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66 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2017, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 160 (Unrevised)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEggletonFraserFrumFureyGagnéGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHousakosJoyalLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMoncionMunsonNgoPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierRaineRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbell*CoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyck*EatonEggleton*ForestFraserFrumFureyGagnéGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHousakosJoyalLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchell*MocklerMoncionMunson*NeufeldNgo*OhPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirier*PratteRaineRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

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:

Report of the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, entitled Fall Economic Statement 2017: Issues for Parliamentarians, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1709.

Fall 2017 Reports of the Auditor General of Canada to the Parliament of Canada, pursuant to the Auditor General Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. A-17, sbs. 7(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1710.

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

Annual Report 2016-17 of the Taxpayers’ Ombudsman, entitled Fairness: A Right, not a Privilege.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1711.

Introduction and First Reading of Government Bills

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-17, An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and to make a consequential amendment to another Act, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

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

Introduction and First Reading of Senate Public Bills

The Honourable Senator Downe introduced Bill S-243, An Act to amend the Canada Revenue Agency Act (reporting on unpaid income tax).

The bill was read the first time.

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

Tabling of Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

The Honourable Senator Day tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association respecting its participation at the Parliamentary Transatlantic Forum, held in Washington, D.C., United States of America, on December 5 and 6, 2016.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1712.

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 March 29, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Frum, concerning the appointment of the Chief Electoral Officer.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1713S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on June 1, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Patterson, concerning the Phoenix pay system.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1714S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on September 28, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Oh, concerning the export of pulse crops to India.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1715S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 4, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Jaffer, concerning the detention of refugee children.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1716S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 4, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Plett, concerning orthodontic treatment for First Nations and Inuit children.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1717S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 5, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning the Phoenix pay system. —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1718S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 5, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning the icebreaker fleet. —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1719S.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Second Reading

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

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Boniface, seconded by the Honourable Senator Omidvar, for the second reading of Bill C-46, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, 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.


Ordered : That Order No. 1 be again called.

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Wetston, seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., for the second reading of Bill C-25, An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and the Competition Act.

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.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Mitchell, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, for the second reading of Bill C-49, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act and other Acts respecting transportation and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts.

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.

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The order was called for resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Bellemare, seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, for the second reading of Bill C-60, An Act to correct certain anomalies, inconsistencies and errors and to deal with other matters of a non-controversial and uncomplicated nature in the Statutes of Canada and to repeal certain Acts and provisions that have expired, lapsed or otherwise ceased to have effect.

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

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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Order No. 131 was withdrawn pursuant to rule 5-10(2).

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Order No. 132 was withdrawn pursuant to rule 5-10(2).

Inquiries

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

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

Orders No. 1 to 4 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 – Reports of Committees

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

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 and 2 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 Bovey, for the second reading of Bill S-237, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (criminal interest rate).

Debate.

ADJOURNMENT

At 4 p.m., pursuant to the order adopted by the Senate on February 4, 2016, the Senate adjourned until 1:30 p.m., tomorrow.

Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator White replaced the Honourable Senator Marshall (November 22, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Mégie replaced the Honourable Senator Forest (November 22, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Pate replaced the Honourable Senator Sinclair (November 22, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator Andreychuk (November 21, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

The Honourable Senator Griffin replaced the Honourable Senator McPhedran (November 22, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Dean replaced the Honourable Senator Galvez (November 21, 2017).