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66 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2017, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 105 (Unrevised)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCoolsCormierDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDupuisDyckEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalKennyLangLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePattersonPlettPratteRaineRuncimanSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallinWattWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCoolsCormier*DagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDupuisDyckEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalKennyLangLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePattersonPlettPratteRaineRuncimanSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallinWattWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

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

The Senate observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the tragic attack on the British Parliament in London on March 22, 2017.

Senators’ Statements

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Tabling of Documents

The Honourable the Speaker tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Human Rights Commission for the year 2016, pursuant to the Canadian Human Rights Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. H-6, sbs. 61(4), and the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, s. 32.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1000.

Report of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for the year 2016, pursuant to the Canadian Human Rights Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. H-6, sbs. 61(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1001.

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

Budget 2017 entitled Building a Stronger Middle Class and an accompanying document entitled Tax Measures: Supplementary Information.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1002.

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization has the honour to present its

ELEVENTH REPORT

Your committee, to which was referred Bill S-213, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Parliament of Canada Act (Speakership of the Senate), has, in obedience to the order of reference of Thursday, October 6, 2016, examined the said bill and now reports the same without amendment but with certain observations, which are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

SERGE JOYAL

Deputy Chair

Observations

to the Eleventh Report of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization (Bill S-213)

1.The committee wishes to note that during the course of its study of Bill S-213, it invited two constitutional scholars to assist the committee in understanding the constitutional implications of the Bill: Professor Kate Glover from the Faculty of Law at Western University, and Professor Benoît Pelletier from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa.

The evidence received from Professors Glover and Pelletier has raised concerns as to whether Parliament alone is competent to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 to achieve the principal objectives of the Bill: to enable the Senate itself to select and remove its Speaker and to remove the Speaker’s deliberative vote and replace it with a tie-breaking vote.

The committee notes that clause 1 of the Bill amends section 34 of the Constitution Act, 1867. The effect of the amendment would be to eliminate the Governor General’s role, and thus the role of the executive, in selecting and removing the Speaker of the Senate. Concerns were expressed that such an amendment could alter a fundamental feature of our constitutional order. If so, the constitutional change proposed by clause 1 may likely require the unanimity amending procedure under section 41 of the Constitution Act, 1982. That procedure would require the consent of all the provinces.

Clause 2 proposes to amend section 36 of the Constitution Act, 1867 by removing the Speaker’s general deliberative vote with a right to vote only in the event of a tie. According to the evidence received by the committee, such an amendment could require substantial, though not unanimous, provincial concurrence under the amending procedure in section 38 of the Constitution Act, 1982, which calls for the consent of at least seven provinces representing at least 50 per cent of the population of all the provinces.

2. The committee also wishes to draw to the attention of honourable senators that the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization has recommended to the Senate a process to enable senators to express preferences to the Prime Minister for the selection of a Speaker. Recommendations 5 and 6, now found in the sixth report of the committee, propose that the Senate vote by secret ballot to select up to five nominees, whose names would be submitted to the Prime Minister, for consideration in making his recommendation to the Governor General for the selection of the Speaker. The recommendations also propose that the Speaker pro tempore be elected by the Senate by secret ballot. The committee draws the sixth report to the senators’ attention for the purpose of reminding the Senate that the sixth report reflects the intent of the committee to allow senators to participate in the selection of the Speaker.

3.This committee’s decision to report Bill S-213 back to the Senate without amendment, and with each clause of the Bill having carried on division, reflects the committee’s desire that the full Senate should have the opportunity to debate bills and consider their merits, and, in this case, the merits of Bill S-213 along with the proposals in the sixth report. The decision, however, is not to be construed as support for the bill.

The Honourable Senator Mercer moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., 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 Andreychuk, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, presented the ninth report of the committee (Supplementary budget—study on opportunities for strengthening cooperation with Mexico).

(The report is printed as an appendix at pages 1390-1397 (available in print format PDF).)

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

The Honourable Senator Andreychuk moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tkachuk, 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, tabled the thirteenth report of the committee, entitled Final Report on the Supplementary Estimates (C), 2016-17.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1003S.

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

Government Notices of Motions

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C.:

That, notwithstanding the order adopted on March 9, 2017, Question Period today be held at its normal time.

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

Introduction and First Reading of Government Bills

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-40, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

Ordered, That the bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for a second reading at the next sitting.

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A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-41, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

Ordered, That the bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for a second reading at the next sitting.

