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66 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2017, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 104 (Unrevised)

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

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBlackBoisvenuBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDayDuffyDupuisDyckEnvergaForestFraserFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJoyalKennyLangLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMeredithMitchellMunsonOgilvieOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukUngerVernerWallinWattWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

*AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBlackBoisvenuBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignan*ChristmasCoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDay*Downe*DoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEnvergaForestFraserFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakos*Hubley*JafferJoyalKennyLangLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltais*ManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoy*McInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMeredithMitchellMunson*NgoOgilvieOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguette*Saint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukUngerVernerWallinWattWhiteWoo

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

Tabling of Documents

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

Departmental Plans for 2017-18:

Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Canada Revenue Agency

Canada School of Public Service

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Grain Commission

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Human Rights Commission

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Canadian Space Agency

Canadian Transportation Agency

Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP

Copyright Board of Canada

Correctional Service Canada

Courts Administration Service

Department of Finance Canada

Department of Justice Canada

Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

Employment and Social Development Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Global Affairs Canada

Health Canada

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Infrastructure Canada

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Library and Archives Canada

Military Grievances External Review Committee

Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada

National Battlefields Commission

National Energy Board

National Film Board

National Research Council of Canada

Natural Resources Canada

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Northern Pipeline Agency

Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Office of the Chief Electoral Officer

Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada

Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner

Office of the Correctional Investigator

Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada

Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada

Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions

Parks Canada Agency

Parole Board of Canada

Patented Medicine Prices Review Board

Polar Knowledge Canada

Privy Council Office

Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Prosecution Service of Canada

Public Safety Canada

Public Service Commission of Canada

Public Services and Procurement Canada

RCMP External Review Committee

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Security Intelligence Review Committee

Shared Services Canada

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Statistics Canada

Status of Women Canada

Transport Canada

Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Review and Appeal Board

Western Economic Diversification Canada.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-957.

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Baker, P.C., presented the following:

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs has the honour to present its

THIRTEENTH REPORT

Your committee, to which was referred Bill S-231, An Act to amend the Canada Evidence Act and the Criminal Code (protection of journalistic sources), has, in obedience to the order of reference of December 14, 2016, examined the said bill and now reports the same with the following amendments:

1.Clause 2, pages 1 and 2:

(a)On page 1, replace lines 12 and 13 with the following:

journalist means a person whose main occupation is to contribute directly, either regularly or occasionally, for consideration, to the collection, writing or”; and

(b)on page 2,

(i)add after line 8 the following:

(3.1) For the purposes of subsections (3)and (7),journalist includes an individual who was a journalist when information that identifies or is likely to identify the journalistic source was transmitted to that individual.”,

(ii)replace lines 19 and 20 with the following:

“sure of information or a document only if they consider that”,

(iii)replace line 22 with the following:

“in evidence by any other reasonable means;”,

(iv)replace line 30 with the following:

“source and the journalist; and”, and

(v)add after line 30 the following:

(c) due consideration was given to all means of disclosure that would preserve the identity of the journalistic source.”.

2.Clause 3, page 4:

(a)replace lines 9 and 10 with the following:

“Act of Parliament, a warrant under section 487.01, 487.1, 492.1 or 492.2, a search warrant under this Act, notably under section 487, or any other”; and

(b) add after line 27 the following:

(3.1) The judge to whom the application for the warrant, authorization or order is made may, in his or her discretion, request that a special advocate present observations in the interests of freedom of the press concerning the conditions set out in subsection (3).”.

Respectfully submitted,

GEORGE BAKER

Deputy Chair

The Honourable Senator Baker, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Day, 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 Ringuette introduced Bill S-237, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (criminal interest rate).

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Ringuette moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Woo, 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.

Tabling of Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

The Honourable Senator Day tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group and Canada-China Legislative Association respecting its participation at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum, held in Vancouver, British-Columbia, from January 17 to 21, 2016.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-958.

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group and Canada-China Legislative Association respecting its participation at the Transfer of Hosting Authority from Canada to Fiji for the 25th Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum, held in Suva, Fiji, from April 3 to 5, 2016.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-959.

