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66 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2017, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 173 (Unrevised)

Thursday, December 14, 2017
1:30 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDawsonDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEggletonForestFraserFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneHarderHartlingHousakosJoyalKennyLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerVernerWallinWattWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDawsonDeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEggletonForestFraserFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneHarderHartlingHousakosJoyalKennyLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTardifTkachukUngerVernerWallinWattWetstonWhiteWoo

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

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable the Speaker tabled the following:

Report of the Parliamentary Delegation of the Senate, led by the Speaker of the Senate, that travelled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from May 19 to 23, 2017.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1772S.

Report of the Parliamentary Delegation of the Senate, led by the Speaker of the Senate, that travelled to France and Latvia, from September 10 to 15, 2017.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1773S.

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

Annual Report to Parliament on Benefits and Costs of Significant Federal Regulations and the Implementation of the One-for-One Rule for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Red Tape Reduction Act, S.C. 2015, c. 12, s. 9.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1774.

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Galvez presented the following:

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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

TWELFTH REPORT

Your committee, to which was referred Bill C-17, An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and to make a consequential amendment to another Act, has, in obedience to the order of reference of Wednesday, December 6, 2017, examined the said bill and now reports the same without amendment but with certain observations, which are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

ROSA GALVEZ

Chair

Observations to the Twelfth Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (Bill C-17)

This committee heard concerns expressed by industry officials related to the absence of transition and replacement regulations and policies. Such regulations and policies are essential in order to ensure predictability and to build prosperity for Yukon. Witnesses before the committee confirmed to us that the Government of Canada, Government of Yukon, and Council of Yukon First Nations, with input from industry stakeholders, will work together upon the passage of Bill C-17, to create replacement regulations as promised under the Memorandum of Understanding. However, there has been no commitment to a timeline. Industry and the Government of Yukon also expressed concerns that capacity funding for First Nations was inadequate in order to ensure that First Nations can fully and meaningfully participate in this process. Therefore, the committee recommends that the Government of Canada and its partners in this process draft and implement replacement language expeditiously and that the federal government should provide the required funding and capacity support. The committee also recommends that the Minister report back to this committee on the progress of this collaborative process within ten months after the bill comes into force.

Ordered, That the bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for third reading later this day.

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The Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., presented the following:

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology has the honour to present its

TWENTY-SECOND REPORT

Your committee, to which was referred Bill S-234, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Artist Laureate), has, in obedience to the order of reference of June 8, 2017, examined the said bill and now reports the same with the following amendments:

1.Long title, page 1: Replace the long title with the following:

“An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Visual Artist Laureate)”.

2.Clause 1, pages 1 and 2:

(a)On page 1,

(i)replace line 7 with the following:

“Parliamentary Visual Artist Laureate, the holder of which is an”,

(ii)replace lines 11 to 18 with the following:

“liamentary Visual Artist Laureate from a list of three names, reflecting Canada’s diversity, submitted in confidence by a committee chaired by the Parliamentary Librarian, and also composed of the Director of the National Gallery of Canada, the Commissioner of Official Languages for Canada, the Chairperson of the Canada Council for the Arts and the President of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, or their designates.

(3) The Parliamentary Visual Artist Laureate holds office for a”, and

(iii)replace line 22 with the following:

(4) The mandate of the Parliamentary Visual Artist Laureate is”; and

(b)On page 2, replace line 1 with the following:

(5) In carrying out his or her mandate, the Parliamentary Visual Artist”.

Respectfully submitted,

ART EGGLETON

Chair

The Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, 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.

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The Honourable Senator Cormier, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages, presented the sixth report of the committee (Budget—study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act—power to hire staff and to travel).

(The report is printed as an appendix at pages 2881-2889 (available in print format PDF).)

(The HTML version of the report is available on the committee website.)

Ordered, That the report be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration later this day.

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The Honourable Senator Campbell, Chair of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration, tabled the twenty-second report of the committee, entitled Financial Statements.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1775S.

