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66 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2017, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 95 (Revised)

Thursday, February 9, 2017
1:30 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)BoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalKennyLangLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMeredithMitchellMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerVernerWallinWattWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)BoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalKennyLangLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMeredithMitchellMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerVernerWallinWattWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

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 Runciman, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, presented the committee’s eleventh report (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, without amendment).

The Honourable Senator Runciman moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marshall, 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 Housakos, Chair of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration, tabled the eleventh report of the committee, entitled Revised Senate Budget 2017-18.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-885S.

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The Honourable Senator Dyck, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, presented the fourth report of the committee (Supplementary budget—study on best practices and on-going challenges relating to housing in the North).

(The report is printed as an appendix at pages 1252-1257 (available in print format PDF).)

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

Ordered, That the report be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration later this day.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

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.

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.

Motions

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

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

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 14, 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 Mitchell:

That, when the Senate next adjourns after the adoption of this motion, it do stand adjourned until Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 2 p.m.

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

Inquiries

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

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

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

Commons Public Bills – Third Reading

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

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 Frum, seconded by the Honourable Senator Pratte, for the second reading of Bill S-232, An Act respecting Canadian Jewish Heritage Month.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Fraser moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Massicotte, 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 6 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 and 2 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 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,

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 Wells, seconded by the Honourable Senator Enverga, for the adoption of the second report (interim) of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization, entitled Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Omnibus Bills), presented in the Senate on October 4, 2016.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser, 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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Consideration of the fourth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples (Supplementary budget—study on best practices and on-going challenges relating to housing in the North), presented in the Senate earlier this day.

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

After debate,

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

Motions

Orders No. 92 and 158 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C.:

That with Canada celebrating 150 years as a nation and acknowledging the lasting contribution of the First Nations, early settlers, and the continuing immigration of peoples from around the world who have made and continue to make Canada the great nation that it is, the Senate urge the Government to commit to establishing a National Portrait Gallery using the former US Embassy across from Parliament Hill as a lasting legacy to mark this important milestone in Canada’s history and in recognition of the people who contributed to its success.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Stewart Olsen, 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. 31, 51, 73, 146 and 89 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Orders No. 19 and 12 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Hubley, calling the attention of the Senate to the current state of literacy and literacy programs on Prince Edward Island, including the need for federal support of the PEI Literacy Alliance.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Marshall moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator White, that further debate on the inquiry be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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Orders No. 11, 15, 2, 1, 16, 17, 13, 18 and 8 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

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

That, for the duration of the current session, the Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators be authorized to sit even though the Senate may then be sitting and that rule 12-18(1) be suspended in relation thereto.

After debate,

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

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After debate,

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

That the papers and documents received and/or produced by the Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators during the Second Session of the Forty-first Parliament, and by the Intersessional Authority be referred to the Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators.

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

ADJOURNMENT

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

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 3:38 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 2 p.m.)

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 Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Marwah replaced the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C. (February 8, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Galvez replaced the Honourable Senator Dean (February 9, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Unger replaced the Honourable Senator MacDonald (February 9, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Dean replaced the Honourable Senator Galvez (February 8, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Griffin replaced the Honourable Senator Duffy (February 9, 2017).