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Canada-China Legislative Association respecting its participation at the 19th Bilateral Meeting, held in Beijing and Chongqing, People’s Republic of China, from March 28 to April 1, 2016.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-960.

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The Honourable Senator Massicotte tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group respecting the Co-Chair’s Annual Visit to Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan, from September 12 to 18, 2016.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-961.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Third 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 Omidvar, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, for the third reading of Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act.

After debate,

In amendment, the Honourable Senator McCoy moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Ringuette:

That Bill C-6 be not now read a third time, but that it be amended,

(a)in clause 3, on page 4, by replacing line 1 with the following:

3 (1)Subsection 10(2) of the Act is repealed.

(2) Subsection 10(3) of the Act is replaced by the following:

(3) Before revoking a person’s citizenship or renunciation of citizenship, the Minister shall provide the person with a written notice that

(a) advises the person of his or her right to make written representations;

(b) specifies the form and manner in which the representations must be made;

(c) sets out the specific grounds and reasons, including reference to materials, on which the Minister is relying to make his or her decision; and

(d) advises the person of his or her right to request that the case be referred to the Court.

(3.1) The person may, within 60 days after the day on which the notice is received,

(a) make written representations with respect to the matters set out in the notice, including any humanitarian and compassionate considerations — such as the best interests of a child directly affected — that warrant special relief in light of all the circumstances and whether the Minister’s decision will render the person stateless; and

(b) request that the case be referred to the Court.

(3.2) The Minister shall consider any representations received from the person pursuant to paragraph (3.1)(a) before making a decision.

(3) The Act is amended by adding the following after subsection 10(4):

(4.1) The Minister shall refer the case to the Court under subsection 10.1(1) if the person has made a request pursuant to paragraph (3.1)(b) unless the person has made written representations pursuant to paragraph (3.1)(a) and the Minister is satisfied

(a)on a balance of probabilities that the person has not obtained, retained, renounced or resumed his or her citizenship by false representation or fraud or by knowingly concealing material circumstances; or

(b)that sufficient humanitarian and compassionate grounds warrant special relief in light of all the circumstances of the case.

(4) The Act is amended by adding the following after subsection 10(5):

(5.1) The Minister shall provide a notice under subsection (3) or a written decision under subsection (5) by personally serving the person. If personal service is not practicable, the Minister may apply to the Court for an order for substituted service or for dispensing with service.

(5.2) The Minister’s decision to revoke citizenship or renunciation of citizenship is final and is not subject to judicial review under this Act or the Federal Courts Act.”;

(b)in clause 4, on page 4,

(i)by replacing line 2 with the following:

4 (1) Subsection 10.1(1) of the Act is replaced by the following:

10.1 (1) If a person makes a request under paragraph 10(3.1)(b), the person’s citizenship or renunciation of citizenship may be revoked only if the Minister seeks a declaration, in an action that the Minister commences, that the person has obtained, retained, renounced or resumed his or her citizenship by false representation or fraud or by knowingly concealing material circumstances and the Court makes such a declaration.

(2) Subsections 10.1(2) and (3) of the Act are re-”, and

(ii)by adding after line 6 the following:

(3) Subsection 10.1(4) of the Act is replaced by the following:

(4) If the Minister seeks a declaration, he or she must prove on a balance of probabilities that the person has obtained, retained, renounced or resumed his or her citizenship by false representation or fraud or by knowingly concealing material circumstances.

(5) In an action for a declaration, the Court

(a) shall assess, on a balance of probabilities, whether the facts — acts or omissions — alleged in support of the declaration have occurred, are occurring or may occur; and

(b) with respect to any evidence, is not bound by any legal or technical rules of evidence and may receive and base its decision on any evidence adduced in the proceedings that it considers credible or trustworthy in the circumstances.”;

(c)on page 4, by adding after line 7 the following:

5.1 Subsection 10.5(1) of the Act is replaced by the following:

10.5(1) On the request of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Minister shall — in the originating document that commences an action under subsection 10.1(1) on the basis that the person obtained, retained, renounced or resumed his or her citizenship by false representation or fraud or by knowingly concealing material circumstances, with respect to a fact described in section 34, 35 or 37 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act other than a fact that is also described in paragraph 36(1)(a)or (b)or (2)(a) or (b) of that Act — seek a declaration that the person who is the subject of the action is inadmissible on security grounds, on grounds of violating human or international rights or on grounds of organized criminality under, respectively, subsection 34(1), paragraph 35(1)(a)or (b) or subsection 37(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.“;

