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66 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2017, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 128 (Unrevised)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBoisvenuBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCoolsCordyDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalKennyLangLankinLovelace NicholasMaltaisMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMoncionNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSibbestonSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerVernerWallinWattWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBoisvenuBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCoolsCordyDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalKennyLangLankinLovelace NicholasMaltaisMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMoncion*MunsonNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRinguette*RuncimanSaint-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

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Ogilvie, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, tabled the fourteenth report of the committee (Subject matter of Bill C-44, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1149S.

(Pursuant to the order adopted on May 8, 2017, the report was deemed referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance and placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next sitting.)

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The Honourable Senator Baker, P.C., Deputy Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, tabled the sixteenth report of the committee (Subject matter of Bill C-44, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1150S.

(Pursuant to the order adopted on May 8, 2017, the report was deemed referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance and placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next sitting.)

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The Honourable Senator Lang, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, tabled the twelfth report of the committee (Subject matter of Bill C-44, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1151S.

(Pursuant to the order adopted on May 8, 2017, the report was deemed referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance and placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next sitting.)

Tabling of Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

The Honourable Senator Massicotte tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group respecting its bilateral visit to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan, from January 23 to 29, 2017.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1152.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Delayed Answers

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

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 3, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning the recovery of sponsorship funds.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1153S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on December 1, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Pratte, concerning the protection of journalists.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1154S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 9, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning taxable measures for Canadian Armed Forces members in Kuwait.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1155S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 28, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Day, concerning Canada-U.S. Relations—Role of Canada in Syria.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1156S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 28, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning preliminary hearings.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1157S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 28, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning the judicial appointment process.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1158S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 28, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Enverga, concerning refugee claims.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1159S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on March 2, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Marshall, concerning infrastructure projects.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1160S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on March 8, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Boisvenu, concerning early enforced marriage.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1161S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on March 8, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Martin, concerning sexual assaults on university campuses.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1162S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on March 8, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Raine, concerning It Starts with One—Be Her Champion Campaign.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1163S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on March 8, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Wallin, concerning asylum seekers.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1164S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on March 28, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Jaffer, concerning legislative review—human rights.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1165S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on March 28, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Ngo, concerning funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1166S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on March 29, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Lang, concerning Budget 2017—Royal Canadian Navy—Shipbuilding.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1167S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on March 30, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Wallin, concerning Canadian Armed Forces—Office of the Ombudsman.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1168S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on April 5, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning the Canadian Food Inspection Agency—food imports.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1169S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on April 6, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., concerning small seasonal campgrounds—small business tax rate.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1170S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on April 6, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Maltais, concerning spruce budworm control initiatives.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1171S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on April 6, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Martin, concerning social isolation among seniors—New Horizons for Seniors Program.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1172S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on April 12, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Bovey, concerning charitable organizations.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1173S.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Messages from the House of Commons

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

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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.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, for the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Neufeld, 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

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Mitchell, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, for the third reading of Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Plett, 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 Eggleton, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Baker, P.C., for the third reading of Bill C-18, An Act to amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act, the Parks Canada Agency Act and the Canada National Parks Act.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, for the Honourable Senator Oh, 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.

Bills – Reports of Committees

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

Motions

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

That the following Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor General of Canada:

To His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY:

We, Her Majesty’s most loyal and dutiful subjects, the Senate of Canada in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Excellency for the gracious Speech which Your Excellency has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, 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. 106 was 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

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

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Third 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 Seidman, that the bill be read for a third time.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Mégie moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bernard, 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 – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 7 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.

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Second reading of Bill C-337, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code (sexual assault).

The Honourable Senator Andreychuk moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Seidman, that the bill be read the second time.

After debate,

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

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

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 1 and 5 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), as amended, of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization, entitled Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Nature), presented in the Senate on October 26, 2016.

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 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.

After debate,

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


Ordered : That Order No. 2, under GOVERNMENT BUSINESS, Bills - Messages from the House of Commons, be again called.

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.

After debate,

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

Other Business

Reports of Committees – Other

Order No. 10 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Andreychuk, 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 Harder, 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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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Fraser, seconded by the Honourable Senator Hubley, for the adoption 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 Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator White, 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 second report of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations, entitled Accessibility of Documents Incorporated by Reference in Federal Regulations, presented in the Senate on March 30, 2017.

The Honourable Senator Day moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., that further debate on the consideration of the report be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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Consideration of the third report of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations, entitled Marginal Notes of federal Acts and regulations, presented in the Senate on March 30, 2017.

The Honourable Senator Day moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., that further debate on the consideration of the report be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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

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Consideration of the fourth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages, entitled Horizon 2018: Toward Stronger Support of French-language Learning in British Columbia, tabled in the Senate on May 31, 2017.

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

That the fourth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages, entitled Horizon 2018: Toward Stronger Support of French-language Learning in British Columbia, tabled in the Senate on May 31, 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 Canadian Heritage being identified as minister responsible for responding to the report, in consultation with the Ministers of Public Services and Procurement, Families, Children and Social Development, Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Gagné moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Omidvar, 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. 40 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Orders No. 31, 73, 89, 92, 139, 146, 158, 174, 189, 192, 194 and 206 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

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

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Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Wallin, calling the attention of the Senate to the proposal put forward by Senator Harder, titled “Sober Second Thinking”, which reviews the Senate’s performance since the appointment of independent senators, and recommends the creation of a Senate business committee.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Harder, 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. 25 and 26 were called and postponed until the next sitting.


Ordered : That Order No. 14 be again called.

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 Cordy moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Jaffer, 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 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)

Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2017-20 to 2021-22 of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11,sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1147.

Reports of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Access to Information Act and to the Privacy Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. A-1 and P-21, sbs. 72(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1148.


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 Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator Raine replaced the Honourable Senator Mockler (June 6, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Tannas replaced the Honourable Senator MacDonald (June 6, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

The Honourable Senator Marwah replaced the Honourable Senator Gold (June 6, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

The Honourable Senator Wallin replaced the Honourable Senator Pate (June 6, 2017).

Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization

The Honourable Senator Gold replaced the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C. (June 6, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Pratte replaced the Honourable Senator Dupuis (June 6, 2017).