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66 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2017, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 124 (Unrevised)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanCoolsCormierDagenaisDawsonDeanDowneDoyleDupuisDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHousakosHubleyJoyalLangLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallinWattWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

*AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBernardBeyak*Black*BoisvenuBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanCools*CordyCormierDagenaisDawson*DayDeanDowneDoyleDupuisDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHousakosHubleyJoyalLangLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteRuncimanSaint-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

Senators’ Statements

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Dyck presented the following:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples has the honour to present its

SIXTH REPORT

Your committee, to which was referred Bill S-3, An Act to amend the Indian Act (elimination of sex-based inequities in registration), has, in obedience to the order of reference of November 17, 2016, examined the said bill and now reports the same with the following amendments:

1.Clause 1, pages 1 to 3:

(a) On page 1,

(i) replace line 4 with the following:

1 Section 5 of the Indian Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (5):

(6) If a parent, grandparent or other ancestor of a person in respect of whom an application is made is unknown — or is unstated on a birth certificate that, if the parent, grandparent or other ancestor were named on it, would help to establish the person’s entitlement to be registered — the Registrar shall, without being required to establish the identity of that parent, grandparent or other ancestor, determine, after considering all of the relevant evidence, whether that parent, grandparent or other ancestor is, was or would have been entitled to be registered. In making the determination, the Registrar shall rely on any credible evidence that is presented by the applicant in support of the application or that the Registrar otherwise has knowledge of and shall draw from it every reasonable inference in favour of the person in respect of whom the application is made.

1.1 (1) Paragraph 6(1)(a) of the Act is re-”, and

(ii)add after line 7 the following:

(a.1) that person was born prior to April 17, 1985 and is a direct descendant of the person referred to in paragraph (a) or of a person referred to in paragraph 11(1)(a), (b), (c), (d), (e) or (f) as they read immediately prior to April 17, 1985;

(a.2) the purpose of this provision is to entitle to registration under paragraph (a) those persons who were previously not entitled to registration under paragraph (a) as a result of the preferential treatment accorded to Indian men over Indian women born prior to April 17, 1985, and to patrilineal descendants over matrilineal descendants born prior to April 17, 1985;”;

(b) On page 2,

(i)add after line 10 the following:

(c.02) that person meets the following conditions:

(i) the name of one of their parents was omitted or deleted from the Indian Register on or after September 4, 1951 under subparagraph 12(1)(a)(iv) or subsection 12(2), as each provision read immediately before April 17, 1985, or under any former provision of this Act relating to the same subject matter as either of those provisions,

(ii) their other parent is not entitled to be registered or, if that other parent is no longer living, was not at the time of death entitled to be registered or was not an Indian at that time if the death occurred before September 4, 1951, and

(iii) they were born before April 17, 1985, whether or not their parents were married to each other at the time of the birth, or they were born after April 16, 1985 and their parents were married to each other at any time before April 17, 1985;”, and

(ii)replace lines 30 and 31 with the following:

(ii) their father was at the time of that person’s birth entitled to be registered or, if he was no longer living at that time, was at the time of death entitled”; and

(c)On page 3,

(i)add after line 7 the following:

(c.5) that person meets the following conditions:

(i) one of their parents is entitled to be registered under paragraph (c.4) and one of that parent’s parents is entitled to be registered under paragraph (c.3) or, if that parent or parent’s parent is no longer living, was so entitled at the time of death or would have been so entitled on the day on which paragraph (c.4) or (c.3), as the case may be, came into force, had he or she not died,

(ii) their other parent is not entitled to be registered or, if that other parent is no longer living, was not at the time of death entitled to be registered or was not an Indian at that time if the death occurred before September 4, 1951, and

(iii) they were born before April 17, 1985, whether or not their parents were married to each other at the time of the birth, or they were born after April 16, 1985 and their parents were married to each other at any time before April 17, 1985;

(c.6) that person meets the following conditions:

(i) one of their parents is entitled to be registered under paragraph (c.02) — or, if that parent is no longer living, was so entitled at the time of death or would have been so entitled on the day on which that paragraph came into force, had he or she not died — and the name of one of that parent’s parents was omitted or deleted from the Indian Register on or after September 4, 1951 under subsection 12(2), as that provision read immediately before April 17, 1985, or under any former provision of this Act relating to the same subject matter as that provision,

(ii) their other parent is not entitled to be registered or, if that other parent is no longer living, was not at the time of death entitled to be registered or was not an Indian at that time if the death occurred before September 4, 1951, and

(iii) they were born before April 17, 1985, whether or not their parents were married to each other at the time of the birth, or they were born after April 16, 1985 and their parents were married to each other at any time before April 17, 1985;”, and

(ii) replace lines 30 and 31 with the following:

(d) a person who is described in paragraph (1)(c.01) or (c.02) or any of paragraphs (1)(c.2) to (c.6) and who was no longer living on the day”.