(d) on page 7,

(i)by adding after line 16 the following:

19.1 A person whose citizenship or renunciation of citizenship was revoked under subsection 10(1) of the Citizenship Act after the day on which this Act receives royal assent but before the day on which all of subsections 3(2)to (4) come into force, is deemed never to have had their citizenship revoked.”, and

(ii)by adding after line 21 the following:

20.1 If, immediately before the coming into force of section 4, a notice has been given to a person under subsection 10(3) of the Citizenship Act and the matter was not finally disposed of before the coming into force of that section, the person may, within 30 days after the day on which that section comes into force, elect to have the matter dealt with and disposed of as if the notice had been given under subsection 10(3) of the Citizenship Act, as enacted by subsection 3(2).”;

(e)on page 8, by replacing lines 16 to 25 with the following:

25 Subparagraphs 40(1)(d)(ii) and (iii) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act are replaced by the following:

(ii) subsection 10(1) of the Citizenship Act in the circumstances set out in section 10.2 of that Act before the coming into force of paragraphs 46(2)(b)and (c), as enacted by An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act, or

(iii) subsection 10.1(3) of the Citizenship Act in the circumstances set out in section 10.2 of the Citizenship Act before the coming into force of paragraphs 46(2)(b)and (c), as enacted by An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act.

26 Paragraphs 46(2)(b) and (c) of the Act are replaced by the following:

(b) subsection 10(1) of the Citizenship Act; or

(c) subsection 10.1(3) of the Citizenship Act.”; and

(f)in clause 27, on page 9, by adding after line 9 the following:

(3.1) Subsections 3(2) to (4), subsections 4(1) and (3) and section 5.1 come into force one year after the day on which this Act receives royal assent or on any earlier day or days that may be fixed by order of the Governor in Council.”.

After debate,

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

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

Bills – Second Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., for the second reading of Bill S-5, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

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 Petitclerc moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, 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.

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Order No. 2 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 question being put on the motion, it was adopted, on division.

The bill was then read the second time, on division.

The Honourable Senator Campbell 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.

MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

A message was brought from the House of Commons to return Bill S-201, An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination,

And to acquaint the Senate that the Commons has passed this bill with the following amendment, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The amendment was then read by one of the clerks at the Table, as follows:

Page 6, after line 32, the following new clause:

“COORDINATING AMENDMENTS

11 (1) Subsections (2) and (3) apply if Bill C-16, introduced in the 1st session of the 42nd Parliament and entitled An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (in this section referred to as the “other Act”), receives royal assent.

(2) On the first day on which both section 1 of the other Act and section 9 of this Act are in force, section 2 of the Canadian Human Rights act is replaced by the following:

2  The purpose of this Act is to extend the laws in Canada to give effect, within the purview of matters coming within the legislative authority of Parliament, to the principle that all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have and to have their needs accommodated, consistent with their duties and obligations as members of society, without being hindered in or prevented from doing so by discriminatory practices based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, disability or conviction for an offence for which a pardon has been granted or in respect of which a record suspension has been ordered.

(3)  On the first day on which both section 2 of the other Act and subsection 10(1) of this Act are in force, subsection 3(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act is replaced by the following:

3 (1) For all purposes of this Act, the prohibited grounds of discrimination are race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, disability and conviction for an offence for which a pardon has been granted or in respect of which a record suspension has been ordered.”

The Honourable Senator Day moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser, that the amendment be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at 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 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 28, 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.

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, March 28, 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.

Commons Public Bills – Reports of Committees

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

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 3 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Moore, seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., for the second reading of Bill S-234, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Artist Laureate).

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.

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Second reading of Bill S-235, An Act to amend the Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act (investments).

The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Plett, that the bill be read the second time.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Day moved, for the Honourable Senator Hubley, 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.

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,

With leave of the Senate and pursuant to rule 5-10(1), the motion in amendment and the subamendment were withdrawn.

