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66 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2017, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 108 (Revised)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)BoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFrumFureyGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalKennyLangLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSaint-GermainSeidmanSibbestonSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerVernerWallinWattWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

Andreychuk*AtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)BoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCoolsCordyCormierDagenais*DawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFrumFureyGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalKennyLangLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSaint-GermainSeidmanSibbestonSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerVernerWallinWattWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The first list records senators present in the Senate Chamber during the course of the sitting.

An asterisk in the second list indicates a senator who, while not present during the sitting, was in attendance to business, as defined in subsections 8(2) and (3) of the Senators Attendance Policy.

PRAYERS

Senators’ Statements

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Tabling of Documents

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

Certificate of nomination and biographical notes of Patrick Borbey, the nominee for the position of President of the Public Service Commission.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1013.

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Downe, Deputy Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, presented the committee’s tenth report (Bill S-219, An Act to deter Iran-sponsored terrorism, incitement to hatred, and human rights violations, without amendment).

The Honourable Senator Tkachuk moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Runciman, 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 Tkachuk presented the following:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce has the honour to present its

TWELFTH REPORT

Your committee, to which was referred Bill S-224, An Act respecting payments made under construction contracts, has, in obedience to the order of reference of November 28, 2016, examined the said bill and now reports the same with the following amendments:

1. Clause 3, pages 2 and 3:

(a) On page 2, replace lines 37 and 38 with the following:

milestone means the point in time provided for in a construction contract for the submission of a payment application when a specified portion of the construction work is complete or a specified period of time, greater than one month, is reached. (étape)”; and

(b) on page 3, replace line 6 with the following:

“request for payment that meets the requirements for submission and content set out in a construction contract. (demande de paiement)”.

2. Clause 7, page 4: Replace lines 15 to 17 with the following:

“on or before the 20th day following the approval or certification of the contractor’s payment application.”.

3. Clause 8, page 4: Replace lines 18 to 21 with the following:

8 (1) Where the construction contract provides a date for final payment, a government institution must make final payment in respect of construction work no later than the date provided in the construction contract or the 20th day after the approval or certification of the payment application, whichever is earlier.”.

4. Clause 9, page 5: Replace lines 15 to 17 with the following:

“before the 23rd day following the approval or certification of the subcontractor’s payment application.”.

5. Clause 10, page 5: Replace lines 18 to 21 with the following:

10 (1) Where the construction contract provides for a date for final payment, a contractor or subcontractor must make final payment in respect of construction work no later than the date provided in the construction contract or the 30th day after the approval or certification of the payment application, whichever is earlier.”.

6.Clause 11, page 6: Replace line 6 with the following:

“payments in respect of the improvement and, in respect of milestones relating to time intervals, milestone payments are provided at intervals no less frequent than the intervals provided in the contract between the government institution and the contractor.”.

7. Clause 16, page 7: Replace line 11 with the following:

“after its receipt when it is submitted by a contractor, or the 20th day after its receipt when it is submitted by a subcontractor, unless, before that time, the payer or the”.

8. Clause 17, page 8:

(a)Replace lines 7 to 10 with the following:

“dance with this Act, the payee may suspend performance of the construction work

(a) if the payee is a contractor, by immediately providing a written notice of default to the government institution, and sending a copy of the notice to all”;

(b)replace lines 15 to 17 with the following:

(b) if the payee is a subcontractor, by immediately providing a written notice of default to the payer, and sending a copy of the notice to the government in-”; and

(c)replace lines 23 to 26 with the following:

“work if the payer fails to make payment in accordance with a decision of an adjudicator rendered pursuant to section 20 within seven days after the decision is rendered or within such other time period as the adjudicator may order.

(3) Where a payee commences and diligently continues adjudication, the payee may, by written notice to those persons”.

9. Clause 18, page 9: Replace lines 16 and 17 with the following:

“rate prescribed by regulation, whichever is greater.”.

10. Clause 19, pages 9 and 10:

(a) On page 9,

(i)replace line 21 with the following:

“payee in accordance with a decision of an adjudicator rendered pursuant to section 20.”, and

(ii) replace line 25 with the following:

“payment within 14 days after receipt of the notice, the”; and

(b) on page 10: replace line 4 with the following:

“make payment within 14 days after receipt of the”.

11.Clause 20, page 10:

(a)Replace lines 17 to 19 with the following:

“identify the matter in dispute and the relief sought.”;

(b)add after line 24 the following:

(4.1) Each party may provide a written submission to the adjudicator respecting the matter under dispute within 10 days of the later of the appointment of the adjudicator or the receipt of the notice by the other party.