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The Honourable Senator Black presented the following:

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce has the honour to present its

NINETEENTH REPORT

Your committee, to which was referred 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, has, in obedience to the order of reference of November 23, 2017, examined the said bill and now reports the same with the following amendments:

1. Clause 13, page 5:

(a) Replace line 31 with the following:

(6) Despite subsections (2), (3) to (3.2) and (5) and subject to subsection (6.1), if direc-”; and

(b) add the following after line 34:

(6.1) If an incumbent director who was a candidate in an election held in accordance with subsection (3.4) was not elected during the election, the director may continue in office until the earlier of

(a) the 90th day after the day of the election; and

(b) the day on which their successor is appointed or elected.”.

2. Clause 24, page 10:

(a) Replace lines 3 to 5 with the following:

(2) The corporation shall provide the information referred to in subsection (1) to each shareholder, except to a share-”; and

(b) replace lines 7 to 9 with the following:

“they do not want to receive that information, by sending the information along with the notice referred to in subsection 135(1) or by making the information available along with a proxy circular referred to in subsection 150(1).

(3) The corporation shall concurrently send the information referred to in subsection (1) to the Director.”.

3. Clause 59, page 20: Add the following after line 37:

(10.2) Despite subsection (3) and paragraph 84(1)(b), if an incumbent director who was a candidate in an election held in accordance with subsection (10.1) was not elected during the election, the director may continue in office until the earlier of

(a) the 90th day after the day of the election; and

(b) the day on which their successor is appointed or elected.”.

Respectfully submitted,

DOUGLAS BLACK

Chair

The Honourable Senator Black moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator McPhedran, 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.

Introduction and First Reading of Government Bills

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Salaries Act and to make a consequential amendment to the Financial Administration 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.

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A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-66, An Act to establish a procedure for expunging certain historically unjust convictions and to make related amendments to other Acts, 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.

Tabling of Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

The Honourable Senator Forest tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF) respecting its participation at the meeting of the Parliamentary Affairs Committee of the APF, held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from March 24 to 26, 2017.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1776.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Delayed Answers

Pursuant to rule 4-10(2), the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., tabled the following:

Reply to Question No. 60, dated October 18, 2017, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Boisvenu, respecting transfers under the terms of the International Transfer of Offenders Act.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1777S.

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

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 9, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Downe, concerning Lichtenstein — offshore tax havens — tax recovery.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1778S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 18, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning the icebreaker fleet. —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1779S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 8, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Downe, concerning tax avoidance.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1780S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 26, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Downe, concerning the transparency of the tax system.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1781S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on September 28, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Cormier, concerning Canada’s new cultural policy.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1782S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 9, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Duffy, concerning Lichtenstein — offshore tax havens — tax recovery.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1783S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 9, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Maltais, concerning the St. Lawrence Seaway.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1784S.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Third Reading

Third reading of Bill C-17, An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and to make a consequential amendment to another Act.

The Honourable Senator Campbell moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Woo, that the bill be read for a third time.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed this bill, without amendment.

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Boniface moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Omidvar, 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.

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Orders No. 3 and 4 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

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

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare:

That, without affecting the progress of any proceedings relating to Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the Senate resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole to consider the subject matter of the bill;

That the committee receive:

(a)the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada;

(b)the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health;

(c)the Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; and

(d)Mr. Bill Blair, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada and the Minister of Health;

That the witnesses be accompanied by officials;

That the Committee of the Whole report to the Senate no later than two hours after it begins;

That television cameras and photographers be authorized in the Senate Chamber to broadcast and photograph the proceedings with the least possible disruption of the proceedings; and

That the provisions of rule 3-3(1) be suspended on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

After debate,

In amendment, the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Andreychuk:

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

1.in the first paragraph, by inserting, after the year “2018,”  the words “Wednesday, February 7, 2018, Wednesday, February 14, 2018, and Thursday, February 15, 2018,”;

