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66 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2017, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 101 (Revised)

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

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCormierDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalKennyLangLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMeredithMitchellMoncionNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSibbestonSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifUngerVernerWallinWattWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCormierDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalKennyLangLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMeredithMitchellMoncionNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSibbestonSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifUngerVernerWallinWattWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

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.

Delayed Answers

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., tabled the following:

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 6, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Tkachuk, concerning Syrian refugees.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-933S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 27, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Jaffer, concerning diversity and gender representation in the Public Service.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-934S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 3, 2016 by the Honourable Senator McIntyre, concerning human trafficking.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-935S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 3, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Poirier, concerning services for linguistic minority communities.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-936S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 15, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Cordy, concerning collective bargaining for RCMP employees—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-937S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 17, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Fraser, concerning research funding for linguistic minorities.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-938S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 17, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Meredith, concerning the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-939S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 17, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Meredith, concerning the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-940S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 22, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Andreychuk, concerning the Electronic Travel Authorization.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-941S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 28, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Martin, concerning Statistics Canada—Labour Force Survey—Youth Employment.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-942S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on December 15, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Patterson, concerning vacancies on co-management boards.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-943S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 2, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning the legalization of all drugs.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-944S.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Second Reading

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Mitchell moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

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

Bills – Third Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Bellemare, seconded by the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., for the third 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 Ringuette moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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 Pratte, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mitchell, for the second reading of Bill C-30, An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and its Member States and to provide for certain other measures.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., 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. 5 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Campbell, seconded by the Honourable Senator Pratte, for the second reading of Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make related amendments to other Acts.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Wells, 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, March 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 Day:

That, when the Senate next adjourns after the adoption of this motion, it do stand adjourned until Tuesday, March 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.

Bills – Second Reading

Second reading of Bill C-18, An Act to amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act, the Parks Canada Agency Act and the Canada National Parks Act.

The Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Day, that the bill be read the second time.

After debate,

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

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

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

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 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 Pratte, 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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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Patterson, seconded by the Honourable Senator Enverga, for the second reading of Bill S-221, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Property qualifications of Senators).

The Honourable Senator Ringuette moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., 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. 5 was 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

Order No. 1 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.

And on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Tannas, 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.”.

And on the subamendment of the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C.:

That the motion in amendment be not now adopted, but that it be amended by replacing the words “report to the Senate” by the words “report to the Senate by May 1, 2017,”.

After debate,

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

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

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Order No. 3 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Fraser, seconded by the Honourable Senator Day, for the adoption 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 question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

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Orders No. 5 to 8 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Massicotte, seconded by the Honourable Senator Moore, for the adoption of the seventh report (interim), as amended, of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization, entitled Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Regional interest), presented in the Senate on October 18, 2016.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Ringuette moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., 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. 10 to 13 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Consideration of the sixth report (interim) of the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications, entitled Pipelines for Oil: Protecting our Economy, Respecting our Environment, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on December 7, 2016.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator MacDonald moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., 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.

Motions

Orders No. 51, 158, 139, 92, 31, 73, 146 and 89 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Orders No. 18, 12, 8, 20, 14, 19, 11, 15, 2, 1, 16, 17 and 13 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

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

That the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs be authorized to meet on Thursday, March 9, 2017, even though the Senate may then be sitting, and that the application of rule 12-18(1) be suspended in relation thereto.

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

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

That, notwithstanding the order of the Senate adopted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, the date for the final report of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in relation to its study on the reports of the Chief Electoral Officer on the 42nd General Election of October 19, 2015 and associated matters dealing with Elections Canada’s conduct of the election be extended from March 31, 2017 to June 30, 2017.

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

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

That, notwithstanding the order of the Senate adopted on Thursday, January 28, 2016, the date for the final report of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in relation to its study on matters pertaining to delays in Canada’s criminal justice system be extended from March 31, 2017 to June 30, 2017.

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

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The Honourable Senator Maltais moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Patterson:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry have the power to meet on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 5 p.m., even though the Senate may then be sitting, and that rule 12-18(1) be suspended in relation thereto.

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 5:04 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 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 Enverga, respecting Bill C-18, An Act to amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act, the Parks Canada Agency Act and the Canada National Parks Act, by written declaration.


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 Raine replaced the Honourable Senator McIntyre (March 2, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator Woo replaced the Honourable Senator Duffy (March 2, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Tannas replaced the Honourable Senator Marshall (March 2, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

The Honourable Senator Poirier replaced the Honourable Senator Ataullahjan (March 2, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Tannas replaced the Honourable Senator Raine (March 2, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Doyle replaced the Honourable Senator Plett (March 2, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Beyak replaced the Honourable Senator Marshall (March 2, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Marwah replaced the Honourable Senator Duffy (March 2, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Marshall replaced the Honourable Senator Patterson (March 2, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Boisvenu replaced the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C. (March 2, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Omidvar replaced the Honourable Senator Dean (March 2, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator MacDonald (March 2, 2017).

Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament

The Honourable Senator Gold replaced the Honourable Senator Wallin (March 2, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Merchant replaced the Honourable Senator Fraser (March 2, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Day replaced the Honourable Senator Jaffer (March 2, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Fraser replaced the Honourable Senator Merchant (March 2, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Unger replaced the Honourable Senator Beyak (March 2, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Cormier replaced the Honourable Senator Dean (March 2, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Boisvenu replaced the Honourable Senator Plett (March 2, 2017).