2.Clause 2, pages 3 and 4:

(a) On page 3, replace line 38 with the following:

“registered under any of paragraphs 6(1)(c.01) to (c.6),”; and

(b) On page 4,

(i) add after line 11 the following:

(a.1) they are entitled to be registered under paragraph 6(1)(c.02) and one of their parents ceased to be a member of that band by reason of the circumstances set out in subparagraph 6(1)(c.02)(i);”,

(ii) replace line 35 with the following:

“died;”, and

(iii) add after line 42 the following:

(g) they are entitled to be registered under paragraph 6(1)(c.5) and one of their parents is entitled to be registered under paragraph 6(1)(c.4) and to have his or her name entered in the Band List or, if that parent is no longer living, was so entitled at the time of death or would have been so entitled on the day on which paragraph 6(1)(c.4) came into force, had he or she not died; or

(h) they are entitled to be registered under paragraph 6(1)(c.6) and one of their parents is entitled to be registered under paragraph 6(1)(c.02) and to have his or her name entered in the Band List or, if that parent is no longer living, was so entitled at the time of death or would have been so entitled on the day on which paragraph 6(1)(c.02) came into force, had he or she not died.”.

3. New clause 7.1, page 5: Add the following after line 38:

7.1 The provisions of the Indian Act that are amended by this Act are to be liberally construed and interpreted so as to remedy any disadvantage to a woman, or her descendants, born before April 17, 1985, with respect to registration under the Indian Act as it read on April 17, 1985, and to enhance the equal treatment of women and men and their descendants under the Indian Act.”.

4. Clause 8, page 6: Replace lines 14 and 15 with the following:

registered under paragraph 6(1)(c.01) or (c.02) or any of paragraphs 6(1)(c.2) to (c.6) of the Indian Act.”.

5. New clauses 8.1 to 8.3, page 6: Add the following after line 15:

Consultations and Reports

8.1 (1) The Minister must, within six months after the day on which this Act receives royal assent, initiate consultations with First Nations and other interested parties in order to address, in collaboration with those First Nations and other parties, issues raised by the provisions of the Indian Act related to registration and band membership, including consultations on:

(a) issues relating to adoption;

(b) the 1951 cut-off date for entitlement to registration;

(c) the second-generation cut-off rule;

(d) unknown or unstated paternity;

(e) enfranchisement;

(f) the continued federal government role in determining Indian status and band membership; and

(g) First Nations’ authorities to determine band membership.

(2) The Minister, the First Nations and the other interested parties must, during the consultations, consider the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and, if applicable, of the Canadian Human Rights Act, in regard to those issues.

(3) The Minister must cause to be laid before each House of Parliament, within five months after the day on which this Act receives royal assent, a report on the design of a process by which the Minister is to carry out the consultations described to in subsection (1).

(4) The Minister must cause to be laid before each House of Parliament, within 12 months after the day on which the consultations begin, a report on the progress made as a result of the consultations and collaboration. The report must set out details as to the consultations carried out, including details related to:

(a) issues relating to adoption;

(b) the 1951 cut-off date for entitlement to registration;

(c) the second-generation cut-off rule;

(d) unknown or unstated paternity;

(e) enfranchisement;

(f) the continued federal government role in determining Indian status and band membership; and

(g) First Nations’ authorities to determine band membership.

(5) Each report stands referred to any committee of the Senate, of the House of Commons or of both Houses of Parliament that is designated or established to review matters related to Aboriginal affairs.

8.2 (1) The Minister must, within three years after the day on which this Act receives royal assent,

(a) undertake the following reviews:

(i) a review of the provisions of section 6 of the Indian Act that are enacted by this Act in order to determine whether all of the sex-based inequities have been eliminated with respect to those provisions, and

(ii) a review of the operation of the provisions of the Indian Act that are enacted by this Act; and

(b) cause to be laid before each House of Parliament a report on those reviews that includes, if he or she determines that any sex-based inequities still exist with respect to the provisions of section 6 of the Indian Act that are enacted by this Act, a statement of any changes to the Indian Act that he or she recommends in order to reduce or eliminate those sex-based inequities.

(2) The report stands referred to any committee of the Senate, of the House of Commons or of both Houses of Parliament that is designated or established to review matters related to Aboriginal affairs.

8.21 The Minister must publish every report laid before Parliament under sections 8.1 and 8.2 on the Department’s website immediately after their tabling.