2.by replacing the words “That the committee receive” by the words “That on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the committee receive the following witnesses separately, for up to two hours each”;

3.by adding the following new paragraph after point (b) in the current list of witnesses:

“That on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, the committee receive the following witnesses separately, for up to two hours each:”;

4.by changing the designation of points (c) and (d) in the current list of witnesses to points (a) and (b) respectively;

5.by adding the following new paragraphs immediately before the paragraph starting with the words “That the witnesses”:

“That on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, the committee receive the following witnesses separately, for up to two hours each:

(a)the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, P.C., M.P., Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs; and

(b)the Honourable Marc Garneau, P.C., M.P., Minister of Transport;

That on Thursday, February 15, 2018, the committee receive the following witnesses separately, for up to two hours each:”;

(a)the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P., Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour; and

(b)the Honourable Scott Brison, P.C., M.P., President of the Treasury Board;”;

6.by replacing the paragraph starting with the words “That the Committee of the Whole report” by the following:

“That on each day the Committee of the Whole meets it report to the Senate after it has heard from the witnesses;”; and

7.That the final paragraph be replaced by the following:

“That the provisions of rule 3-3(1) be suspended on each day the committee meets, and that the provisions of the order of February 4, 2016, respecting the time of adjournment on Wednesday also be suspended on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, and Wednesday, February 14, 2018, until the committee has reported.”.

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBeyakBoisvenuCarignanDagenaisDoyleDyckEatonFrumHousakosJoyalLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMcInnisMcIntyreMercerMocklerMunsonNeufeldNgoOhPattersonPlettPoirierSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukUngerWhite—37

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBlackBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCordyCormierCoyleDeanDuffyDupuisEggletonForestFraserGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneHarderHartlingLankinMarwahMcCallumMcCoyMcPhedranMégieMitchellMoncionOmidvarPatePetitclercPratteRinguetteSaint-GermainSinclairTardifWallinWoo—39

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

CoolsRichards—2

WRITTEN DECLARATION OF ROYAL ASSENT

At 4:35 p.m., the Honourable the Speaker informed the Senate that the following communication had been received:

RIDEAU HALL

December 14, 2017

Mr. Speaker,

I have the honour to inform you that Mr. Stephen Wallace, Secretary to the Governor General, in his capacity as Deputy of the Governor General, signified royal assent by written declaration to the bills listed in the Schedule to this letter on the 14th day of December, 2017, at 3:40 p.m.

Yours sincerely,

Emmanuelle Sajous

Deputy Secretary to the Governor General

The Honourable

The Speaker of the Senate

Ottawa

Schedule

Bills Assented To

Thursday, December 14, 2017

An Act to give effect to the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Bill C-61, Chapter 32, 2017)

A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures (Bill C-63, Chapter 33, 2017)

An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and to make a consequential amendment to another Act (Bill C-17, Chapter 34, 2017)

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Motions

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare:

That, without affecting the progress of any proceedings relating to Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the Senate resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole to consider the subject matter of the bill;

That the committee receive:

(a)the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada;

(b)the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health;

(c)the Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; and

(d)Mr. Bill Blair, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada and the Minister of Health;

That the witnesses be accompanied by officials;

That the Committee of the Whole report to the Senate no later than two hours after it begins;

That television cameras and photographers be authorized in the Senate Chamber to broadcast and photograph the proceedings with the least possible disruption of the proceedings; and

That the provisions of rule 3-3(1) be suspended on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

After debate,

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBlackBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCoolsCordyCormierCoyleDeanDuffyDyckEggletonForestFraserGagnéGoldGreeneHarderHartlingLankinLovelace NicholasMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMoncionMunsonOmidvarPatePetitclercPratteRichardsRinguetteSinclairTardifWallinWoo—43

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBeyakBoisvenuCarignanDagenaisDoyleEatonFrumHousakosMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMcInnisMcIntyreMocklerNeufeldNgoOhPattersonPlettPoirierSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukUngerWhite—32

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

Nil

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Order No. 155 was withdrawn pursuant to rule 5-10(2).