(4.2) The adjudicator must render a decision within 28 days, or any greater period agreed to by the parties, of the expiry of the period referred to in subsection (4.1).

(4.3) Where the adjudicator does not render a decision within the period referred to in subsection (4.2), a party may refer the matter to another adjudicator by providing the other party with a notice under subsection (2).”; and

(c)replace lines 28 and 29 with the following:

“and they must comply with it until such time as the dispute is finally determined by legal proceedings, arbitration or agreement of the parties.

(6.1) A decision of the adjudicator is enforceable as a judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction.”.

12. New clause 21.1, page 11: add the following after line 31:

“Holdbacks

21.1 Despite any other provision of this Act, a construction contract may provide a payer with the right to retain holdbacks provided that the holdbacks in a construction contract between a contractor and a subcontractor or between a subcontractor and another subcontractor do not exceed the holdbacks provided in the construction contract between the government institution and the contractor for the same improvement.”.

13.Make any necessary consequential changes to the numbering of provisions and cross-references resulting from the amendments to the bill.

Respectfully submitted,

DAVID TKACHUK

Chair

The Honourable Senator Tkachuk moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Runciman, 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.

Notices of Motions

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Manning moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Unger:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans have the power to meet on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 6 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.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Third Reading

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

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. 2 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Other Business

Bills – Messages from the House of Commons

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., 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 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.


Ordered : That Order No. 1, under GOVERNMENT BUSINESS, Bills - Third Reading, be again called.

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,

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

That Bill C-4 be not now read a third time, but that it be amended:

(a)by deleting clause 1, on page 1;

(b)by deleting clause 2, on pages 1 and 2;

(c)by deleting clause 3, on page 2;

(d)in clause 4,

(i)on page 2, by replacing lines 30 to 36 with the following:

4 Section 39 of the Canada Labour Code is replaced by the following:

39 (1) If, on receipt of an application for an order made under subsection 38(1) or (3) in respect of a bargaining agent for a bargaining unit, the Board is”, and

(ii)on page 3, by replacing line 1 with the following:

“satisfied, on the basis of the results of a secret ballot representation vote, that a majority of the employees in the bargain-”;

(e)by deleting clause 5, on page 3;

(f)by deleting clause 6, on page 4;

(g)by deleting clause 7, on pages 4 and 5;

(h)on page 5, by adding after the heading “Public Service Labour Relations Act” after clause 7, the following:

7.1 Paragraph 39(d) of the Public Service Labour Relations Act is replaced by the following:

(d) the authority vested in a council of employee organizations that is to be considered the appropriate authority within the meaning of paragraph 64(1.1)(c);”;

(i)by deleting clause 8, on pages 5 and 6;

(j)by deleting clauses 9 to 11, on page 6;

(k)on page 6, by adding after line 35 the following:

11.1 Subsection 100(1) of the Act is replaced by the following:

100 (1) The Board must revoke the certification of a council of employee organizations that has been certified as a bargaining agent if the Board is satisfied, on application by the employer or an employee organization that forms or has formed part of the council, that the council no longer meets the condition for certification set out in paragraph 64(1.1)(c) for a council of employee organizations.”;

(l)by deleting clauses 14 and 15, on page 7; and

(m)by deleting clause 16, on pages 7 and 8.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Ringuette moved, 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.

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

Order No. 2 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,

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

Senate Public Bills – Reports of Committees

Consideration of the thirteenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (Bill S-231, An Act to amend the Canada Evidence Act and the Criminal Code (protection of journalistic sources), with amendments), presented in the Senate on March 9, 2017.

The Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy, that the report be adopted.

After debate,

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

The Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Seidman, that the bill, as amended, 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.


Ordered, That the sitting be suspended to reassemble at the call of the chair, with a five minute bell.

(Accordingly, at 3:26 p.m., the sitting was suspended.)

At 3:56 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Question Period

Pursuant to the order adopted on March 30, 2017, the Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Pursuant to the order adopted on December 10, 2015, the Honourable  Kent Hehr, P.C., M.P., Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, entered the Senate and took part in Question Period.

MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-22, An Act to establish the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

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

Other Business

Commons Public Bills – Reports of Committees

Consideration of the twelfth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (Bill C-224, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (assistance — drug overdose), with amendments and observations), presented in the Senate on March 7, 2017.

The Honourable Senator Sinclair moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Wallin, that the report be adopted.

After debate,

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

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Campbell moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser, that the bill, as amended, be read for a third time.

After debate,

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

The bill, as amended, was then read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed this bill with certain amendments, to which it desires its concurrence.

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

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Gold moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Christmas, 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. 4 to 6 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 Day, 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.”.

Debate.

