moncion, that the bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for third reading 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 Runciman introduced Bill S-233, An Act to amend the Customs Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (presentation and reporting requirements).

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Runciman moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator White, that the bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for a second reading at the next sitting.

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 – Third Reading

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 Carignan, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin, 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

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

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Second reading of Bill C-29, A second 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 the second time.

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 Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mitchell, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance.

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

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Orders No. 3 to 5 were 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.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Lang moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dean, 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

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

Motions

Order No. 56 was withdrawn pursuant to rule 5-10(2).

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

That when the Senate next adjourns after the adoption of this motion, it do stand adjourned until Monday, December 12, 2016 at 6 p.m.;

That committees of the Senate scheduled to meet on Monday, December 12, 2016  be authorized to sit even though the Senate may then be sitting and that rule 12-18(1) be suspended in relation thereto; and

That rule 3-3(1) be suspended on that day.

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

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Orders No. 1 and 55 were 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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Second reading of Bill S-232, An Act respecting Canadian Jewish Heritage Month.

The Honourable Senator Frum moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Pratte, that the bill be read the second time.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Wetston moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bovey, 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 to 7 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 Joyal, P.C., for the second reading of Bill S-206, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children against standard child-rearing violence).

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Sinclair moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Boniface, 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

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

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Consideration of the ninth report (interim) of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization, entitled Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Question Period), presented in the Senate on October 25, 2016.

The Honourable Senator Frum moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Plett, that further debate on the consideration of the report be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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Orders No. 11 to 13 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

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

Inquiries

Orders No. 18, 8, 12, 14, 11, 2, 1, 13 and 15 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

INQUIRIES

The Honourable Senator Pate called the attention of the Senate to the circumstances of some of the most marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized in Canada, particularly the increasing over-representation of Indigenous women in Canadian prisons.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Omidvar 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.

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 4:36 p.m., the Senate was continued until Monday, December 12, 2016, at 6 p.m.)

DOCUMENTS DEPOSITED WITH THE CLERK OF THE SENATE PURSUANT TO RULE 14-1(7)

Report by Export Development Canada on Canada Account Operations for the fiscal year 2014-15, pursuant to the Export Development Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. E-20.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-840.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5 and to the Order of the Senate of December 7, 2016

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples

The Honourable Senator Enverga replaced the Honourable Senator Ngo (December 8, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Enverga replaced the Honourable Senator Patterson (December 8, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Patterson replaced the Honourable Senator Mockler (December 8, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator MacDonald replaced the Honourable Senator Raine (December 8, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Griffin replaced the Honourable Senator McCoy (December 8, 2016).

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator Wallace replaced the Honourable Senator McCoy (December 8, 2016).

The Honourable Senator McCoy replaced the Honourable Senator Wallace (December 8, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator McInnis replaced the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C. (December 8, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Jaffer replaced the Honourable Senator Dyck (December 8, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Dyck replaced the Honourable Senator Jaffer (December 8, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator McInnis (December 8, 2016).

Committee of Selection

The Honourable Senator Pratte was added to the membership (December 7, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Omidvar was added to the membership (December 7, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Campbell was added to the membership (December 7, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Black was added to the membership (December 7, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Marshall was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (December 7, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Hubley was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (December 7, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Munson was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (December 7, 2016).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Seidman replaced the Honourable Senator Marshall (December 8, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Fraser was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (December 8, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Marshall replaced the Honourable Senator Seidman (December 8, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Fraser was added to the membership (December 8, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Neufeld replaced the Honourable Senator Doyle (December 7, 2016).