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

That, when the Senate next adjourns after the adoption of this motion, it do stand adjourned until Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at 2 p.m.

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 and 2 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Commons Public Bills – Third Reading

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

Senate Public Bills – Reports of Committees

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Manning, seconded by the Honourable Senator Housakos, for the adoption of the seventh report of the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans (Bill S-203, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and other Acts (ending the captivity of whales and dolphins), with amendments), presented in the Senate on October 31, 2017.

After debate,

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

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBeyakBoisvenuDagenaisEatonHousakosMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMcInnisMcIntyreMocklerNeufeldNgoOhPattersonPlettSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachuk—25

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBlackBonifaceBoveyCampbellCoolsCordyCormierCoyleDeanDyckEggletonForestFraserGagnéGreeneHarderHartlingLankinLovelace NicholasMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMoncionMunsonOmidvarPatePetitclercPratteRichardsRinguetteSinclairTardifWoo—39

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

Nil


Pursuant to rule 3-3(1), the Speaker left the Chair to resume the same at 8 p.m.

The sitting resumed.

Orders of the Day

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Reports of Committees

The order was called for resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Manning, seconded by the Honourable Senator Housakos, for the adoption of the seventh report of the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans (Bill S-203, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and other Acts (ending the captivity of whales and dolphins), with amendments), presented in the Senate on October 31, 2017.

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Mercer moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., 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. 2 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 7 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator White, seconded by the Honourable Senator Enverga, for the second reading of Bill C-211, An Act respecting a federal framework on post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Honourable Senator Housakos moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Neufeld, 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. 2 to 4 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, 64 and 66 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Consideration of the sixth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages (Budget—study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act—power to hire staff and to travel), presented in the Senate earlier today.

The Honourable Senator Cormier moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Pate, that the report be adopted.

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

Motions

Orders No. 31, 73 and 89 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Ngo, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cowan:

That the Senate note with concern the escalating and hostile behaviour exhibited by the People’s Republic of China in the South China Sea and consequently urge the Government of Canada to encourage all parties involved, and in particular the People’s Republic of China, to:

(a) recognize and uphold the rights of freedom of navigation and overflight as enshrined in customary international law and in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea;

(b) cease all activities that would complicate or escalate the disputes, such as the construction of artificial islands, land reclamation, and further militarization of the region;

(c) abide by all previous multilateral efforts to resolve the disputes and commit to the successful implementation of a binding Code of Conduct in the South China Sea;

(d) commit to finding a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the disputes in line with the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and respect the settlements reached through international arbitration; and

(e) strengthen efforts to significantly reduce the environmental impacts of the disputes upon the fragile ecosystem of the South China Sea;

That the Senate also urge the Government of Canada to support its regional partners and allies and to take additional steps necessary to de-escalate tensions and restore the peace and stability of the region; and

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

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

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBlackBonifaceBoveyCampbellCoolsCordyCormierDeanDuffyEggletonForestFraserGagnéHarderHartlingLankinMarwahMcCallumMcCoyMégieMercerMitchellMoncionMunsonOmidvarPatePetitclercPratteRinguetteSinclairWoo—32

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBeyakBoisvenuDagenaisEatonMacDonaldMarshallMartinMocklerNeufeldNgoPattersonPlettSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachuk—20

ABSTENTION

The Honourable Senator

Dyck—1

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Orders No. 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 Mercer, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser:

That a Special Committee on the Charitable Sector be appointed to examine the impact of federal and provincial laws and policies governing charities, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other similar groups; and to examine the impact of the voluntary sector in Canada;

That the committee be composed of eight 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, 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 September 28, 2018, and retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 60 days after the tabling of the final report.