DEFERRED VOTES

At 5:30 p.m., pursuant to rule 9-10(2), the Senate proceeded to the taking of the deferred standing vote on the subamendment of the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., to the motion in amendment, as amended, of the Honourable Senator McCoy, to 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, as amended.

The question being put on the subamendment of the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin:

That the motion in amendment be not now adopted, but that it be amended by replacing the words “written notice” by the word “notice”.

The subamendment was negatived on the following vote:

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

BattersBeyakBoisvenuCarignanDagenaisDoyleEatonEnvergaFrumGreeneHousakosMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMcInnisMcIntyreMocklerNeufeldOgilvieOhPlettRaineRuncimanSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukUngerWellsWhite—33

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBernardBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellChristmasCoolsCormierDayDeanDuffyDyckEggletonForestFraserGoldGriffinHarderHartlingHubleyJafferJoyalLankinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcPhedranMégieMitchellMoncionMunsonOmidvarPatePetitclercPratteRinguetteSaint-GermainSinclairTardifVernerWallinWetstonWoo—44

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

CordyDowneKennyLovelace NicholasMercerWatt—6

The question being put on the motion in amendment, as amended, 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.”.

The motion in amendment, as amended, was adopted on the following vote:

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBernardBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellChristmasCoolsCordyCormierDayDeanDowneDuffyDyckEggletonForestFraserGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHubleyJafferJoyalKennyLankinLovelace NicholasMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMoncionMunsonOmidvarPatePetitclercPratteRinguetteSaint-GermainSinclairTardifWallinWattWetstonWoo—50

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

BattersBeyakBoisvenuCarignanDagenaisDoyleEatonEnvergaFrumHousakosMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMcInnisMcIntyreMocklerNeufeldOgilvieOhPlettRaineRuncimanSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukUngerVernerWellsWhite—33

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

Nil

The Senate resumed 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, as amended.

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

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

Other Business

Reports of Committees – Other

The Senate resumed 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), as amended, 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 Day, 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.”.

After debate,

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

The question being put on the motion of the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Day, for the adoption of the third report (interim), as amended, of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization, it was adopted on division.

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

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Order No. 4 (Eighth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs) was called and, pursuant to rule 4-15(2), dropped from the Order Paper and Notice Paper.

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Orders No. 5 to 12 and 14 to 18 were called and postponed until the next sitting.


Ordered : That Order No. 5 be again called.

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Tannas, seconded by the Honourable Senator Wells, for the adoption of the sixth report (interim) of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization, entitled Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Speakership), presented in the Senate on October 5, 2016.

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

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

Motions

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

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Ringuette, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C.:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade, and Commerce be authorized to:

(a)Review the operations of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC), the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI), and ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office (ADRBO);

(b)Review the agencies’ interaction with and respect for provincial jurisdictions;

(c)Review and determine best practices from similar agencies in other jurisdictions;

(d)Provide recommendations to ensure that the FCAC, OBSI, and ADRBO can better protect consumers and respect provincial jurisdiction; and

That the Committee submit its final report no later than May 31, 2017, and retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Tkachuk moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Greene, 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. 158 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Chaput, calling the attention of the Senate to the Program to Support Linguistic Rights, the importance of ensuring public financing of court actions that seek to create a fair and just society and to the urgent need for the federal government to re-establish the Court Challenges Program.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tardif, 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. 2, 8, 11 and 12 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Bellemare, calling the attention of the Senate to the relevance of full employment in the 21st century in a Globalized economy.

The Honourable Senator Cormier moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Pate, 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. 14 to 20 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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 6 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)

Interim Order No. 2 Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft (81100-2-254), dated March 27, 2017, pursuant to the Aeronautics Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. A-2, sbs. 6.41(5) and (6).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1011.

Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2017-21 of Export Development Canada, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1012.

Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5 and to the Order of the Senate of December 7, 2016

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Forest replaced the Honourable Senator Campbell (April 4, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator Patterson replaced the Honourable Senator Tannas (April 4, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Tannas replaced the Honourable Senator Patterson (March 31, 2017).

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator Mégie replaced the Honourable Senator Campbell (April 4, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Pratte replaced the Honourable Senator Galvez (March 31, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Lang was added to the membership (April 4, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Smith was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (April 4, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Tannas replaced the Honourable Senator Andreychuk (April 3, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

The Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator Runciman (April 3, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Runciman replaced the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C. (March 31, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages

The Honourable Senator Poirier replaced the Honourable Senator Doyle (April 4, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Maltais replaced the Honourable Senator Boisvenu (April 4, 2017).

Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations

The Honourable Senator Day was added to the membership (April 4, 2017).