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65 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2017, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 92 (Unrevised)

Thursday, February 2, 2017
1:30 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalLangLankinMacDonaldMaltaisMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerVernerWallinWattWellsWetstonWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalLangLankinMacDonaldMaltaisMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMerchantMeredithMitchellMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerVernerWallinWattWellsWetstonWoo

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.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Third Reading

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

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.

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 Mitchell, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser, for the second reading of Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code.

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

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, February 7, 2017, 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.

After debate,

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

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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 Tuesday, February 7, 2017 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

Commons Public Bills – Third Reading

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

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 6 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Reports of Committees – Other

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

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Resuming debate on the consideration of the third report (interim) of the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament, entitled Changes to the Order Paper and Notice Paper, presented in the Senate on December 14, 2016.

The Honourable Senator Fraser moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Day, that the report be adopted.

After debate,

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

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

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Greene, seconded by the Honourable Senator Andreychuk, for the adoption 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.

After debate,

In amendment, the Honourable Senator Tannas moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Unger:

That the fourth report of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization be not now adopted, but that it be amended by replacing the third paragraph with the following:

“That the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament develop and recommend to the Senate amendments to the Rules of the Senate to change the Order Paper process, particularly the process for so-called “stood” items, in line with the following elements:

1. Senators wishing to speak on any item on the Order Paper would provide notice to their respective caucus leadership, group convenor, or group facilitator, or only to the Chamber Operations and Procedure Office.

2. Items on which notice has been given would be compiled into a single list and added to the daily scroll. This information would be shared among all senators. The possibility that this information might be posted on the Senate website so that the public could know what items of business will be debated in the Chamber could be explored in the future.

3. Instead of calling all items on the Order Paper, the Reading Clerk would only call items for which a Senator has given notice of his or her intention to speak.

4. Once all items for which a Senator has given notice have been called, the Speaker would ask Senators if they wish to revert, with unanimous consent, to prior items on which they wish to speak.

5. Items not called would be deemed to have been stood and would be put over to the next sitting, where the proposed process would be repeated.

6. Once the process has been completed for the Order Paper, a similar process would be repeated for the Notice Paper.”.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, that further debate on the motion in amendment be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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Order No. 5 was 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 Day, for the adoption of the third report (interim) of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization, entitled Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Committees), presented in the Senate on October 4, 2016.

After debate,

In amendment, the Honourable Senator Tannas moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Unger:

That the third report of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization be not now adopted, but that it be amended by replacing the third paragraph, starting with the words “That the Senate direct”, with the following:

“That:

1. the Clerk of the Senate be instructed to prepare and recommend to the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament draft amendments to the Rules of the Senate to change the process for determining the composition of the Committee of Selection and each standing committee, using the process set out below as the basis for such amendments and taking into consideration the objectives identified by the committee and the principles underlying those objectives; and

2. the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament examine and consider those recommendations and report to the Senate with its recommendations.”.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Fraser moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Day, that further debate on the motion in amendment be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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Orders No. 7 to 12 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator McCoy, seconded by the Honourable Senator Ringuette, for the adoption of the fifth report (interim) of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization, entitled Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Caucus), presented in the Senate on October 4, 2016.

After debate,

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

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

Motions

Orders No. 31, 51, 73, 146, 89, 92, 60 and 43 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Orders No. 15, 2, 1, 16, 17, 13, 19, 18, 8, 12 and 14 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Tardif, calling the attention of the Senate to the Trans Canada Trail — its history, benefits and the challenges it is faced with as it approaches its 25th anniversary.

The Honourable Senator Petitclerc moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., that further debate on the inquiry be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

MOTIONS

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

That the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade be permitted, notwithstanding usual practices, to deposit with the Clerk of the Senate, between February 6 and 15, 2017, its report dealing with Free Trade Agreements, if the Senate is not then sitting, and that the report be deemed to have been tabled in the Chamber.

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 3:31 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 National Arts Centre, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2016, pursuant to the National Arts Centre Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. N-3,sbs. 17(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-870.

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 Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator McIntyre replaced the Honourable Senator Patterson (February 2, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Wells replaced the Honourable Senator Martin (February 2, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Martin replaced the Honourable Senator Eaton (February 1, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

The Honourable Senator Martin replaced the Honourable Senator Poirier (February 2, 2017).

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator Smith replaced the Honourable Senator Doyle (February 2, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Doyle replaced the Honourable Senator Smith (February 1, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Poirier replaced the Honourable Senator Eaton (February 2, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

The Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator Mockler (February 2, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Poirier replaced the Honourable Senator Beyak (February 2, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Greene replaced the Honourable Senator Lang (February 2, 2017).