Tabling of Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

The Honourable Senator Downe tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association respecting its participation at the Fourth Part of the 2016 Ordinary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and its Parliamentary Mission to Malta, the next country to hold the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, held in Strasbourg, France, and Valetta, Malta, from October 10to 19, 2016.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1004.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Delayed Answers

Pursuant to rule 4-10(2), the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., tabled the following:

Reply to Question No. 31, dated December 14, 2016, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., respecting the implementation costs estimated by the federal government for a system to legalize marijuana in Canada.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1005S.

Reply to Question No. 32, dated December 14, 2016, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., respecting the government’s projections concerning the number of deaths caused by marijuana-impaired driving.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1006S.

Reply to Question No. 33, dated December 14, 2016, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning the legalization of marijuana.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1007S.

Reply to Question No. 40, dated January 31, 2017, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Griffin, respecting HST overpayment. —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1008S.

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.

And on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator McCoy, 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 Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, 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

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

Motions

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

Inquiries

Order No. 1 was withdrawn pursuant to rule 5-10(2).

Other Business

Bills – Messages from the House of Commons

Consideration of the amendment by the House of Commons to Bill S-201, An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination:

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

That the Senate concur in the amendment made by the House of Commons to Bill S-201, An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination; and

That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that house accordingly.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Housakos 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.

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

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

Commons Public Bills – Third Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, for the third reading of Bill C-210, An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender).

After debate,

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

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


With leave,

The Senate reverted to Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees.

The Honourable Senator Smith, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance, tabled the fourteenth report (interim) of the committee, entitled First Interim Report on the Main Estimates 2017-18.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1009S.

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.

Orders of the Day

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Reports of Committees

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 6 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

Second reading of Bill C-233, An Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

The Honourable Senator Stewart Olsen moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Doyle, that the bill be read the second time.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Stewart Olsen moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Doyle, 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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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Cordy, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dawson, for the second reading of Bill C-238, An Act respecting the development of a national strategy for the safe and environmentally sound disposal of lamps containing mercury.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Hubley moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Day, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources.

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

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 1 to 7 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 Cordy, for the adoption of the tenth report (interim) of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization, entitled Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Nature), presented in the Senate on October 26, 2016.

After debate,

With leave of the Senate and notwithstanding rule 5-10(1), it was ordered that the report be amended by replacing the words “direct the Committee” by the words “invite the Committee”.

The Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Doyle, 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. 9 and 10 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Consideration of the seventh report (interim) of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, entitled Free Trade Agreements: A Tool for Economic Prosperity, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on February 7, 2017.

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

That the seventh report of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, entitled Free Trade Agreements: A Tool for Economic Prosperity, tabled with the Clerk of the Senate on Tuesday, February 7, 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 International Trade being identified as minister responsible for responding to the report, in consultation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Bellemare 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. 12 and 14 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Consideration of the fourth report (interim) of the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament, entitled Sessional Order, presented in the Senate on March 7, 2017.

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

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lang, 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. 31 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 Dawson:

That the Senate encourage the federal government, after appropriate consultations, to sponsor along with one or more of the provinces/territories a pilot project, and any complementary studies, to evaluate the cost and impact of implementing a national basic income program based on a negative income tax for the purpose of helping Canadians to escape poverty.

And on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Bellemare, seconded by the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C.:

That the motion be amended to read as follows:

That the Senate encourage the federal government, after appropriate consultations, to provide support to initiatives by provinces/territories, including the Aboriginal Communities, aimed at evaluating the cost and impact of implementing measures, programs and pilot projects for the purpose of helping Canadians to escape poverty, by way of a basic income program (such as a negative income tax) and to report on their relative efficiency.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Gagné moved, for the Honourable Senator Dupuis, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., 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. 73, 89, 92, 139, 146 and 158 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Orders No. 1, 2, 8 and 11 to 13 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 Housakos moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., 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. 15 to 20 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

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

That, notwithstanding the order of the Senate adopted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, the date for the final report of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade in relation to its study on opportunities for strengthening cooperation with Mexico be extended from March 31, 2017 to October 31, 2017.

After debate,

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

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

That, notwithstanding the order of the Senate adopted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, the date for the final report of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade in relation to its study on recent political and economic developments in Argentina be extended from May 31, 2017 to October 31, 2017.

After debate,

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

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The Honourable Senator Munson moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Jaffer:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights be authorized to examine and monitor issues relating to human rights and, inter alia, to review the machinery of government dealing with Canada’s international and national human rights obligations;

That the papers and evidence received and taken and work accomplished by the committee on this subject since the beginning of the First Session of the Thirty-seventh Parliament be referred to the committee; and

That the committee submit its final report to the Senate no later than March 31, 2018.

After debate,

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

ADJOURNMENT

The Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C.:

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 5:44 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)

Inquiry Report of the Senate Ethics Officer, dated March 9, 2017, concerning Senator Don Meredith, pursuant to subsection 48(18) of the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code for Senators.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-962S.

