Journals
Download as PDF
Text size:

67 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2018, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 179 (Unrevised)

Thursday, February 8, 2018
1:30 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukBattersBellemareBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCoolsCormierCoyleDagenaisDawsonDayDowneDoyleDupuisDyckEatonEggletonForestFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJoyalLankinMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOhOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

Andreychuk*AtaullahjanBattersBellemare*BernardBeyakBlackBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCools*CordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDawsonDayDowneDoyleDupuisDyckEatonEggletonForestFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJoyalLankinMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOhOmidvar*PatePattersonPetitclercPlettPratteRaineRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukWetstonWhiteWoo

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

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Campbell, Chair of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration, tabled the twenty-fourth report of the committee (International Travel Report of Senator Pate).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1836S.

o o o

The Honourable Senator Campbell, Chair of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration, presented the twenty-fifth report of the committee (Senate Budget for 2018-19).

(The report is printed as an appendix at pages 2979-2985 (available in print format PDF).)

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

The Honourable Senator Campbell moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cormier, 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.

o o o

The Honourable Senator Dawson, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications, informed the Senate that, pursuant to the orders adopted by the Senate on March 9, 2016, and December 14, 2017, the committee deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on January 29, 2018, its ninth report entitled Driving Change: Technology and the Future of the Automated Vehicle.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1785S.

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

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 September 27, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Housakos, concerning the Trudeau Foundation.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1837S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 2, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Jaffer, concerning gender representation.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1838S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 9, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Raine, concerning energy-efficient housing. —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1839S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 22, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Raine, concerning compensation for civilian employees — Chalk River decontamination. —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1840S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 22, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Downe, concerning the Canada Child Benefit.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1841S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 30, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Martin, concerning employment insurance for youth. —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1842S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on December 6, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Ataullahjan, concerning the citizenship guide.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1843S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on December 7, 2017 by the Honourable Senator MacDonald, concerning the Parliament Hill hockey rink.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1844S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on December 8, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Martin, concerning the Disability Tax Credit. —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1845S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on December 8, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Smith, concerning the recovery of tax avoidance funds. —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1846S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on December 12, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Smith, concerning aircraft procurement. —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1847S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on December 12, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Maltais, concerning broadcasting tax policy.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1848S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on December 12, 2017 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning aircraft maintenance.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1849S.

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 – Third Reading

Third 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, as amended.

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

After debate,

In amendment, the Honourable Senator Massicotte moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Christmas:

That Bill C-25, as amended, be not now read a third time, but that it be further amended in clause 24,

(a)on page 9, by adding the following after line 31:

172.01 A prescribed corporation shall establish numerical goals, such as percentages, for the representation of persons in each designated group, as defined by regulation, among its directors and among members of senior management, as defined by regulation, and shall establish a timetable for attaining those goals, within one year after the day on which this section comes into force.”; and

(b)on page 10,

(i)by adding the following after line 2:

(1.1) The directors shall also place before the shareholders, at every annual meeting beginning one year after the day on which the numerical goals referred to in section 172.01 are established and until the corporation has attained those goals, a report on the progress made by the corporation in the previous year in terms of attaining those goals.”,

(ii)by replacing lines 3 to 5 (as replaced by the decision of the Senate on February 7, 2018) with the following:

(2) The corporation shall provide the information referred to in subsections (1) and (1.1) to each shareholder, except to a share-”, and

(iii) by replacing lines 7 to 9 (as replaced by the decision of the Senate on February 7, 2018) 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 subsections (1) and (1.1) to the Director in the form that the Director fixes and the Director shall file it.

(4) The Director shall, within three months after receiving it, provide the Minister with the information filed under subsection (3).

(5) The Minister shall prepare and cause to be laid before each House of Parliament, on any of the first 15 days on which that House is sitting after October 31, an annual report for the previous year containing an aggregate of the data from the information received under subsection (4). The Minister shall also, after it is tabled, make the report available to the public.”.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Pratte moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., that further debate on the motion in amendment be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

Bills – Second Reading

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

o o o

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Dean, seconded by the Honourable Senator Forest, for the second reading of Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts.

After debate,

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

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

o o o

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

o o o

Second reading of Bill C-66, An Act to establish a procedure for expunging certain historically unjust convictions and to make related amendments to other Acts.

The Honourable Senator Cormier moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, that the bill be read the second time.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Campbell moved, for the Honourable Senator Pate, seconded by the Honourable Senator Woo, 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.

o o o

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

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, February 13, 2018, 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.

o o o

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, February 13, 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

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

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 6 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 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.

o o o

Consideration of the twenty-third report of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration (Committee budget - legislation), presented in the Senate on January 30, 2018.

The Honourable Senator Campbell moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Woo, 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, 189, 215, 245, 286 and 292 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Orders No. 8, 12 and 13, 19 and 20, and 24 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Maltais, calling the attention of the Senate to the softwood lumber crisis.

The Honourable Senator Housakos moved, for the Honourable Senator Maltais, seconded by the Honourable Senator Smith, that further debate on the inquiry be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

o o o

Order No. 26 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Bovey, calling the attention of the Senate to the crisis in Churchill, Manitoba.

The Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., moved, for the Honourable Senator Day, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cools, that further debate on the inquiry be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

o o o

Orders No. 31 and 32 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

Order No. 291 was withdrawn pursuant to rule 5-10(2).

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 5:02 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 2 p.m.)

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

Report on the Operation of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 24 (4th Supp.), s. 8.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1835.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Wallin replaced the Honourable Senator Galvez (February 8, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Unger replaced the Honourable Senator Maltais (February 8, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Galvez replaced the Honourable Senator Wallin (February 8, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Maltais replaced the Honourable Senator Unger (February 7, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

The Honourable Senator Plett replaced the Honourable Senator MacDonald (February 8, 2018).

The Honourable Senator MacDonald replaced the Honourable Senator Plett (February 7, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Neufeld replaced the Honourable Senator Poirier (February 8, 2018).