Journals
Download as PDF
Text size:

66 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2017, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 132 (Unrevised)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalKennyLangLankinMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRinguetteRuncimanSaint-GermainSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerVernerWallinWattWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBakerBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaForestFraserFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosHubleyJafferJoyalKennyLangLankinMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRinguetteRuncimanSaint-GermainSeidmanSmithStewart 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 Andreychuk, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, tabled the fifteenth report of the committee, entitled North American Neighbours: Canada and Mexico Cooperation in Uncertain Times.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1197S.

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

o o o

The Honourable Senator Neufeld presented the following:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources has the honour to present its

NINTH REPORT

Your committee, to which was referred Bill C-238, An Act respecting the development of a national strategy for the safe and environmentally sound disposal of lamps containing mercury, has, in obedience to the order of reference of Tuesday, March 28, 2017, examined the said bill and now reports the same without amendment but with certain observations, which are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

RICHARD NEUFELD

Chair

Observations to the Ninth Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (Bill C-238)

Fluorescent lamps were developed in the 19th century and have been in commercial production since the early 1900s. Compact fluorescent bulbs for residential applications were developed in the 1970s. Both types of lamps remain in wide use.

When used and disposed of in an environmentally responsible way, compact fluorescent and other mercury-containing lamps can be an effective and inexpensive energy-efficient option. However, we have heard that not all such lamps are disposed of or recycled in a safe and appropriate manner, and because each level of government shares responsibility for waste management, currently in Canada there is a piecemeal approach to the disposal of lamps containing mercury. This bill seeks to address this by, among other measures, requiring the federal government to develop a national strategy for the safe and environmentally safe disposal of these lamps.

The federal government has a number of tools it can use to achieve policy objectives, including legislation, regulations, guidelines, and codes of practice. An important addition to these is moral suasion, and the committee believes this is an area where the federal government can and should lead by example. As a large purchaser of goods and services and owner of a considerable real property portfolio, the Government of Canada can demonstrate leadership by recycling all mercury-containing lamps in federal workplaces and Crown-owned buildings when they reach their end of life. A review of the current and recent Federal Sustainable Development Strategies and selected departmental sustainable development strategies and policies reveals no clearly articulated single, comprehensive national strategy or plan to do so. We believe there is a significant opportunity here for the federal government to provide leadership on this issue.

The Honourable Senator Cordy moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dawson, 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.

o o o

The Honourable Senator Runciman, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, informed the Senate that, pursuant to the orders adopted by the Senate on January 28, 2016, and June 1, 2017, the committee deposited with the Clerk of the Senate earlier this day, its nineteenth report entitled Delaying Justice is Denying Justice: An Urgent Need to Address Lengthy Court Delays in Canada.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1195S.

The Honourable Senator Runciman moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marshall, that the report be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next sitting.

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

Government Notices of Motions

With leave of the Senate,

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

That, pursuant to rule 16-4(3), the Senate authorize the Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments, Mr. Charles Robert, to appear before the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs of the House of Commons respecting his nomination as clerk of that house.

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

Tabling of Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

The Honourable Senator Downe tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association respecting its mission to the Republic of Estonia, the next country to hold the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and its participation at the Second Part of the 2017 Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, held in Tallinn, Estonia and Strasbourg, France, from April 19to 28, 2017.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1198.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Motions

The Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc:

That, notwithstanding the order adopted by the Senate on February 4, 2016, the Senate continue sitting on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, pursuant to the provisions of the Rules;

That committees of the Senate scheduled to meet on that day be authorized to sit after 4 p.m. even though the Senate may then be sitting, and that rule 12-18(1) be suspended in relation thereto; and

That the provisions of rule 3-3(1) be suspended on that day.

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

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 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 question being put on the motion, it was adopted on the following vote:

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

BakerBellemareBernardBlackBonifaceBoveyCampbellChristmasCoolsCordyDawsonDayDeanDupuisDyckEggletonForestFraserGagnéGalvezGoldHarderHartlingHubleyJafferKennyLankinMarwahMcCoyMcPhedranMégieMitchellMoncionPatePetitclercPratteRinguetteSaint-GermainTardifWallinWattWetstonWoo—43

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBeyakBoisvenuCarignanDagenaisDowneDoyleDuffyEatonEnvergaFrumGreeneGriffinHousakosLangMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcInnisMcIntyreMercerNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhPattersonPlettRuncimanSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukUngerVernerWells—41

ABSTENTION

The Honourable Senator

Joyal—1

o o o

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

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 Wells, that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

Bills – Second Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Woo, seconded by the Honourable Senator Hartling, for the second reading of Bill C-44, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures.

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 Woo moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cools, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance.

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

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 1 to 5 were 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

Ordered, That motion No. 225 standing in the name of the Honourable Senator Pratte on the Notice Paper be brought forward.

The Honourable Senator Pratte moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné:

That it be an instruction to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance that it divide Bill C-44, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures, into two bills, in order that it may deal separately with the provisions relating to the Canada Infrastructure Bank contained in Division 18 of Part 4 in one bill and with the other provisions of Bill C-44 in the other bill.

A point of order was raised concerning the receivability of the motion of instruction to divide Bill C-44.

After debate,

The Speaker reserved his decision.

MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-243, An Act respecting the development of a national maternity assistance program strategy, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Day moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser, 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.

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 7:59 p.m., the Senate was continued until tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.)

DOCUMENTS DEPOSITED WITH THE CLERK OF THE SENATE PURSUANT TO RULE 14-1(7)

Nineteenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs entitled Delaying Justice is Denying Justice: An Urgent Need to Address Lengthy Court Delays in Canada, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on June 14, 2017, pursuant to the orders adopted by the Senate on January 28, 2016 and June 1, 2017.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1195S.

Report of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Public Sector Pension Investment Board Act, S.C. 1999, c. 34, sbs. 48(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1196.


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 Martin replaced the Honourable Senator Raine (June 14, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Brazeau replaced the Honourable Senator Sinclair (June 14, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

The Honourable Senator Raine replaced the Honourable Senator Tannas (June 14, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Sinclair replaced the Honourable Senator Marwah (June 14, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

The Honourable Senator Omidvar replaced the Honourable Senator Bovey (June 14, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Eaton replaced the Honourable Senator Stewart Olsen (June 14, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Andreychuk replaced the Honourable Senator Ogilvie (June 14, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

The Honourable Senator Hartling replaced the Honourable Senator McPhedran (June 14, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Galvez replaced the Honourable Senator Cormier (June 14, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Bovey replaced the Honourable Senator Marwah (June 14, 2017).