Preliminary determination letter of the Senate Ethics Officer, dated March 9, 2017, concerning Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu deposited with the Clerk of Senate in accordance with 47(17) of the Ethics and Conflicts of Interest Code for Senators.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-963S.

Preliminary determination letter of the Senate Ethics Officer, dated March 9, 2017, concerning Senator Colin Kenny deposited with the Clerk of Senate in accordance with subsection 47(17) of the Ethics and Conflicts of Interest Code for Senators.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-964S.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2017-21 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2017 of the Pacific Pilotage Authority, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-965.

Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2017-21 of the Atlantic Pilotage Authority, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. F-11,sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-966.

Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2017-21 of the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. F-11,sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-967.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2017-21 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2017 of the Laurentian Pilotage Authority, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. F-11,sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-968.

Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft (81100-2-254), dated March 10, 2017, pursuant to the Aeronautics Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. A-2,sbs. 6.41(5) and (6).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-969.

Report of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. F-11,sbs. 150(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-970.

Report on the administration of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Account, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. R-11,s. 31.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-971.

Report of the Governor of the Bank of Canada and Statement of Accounts, together with the Auditors’ Report, for the year ended December 31, 2016, pursuant to the Bank of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. B-2,sbs. 30(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-972.

Copy of Order in Council P.C. 2017-127 dated February 13, 2017, directing that the Export Development Canada implement pension plan reforms, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. F-11,sbs. 89(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-973.

Report of the Staff of the Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces, for the year 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-974.

Report of the Statistical Survey Operations for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-975.

Report of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-976.

Report of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-977.

Report of the Parks Canada Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-978.

Report of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-979.

Report of the National Research Council of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-980.

Report of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-981.

Report of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for the year 2015, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-982.

Report of the National Film Board of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-983.

Report of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-984.

Report of the Canada Revenue Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-985.

Report of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-986.

Report of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-987.

Report of the National Energy Board for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-988.

Report of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-989.

Report of the Communications Security Establishment for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-990.

Report of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-991.

Report of the Canadian Armed Forces for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44,sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-992.

Report on the Public Service Pension Plan, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Public Service Superannuation Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. P-36,s. 46—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-993.

Report of the Employment Equity in the Federal Public Service for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995,c. 44,sbs. 21(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-994.

Report on the Administration of the Supplementary Retirement Benefits Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. S-24,s. 12.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-995.

Report on the Administration of the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. M-5, s. 67.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-996.

Report on the operations under the Canada Water Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. C-11,s. 38.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-997.

Summary of the Corporate Business Plan for 2017-18 to 2019-20 of the Canada Revenue Agency, pursuant to the Canada Revenue Agency Act, S.C. 1999, c. 17, sbs. 49(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-998.

Proposed Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001, c. 27, sbs. 5(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-999.


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 Runciman replaced the Honourable Senator Martin (March 28, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Tannas replaced the Honourable Senator Plett (March 28, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Martin replaced the Honourable Senator Dagenais (March 22, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Moncion replaced the Honourable Senator Gold (March 14, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Wetston replaced the Honourable Senator Galvez (March 14, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator Dean was added to the membership (March 10, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Meredith was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (March 10, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

The Honourable Senator Raine replaced the Honourable Senator Tannas (March 28, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Unger replaced the Honourable Senator Poirier (March 22, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Plett replaced the Honourable Senator Doyle (March 10, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Wells replaced the Honourable Senator Ataullahjan (March 27, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Beyak replaced the Honourable Senator Eaton (March 27, 2017).

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator Saint-Germain was added to the membership (March 13, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Omidvar was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (March 13, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Unger replaced the Honourable Senator Dagenais (March 27, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Pate replaced the Honourable Senator Cormier (March 14, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Boniface replaced the Honourable Senator Hartling (March 14, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Runciman replaced the Honourable Senator Eaton (March 28, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

The Honourable Senator Smith replaced the Honourable Senator Dagenais (March 22, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Moncion was added to the membership (March 10, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Meredith was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (March 10, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages

The Honourable Senator Fraser replaced the Honourable Senator Jaffer (March 28, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Doyle replaced the Honourable Senator Poirier (March 22, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Jaffer replaced the Honourable Senator Fraser (March 21, 2017).

Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations

The Honourable Senator Wallin replaced the Honourable Senator Gold (March 14, 2017).

Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization

The Honourable Senator Gold replaced the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C. (March 23, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Dean replaced the Honourable Senator Griffin (March 14, 2017).

The Honourable Senator McPhedran was added to the membership (March 10, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Meredith was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (March 10, 2017).