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66 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2017, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 140 (Unrevised)

Thursday, September 21, 2017
1:30 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBrazeauCarignanChristmasCoolsCordyDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEnvergaForestFraserFureyGriffinHarderHousakosJoyalKennyLankinMacDonaldMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMitchellMunsonNeufeldNgoOgilvieOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRaineRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSibbestonSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukUngerVernerWattWellsWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBrazeauCarignanChristmasCoolsCordy*CormierDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEnvergaForestFraserFurey*GagnéGriffinHarderHousakosJoyalKennyLankinMacDonald*MaltaisMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedran*MégieMitchell*MoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOgilvieOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlett*PoirierPratteRaineRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSibbestonSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannas*TardifTkachukUngerVernerWattWellsWhiteWoo

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 the Speaker tabled the following:

2016-17 Annual Report of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, on the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Privacy Act entitled Real fears, real solutions: A plan for restoring confidence in Canada’s privacy regime, pursuant to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, S.C. 2000,c. 5,s. 25 and to the Privacy Act, R.S.C. 1985,c. P-21,s. 38.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1533.

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Housakos, Chair of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration, tabled the seventeenth report of the committee (International Travel Report — Senators White and Pate).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1534S.

Government Notices of Motions

With leave of the Senate,

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

That, in order to allow the Senate to receive a Minister of the Crown during Question Period as authorized by the Senate on December 10, 2015, and notwithstanding rule 4-7, when the Senate sits on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Question Period shall begin at 3:30 p.m., with any proceedings then before the Senate being interrupted until the end of Question Period, which shall last a maximum of 40 minutes;

That, if a standing vote would conflict with the holding of Question Period at 3:30 p.m. on that day, the vote be postponed until immediately after the conclusion of Question Period;

That, if the bells are ringing for a vote at 3:30 p.m. on that day, they be interrupted for Question Period at that time, and resume thereafter for the balance of any time remaining; and

That, if the Senate concludes its business before 3:30 p.m. on that day, the sitting be suspended until that time for the purpose of holding Question Period.

After debate,

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

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

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-36, An Act to amend the Statistics Act.

The Honourable Senator Cordy moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Richards, that the bill be read the second time.

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.

Motions

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

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

That, when the Senate next adjourns after the adoption of this motion, it do stand adjourned until Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 2 p.m.

After debate,

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

Inquiries

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

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

Orders No. 1 to 3 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Commons Public Bills – Third Reading

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

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

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

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 5 were 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 Seidman, for the second reading of Bill C-337, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code (sexual assault).

After debate,

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.

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 1, 5 to 8, 10, 12, 14 and 15 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the 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 Fraser:

That the second report of the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations entitled Accessibility of Documents Incorporated by Reference in Federal Regulations, presented in the Senate on March 30, 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 Justice being identified as the minister responsible for responding to the report.

After debate,

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

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Resuming debate on the 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 Fraser:

That the third report of the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations entitled Marginal Notes, presented in the Senate on March 30, 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 Justice being identified as the minister responsible for responding to the report.

After debate,

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

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Orders No. 29, 33, 40 and 50 to 54 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Bellemare, seconded by the Honourable Senator Enverga:

That the Senate — in order to ensure transparency in the awarding of public funds and foster efficiency in infrastructure projects in the larger context of economic diversification and movement toward a greener economy, all while avoiding undue intervention in the federal-provincial division of powers — encourage the government to make provision in the budget for the creation of the Canadian Infrastructure Oversight and Best Practices Council, made up of experts in infrastructure projects from the provinces and territories, whose principal roles would be to:

1.collect information on federally funded infrastructure projects;

2. study the costs and benefits of federally funded infrastructure projects;

3. identify procurement best practices and of risk sharing;

4. promote these best practices among governments; and

5. promote project managers skills development; and

That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House with the above.

The Honourable Senator Plett moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marshall, 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. 73, 89, 92, 139, 146, 158 and 174 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 McCoy:

That the Rules of the Senate be amended by:

1.replacing the period at the end of rule 12-7(16) by the following:

“; and

Human Resources

12-7. (17) the Standing Senate Committee on Human Resources, to which may be referred matters relating to human resources generally.”; and

2.updating all cross references in the Rules accordingly.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Fraser moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy, 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. 192, 206, 215 and 223 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

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

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Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Tardif, calling the attention of the Senate to the Trans Canada Trail — its history, benefits and the challenges it is faced with as it approaches its 25th anniversary.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Day moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy, 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. 12 to 14, 18 to 20, 23 to 26 and 28 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Cools moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Forest:

That the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance be authorized to examine and report on the Minister of Finance’s proposed changes to the Income Tax Act respecting the taxation of private corporations and the tax planning strategies involved, in particular:

income sprinkling,

holding passive investments inside a private corporation, and

converting income into capital gains;

That the committee take particular note of the impact of the Government’s proposed changes on:

incorporated small businesses and professionals,

economic growth and government finances,

the fairness of the taxation of different types of income, and

other related matters; and

That the committee submit its final report to the Senate no later than November 30, 2017, and retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings for 180 days after presenting the final report.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Day 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.

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 4:05 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 2 p.m.)


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 Brazeau (September 21, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator Beyak was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (September 20, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Enverga replaced the Honourable Senator Marshall (September 21, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Maltais replaced the Honourable Senator Boisvenu (September 21, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Wetston replaced the Honourable Senator Woo (September 21, 2017).

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator Forest (September 21, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Moncion replaced the Honourable Senator Omidvar (September 21, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

The Honourable Senator Beyak was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (September 20, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Beyak was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (September 20, 2017).