8.3 Words and expressions used in sections 8.1 to 8.21 have the same meaning as in the Indian Act.”.

Your committee has also made certain observations, which are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

LILLIAN EVA DYCK

Chair

Observations to the Sixth Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples(Bill S-3)

Bill S-3 was introduced in the Senate on October 2016 in response to the ruling of the Superior Court of Quebec in Descheneaux v. Canada (Attorney General). In that decision the Court declared invalid Sections 6(1)(a)(c) & (f) and Section 6(2) of the Indian Act as being contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the basis that they discriminated against Indigenous women and their children. The Court suspended it’s declaration of invalidity to allow the government an opportunity to amend the legislation to bring it into line with the Charter and warned the government to look at all of the gender discrimination provisions in the Indian Act, and not simply those addressed in Descheneaux.

In November 2016, Bill S-3 was referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. During the initial study of Bill S-3, your Committee heard from various witnesses that there had not been adequate engagement and consultation on Bill S-3. Further, the Committee heard that Bill S-3 did not eliminate all sex-based discrimination in Indian registration. As such, your committee decided not to proceed with Bill S-3 but instead held it in abeyance and asked the government to address these concerns.  The government obtained an extension of the court deadline to July 3, 2017 to allow Parliament to amend the Act.  In May 2017, the Committee resumed its study of Bill S-3, and the government proposed a series of amendments for your Committee’s consideration.

Your Committee feels that Bill S-3, even with the proposed government amendments, continues a piecemeal approach in dealing with sex discrimination, whereby amendments to the Indian Act are introduced on a case-by-case basis in response to court decisions. Once again we are undertaking this work under a court imposed deadline. If we fail to act, it could result in the inability for the government to register individuals seeking status. This approach leaves us, as legislators, in the position of deciding who is eligible for Indian status now and who will continue to wait.

Your Committee heard from government witnesses that their proposed amendment would only address “known sex-based discrimination,” and similar scenarios of discrimination to those addressed in Descheneaux. Additionally, the government proposed an amendment in response to the issue of unknown and unstated paternity arising from the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Gehl v. Attorney General (Canada). During clause-by-clause your Committee accepted these proposed amendments with modifications.

Nonetheless, your Committee heard from legal experts and First Nations witnesses that the proposed government amendments to Bill S-3 still did not eliminate all sex-based discrimination.  Your Committee feels that the federal government’s approach allows discrimination in the registration provisions to persist with the promise that it will be fixed in the future.

To remedy this concern, and to ensure that registrations can continue past the point of the new court deadline, your Committee passed a broader amendment, whose purpose is “to entitle to registration under s. 6(1)(a) those persons who were previously not entitled to registration” due to the differential treatment of Indian men and women born prior to 1985 in the registration provisions of the Indian Act. We agree with a number of witnesses who told us this amendment would provide the opportunity to finally restore rights to a larger number of Indigenous women and their children. Regrettably, the department was unable to provide us with information on the number of people affected by this amendment. In the future, we hope that the department will make such information available to us.

To ensure that your Committee can hold the government accountable to its Phase II commitments, we supported the proposed government amendments to Bill S-3, which require publicly accessible progress reports to be tabled in Parliament. Even with these amendments, your Committee is concerned about the absence of consequences should the Minister fail to table a report by the deadline, or fail to act on issues discussed during these consultations. Nonetheless, we are hopeful that this process can result in concrete actions to finally end discrimination in the registration provisions of the Indian Act.

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

Introduction and First Reading of Senate Public Bills

The Honourable Senator Frum introduced Bill S-239, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (eliminating foreign funding).

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Frum moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Housakos, 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.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Messages from the House of Commons

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare:

That the Senate concur in the amendments made by the House of Commons to its amendments 1, 4(b), 4(c) and 4(d) to Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act and other Acts and to provide for certain other measures;

That the Senate do not insist on its amendments 2, 3, 4(a), 4(e), 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 to which the House of Commons has disagreed; and

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

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

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

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Consideration of the message from the House of Commons concerning 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:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ORDERED,— That a Message be sent to the Senate to acquaint Their Honours that the House has disagreed with the amendments made by the Senate to 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.

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

That the Senate do not insist on its amendments to 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, to which the House of Commons has disagreed; and

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

After debate,

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

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

Bills – Third Reading

Third reading of Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code.

The Honourable Senator Mitchell moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, that the bill be read for a third time.

After debate,

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

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

Bills – Reports of Committees

Consideration of the sixth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples (Bill S-3, An Act to amend the Indian Act (elimination of sex-based inequities in registration), with amendments and observations), presented in the Senate earlier this day.

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

After debate,

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

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

Bills – Second Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, for the second reading of Bill C-22, An Act to establish the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence.

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

Bills – Third Reading

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

Motions

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

Inquiries

Order No. 2 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

Orders No. 1 and 2 were 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).

And on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Plett, seconded by the Honourable Senator Wells:

That Bill C-210 be not now read a third time, but that it be amended in the schedule, on page 2, by replacing the words “in all of” with the words “thou dost in”.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, for the Honourable Senator Wells, seconded by the Honourable Senator Smith, that further debate on the motion in amendment be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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 Ataullahjan, seconded by the Honourable Senator Plett, for the second reading of Bill S-235, An Act to amend the Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act (investments).

