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66 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2017, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 161 (Unrevised)

Thursday, November 23, 2017
1:30 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanCordyCormierDagenaisDayDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEggletonFraserFrumFureyGagnéGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHousakosJoyalKennyLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMoncionMunsonNgoOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignan*CoolsCordyCormierDagenaisDayDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyck*EatonEggleton*ForestFraserFrumFureyGagnéGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHousakosJoyalKennyLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManning*MarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchell*MocklerMoncionMunson*NeufeldNgo*OhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRichardsRinguetteSaint-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 Senator Harder, P.C., tabled the following:

Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Regulations, pursuant to the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law), S.C. 2017, c. 21, s. 5.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1720.

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 October 18, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Oh, concerning the Canada Child Benefit — eligibility of children of refugees.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1721S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 19, 2017 by the Honourable Senator McIntyre, concerning the Chief Electoral Officer.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1722S.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Second Reading

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Wetston moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marwah, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.

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

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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 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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Order No. 3 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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 Harder, P.C.:

That the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance be authorized to examine and report upon the expenditures set out in the Supplementary Estimates (B) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018; and

That, for the purpose of this study, the committee have the power to sit even though the Senate may then be sitting, and that rule 12-18(1) be suspended in relation thereto.

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

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

That, in accordance with rule 10-11(1), the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance be authorized to examine the subject matter of all of Bill C-63, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures, introduced in the House of Commons on October 27, 2017, in advance of the said bill coming before the Senate;

That the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance be authorized to meet for the purposes of its study of the subject matter of Bill C-63 even though the Senate may then be sitting, with the application of rule 12-18(1) being suspended in relation thereto; and

That, in addition, and notwithstanding any normal practice:

1.The following committees be separately authorized to examine the subject matter of the following elements contained in Bill C-63 in advance of it coming before the Senate:

(a)the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce: those elements contained in Divisions 2, 4, 5, 6, 10 and 12 of Part 5;

(b)the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources: those elements contained in Division 7 of Part 5;

(c)the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs: those elements contained in Division 11 of Part 5;

(d)the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology: those elements contained in Division 8 of Part 5;

2.The various committees listed in point one that are authorized to examine the subject matter of particular elements of Bill C-63 be authorized to meet for the purposes of their studies of those elements even though the Senate may then be sitting, with the application of rule 12-18(1) being suspended in relation thereto;

3.The various committees listed in point one that are authorized to examine the subject matter of particular elements of Bill C-63 submit their final reports to the Senate no later than December 12, 2017;

4.As the reports from the various committees authorized to examine the subject matter of particular elements of Bill C-63 are tabled in the Senate, they be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next sitting; and

5.The Standing Senate Committee on National Finance be simultaneously authorized to take any reports tabled under point four into consideration during its study of the subject matter of all of Bill C-63.

After debate,

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBlackBonifaceCampbellCormierDuffyDupuisGagnéGoldGreeneHarderMarwahMégieMitchellMoncionOmidvarPatePetitclercPratteRinguetteSaint-GermainVernerWallinWetstonWoo—25

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBernardBeyakCarignanDagenaisDayDoyleDyckEggletonFraserFrumGriffinHousakosJoyalLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisMartinMcCoyMcIntyreMcPhedranMercerNgoPattersonPlettPoirierRaineRichardsSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerWells—39

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

Nil

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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, November 28, 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.

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

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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, November 28, 2017 at 2 p.m.;

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

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

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 4 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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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Eaton, seconded by the Honourable Senator Seidman, for the third reading of Bill C-277, An Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada.

After debate,

With leave of the Senate,

Further debate on the motion was adjourned until the next sitting, in the name of the Honourable Senator Petitclerc.

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).

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Ringuette moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.

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

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator MacDonald, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tkachuk, for the second reading of Bill S-238, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (importation of shark fins).

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator MacDonald moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.

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

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Orders No. 5 to 8 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, 15, 29, 33, 50 to 52, and 61 and 62 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Orders No. 31, 73, 89, 92, 139, 146, 158, 174, 189, 206 and 215 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Griffin, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin:

That the Senate affirm that literacy is a core component to active citizenship, a determinant for healthy outcomes, and, at its core, key to building an innovative economy with good, sustainable jobs;

That the Senate urge the Government to take into consideration the particular regional circumstances of Atlantic Canada based on smaller populations, many of which are in rural areas, when determining whether to implement programs using project-based funding compared to core funding;

That the Senate further urge the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour to make an exception to the present terms and conditions of the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills project-based funding programs in order to request an emergency submission to the Treasury Board for $600,000 of core funding for the Atlantic Partnership for Literacy and Essential Skills based on their 2017 pre-budget consultation submission to Parliament; and

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

After debate,

With leave of the Senate,

Further debate on the motion was adjourned until the next sitting, in the name of the Honourable Senator Greene.

Inquiries

Order No. 8 was 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.

Debate concluded.

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Orders No. 12 to 14 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Pate, calling the attention of the Senate to the circumstances of some of the most marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized in Canada, particularly the increasing over-representation of Indigenous women in Canadian prisons.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Pate moved, for the Honourable Senator Dyck, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cormier, 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. 20, 23 to 26 and 28 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Patterson, calling the attention of the Senate to the state of political prisoners in Tibet.

Debate concluded.

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Order No. 31 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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 5:51 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 2 p.m.)

Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

The Honourable Senator Hartling replaced the Honourable Senator Campbell (November 23, 2017).

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., was added to the membership (November 23, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Wells was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (November 23, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Marshall replaced the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C. (November 23, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Forest replaced the Honourable Senator Mégie (November 23, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator White (November 22, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Moncion was added to the membership (November 22, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Marwah was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (November 22, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Sinclair replaced the Honourable Senator Pate (November 23, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Andreychuk replaced the Honourable Senator Oh (November 23, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

The Honourable Senator McPhedran replaced the Honourable Senator Griffin (November 23, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Omidvar replaced the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C. (November 23, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Galvez replaced the Honourable Senator Dean (November 23, 2017).