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

That a Special Committee on the Charitable Sector be appointed to examine the impact of federal and provincial laws and policies governing charities, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other similar groups; and to examine the impact of the voluntary sector in Canada;

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, 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 31, 2018, and retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 60 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Ringuette moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Hartling, that further debate on the motion, as modified, be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBlackBonifaceBoveyCampbellCoolsCordyCormierDeanDuffyDyckEggletonForestFraserGagnéHarderHartlingLankinMarwahMcCallumMcCoyMégieMitchellMoncionMunsonOmidvarPatePetitclercPratteRinguetteSinclairWoo—32

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBeyakBoisvenuDagenaisEatonMacDonaldMarshallMartinMercerMocklerNeufeldNgoOhPattersonPlettSeidmanSmithTannasTkachuk—21

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

Nil

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Orders No. 215 and 245 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Orders No. 8, 12 and 13, and 19 and 20 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Order No. 23 was called and, pursuant to rule 4-15(2), dropped from the Order Paper and Notice Paper.

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Orders No. 24 to 26, 28, and 31 and 32 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

The Honourable Senator Boniface moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Sinclair:

That, notwithstanding the order of the Senate adopted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the date for the final report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence in relation to its study on Canada’s national security and defense policies, practices, circumstances and capabilities de extended from December 31, 2017, to December 31, 2018.

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

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Ordered : That Order No. 279 be again called.

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

That, notwithstanding the order of the Senate adopted on January 27, 2016, the date for the final report of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce in relation to its study on the present state of the domestic and international financial system be extended from December 31, 2017 to December 31, 2018.

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

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The Honourable Senator Boniface moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Sinclair:

That, notwithstanding the order of the Senate adopted on Thursday, January 28, 2016, the date for the final report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence in relation to its study on the services and benefits provided to members of the Canadian Forces; to veterans; to members and former members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their families be extended from December 31, 2017, to December 31, 2018.

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

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

That the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications be permitted, notwithstanding usual practices, to deposit with the Clerk of the Senate a report relating to its study on the regulatory and technical issues related to the deployment of connected and automated vehicles between December 18, 2017, and January 29, 2018, if the Senate is not then sitting, and that the report be deemed to have been tabled in the Chamber.

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

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With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, in accordance with rule 12-7(9), be authorized to examine and report on such issues as may arise from time to time relating to social affairs, science and technology generally, including:

(a)cultural affairs and the arts, social and labour matters, health and welfare, pensions, housing, fitness and amateur sport, employment and immigration, consumer affairs, and youth affairs;

(b)elements related to its mandate or to previous reports of the committee that are found in the ministerial mandates of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Minister of Science, and the Minister of Sports and Persons with Disabilities; and

That the committee report to the Senate no later than December 30, 2018.

After debate,

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 10:46 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at 2 p.m.)

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

The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site of Canada Management Statement 2017, pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act, S.C. 1998, c. 31, sbs. 32(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1769.

Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve of Canada Management Plan 2017, pursuant to the Canada National Parks Act, S.C. 2000, c. 32, sbs. 11(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1770.

Management Plan 2017 for Wapusk National Park of Canada, pursuant to the Canada National Parks Act, S.C. 2000, c. 32, sbs. 11(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1771.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Dawson was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (December 14, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Dawson was added to the membership (December 14, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Wallin replaced the Honourable Senator Gold (December 14, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator Richards replaced the Honourable Senator Cormier (December 14, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Cormier replaced the Honourable Senator Richards (December 13, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

The Honourable Senator Christmas replaced the Honourable Senator Pate (December 14, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Bovey replaced the Honourable Senator Cormier (December 14, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Pratte replaced the Honourable Senator Moncion (December 14, 2017).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Dean replaced the Honourable Senator Bovey (December 14, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Bovey replaced the Honourable Senator Dean (December 14, 2017).

The Honourable Senator Neufeld replaced the Honourable Senator Poirier (December 14, 2017).