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 Day moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser:

That the third report of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization be not now adopted, but that it be amended:

1.by replacing the words “Senate direct the Standing Senate Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament to amend” by the words “Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament develop and propose to the Senate, by May 9, 2017, amendments to”;

2.by replacing the words “as the basis for such changes” by the words “as an initial basis for its work on the amendments, but also taking into account any other relevant factors identified by the Rules Committee”;

3.by adding the following new sentence at the end of the first point under the heading “STEP 4”:

“For the purposes of overall proportionality on standing committees, senators not in a caucus or recognized group shall be considered collectively as a group.”; and

4.by adding the following immediately before the word “ONGOING”:

“STEP 9:

The principle of proportionality shall also apply to the composition of subcommittees.”.

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator McIntyre, 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. 3 to 12 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Dyck, seconded by the Honourable Senator Watt:

That the fifth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples entitled We can do Better: Housing in Inuit Nunangat, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 be adopted and that, pursuant to rule 12-24(1), the Senate request a complete and detailed response from the government, with the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) being identified as minister responsible for responding to the report, in consultation with the Ministers of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the President of the Treasury Board.

After debate,

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

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Orders No. 14 and 15 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

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

Inquiries

Orders No. 1, 2, 8 and 11 to 16 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Meredith, calling the attention of the Senate to the Canadian Temporary Foreign Workers Program, including the living and working conditions of workers and their access to health care.

After debate,

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

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Orders No. 18 to 20 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

The Honourable Senator MacDonald moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marshall:

That, notwithstanding the order of the Senate adopted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, the date for the final report of the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications in relation to its study on the regulatory and technical issues related to the deployment of connected and automated vehicles be extended from March 30, 2017 to December 31, 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 Dagenais:

That, notwithstanding the order of the Senate adopted on Thursday, December 1, 2016, the date for the final report of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages in relation to its study on the challenges associated with access to French-language schools and French immersion programs in British Columbia be extended from March 30, 2017 to May 31, 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 Dagenais:

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 Agriculture and Forestry in relation to its study on international market access priorities for the Canadian agricultural and agri-food sector be extended from March 31, 2017 to May 31, 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 Dagenais:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry be authorized to examine and report upon the potential impact of the effects of climate change on the agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors and the actions undertaken to increase adaptation and emissions reduction strategies, as well as to know more about the opportunities within their sectors that come with climate change. The emphasis will be placed on:

(a)The measures for the adaptability and resilience of the agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors; including the opportunities and risks associated with climate change in terms of the expansion of farmland, grazing land, and forestry production;

(b)The repercussions of the establishment of carbon pricing mechanisms on the competitiveness of stakeholders in the agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors;

(c)The role that the federal, provincial and territorial governments can play in meeting the target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; and

That the committee submit its final report to the Senate no later than June 30, 2018, and that the committee retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

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 5:57 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, March 28, 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 Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator Ataullahjan (March 9, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

The Honourable Senator Andreychuk replaced the Honourable Senator Maltais (March 8, 2017).

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator Jaffer replaced the Honourable Senator Dawson (March 9, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Pratte replaced the Honourable Senator Gold (March 9, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Cormier replaced the Honourable Senator Woo (March 9, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Hartling replaced the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C. (March 9, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Gold replaced the Honourable Senator Pratte (March 9, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Jaffer replaced the Honourable Senator Munson (March 9, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Woo replaced the Honourable Senator Pate (March 9, 2017).

The Honourable Senator McIntyre replaced the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C. (March 9, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Neufeld replaced the Honourable Senator Martin (March 9, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Andreychuk replaced the Honourable Senator Raine (March 9, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Martin replaced the Honourable Senator Neufeld (March 8, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Raine replaced the Honourable Senator Andreychuk (March 8, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Eaton replaced the Honourable Senator Unger (March 8, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Cormier replaced the Honourable Senator Gold (March 9, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Doyle replaced the Honourable Senator Dagenais (March 9, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Runciman replaced the Honourable Senator Maltais (March 9, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Maltais replaced the Honourable Senator Runciman (March 8, 2017).