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, 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. 5 and 6 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 and 2 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 1 and 5 to 8 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Munson, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy:

That the fifth report, entitled Finding Refuge in Canada: A Syrian Resettlement Story, of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on December 6, 2016, 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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship being identified as minister responsible for responding to the report, in consultation with the Minister of National Revenue.

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

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

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator MacDonald, seconded by the Honourable Senator Patterson:

That the sixth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications, entitled Pipelines for Oil: Protecting our Economy, Respecting our Environment, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on December 7, 2016 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 Natural Resources being identified as minister responsible for responding to the report, in consultation with the Ministers of Transport and Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

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

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

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Orders No. 11 and 12, 14 and 15, 17 and 18 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Fraser, seconded by the Honourable Senator Day, for the adoption of the fifth report (interim) of the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament, entitled Dividing Bills, presented in the Senate on April 6, 2017.

After debate,

A point of order was raised concerning the rule of anticipation.

SPEAKER'S RULING

My understanding is that the intervention was really addressing the process involved in dividing a bill and was referencing Bill C-44.  However, I do take the point that when senators are speaking to the report, although there is some latitude with respect to examples, we should try to stick as closely as we can to the report itself.

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Fraser, seconded by the Honourable Senator Day, for the adoption of the fifth report (interim) of the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament, entitled Dividing Bills, presented in the Senate on April 6, 2017.

After debate,

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

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Orders No. 29, 31, 33, 35 and 37 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Orders No. 31, 73, 89, 92, 139, 146, 158, 174, 189, 192 and 194 were called and postponed until the next sitting.


Ordered : That Order No. 192 be again called.

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

That a Special Committee on the Arctic be appointed to consider the significant and rapid changes to the Arctic, and impacts on original inhabitants;

That the committee be composed of ten members, to be nominated by the Committee of Selection, and that five members constitute a quorum;

That the committee have the power to send for persons, papers and records; to examine witnesses; and to publish such papers and evidence from day to day as may be ordered by the committee;

That the committee be authorized to hire outside experts;

That, notwithstanding rule 12-18(2)(b)(i), the committee have the power to sit from Monday to Friday, even though the Senate may then be adjourned for a period exceeding one week; and

That the committee be empowered to report from time to time and to submit its final report no later than December 10, 2018, and retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 60 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

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

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

Inquiries

Orders No. 1 and 2, 8, 11 to 14, 17 to 20, 24 and 25 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

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

That, notwithstanding the orders of the Senate adopted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 and Tuesday, December 6, 2016, the date for the final report of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce in relation to its study on the development of a national corridor in Canada as a means of enhancing and facilitating commerce and internal trade be extended from May 31, 2017 to June 27, 2017.

After debate,

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

INQUIRIES

The Honourable Senator McPhedran called the attention of the Senate to the important opportunity we have to review our principles and procedures with a view to ensuring that the Senate has the strongest most effective policies and mechanisms possible to respond to complaints against senators of sexual or other kinds of harassment.

After debate,

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

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 5:24 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)

Report of the Commissioner of Competition for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, pursuant to the Competition Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-34,s. 127.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1127.

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. 1/42-1128.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for the period 2017-18 to 2021-22 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets and Borrowing Plan of Farm Credit Canada, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. F-11,sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1129.

Interim Order No. 6 Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft (81100-3-64-6), dated May 19, 2017, pursuant to the Aeronautics Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. A-2,sbs. 6.41(5) and (6).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1130.


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

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples

The Honourable Senator Mégie replaced the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C. (May 29, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator Omidvar replaced the Honourable Senator Gagné (May 30, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Maltais was added to the membership (May 30, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator Wells (May 18, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

The Honourable Senator Hubley was added to the membership (May 23, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator Omidvar (May 30, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Pratte replaced the Honourable Senator Galvez (May 30, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Galvez replaced the Honourable Senator Pratte (May 30, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Woo replaced the Honourable Senator Marwah (May 30, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Marwah replaced the Honourable Senator Woo (May 29, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages

The Honourable Senator Jaffer replaced the Honourable Senator Fraser (May 30, 2017).

Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament

The Honourable Senator Jaffer replaced the Honourable Senator Munson (May 30, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Housakos replaced the Honourable Senator Frum (May 30, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator Mégie (May 29, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Munson replaced the Honourable Senator Jaffer (May 26, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Griffin replaced the Honourable Senator Woo (May 30, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Frum replaced the Honourable Senator McIntyre (May 18, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Raine replaced the Honourable Senator MacDonald (May 18, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Dagenais replaced the Honourable Senator Boisvenu (May 29, 2017).