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66 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2017, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 142 (Unrevised)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCarignanChristmasCoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalKennyLankinMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWallinWattWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCarignanChristmasCoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEggletonEnvergaFraserFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalKennyLankinMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOgilvieOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRichardsRinguetteSaint-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

Tabling of Documents

The Honourable Senator Day tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association respecting its participation at the 62nd Annual Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, held in Istanbul, Turkey, from November 18 to 21, 2016.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1539.

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association respecting its participation at the Joint Meeting of the Defence and Security, Economics and Security, and Political Committees, held in Brussels, Belgium, from February 18 to 20, 2017.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1540.

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 April 6, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Dagenais, concerning the reduction of the stigma of depression.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1541S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on June 5, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Downe, concerning the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1542S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on June 5, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Downe, concerning the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1543S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on December 8, 2016 by the Honourable Senator Frum, concerning the electoral reform survey.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1544S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 17, 2016 by the Honourable Senator McIntyre, concerning the security and storage of classified documents.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1545S.

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 to 3 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

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

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

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Third reading of Bill S-228, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children), as amended.

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

After debate,

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

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

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.

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 1, 5 to 8, 10, 12, 14 and 15, 29, 33, 40 and 50 to 54 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Consideration of the eighteenth report of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration, entitled Appointment of Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel of the Senate, presented in the Senate on September 26, 2017.

The Honourable Senator Housakos moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Neufeld, that the report be adopted.

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

Motions

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

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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,

In amendment, the Honourable Senator Plett moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Wells:

That the motion be not now adopted, but that it be amended in the second paragraph:

1. by replacing the word “ten” by the word “nine”; and

2. by replacing the word “five” by the word “four”.

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

The Senate resumed debate on the motion, as amended, 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 nine members, to be nominated by the Committee of Selection, and that four 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.

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

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Orders No. 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 Martin moved, for the Honourable Senator McIntyre, seconded by the Honourable Senator Andreychuk, 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

The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tkachuk:

That the Senate call upon the Government of Myanmar:

1.to bring an immediate end to the violence and gross violations of human rights against Rohingya Muslims;

2.to fulfill its pledge to uphold the spirit and letter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and

3.to respond to the urgent calls of the international community and allow independent monitors entry into the country forthwith, in particular Rakhine State; and

That a message be sent to the House of Commons requesting that house to unite with the Senate for the above purpose.

With leave of the Senate and pursuant to rule 5-10(1), the motion was modified to read as follows:

That the Senate urge the Government of Canada to call upon the Government of Myanmar:

1.to bring an immediate end to the violence and gross violations of human rights against Rohingya Muslims;

2.to fulfill its pledge to uphold the spirit and letter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and

3.to respond to the urgent calls of the international community and allow independent monitors entry into the country forthwith, in particular Rakhine State; and

That a message be sent to the House of Commons requesting that house to unite with the Senate for the above purpose.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Jaffer moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy, that further debate on the motion, as modified, 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 Fraser:

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 3:52 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)

Copy of the Special Economic Measures (Venezuela) Regulations (P.C. 2017-1196), pursuant to the Special Economic Measures Act, S.C. 1992,c. 17,sbs. 7(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1538.


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 Fisheries and Oceans

The Honourable Senator Enverga replaced the Honourable Senator Eaton (September 27, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Galvez replaced the Honourable Senator Saint-Germain (September 27, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Woo replaced the Honourable Senator Wetston (September 27, 2017).

Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament

The Honourable Senator White replaced the Honourable Senator Martin (September 27, 2017).